I want to share my experience with Ginsu & Ginsu 2000! This is a warning! Don't fall for the cheap imitations! You will be disappointed! If you are thinking of buying them as a gift, your loved ones will appreciate that you got the real thing. It really is worth it! The following is my story...
I have a set of Ginsu knives from years ago! Or rather I had a set & now have only a few left. A few months ago I decided I was tired of not having a Ginsu knife when I needed it & for the task I was doing. My other knives just don't compare. I looked on eBay. I couldn't believe how cheap I could get a set of Ginsu knives for! Since I had had mine for so long I figured that Ginsu 2000 was just the new & improved version for the new millenium.
Boy was I wrong! I bid and won a set of "GINSU 2000 DULEXE -10pc Set KNIFES" I bid $2.00 plus $4.14 for Parcel post shipping. I waited for my great bargain in the mail. A week later I got a package sent first class mail. I was not expecting it first class mail; the ginsu knives I was expecting would never be mailed first class they would be too heavy. That was my first sign that something was not right. I opened the package; 'No this doesn't look right. This is a folded package.' I am sad to say that it was the Ginsu 2000 "knifes" I had won. I got out my remaining original Ginsu knives; I laid them on top of the package & compared sizes. The Ginsu 2000 were shorter, every one. The blades were thinner & narrower. I didn't even have to take them out of the package to see the difference. Just for comparison sake I picked up the package & held the Meat Cleaver/Turkey Carver/Bread Slicer and gently bent the blade, not to break it, just to see if it would bend; that is a testament to how bad these imitations are. If you are looking for good quality knives eliminate the ones that are Ginsu 2000 from your search!
I still haven't bought my new Ginsu knife set. I am saving up for the Ginsu International Traditions 14 piece
Stainless Steel Knife/Block Set from GinsuGuys.com; their official website. I know from the other Ginsu knives that I have; it will be totally worth it! Mine are at least 11 years old and have never needed sharpening! I hate that they have disappeared through the years. (Perhaps my 13yr old dishwasher threw them out so he didn't have to wash them.) I have other knives, but they don't compare to my Ginsus.
If you are looking for good knives then Ginsu is for you. You will need to weed out the "Ginsu 2000" and the "Ginsu style" sets from your eBay search. When you find the original Ginsu knives you will be very happy with them. If you are looking for a great gift for someone you love then go for the original Ginsu. The Ginsu Guys make great knives!