I don't know how many of you have nice knives. To cook with a sharp knife is like having the perfect spice to complete a dish, to sail through a difficult task, or almost as nice as a great find at an estate sale!
Long time ago, (I seem to start many stories now days with these words, hmm) Well, anyway, when I was a child, more than 50 years ago, yes, more than that, we had a set of knives that were almost worshiped... We children were NOT allowed to touch them, they stayed in a case in a drawer and only adults were to use them. That much was impressed on my mind. Now, I understand why.
CUTCO is a company that started around 1949 in New York. The knives that they sell cannot be purchased in a store, but only through distributors that probably did in-home demos and my parents bought into the sales pitch.
I found some knives at a yard sale. 3 cases, 3 forks, 7 knives. They were all CUTCO. I was talking to a gentleman that came to one of our shows and he asked if I had any more knives than what I ususally sell ( a few pocket knives, one or two collectible knives) I said I had some CUTCO at home but didn't know what to do with them because they were pretty rough (the handles were kinda dried out and the knives had chips, some were bent..., etc). He told me about the Forever Guarantee. Send those knives in to the company and they would either replace or sharpen them with no charge... WOW! I didn't even need a sales receipt - just ownership constituted me getting the warranty!
Here is what I had, my find, plus another knife I had found at another time. 11 pieces in all.
I decided to send in the knives without the cases. The cases were cumbersome and I didn't even know if I wanted to keep them. About two weeks later, my package arrived from the company.
Yep! only a few minutes and I found out. I didn't even know I was cut until I saw bleeding.
(I got to use a bandaid because it was bleeding - No blood - no bandaid rule at our house)
Here are the turning forks, a pleasure to use.
I decided to use two of the cases and hang them in my kitchen. After last night's slip with one of the knives, I don't want them anywhere near the grandchildren...
As you can see, I am missing the small paring knife. And, for those of you that can count, they are not all in this case, there were a few duplicates and one was in the dishwasher...
This catalog came with the returned knives...
I now know that for the investment at the yard sale of about $5
I have a returned investment of around $900!
(so kids, when you go through the estate - don't throw these out -
at least try to sell them...)
Long story short -- if you run across these at sales, buy them up. Even if you are in love with the
knives you have at home, you can sell them on ebay for a profit.
You can go to the CUTCO website and find out more and to find a distributor if you want.
And, sadly, I was not paid to do this blog on CUTCO (although if someone wants to pay me, I will take it into consideration....)