I hope you will agree with me when I say:
There is no friend better to a chef than his knife.
That being said, looking for a new knife that will be sharp and last long can be hard. It is time-consuming and frustrating seeing so many brands claiming to be the best. That is why, in this Tomodachi knives review, I will go over all the pros and cons of these rainbow-colored knives. Tomodachi knives, manufactured by Hampton Forge in the United States are popular due to their low price. They are not only affordable but also made out of high-quality material. If you have been to stores like Costco in the last few years chances are you have seen one of these multi-colored knives that look appealing and extremely fun to use. I know I felt that way when I looked at them for the first time. So I thought why not pick one of these up on Amazon and try them out for myself. So here is my Tomodachi knives review:
Tomodachi knives PROS AND CONS:
Here is a list of all the pros and cons possessed by Tomodachi knives:
|✅ Titanium coated stainless steel blade||❌ The blade covers make up 5 of the 10 pieces.
|✅ Edge-retention that provides longevity||❌ Color can fade if put in the dishwasher often|
|✅ Soft-touch handles|
|✅ Color-coded handles with a rainbow blade|
|✅ Dishwasher safe|
Tomodachi Knives Review 2021
Hampton forge has been crafting affordable and great quality kitchen knives since 1990. Launched at that time, Hampton has made a name in the cutlery market. It is well established and competes with big-name brands like Cutco and Sabatier knives. In addition to being made from rainbow-colored metals such as titanium stainless steel, the Tomodachi knives were not only made with different colors but also are made from non-stick material. Meaning no food will stick to your knives while chopping or mincing for your delicious meals. Because of their beautiful and multi-color blades, these titanium-coated knives have taken over the cookware industry. With these knives you have not only added fun to your kitchen but also added precision, sharpness, and durability. You will enjoy using them on your daily meals just as much as you enjoy using any other great brand knife but with added fun!
The specific knife set I’m going to be talking about is a knife set that is sold as a 5-piece Tomodachi knife set. This set includes the following:
Santoku knife- A Japanese-styled knife that is multi-use and a known combination of a cleaver and chef’s knife.
All-purpose knife- Kitchen knife mainly used for all types of chopping, mincing, and slicing.
Utility knife- A smaller version of a chef’s knife that excels at everyday tasks
Paring knife- Used for precision cutting like trimming, slicing, and peeling.
Mini Santoku knife- A titanium professional knife that functions as a smaller version of the Santoku knife and is used for precision cuts to bones and other rock-hard foods.
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Who makes Tomodachi knives?
Hampton Forge, a manufacturer of cutlery and flatware that has been around since the late 1900s, makes Tomodachi knives and other metal cutlery. They manufacture a lot of knives and flatware under the name “Tomodachi” and this knife set is one of their best products to date. People loved them as soon as they were released just because of the unique concept used in manufacturing these knives.
Hampton forge has been making knives for over 20 years and has figured out pretty much how to please customers with their high-quality products. That is why Hampton Forge can sell products that are extremely versatile without any customer complaints. And also, this is why Hampton Forge’s Tomodachi knives are one of the most loved products on Amazon with over 1000 positive reviews.
Tomodachi knives are exceptionally high quality and are made of Titanium coated Steel, a material that is easily carved by hand. This material is of the highest quality, allowing for precision cutting as well as cutting and chopping tough foods such as steak and frozen cheese easily. Using these blades you can cut vegetables with immense accuracy and smoothness. It is almost enjoyable because cutting up vegetables is made so much easier and the blades can handle any amount of weight or force applied to them just like Pampered Chef knife.
This knife has a forged blade. It is extremely durable and offers longevity because of its forged nature. It allows you to cut anything, including cutting, chopping, dicing, and mincing. The blades hold their edge well and are corrosion and rust-resistant making them completely dishwasher safe. But the company does advise you to hand wash if you have the time to do so for an even longer lifetime. The main advantage of forged knives is that they will always remain sharp even if used roughly. So you don’t need to worry about sharpening them for a long time. Although it is recommended to sharpen them every 6 months or so by many knife experts. Tomodachi knives are sharpened at a 20-degree angle at the factory. That means a 20-degree angle on each side is recommended and optimal for sharpening them against a whetstone if you plan on doing it yourself.
