If you’re looking for a complete knife set you’ll be proud of at a price that won’t put a dent in your savings account, this is the clear winner. If you’d like to step things up a few notches, it’s hard to go wrong with the Willing Pro 7-Piece Knife Block Set.
Complete with four knives all forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, the precision-honed blades are extra-sharp, stylish and just feel really nice in your hand. But if you’re looking to make an investment in your kitchen tools, we can’t think of a better place to start.
At first blush, we didn’t think we’d like the poly padded handles, but they were actually extremely comfortable and kept the knives from slipping, even after they had just been hand-washed. Plus, it is exceptionally sharp and took practically zero effort to drag through a few-days-old loaf of crusty bread, take the rind off a cantaloupe or slice berthing pieces from a tender tomato or peach, earning it more points than the Willing or Author versions.
After plenty of chopping, slicing and dicing, the Chicago Cutlery knives remained as sharp as their brand-new counterparts. Also putting Chicago over the top were all the extras: The steak knives performed great while slicing through grilled filet Mignon and the two Santos knives were handy for slicing cheese, mincing garlic and scooping everything off the cutting board.
They’re great for chopping soft or sticky things like meat, veggies, herbs and cheese and for scooping food off your cutting board, thanks to their wide blade.) When you’re seeking out knives that are super sharp, durable, ergonomic and will last a lifetime, we highly suggest you stop and give this standout set a good look.
Heckles, which was founded back in 1731, also takes into account the benefits of both Western and Asian knife design. For example, the chef’s knife blade has a broad curve to allow for a Western-style rocking motion, but a straight back that aligns with the Asian chopping style.
They’re forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, making them harder and sharper than many other models. Lasers are then used to angle the edges of the blades for precision sharpness, and the process seems to have succeeded.
The chef’s knife, which was our favorite from the Willing set, for one, practically dropped through a head of lettuce, and easily sliced through carrots, onions, herbs and more. In fact, it seemed more like a utility knife, and the oversized blade, while very sharp, made it difficult to core a tomato or hull a strawberry.
Thinner than other knives we tested, the handles fit perfectly in a woman’s hand, but our male tester wished they were a smudge more substantial. It glided through onions, potatoes and tomatoes, took the corn off the cob with ease and sliced through the tough rind of a pineapple like it was nothing.
The paring and utility knives fit comfortably into our hands and easily sliced everything we tested them on: limes, oranges, strawberries, carrots, zucchini, radishes, you name it. The serrated bread knife drew right through our baguette loaves, making us dream of a second career as an apprentice in a French boulangerie.
The fact that the set includes just four knives and comes with a $450 price tag kept it from being our overall winner or runner-up. If you have the money to invest, however, we think the classic, elegant set will not only look like a crown jewel on your kitchen counter, but also continue to dazzle for a lifetime.
We spent weeks testing these knife sets, comparing each model by the same criteria, including overall performance, build quality, added accessories and warranty, taking detailed notes on how specific knives functioned based on everything from sharpness and materials to heft and hand-feel to how they looked and the usefulness of any included extras. We ordered two of each set so that after spending several days slicing and dicing our hearts out, we were able to compare the used knive’s sharpness to their just-out-of-the-box twins.
As avid home cooks, we already spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen, but as our dining room table became overtaken with woodblocks filled with knives to test, we quickly found ourselves continually looking for things to chop. Chef’s knife: This standard tool is made to take on most of the bigger jobs in the kitchen.
Its weight makes it easier to chop uploads of ingredients in one go, say, for a big pot of soup or to roast a bounty of potatoes and vegetables. We tested chopping through meat, onions, carrots, herbs and more, noting the knife’s design, grip, weight and general feel.
We noted the ease of drawing the blade through different food items, and also whether the knife glided through paper or snagged. So, for this knife, we cored and peeled apples and tomatoes, and minced shallots and garlic to evaluate its performance and feel.
Too many items to list, including tomatoes, hard cheese, oranges, carrots and salami, were used to test how easily this knife could live up to its name. We looked at ease of cutting through difficult foods, as well as how thin we could slice something softer, such as a tomato.
Forged knives, for example, are typically stronger than stamped, which are cut from a flat metal sheet. Full tang, meaning the blade extends through the handle, helps create balance and overall heft.
