About Gotham Steel Pro Cut
Made with 100% Japanese steel, Gotham Steel Pro Cut promises to be the finest, sharpest solid steel knife you’ll ever own, allowing you to “slice through the toughest foods with ease.”
Combined with a non-slip comfort grip handle and perfect balancing, the company tells us Gotham Steel Pro Cut will deliver perfectly precise slices every time—whether you’re cutting avocado, pineapple, meat, bread, or anything else. And will its specially designed scallops, they promise you can even slice cheese without worrying about sticking!
Sure, Gotham Steel Pro Cut seemed to perform fantastically in their commercial, but can you expect it to deliver the same results in the real world? We’ll take a deep dive into the company’s claims in order to help you make a more informed buying decision.
First, what the heck is Japanese steel? Is it any good?
Is Japanese Steel a Good Metal for Cutlery?
While you might initially think the term “Japanese steel” tells you a lot about the knife you’re getting, this isn’t always the case. Why? Several reasons:
First, Japan has a long history of knife making (including swords), but there’s no special steel formula created by the Japanese that’s necessarily better than other knife materials. In other words, it’s largely a marketing term.
Second, there are many different types of stainless steel, which are usually signified by the amount of specific elements they contain, such as carbon, chromium, vanadium, and many more. For example, more carbon increases hardness and tensile strength, while chromium delivers wear and corrosion resistance.
Finally, whenever a manufacturer talks about “Japanese steel,” they’re often referencing 420J stainless steel, a blend known for its “lousy edge retention” and its tendency to “knick and dull quickly.” As such, they claim Japanese steel is “often used in Novelty and Art/Decorative knives.”
Taking all of this together, do you think Chef Graham Elliot was comparing apples-to-apples when he likened Pro Cut to a $129 knife he purchased locally? We’ll let you decide.
Speaking of price, how much will you pay for Gotham Steel Pro Cut?
How Much Does Gotham Steel Pro Cut Cost?
One Gotham Steel Pro Cut knife will cost you $19.99 plus $6.95 S&H. During checkout, you’ll also be able to purchase a Pro Cut Mini for additional $10 S&H. It appears this option will also provide you with a lifetime guarantee and a storage case.
Important note: The pictures on Pro Cut’s website indicate that there is a trapezoid-like notch in the blade’s cutting edge. However, this notch wasn’t present in the knives used in the commercial, so we can’t be sure which version you’ll receive.
In either case, we can’t see how this notch would provide any performance benefits.
Regardless of which option you purchase, Pro Cut comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. In order to request one, customer service can be reached at 855-721-3347.
A Note About Pro Cut’s Arbitration
In a nutshell, arbitration involves resolving a dispute between two parties via an independent third party, outside of the court system. The problem is that these proceedings tend to favor companies over consumers.
Why is this important? Because all Gotham Steel Pro Cut orders are subject to an arbitration agreement, which means that you’ll be giving up many of your legal rights if you experience any damages.
How do Pro Cut’s prices compare to the competition?
Gotham Steel Pro Cut vs. the Competition
Type “Japanese steel knife” into any search engine, and you’ll immediately be met with thousands of different options. As we discussed above, while these come in all different metal formulas, shapes, and sizes, perhaps the first (and most apparent) thing you’ll notice is that these range in price from $30 to $300+. On average, it seems you might expect to pay $100 or so.
Comparatively, you could purchase 4 Pro Cuts for the same price. But just because you’re paying less, does this mean Pro Cut provides a better value?
While Gotham Steel Pro Cut might stay super sharp long enough to film some incredible demonstrations for a commercial, based on what we learned about 420J steel earlier, it will probably knick and dull quickly. On the other hand, when you pay more for kitchen cutlery, you could potentially get steel with elements that improve edge retention for better ease of use (both long and short term).
But these are just our research-based opinions. What are Pro Cut’s real world customers saying?
Are There Any Online Reviews for Gotham Steel Pro Cut?
It’s fairly common for the ASOTV products we review to not have any online customer feedback. Why? Because the HighYa team takes an in-depth look at them right after they’re released, so they simply haven’t been around long enough.
Fortunately, we’ve reviewed several other products in the Gotham Steel lineup, including Pans, Double Grill, Knives, and Over EZ Omelette Pan. Among nearly 100 combined reader reviews, these products have an average rating of 2 stars here on HighYa, with common complaints referencing failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and less-than-stellar business practices (typically long shipping times and/or poor customer service).
Admittedly, there’s no way to know if you’ll experience the same with Pro Cut, but we think it’s worth keeping in mind.
Should You Place Your Order for Gotham Steel Pro Cut?
In a lot of cases, we’ve found that your ultimate satisfaction with many ASOTV products rests upon your overall expectations.
For example: Do you expect Pro Cut to perform as well as knives that cost 5X as much, over a long period of time? In this case, you might not end up satisfied. On the other hand, do you just need something to perform well for the short term? Here, you might find that Pro Cut delivers a solid value.
What did you experience with Gotham Steel Pro Cut? Do you think it represents a good buy for the money? Tell us your thoughts in your very own review below!