Knife Battle: Miracle Blade 3 vs. Ginsu Essentials

by paulb on January 31, 2012

If you’re looking for an affordable set of knives, then you’ve probably seen these two: Miracle Blade and Ginsu Essentials. These knifes sets are pretty popular As Seen on TV and infomercial products, and like us, you’ve probably wondered which one is better. You’ve probably also seen reviews of people swearing by one or the other. Let’s see what each has to offer.

The Knife Sets

These knife sets include everything you can possibly need in terms of cutting, dicing, mincing, and chopping in the kitchen. They also come in different flavours: one set may include a knife block and 16 knives or just the basic knives. The Miracle Blade 3 (sometimes called the Perfection Series) includes 4 steak/utility knives, a fillet knife, a slicer, a paring knife, a Chop n Scoop, a Rock n Chop, and a pair of kitchen shears. Some versions of this set even include a Santoku knife for mincing, slicing, and cutting. The Ginsu Essentials set, on the other hand, includes a paring knife, a utility knife, a boning knife, a Santoku knife, a chef’s knife, a bread knife, 6 steak knives, and a pair of kitchen shears.

As for the knives themselves, the Miracle Blade III knives are made from rust resistant stainless steel with contoured handles for more comfort and control during use. The two cleavers from the Miracle Blade set, the Rock n Chop and Chop n Scoop are designed to make chopping easy, and are both equipped with the Accugrip control ball. On the flipside, Ginsu knives are made with Japanese stainless steel blades with stainless steel handles. This offers more in terms of durability and strength. Both Miracle Blades and Ginsu knives feature serrated edge knives so they won’t dull and hence won’t need sharpening.

Reviews

Okay, so you’ve seen what both Miracle Blade and Ginsu knife sets have to offer, now which one is better for you? The Miracle Blade customer reviews at Amazon averages at a rating of 3.5 of 5 stars. Most users caution that the blades are thin and are prone to bending and nicking. On the other hand, the Ginsu knives fare a little better at 4 out of 5 stars, though some customers did note that some sets are shipped with two chef’s knives and no Santoku, or the knives don’t fit the block, and that their set has rust spots on them.

At only a fraction of the price of professional knife sets, the Miracle Blade and Ginsu offer pretty good value.