Forged in Fire Knife Review
By Bobby B. | September 5, 2020 | Knife Brands
For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the commercial we’re talking about…
The Tv Show & Commercial
We can’t help but feel there’s an insinuation that the knives offered in the commercial are the best knives in the world. And, by extension as good or better than those forged right there on the television show.
What’s the rub???
These knives are often being offered for less than $20-$30 per knife! Any of our regular readers know that most good knives cost much more than that
Forged in Fire Knives: Our Review
Let’s admit it, a flashy commercial with your knife slicing water bottles and chopping large blocks of ice doesn’t necessarily equate to a great knife in the kitchen. To be sure it’s any good or not, we need to look at our core review criteria, which are the knife’s materials, build process, appearance, and price. These are what makes up a good knife, not hype! Let’s take a look at their two-knife set that includes a chef’s knife and a paring knife.
Forged In Fire Chef/Paring Knife Combo
Forged in Fire Chef Knife Review:
We also noticed that there is very little “heft” to the bolster of these knives, making the knives very lightweight. While that can be a good thing if you don’t like heavy knives, it’s also a sign of a cheaper knife since there is less steel needed in the build. Speaking of the build, it’s time to discuss the blade itself. Unfortunately, all of the marketing materials only talk about it being “surgical corrosion resistant stainless steel”. We’re guessing this is code for “not expensive steel”. Knives that use high-end blade steels almost always advertise it. It’s something that makes the knife both better performing, but also more expensive.
Another tip off telling us it’s probably less expensive steel is the price point. This knife combo is regularly priced around $50 or less. Many of the high-end knives we’ve reviewed on this site cost upwards of 3-4 times that by themselves. I’m sure the Forged in Fire people are nice guys, but they aren’t just giving these knives away for free. They’re inexpensive because of the cheaper materials used to manufacture it.
So to recap the basics: The appearance of these knives are great, especially at this price-point. These aren’t the greatest knives known to man, but no one’s asking you to pay hundreds of dollars per knife either. The way the knives are built, AKA “forged”, is usually a mark of a good knife. However, there’s a trade-off in this Forged in Fire chef knife set. They used lower quality materials to be able to offer them to the public at a lower price.
So, what does that mean??? It means that if your’e a fan of the show, or just in the market for knives that look great but don’t cost a lot, these might be a good fit. Just don’t actually expect them to be the best knives ever built! To be fair, they don’t actually say this in the commercial. What they say is, “it may be the last knife you’ll ever buy.” I doubt it, but hey, technically it’s true. It “may” be.
The Forged in Fire 50-yr Warranty
So, while a 50-yr warrant sounds great, it kind of gimmicky. The odds of you returning a knife under these warranty conditions after 1-yr is next to 0%. Besides, most high-end knives made with good materials offer a lifetime warranty, so why only 50 yers?
Forged in Fire Review Summary
I think more than likely the consumers interested in these knives are fans of the show Forged in Fire. Really it’s great that as a fan, you can sense a part of the show in the knives, especially after seeing the hyped up commercial! This is a great set of inexpensive knives for families that aren’t going to spend $200 on a knife set.