Z-CUT KNIVES review

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Z-CUT KNIVES review

Postby N. Brian Huegel » Wed May 15, 2019 2:12 pm

Thin is in!

The new Z-Cut kitchen knife series from Spyderco is unique in several ways. They come in four colors: red, yellow, black, and green. Three edges: PlainEdge, SpyderEdge, and fully serrated. Two blade shapes: pointed and blunt. And most importantly are flat ground from very thin stock. At 0.030” on the spine, they are 40% thinner than the average ‘thin’ paring/utility knife. The reduced resistance found in these blade’s profound thinness allows the edge to glide through whatever it is called upon in the kitchen, making cutting effortless and appearance supreme.

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Over a month ago, I received three of the four Z-Cut designs from Frank Dailey at Spyderco and since then have put them to work. I have been using a large kitchen knife made from Carpenter CTS BD1N for over three years, so I had a good idea of what to expect. In my opinion, BD1N may be the best overall steel for kitchen and butcher knives. It takes and holds a beautiful edge, does not tarnish or rust easily―even in the dishwasher, and preforms very well in the rough and tough world of most kitchens where the average user is not a steel fanatic or one who hand sharpens to 10° per side on an 8000 grit waterstone. Most users do cringe worthy things to their kitchen knives and based upon my 43+ years of experience selling and professionally sharpening knives in our cutlery store, the average kitchen knife is used and abused far more than most EDC folders. In testing the Z-Cuts, I did all the seemingly unthinkable torture tests that we always council against like cutting on hard, edge destroying surfaces (granite, Corian, glass, and stainless steel), washing in the abrasive and corrosive dishwasher, and cutting into bones and fruit pits. In addition, I sliced and diced pounds of fruits and vegetables during the preparation of meals. I also boned a leg of lamb and multiple pounds of chicken thighs, trimmed steaks, chunked chicken tenders for Pad Thai, and sliced numerous rolls, bagels, baguettes, and sandwiches. After much use and abuse, when their razor edges began to fade, a minimal touch-up, just light strokes @15° on the fine rods of the Sharpmaker was all that was necessary to bring their edges back to shaving sharpness.

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The ‘Z’ shaped offset design gives you the ability to hold the handle above the cutting board for knuckle clearance while providing a comfortable grip. The offset also allows your first finger to choke-up on the handle which turns this EKU (Everyday Kitchen Utility) into a paring knife for peeling and trimming fruits and vegetables. I also used the round tip models for spreading mayonnaise, butter, mustard, and cream cheese. These knives allow you to finish cutting a pizza and then breakdown the box all with the same knife.

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Beyond basic food prep, the Z-Cuts make great informal steak knives for slicing grilled rib eyes, prime rib, pork chops, etc., like scalpels. I can also envision their use for slicing raw fish for sushi and sashimi, and then precisely slicing those sushi rolls into perfect sections. Z-Cuts will also make an excellent bar knife for cutting all those cocktail garnishes.

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While the versatile Z-Cuts are capable of most everyday kitchen tasks, I don’t see them replacing special purpose knives like those designed specifically for boning, filleting, large loaf bread slicing, or roast meat carving. They will, however, easily become a kitchen favorite―that “Go-to” knife that rarely leaves the cutting board. If anything, Spyderco’s Z-Cuts may be the new ‘Ginsu’ knife that actually live up to the promise of superior multi-purpose performance and lasting quality that the originals never achieved.

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Re: Z-CUT KNIVES review

Postby Danvp » Wed May 15, 2019 3:04 pm

Very good review. I will certainly try every version. I believe they will be very versatile. The blunt tip for spreading, the pointy one for piercing, the serrations for bread and the plain for all other stuff.
I am looking forward to these.

All of a sudden i have an appetite for lime and lemons...now where is my Z-cut...

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Postby N. Brian Huegel » Wed May 15, 2019 3:10 pm

I was making a Citrus (Lime, Lemon, Orange, and Grapefruit) Ceviche on Sunday for my wife's birthday when my daughter snapped the photos.