Feel: So much of handling a kitchen knife rests on how it feels in your hand, so we paid special attention to the heaviness of the blades and handles, maneuverability, weight distribution and ease of sliding the knives in and out of their blocks. While we realize taste is subjective, we noted our general reaction to how nice they looked.
Build had a maximum of 35 points: quality (15); knife feel (10); room for knuckle clearance (5); appearance (5). Handcrafted in Semi, Japan, the durable, beautiful and razor-sharp Damascus stainless steel blades had us oohing and aching at their ability to perfectly slice through everything.
The paring knife, for instance, was so sharp that as we used it to core a tomato, we found it was shaving skin off our finger from the slightest touch. Admittedly, we thought the claim that the block’s built-in ceramic sharpeners would work with each use was a gimmick, but we were quickly impressed that the knives really did seem to get sharper every time we chopped and sliced.
As far as performance, the all-stainless steel, full-tang knives handled well and felt balanced, although they did feel overly heavy in our hands. We also appreciated the fact that the handles are labeled so you can quickly grab the correct knife.
These knives scored lower on performance than most models: They weren’t as sharp, the hollow metal handles felt too light, causing an imbalance, and they tended to get slippery when wet. Besides the value price, it features lightweight, dishwasher-safe stainless steel blades that will cover your cutting needs.
We must admit, when we unboxed this midnight black set noted by the company for its “menacing design,” we were prepared to be underwhelmed. Our aesthetic biases had us thinking these would prove to be more flash than performance, though we know some will dub the highly stylized look as awesome.
The geometric design of the military-grade G10 handles actually fit really comfortably into our hands and their slight texture made slippage a non-issue. The full-tang titanium nitride-coated German steel blades were razored sharp and excellent at chopping and slicing everything we threw at them.
The curved blade of the chef’s knife was helpful in chopping, but its thinness made it feel a bit light. In fact, the heavy handles, paired with thin blades, seemed to affect the balance of the knives.
And, at a rather hefty price, it includes just five knives (chef’s, paring, utility, serrated and Santos) plus a honing steel. Then again, if your home decor is Kylo Men meets Jacques Pepin, put these on your wish list immediately.
If you know a college student who has made the move from their dorm to their first apartment, this colorful set of kitchen knives would make a fine housewarming gift. They’re BPA-free and come with matching sheaths, so they can be easily stored in a drawer, saving precious counter space.
They didn’t feel especially sharp out of the box, our fingers smashed against the cutting board as we chopped and the blades felt heavy compared to the plastic handles, which threw off the balance of the knives in our hands. Its unique, vertical tempered glass block had one family member wrinkling his nose with distaste, two teenagers dubbing it “sick” (a good thing) and one who kept waffling between “so cool” and “trying too hard.” But whether you like the looks of the glass block, no one can argue that these are great knives.
Nice and sharp out of the box, they’re made using high-carbon German steel, a bolster for support and neoprene handles with full tang, offering fairly even weight distribution. With the set, you get five knives : 8-inch chef’s, 8-inch bread, 6-inch boning, 5-inch utility and 3 1/2-inch paring, plus that controversial holder.
Made of honed, stainless steel blades and plastic curved handles with full tang, the chef’s knife was our favorite, although it felt a bit light in the hand. Overall, the knives were sharp out of the box, look nice in their wood block and come with an affordable price tag when on sale (which seems to be most of the time at most retailers).
It was one of the few knives in our test that could cleanly slice tomatoes, chop onions, cut up carrots, bone a chicken, and create thin ribbons of basil. The German classic is fully forged and has a full tang, which helps it feel perfectly balanced and ergonomic in your hand.
It's dishwasher safe (a rarity for cutlery), but we recommend hand-washing to extend its lifespan. It's a quintessential, all-purpose tool that does an ace job of blitzing parsley into dust, dicing onions, or defining a chicken.
It practically guides you to hold the knife exactly how you should (by pinching the bottom of the blade.) The handle sits in the center of your palm, making this knife a true extension of your hand.
This fully forged, high-carbon German steel knife cut through almost every task very easily. It also comes with a protective plastic covering, making it extra safe to store.