A 20-degree angle is optimal for almost every knife. A kitchen knives’ sharpness typically ranges from a 15 to 20-degree angle based on how thick the blade is.
The most notable feature of Tomodachi knives is their handle; these are simple plastic handles used on every other knife, except that they are in different colors. The different color on the knife handles represents the different purpose of each knife. This helps you differentiate the knives based on their usage. This is made so you don’t accidentally pick the wrong knife to use while cooking your everyday meal. The handle material definitely has one of the best knife handles I have held, which made me write this Tomodachi knives review.
These knives have acrylic handles, so they aren’t as heavy as full tang knives with wood handles, but they actually feel great in the hand. The knives cut exactly on contact so you don’t slip off the food that didn’t start cutting when you expected it to. Although, the handles do get slippery when your hands are wet. So make sure your hands are dry before using these knives and you should be good to go.
Over the 31 years, Hampton Forge has figured out how to make pretty astonishing knives- and their Tomodachi line is no exception. In terms of performance, here’s what you can expect when getting this Tomodachi knife set:
Right out of the factory, Tomodachi knives are sharpened at a 20-degree angle. Which is considerably sharp. I always like to judge a knife by performing a paper cutting test on it and sure enough, these knives cut through paper extremely easily when it is placed vertically Although you Can find knives that are sharper than 20 degrees on the market, in my opinion, their color and the fun they add to your kitchen is worth it because a 20-degree angle is extremely optimal for normal kitchen use. Unless you are a Sushi chef you should have no trouble slicing through anything with these knives.
What good is a knife if it can not hold its edge? The combination of titanium-coated steel with studious manufacturing makes for a great knife set that gives the knife set the repetition it has today. These knives only need to be sharpened every once or twice a year (according to knife experts). And that’s if you are going to be using them frequently.
Price is also a big factor when considering whether buying a knife set is worth it or not. There are hundreds of knife companies that are probably better than this Tomodachi knife set but they all cost an arm and a leg. Fortunately, these knives are extremely cheap in value and well made in quality.
The price of these rainbow kitchen knives can fluctuate so here is a link of where you can check the most recent price of these knives:
I’ve been focusing on all the goods about these products. Now it’s time that I tell you about some of the flaws and complaints customers raised their voices over about Tomodachi knives. The fact is, they are pretty awesome but like everything else in the world, they have their own imperfections. Although customers who have given a bad Hampton forge Tomodachi knives review are in the minority, they still exist. Here are some of the issues that they have found upon using Tomodachi knives that I found are worth mentioning.
The Edge Dulls Quickly
Some customers have commented on the longevity and edge-retention of these rainbow blade kitchen knives. Although I have not experienced this issue with my own set of Tomodachi knives, I hear many people complaining that their knives lose their edge in less than six months. However, it might’ve been because of misuse. I just think if they are taken good care of them there is no need to sharpen them within the first few months of getting them. And if they somehow dull out (which is highly unlikely), you can simply sharpen them using a whetstone or honing steel which only takes about 10 minutes to do.
Paint Flakes Off Over Time
Many customers have also mentioned that the color of these rainbow kitchen knives randomly flaked off the knife one day.
This might be caused by the overuse of dishwashers when cleaning these knives. Although they are dishwasher safe, it is still recommended to hand wash these knives. It will only take you a few minutes and give you a long-lasting knife in return.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and begin your prepping journey by purchasing these knives and trying them out for yourself today!
Hey there! i am Bobby Flay, an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and reality television personality. I am the owner and executive chef of several restaurants across 11 states. And so, i’ve decided to share some of my expertise by reviewing and rating multiple different products and equipment i’ve used and loved over the years, so you at home, can get the best products by professional advise.