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Re: Z-CUT KNIVES review

Postby bearfacedkiller » Wed May 15, 2019 3:19 pm

The reveal says that they are 0.5" or 1.3mm which makes no sense. I assumed that was a typo and that they meant 0.05"/1.3mm. I have a petty in R2 that is 1.3mm and it is a nice slicer.

Are these really .03"? That is well under 1mm?

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Postby Sharp Guy » Wed May 15, 2019 3:35 pm

Thanks for this Brian. I'm in for a couple of these too. My girl loves her Spyderco kitchen knives and I'm sure she'll be thrilled with these as well.
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Postby RazorSharp86 » Wed May 15, 2019 4:59 pm

Can’t wait. I’m going to buy at least half a dozen (a few as gifts).
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Postby JonLeBlanc » Wed May 15, 2019 5:09 pm

Looks like I got my Father's Day gift lined up lol
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Re: Z-CUT KNIVES review

Postby zhyla » Wed May 15, 2019 5:19 pm

bearfacedkiller wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 3:19 pm
The reveal says that they are 0.5" or 1.3mm which makes no sense.
Reveal 2 says 0.05"/1.3mm. Which is a sensible thickness for a thin paring knife.
bearfacedkiller wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 3:19 pm
Are these really .03"?
I have a hard time believing Spyderco is shipping a knife that thin, especially to kitchen users.

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Re: Z-CUT KNIVES review

Postby Marulaghost » Wed May 15, 2019 6:02 pm

Are they already available?

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Re: Z-CUT KNIVES review

Postby sal » Wed May 15, 2019 7:49 pm

They are not shipping yet. Still working on packaging. They are made in Golden.

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Postby wrdwrght » Wed May 15, 2019 8:07 pm

I’m in for a few. US$20 per?
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Re: Z-CUT KNIVES review

Postby Marulaghost » Wed May 15, 2019 8:13 pm

sal wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 7:49 pm
They are not shipping yet. Still working on packaging. They are made in Golden.

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Ok. That's fair. Is it ok to ask where they'll be available upon release? Would we be able to get them from the usual dealers or will they be directly from the factory outlet?

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Postby sal » Wed May 15, 2019 9:25 pm

They will be available through general distribution.

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Re: Z-CUT KNIVES review

Postby The Deacon » Thu May 16, 2019 4:11 am

They sound great, Brian, thanks for an excellent review. Can't wait for them to hit the shelves.
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Re: Z-CUT KNIVES review

Postby curlyhairedboy » Thu May 16, 2019 5:39 am

Looking forward to emptying my knife block and making room for these!
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Re: Z-CUT KNIVES review

Postby bearfacedkiller » Thu May 16, 2019 6:52 am

zhyla wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 5:19 pm
bearfacedkiller wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 3:19 pm
The reveal says that they are 0.5" or 1.3mm which makes no sense.
Reveal 2 says 0.05"/1.3mm. Which is a sensible thickness for a thin paring knife.
bearfacedkiller wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 3:19 pm
Are these really .03"?
I have a hard time believing Spyderco is shipping a knife that thin, especially to kitchen users.
Hmmm... Just checked again and the blunt models say 0.05” while the pointed models say 0.5”. I never even looked at the blunt models. Anyway, obviously a typo. :)
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Re: Z-CUT KNIVES review

Postby ABX2011 » Thu May 16, 2019 6:57 am

I'm in for a pointy tip. Not sure if I'll go with serrated or plain.

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Postby Cscottsss » Thu May 16, 2019 9:24 am

I'm in for a few as well, hopefully we see these soon.

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Postby Doc Dan » Thu May 16, 2019 9:32 am

I am looking forward to these. It seems they fix several issues I had with the previous knives.
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Re: Z-CUT KNIVES review

Postby JD Spydo » Thu May 16, 2019 11:11 am

Oh these look great!! I might just be retiring my K-04 & K-05 models when these are finally released. I love the ergonomics of the handles. I just hope that they have similar serration patterns as the older kitchen models had.

I would love to see what a fillet knife would look like in this style.


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