Reviewed by Kelvin Tebbs
Whether you enjoy a mild cheddar, creamy Camembert, flavoursome feta or strong Stilton, the VonShef cheeseboard is the perfect way to serve your guests with a selection of the finest cheeses. This little set is a great addition to any cheese lovers’ home. It neatly packs away whilst housing 3 hidden knives.
Our VonShef product was delivered by Hermes but unfortunately I was out at the time of delivery. Due to the size of the cardboard box it was packaged in (21.5 cm X 30cm X 9cm), it was unable to be posted through the conventional letter box. I was grateful that a delivery note was posted through the door though informing me of the location of my parcel.
The product was extremely well packaged and the external packaging also contained details of the model number, a ‘fragile warning’ for handlers, ‘made in China’ the weight of the package (1.4kg) with dimensions of the packaging size and a barcode. One thing to note is that if you are buying this product as a gift, the delivery packaging does clearly state the contents of the package, so this is just something to be mindful of if you don’t want to let the cat out of the bag for the surprise.
The internal cheese board packaging itself was very elegant, stylish and modern with a minimalistic approach. Using only 3 colours (grey, green and white) the branding was clear and concise. The front of the package showed the VonShef registered trademark logo with an exact description of the contents ‘cheeseboard with 3 hidden knives.’ The ‘serve with style’ strap line was also clearly displayed.
The website, VonShef.com was labelled on both of the sides of the box, written in a pale green font on a ‘battle ship’ grey background. Whilst the reverse of the packaging is identical to the front in colour, design and message, it does also have the products barcode imprinted into the box along with the colour of the product; bamboo, SKU code, details regarding trademarks, where the product is made (China) and displays the recycling logo so the consumer is aware that the packaging can be recycled.
The board itself is made from 100% bamboo wood which was neatly bubble wrapped and cellophaned when unpackaged. It would appear that the cheese board comes in 3 segments which actually opens to form 3 separate tiers. The top 2 tiers are used for displaying the cheeses themselves whereas the lowest tier acts as the hidden knife tray. In total, the diameter of the board once opened is 33cm and tiers have a height of 6cm in total.
The bamboo wood is a natural and sustainable wood meaning that for any environmentally conscientious individual, we are assured that this board set is eco-friendly.
The cheese board came with some general instructions (double sided A4 page) regarding the care and maintenance of the product along with customer service and warranty information too.
It is important to note that the bamboo cheese board is not designed for use with microwaves, ovens or dishwashers. Due to the nature of the wood, it is also prone to staining so cleaning tips and care advice is also detailed within the instructions.
Due to the fact that the board contains 3 hidden knives, there are also cleaning/care instructions for these stainless steel knives but once again a warning notice is given due to the fact that it contains bladed instruments. The knives included in the set are as follows; a cheddar knife, hard cheese knife and a cheese fork. The stainless blades have the VonShef logo imprinted onto to them and they have an easy grip bamboo handle to match the board.
I was impressed to see that a 2-year warranty was provided with the product and thus helps to demonstrate the quality of the product.
This is a fantastic set for any cheese enthusiast. With Father’s Day fast approaching, this would make a wonderful gift for Dad but it could also be given at Christmas, birthdays, would make an ideal house warming present or wedding gifts.
I was really pleased with this product and would rate it 5 out of 5.
Available to buy from www.domu.co.uk.