One of the sharpest knives we've tested, Global's Santos is all stainless steel, so there aren't crevices along the handle that trap food. This Japanese knife excelled at all tasks but wowed us with its ability to power through chicken bones.
Super sharp to power through any task Entirely stainless steel Notched blade prevents food from sticking Shun's beautiful chef's knife literally glides through ripe tomatoes with its sharp edge.
The rounded black Lakewood handle is comfortable even for small hands to get around, and if an 8-inch size (the most common length of a chef's knife) feels excessive and heavy, we think the 6-inch blade on this one will be a perfect fit. Heckles Chef's Knife is one of the top-selling knives on Amazon.
In our testing, it made quick work of chopping parsley, slicing tomatoes, dicing onions, and even boning a chicken. The knife's gorgeous rosewood curved handle gives you a comfy, ergonomic grip.
This 8-inch chef's knife is lightweight and super sharp, which made it very easy to cut through all off the veggies in our test without tiring our hand or wrist. Its Lakewood handle is smooth, strong, and easy to grasp with a full tang that helps it feel balanced in your hand.
Durable but not overly heavy Super sharp for effortless cutting The Made In 8-inch Chef's Knife did not disappoint: In addition to being very pretty to look at, it performed every cutting task well.
At the end of the day, finding your go-to chef's knife is largely based upon personal preference. The type of material affects the weight of the knife, the feel of it, as well as the price.
Our best words of advice: Look for a knife that feels like an extension of your hand and keep it sharp. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Editor & Product Analyst, Kitchen Appliances & Technology Lab Betty Gold earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Studies and Nutrition from New York University, and prior to joining Good Housekeeping, she worked with the James Beard Foundation and other leading food media brands like Bon Appétit, Food Network Magazine, and The Martha Stewart Show.
Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Testing Editor & Producer Nicole is a recipe developer trained in classic culinary arts and culinary nutrition who specializes in testing and developing kitchen appliances; she currently runs the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.
With more than 11,000 reviews and a five-star rating, the Mercer Millennia is the undisputed champion of chef’s knives available on Amazon. Reviewers are particularly taken with the handle, which they describe as “comfortable” and “ergonomic,” as well as the incredibly sharp, 12-inch blade.
Two years ago, celebrity chef Sean Brock shared a photo of a truly stunning chef’s knife on his Instagram “entirely handcrafted from reclaimed materials found in the mountains of East Tennessee.” Its stainless steel blade was forged from a “100+ year old 1095 high carbon sawmill blade” while the dark wood handle was carved from “some old growth cocoon.” The knife was custom-made by John Phillips, who sells the knives one by one to his newsletter subscribers. It’s damn near impossible to cop one of these beauties, but if you manage to, it’ll become an instant family heirloom.
Michelin-starred chefs Elise Knack and Anna Hieronymus recently told us Shun is “one of our favorite knife brands.” And with a lifetime guarantee and a blade that stays sharp longer than it has any right to, it’ll be one of yours, too. Risen was one of the earliest entrants into the fast-growing contingent of direct-to-consumer cookware brands, starting out as a Kickstarter launched in 2014.
In 2018, writer Parthia Rosin penned a convincing ode to the Honcho Kobe, or Long Chef’s Knife, a Japanese-made chef’s knife handcrafted in the seaside town of Banjo and available at L.A.-based Japanese home goods store The Good Liver. Rosin writes that she was immediately taken with the wood handle, which is “meticulously worked through a char coaling process that ensures its water resistant and antibacterial” as well as the blade made with two types of steel for added structural integrity.
“It’s so you learn the technique of holding the knife.” It also comes with a finger guard, which is perfect for amateur chefs in first, second, or third grade. Lightweight Japanese-style knives may be the blades du jour, but if you want a knife with some serious heft, one that can take a beating, go for the 11.1 ounce Author.
“I prefer the weight and thickness of the blade of this heavier knife,” says James Beard–nominated pastry chef Shannon Swindle. “It will slice through watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes by the pounds without a hiccup,” says one reviewer.
