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Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse Sued Over German Knives Made In China

Celebrity chefs Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse are being named in a lawsuit over knives marketed and sold over HSN, Amazon, and other outlets. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia owns the Emeril name as it relates to products and cookbooks.

According to TMZ, the lawsuit claims that HSN is selling Emeril branded German steel knife sets that have the Solingen name imprinted on the blades of the knives.

Only problem? The knives are made in China.

The lawsuit was filed by the Wuppertal-Solinger-Remscheid Chamber of

Industry and Commerce, which owns the Solingen name. For at least 100

years (much more if you count swords and sabres), Solingen, Germany has been one of the world's leaders in quality

knife production.

A look at HSN's website, indeed shows the eight piece knife set is available online for $69.99.

The knives are described as German Steel. Zooming in on the picture of

the knife, you can read the Solingen name on the blade. Scrolling down

to details, we learn that the knives are forged German steel but are

made in China.

We called the HSN order line to get some

clarification on the product. We were told, "he must have took [sic] his

company to China."

The same knives are listed on

for $60.50 and are described as "high grade forged German steel". The

Amazon listing does not say the knives are made in China.

In any

event, the knives are getting mixed reviews, with some consumers loving

them, and others saying they fell apart after a few uses.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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