November 15, 2021

Microban® and Calphalon® develop knife sets with integrated antimicrobial protection

Microban International has partnered with Calphalon® brand, the manufacturer of the premium-quality cookware, bakeware, cutlery, and appliances – to develop a range of kitchen knives with built-in antimicrobial product protection. Calphalon Classic™ and Select by Calphalon™ knife sets now have specifically formulated Microban SilverShield® technology built into the handle of each knife, helping to provide antimicrobial product protection.


Every home chef faces the daily challenge of maintaining clean surfaces through constant washing and sanitization. Insufficient hygiene measures – combined with the diminishing antimicrobial activity of some cleaning solutions after application – can lead to exponential microbial growth. This contributes to the risk of staining, odors, and premature degradation of kitchen equipment. As one of the most commonly used utensils while preparing food, kitchen knives are particularly susceptible to these issues.


The Calphalon® brand and Microban have proactively addressed this by incorporating industry-leading silver ion antimicrobial technology into the most common touch points – the handles – of the popular Calphalon Classic and Select by Calphalon knives. This helps to disrupt and prevent the growth of microorganisms on the surface of the handles. The technology begins to work as soon as microorganisms come into contact with the handle, supporting and enhancing existing cleaning practices to provide 24/7 protection for the lifetime of the product, without ever washing off or becoming less effective.


Gary Gagnon, Director of Business Development at Microban, stated “This new partnership with one of the industry leaders in fine kitchenware is particularly exciting – a view I know is shared with the wider team here at Microban.”


“The Calphalon brand is extremely proud to partner with Microban to enhance our range of premium knives,” commented Kris Malkoski, CEO of the Food Business Unit at Newell Brands. “We appreciate the importance of cleanliness in the kitchen, as well as product longevity, and incorporating Microban antimicrobial technology into our Calphalon Classic and Select by Calphalon knife sets will enable our consumers to enjoy the peace of mind of lasting protection.”


About Microban International

Part of Barr Brands International (BBI), Microban International is a global specialist in antimicrobial, odor control, smart surface and disinfection technologies. Our proactive systems keep products cleaner, and control odors better by preventing problems before they start. Microban drives innovation by combining science and creative solutions that enhance high-quality consumer, textile, industrial and medical products around the world. Today the Microban brand and technologies are featured on thousands of products worldwide. The company is headquartered in North Carolina with operations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit


About Calphalon 

The Calphalon brand is a leading manufacturer of professional quality cookware, cutlery, and bakeware, for the home chef. Based in Atlanta, GA, Calphalon is a part of Newell Brands’ global portfolio. 


About Newell Brands

Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Rubbermaid®, Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Marmot®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid® Commercial Products, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Mapa®, Spontex® and Yankee Candle®. Newell Brands’ beloved, planet friendly brands enhance and brighten consumers lives at home and outside by creating moments of joy, building confidence and providing peace of mind.


This press release and additional information about Newell Brands are available on the company’s website,

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