As New Orleans–based chef Justin Devilries points out, this is also the knife you want to take on the road, saying, “For a home cook who’s very recreational and weekend warrior–is, you don’t want to pull out some crazy-heavy thing that shatters if you drop it.” A good set of kitchen knives is an indispensable working tool that must not be missing from the outfit of any cook from the beginner to the professional.
With a good kitchen knife, cooking becomes a more fun task and you get a better result. A high-quality kitchen knife can last a lifetime if it is properly taken care of, a worthwhile investment in other words.
A good knife set is a wise investment for long time use. In the kitchen they always serve, and then they are also a pretty sight on the shelf in their block ready to be used when needed.
Total Piece: 05-peace Dishwasher Safe: Yes Block Includes: Yes Weight: 8.4lb Their kitchen knives have been around for years, and the 18-Piece kitchen knife set with block wooden is known for being one of the best.
The 18-piece set is the seventh iteration in the series which has enjoyed much success. The handles and whole set are very pretty and there’s a good selection for whatever you might need to cut or slice or dice.
The dark wood block is a perfect color and the handles of the blades look classic with the black look. Although Emo joy can be pricier than other competitors, they justify prices by delivering some great features.
Emo joy knives contain 15% chromium, which prevents the formation of iron oxides (rust). It is a super-thin barrier that resists water and in turn prevents the formation of iron oxides.
Due to the weight and balance of the knife, it is also perfect for heavy-duty work such as cutting thicker vegetables and all types of meats. The inline knives have gotten a change in design, and the gadget has a new sharp aimed at providing a better long life.
It looks beautiful & very sharp Great knives for home use Well balanced and very well-made You can find all in one set Completely dishwasher safe On our website, some people have complained that we always look at high-end stuff and end up missing out on some oriented high-value products which really important.
The good thing about these kitchen knives set is that they don’t cost a lot. You Chef Knife adopts proprietary BO Oxidation Tech which has great effect on anti-rust, and we are approved by FDA.
Because the heat may damage the metal construction whatever kind or brand the knife is. The closed molecule on the blade surface will make it resist rust and corrosion.
These knives are magnetic because its metal alloy to improve hardness and sharpness, not stainless steel only. The stainless steel blade is easy to sharpen and is characterized by low flexibility.
But don’t worry about the handle will fall down because the knife is full tang blade which fastened with 3 nails. In short, you can make any of the cuts thanks to its shape which ensures a fluid and precise balance movement.
Advanced BO oxidation Unique and elegant black color Sharper than ultra-sharp Durable and comfortable This is non-stick knife set Now, this may seem like an exaggeration, but they are famous in the knife industry for creating some of the finest kitchen knives.
This knife set is National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Approved, and limited lifetime warranty. Another good thing about this product is the knife manage to work as a slicing machine for cutting vegetable.
The blades are of excellent quality The block is extremely pleasing to the eye Very well-made and great shape Very comfortable handle Reasonable price For those who are curious, ANVIL & HAMMER is a relatively old company in the market that is aimed at providing quality cutting at a lower price point.
The company prides itself on being great because they want to deliver a cutting experience to general consumers without them breaking the handle. The Japanese have over been making knives dating back as early as 1200 BC, so they are very experienced, and they only use top quality materials and technicians to construct their products so the fact that this knife’s final origin is Japan should not be a deterrent for purchase.
To help keep costs down, the handle is made from African Rosewood and is crafted by skilled technicians and fitted in China. Their lightweight design and comfort also make them easy to use regularly.
This chef knife blade is a unique expression of form that precisely follows function, it’s versatile yet absolute. The Japanese auto knife shape and belly allow for an easy rolling action that demands little of the beholder & makes the X Series chef knife your all-rounder in the kitchen and a chef’s best friend.
The Strong 8-piece series slice surprisingly good when compared to some other knives in the same price range. The edge is painstakingly hand sharpened to 16-18° per side, maintaining the perfect balance between achieving ultra-thin slices and maximum resilience.
Tall blade height gives knuckle clearance to assist with food preparation and chopping activity. Each blade is precision forged, ultra sharp, wear-resistant, single-piece, high carbon ThyssenKrupp German steel at 55 Rockwell.
Now, this isn’t the first time a Tangshan has released kitchen knives, so we were excited to see how they work. These knives are absolutely beautiful and extremely sharp, so they’re a dream to use, gliding through meats, fruits and vegetables.
