Chicago Cutlery® Utility Knife (61SP)

Item no: 62218 | 027979120041
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  • 6"
  • Walnut Tradition
  • Stainless steel blade

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EKCOChicago Cutlery® Utility Knife (61SP)

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*NOT* holding up < 9 months (2-star knife, +1 star cust svc)

By Knife-wielding chef wannabe

from Chicago, IL

About Me Avid Cook


  • Nicely balanced
  • Perfect size for nearly every application


  • Poor quality

Best Uses

  • Large Kitchens
  • Simple Meals
  • Small Kitchens

Comments about EKCO Chicago Cutlery® Utility Knife (61SP):

I purchased the 61S pre-2001 from an outlet store in Arizona. The construction was fantastic (good balance, heft, handle form) and it has served us well for more than 15 years. So when it came time to get knives for my daughter when she went off to college, I found the 61SP online (6E15M stamped on the blade next to Chicago Cutlery logo). The construction difference of the newer SP was noticeable...the wood was a little blockier and rougher, the blade was courser with a shorter main blade bevel, but it was still seemingly sharp and balanced well. After 6 or so months, the blade on the newer SP has started to rust higher up on the heel (not the edge). Then, the middle of the three rivets fell out, like it was made of substandard brass or something. Note that my daughter treats her knives like I taught her--handwash only, dry the blade, never store wet. And she used it only infrequently in the dorm (unlike my original utility knife which I use nearly every day and is holding up fantastically).

My understanding is that World Kitchen acquired the CC name in 2003, moving manufacturing from Milwaukee, WI (USA) to somewhere in China. That would be OK if the newer knife held up even half as well.

To their credit, however, they are honoring the lifetime warranty and sending out a replacement. The fact that they completely stand behind their product does speak volumes for their customer service, so +1 star from my original 2 star ranking. They also recommended using Barkeeper's friend on the blade to keep it from rusting. If the replacement holds up well, I will revisit and raise my rating.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Multi purpose knife

By Tommie the cook

from Cottonwood, CA

About Me Gourmet Chef


  • Good construction
  • High quality


    Best Uses

      Comments about EKCO Chicago Cutlery® Utility Knife (61SP):

      I have my original set from 1983 that came with this knife, I used it all the time and finally the handle broke, I contacted customer service and was given a new knife with no problems. They stand behind the lifetime replacement policy. I could have a more expensive set, but after all these years keeping them sharp they work just fine!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      Utility Knife

      By Bips

      from Stamford, CT

      About Me Casual Cook

      Verified Buyer


      • Good construction


      • Poor quality

      Best Uses

      • Simple Meals

      Comments about EKCO Chicago Cutlery® Utility Knife (61SP):

      I expected the knife to be a sharper than it is. Could have used something that was a little better and made cutting easier.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


      This website did not deliver or respond to inquiry

      By Whamo

      from Indiana

      Comments about EKCO Chicago Cutlery® Utility Knife (61SP):

      I did not receive my order. I inquired as to the status of my order and was told that I would be contacted in 3 working days. 3 working days turned in to 10 working days. I contacted again and have received no reply.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


      Excellent knife

      By ironv

      from Georgia

      Comments about EKCO Chicago Cutlery® Utility Knife (61SP):

      Very nice all-purpose knife -- sharp, strong, nice handle

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


      Nice Knives

      By Packardcars

      from USA

      Comments about EKCO Chicago Cutlery® Utility Knife (61SP):

      I like these knives, they are fairly sharp when they arrive, BUT if they were MADE IN THE USA I would gladly pay a lot more for them, the name SHOULD say it all, CHICAGO cuttery, not "made in china".

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