I recently bought a set of 5 forged knives (well, 4 knives and shears) from a big store in Canada (Loblaws) under the President's Choice brand (generic brand for a lot of stuff here in Canada).
The thing is, I had some real cheap knives before and these ones cut a lot more than some Victorinox Fibrox/Henckels Twin Master stamped knives I tried recently. However, as I have no idea on how well they were cared for, I cannot compare so let's consider this as anectodal.
Anyways, back to those knives. They are apparently made of german steel (X 55 CR Mo V14) and are made in Portugal. The blade is nicely done, but there are some slight imperfections in the handles. As it's a canadian store brand, there isn't a lot about them on the Internet except that they are apparently nice budget knives for their price. Some compare them to Wüsthof Classic at 1/3 of the retail price, but I never tried those, so here again, I can't compare.
So, I looked up here and there and my search conducted me to IVO Cutlery, Portugal (http://www.ivo-kitchen-knives.com/blademaster.html). After looking on their website, the President's Choice brand forged knives are identical to the IVO BladeMaster serie of forged knives, minus the branding. IVO describe these knives as having a HRC of 56, which isn't bad for a budget knife.
Anyone heard anything about IVO Cutlery? There is little to no information about them on the Internet except what's on their websites, and a few comments on their Facebook page. No reviews; as if no one ever bought any of these knives.
Do anyone knows anything here about these knives?
Thanks a lot for your time,