The wood block is a very nice finish and the white handles will match any type of kitchen very well. The vertical position of the knives does pose a problem if you want to keep them under the cabinets but it isn’t a big issue.
A honing steel is great to use periodically to remove small burrs and realign the knife’s edge back to optimal sharpness. 6-piece knife set includes 8-inch chef’s, 7-inch for Santos, 8-inch for bread, 5-inch for serrated utility, 3.5-inch for paring and block.
The quality and craftsmanship of the knives ensure they precisely and effectively perform their cutting functions giving the user like you a responsive and refined tactile experience that enhances and augments their skills and process. They take great care, knowledge and pride in this design and manufacturing process, and these blade smiths have lifetimes of experience making their high-end knives.
Remake knife is famous for its sharpness and the ideal balance of the weight. A good thing about this kitchen knife is they are dishwasher safe and have one of the best handles we’ve seen on this list thus far.
You got great efficiency at butchery of whole fish with this sharp thick and heavy Remake 6.5 inch Debt knife. Debt Knife is designed not only to excel in the preparation of fish, including chopping, gutting and filleting with precision but also fairs excellently to part out poultry or for use as a vegetable cleaver.
The handle is made of high-density G10 material, well-balanced the heavy thick blade. It has an ergonomic size, excellent property of anti-slip and never cracks in cold and hot temperatures.
Item weight is 375g, it a little high It is not completely dishwasher safe You know that You is committed to researching, manufacturing and marketing high-quality kitchen products like knives, knife racks, cookware, cutting boards, scissors, etc.
It could satisfy your multi-purpose tasks such as cutting, chopping, dicing and slicing vegetables, fruits, fish, meat and other products as well as removing flesh from bones. No matter what kinds of knives, heating will impact the construction of metal and shorten its service life.
We recommend you to use a bonus knife sharpener, it’s perfectly suitable for You Knives. You chef knife contains 16-18% chrome in the blade’s metal composition, which makes it not fade or tarnish even after using it for a long time.
The blade material is made from Japanese VG10 Super Steel and is honed to 12-15 degrees per side which is typical for Asian knives so from the perspective of blade material and sharpness, definitely Asian style. After heat treatment and liquid-nitro cooling the Rockwell hardness is HRC61 and the cutting edge is around 12 degrees per side.
They are good quality stainless steel, so you shouldn’t have issues with rust if you care of them properly. The knives are extremely sharp and work well for any cooking task they are used for.
It will last for years if you don’t leave them in dishwater; dry them immediately after washing. With the knives inserted, the entire set is about 14 inches high at the highest point.
They are very sharp Solid and has a modern look They are comfortable to use Everything in one knife set Very cheap price Finding knives that deserve the title of kitchen knife best in test is not an easy task.
In addition to find the best knife set, here are some important points that should be considered. A set sold on the market is generally made up of ten or even thirty knives, some of which go double.
It is good to have a wooden or plastic cutting board to use these knives. Now, if you still want to widen your set, think of the following types of knives to complete your collection: a boner for boning meats, a bread knife to cut the bread perfectly without sagging it, a roast fork and a rat-tail or gun.
Before looking for where to buy a new set of kitchen knives, it’s important that you recognize the quality of a knife. Otherwise, knives whose blades are made with light metals such as aluminum are also suitable.
It is recommended to prefer one stainless steel blade to another for hygienic reasons. Both blades and handles must be made of high quality, long-lasting materials that are easy to maintain.
This should be made of wood or plastic and attached to the blade with a good device to ensure its longevity and better grip. With a very sharp blade, a fillet knife is useful if you want to cut a whole fish into portions.
There are plenty of high-quality stainless steel knife sets at a cheap price. Before storage, it is important to wash the knife immediately after use and to allow it to dry properly.
Preferably use a wood cutting board (plastic can work well). Avoid glass, porcelain, stone and other hard materials that can destroy the knife.
Also do not cut into materials that can make the knife dull such as aluminum, hard plastic, frozen goods, etc. As a rule of thumb, you can remember that the more special the kitchen knife, the more complex it is to use.
