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The slice is right: This self-sharpening Calphalon knife set is $80 (56% off)

Bring on the tomatoes! This compact 6-piece collection includes a sleek wooden block that hones the blades each time you use 'em.

Garden overflowing with summer produce? Well, your dull knives just won't cut it (heh) when it comes to chopping slippery tomatoes or safely skimming the kernels off an ear of corn. You'll want a few sharp blades for easy, quick slicing and dicing, and we've found some for a steal: the Calphalon Classic Self-Sharpening Knife Block Set. Wait, self-sharpening? Yup! These knives come housed in an attractive wooden block with slots that hone each blade every time you use them. Think that's cool? How about the fact that this set is currently down to $80 (from $180) at Amazon? That's what we call a price slash worth snagging.

Need one less thing to remember? Cross "sharpen knives" off your to-do list, because this savvy set will do it automatically. 

$80 at Amazon

Why is it a good deal? 💰

According to our price trackers, this set has yet to dip lower than this; it's certainly the best price we've seen for it all year. Some single knives can cost as much as, if not more than, this entire set, and the fact that the block has built-in sharpeners means you're getting a whole lotta bang for your buck.

Why do I need this? 🤔

If you've ever tried to chop vegetables, slice fruit or trim meat with a dull knife, you know how tedious it is. But more than that, it's unsafe. When your knife isn't sharp, you have to exert more effort, which often leads to haphazardly hacking away at whatever you're cutting up (and sometimes nicking your fingers in the process).

With this Calphalon set, your blades will stay sharp as you go — no need to learn how to use a honing rod or shell out for professional sharpening services. Included are an 8-inch chef's knife, 6-inch utility knife, 5-inch santoku knife, 3.5-inch paring knife, kitchen shears and the aforementioned wooden block. The blades are crafted from high-carbon steel, which the built-in ceramic sharpeners will automatically keep nice and pointy every time they're removed from and returned to the holder.

Each knife has a triple-riveted handle that's contoured to feel comfortable in your hand, allowing you to chop more confidently. Another nifty feature? Each handle's tip is labeled so you'll know which knife you're reaching for — something more sets should include (hint, hint, cutlery brands!). Oh, and for extra peace of mind, this set comes with a full lifetime warranty.

The Calphalon knife set on a yellow and blue background
Blade Stunner: This sharp knife set will look so lovely on your counter. (Amazon

What reviewers say 💬

According to Amazon customers, this set gets high marks for its long-lasting sharpness, small footprint and sleek look.

Pros 👍

"Compact," wrote one five-star fan. "I love my new knife set. They are really sharp and look nice on my counter."

"Wonderful," raved another. "If you want a good knife set, I recommend this. I’ve had it for two years now and still as sharp as ever."

"I absolutely love the set," echoed a third. "It’s almost luxurious. Very nice-looking on the counter as well."

Cons 👎

A couple of customers had this quibble: "I have really enjoyed these knives — perfect for a small household with a small kitchen. My only complaint is that putting the scissors back requires the steady hand of a neurosurgeon. It is so easy to nick the wood around the hole for the scissors when you put them back in, and I have done it many times. It just needed a bit of metal around the opening (like the metal around the knife holes)."

"We love it, especially the installed-sharpening part," wrote a generally happy user. "Just missing a serrated knife in the set. There is one with [a] fine serrated part, like a table steak knife, but I like a good, rough serrated knife for tomatoes."

Once you realize how quickly you can slice up cocktail garnishes, you'll be smiling too! (Though you might prefer to have the handles facing you.)

$80 at Amazon

And to keep your precious little fingies safe while you slice...

There's NoCry(ing) over slippery knives when you have these machine-washable, food-safe mitts in your kitchen. According to the brand, they're four times stronger than leather and 10 times stronger than steel, meaning it would take quite a lot to pierce them. 

"Great for butterfingers!" joked one shopper. "I always get accidental cuts while cutting fruit. So when I finally got these, I was quite excited to test [them] out because it didn't make sense to me how a glove could protect my fingers from a sharp knife. But let me tell you, it sure did! I was cutting an apple and my knife slipped onto my finger and the glove completely stopped it from piercing me. I still felt the knife hit my finger, but it was well-protected and no blood was shed."

$13 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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