Yoshi Blade Knife Complaint - Doesn't work 'As Shown On TV'

Review by S. on 2010-12-23
TROY, MICHIGAN -- Well—it happened. I was TAKEN! After seeing TV commercials for eons about the ‘fabulous’ Yoshi Blade knife, I succumbed.

Received a catalog which had emblazoned across the top: Free Shipping. Hating to pay those outrageous fees, I quickly leafed through the catalog and spied the Yoshi Blade Knife for $16.99. I’ll also receive at no additional cost a ceramic peeler.

I filled out the order blank, enclosed my check, and waited for delivery of this miracle culinary utensil. It arrived a few days ago. A red flag should have gone up when I read it was not dishwasher safe. :)

I make (I think) a pretty mean chicken salad and decided to whip up a batch earlier this morning. The chicken was cooked, the veggies raw, and I used a plastic cutting board as recommended.

I don’t think that knife would slice through butter unless a little higher than room temperature. I had pieces of celery tossed about the countertop and the tiny bit of onion I used in the salad was more on the outer edges of the cutting board than where I sliced.

Labels were supplied if I decided I wanted to return it. One for UPS, another for USPS. However, the fine print clearly stated I would be charged $7.99 for this ‘service.’ I decided the hassle of wrapping the knife for return wasn’t worth the $9.00 I’d probably get back.

I don’t have to be concerned about placing it in the dishwasher. The knife is in its protective sheath (on the off chance it may actually cut something) and is in the trash bag under the sink. Next trip will be into the dumpster.

Haven’t tried the peeler yet. Maybe that’ll work—who knows?

Perhaps others find this knife useful but I don’t. In the future I’ll continue using a 25-year old Cutco French Chef’s knife for slicing veggies as I have in the past.

It’s a lesson that cost me $16.99, but one I hope I don’t forget. I guess I had ‘sucker’ printed across my forehead when leafing through that catalog.
Comments:7 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-12-23
Posted by saj80 on 2010-12-23:
Good review; I am always skeptical of products pitched via TV ads, and the Yoshi knife looked too good to be true.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-23:
Good review and thanks! Not that I was planning on buying that, but, now I won't even consider it.
Posted by S. on 2010-12-23:
Thanks, saj. Maybe I was expecting too much, but it certainly doesn't seem as flawless as it looks in those commercials. One item I bought that was advertised on TV (but I purchased in a store) was those orange-colored Sham Wows or whatever they're called now. As far as I'm concerned, they really work--and my housekeeker agrees. :)
Posted by S. on 2010-12-23:
hothead13, I really hope someone posts that they like this knife. Maybe I was doing something wrong, but I followed all the directions.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-23:
Ponie, I'm sure you did follow the directions. I'm still using a knife that doesn't even have a brand name.
Posted by S. on 2010-12-23:
hothead13, I have a bunch of dollar store paring knives in the drawer. A quick run through the knife sharpener makes them pretty good for a while.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-23:
Mine is really easy to sharpen :)

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