That said, you need some experience to master the handling of certain kitchen knives, such as a filleting knife. If you have the opportunity, we and many other experts recommend adding a few hundred, or a thousand, to get a good kitchen knife.
An expensive, high-quality kitchen knife can last a lifetime and bring much joy and better results regularly. An expensive knife will almost always give a finer result, be comfortable to use, last a long time and be a worthwhile investment.
Some of these may be affiliate based, meaning we earn small commissions (at no additional cost to you) if items are purchased. They’re an invaluable tool for the daily preparation of your meals, and decent ones are an investment that should last for years, with proper care and maintenance.
Or, if you’re just not interested in taking the time to research and buy each blade separately, a set is an easy and convenient option. It’s not uncommon for companies is to sell their second or third line products in a high-priced set, hoping the brand name alone will be enough to make a sale.
Another trick is to load the set with slight variations in size of the same style, making it seem like you’re getting lots of blades when what you’re really getting is a bunch of repeats. In this guide we’ll cover the basics of how to choose a set that will provide good quality and value, and make your prep work easier and more enjoyable.
Bolsters are not a necessary component for quality, and will be found more often in Western style knives than those of Japanese design and origin. This spot is essentially the fulcrum and takes the brunt of the stress exerted when cutting, so make sure the transition area is well-joined with no gaps.
Composites and stainless steel offer the best qualities in terms of strength and longevity while wood can become soft and rot, and bone will dry out over time, becoming brittle. Comfort and safety are also important in a good handle (and for preventing nasty accidents in your kitchen in general).
This gives a greater range of motion for different cutting techniques, and is essential for proper honing and sharpening. For safety purposes, and to maintain a sharp edge, knives should never be stored loose in a cutlery drawer.
Now, to help with your decision-making, here are reviews of five different sets with varying price points that meet most, if not all, of the components needed for quality and value. From Messermeister, we have their superbly functional, efficient, and handsome 9-piece set in the San Moritz Elite line, complete with a wooden block.
The San Moritz Elite blades are constructed from the traditional one-piece, hot-drop forging technique, and hammered from a single billet of high-carbon German steel. Using the X50CRMOV15 stainless steel alloy, they provide top quality stain resistance as well outstanding sharpness, edge retention and ease of sharpening.
This provides outstanding weight, balance, and torque for cutting through challenging pieces such as large winter squash, or sticky starches and proteins. And the San Moritz Elite line comes with the distinctive name plate at the butt-end of each handle so you can personalize your set with etched initials.
The quality of construction and craftsmanship is another highlight, with the beautiful balance, control, and stability consistently getting top marks, as does the hand-finishing. The chef’s knife is truly a work of art, ideal for rock-chopping due to the angle of the blade, the large sweet spot, and the ultra-sharp edge.
While not quite as versatile as the chefs’ blade, the tip will quickly chop through large mounds of vegetables with a minimum of effort. While not really a complaint, several users have commented on the weight of the Elite blades as being heftier than many other brands, and may not be appropriate for those who appreciate lighter-weight tools.
Summary The San Moritz Elite knives in this set are built to professional standards that will please the most discerning of cooks. With outstanding fit and finish, the quality is top-notch, but it’s the edges that really elevate their value, placing them head and shoulders above competitors’ pieces in the same price range.
Sturdy and durable, and with Messermeister’s awesome sharpening and refurbishing program, these knives will truly last a lifetime. Every blade is constructed of high-carbon stainless German steel for superb rust and corrosion protection, and stain-free performance.
Each taper-ground edge is hand polished and offers long-lasting sharpness and easy honing, as well as increased efficiency for all slicing, cutting and chopping functions. The black Neoprene handles combine the characteristics of vulcanized rubber and thermoplastics, and are ergonomically designed for superior comfort and a secure non-slip grip, even when hands are wet.
The sleek glass block presents a beautiful and functional display for the knives, adding a unique, stylish touch to your kitchen. What Others Are Saying At the time of writing, this set is ranking very favorably with purchasers for construction, quality of materials, ease of use, and their swanky appearance.
They have a well-balanced feel that covers all the basic cutting tasks, and are encouraging some to cook more often, just for the sheer pleasure of handling them. The knives have a good heft with nice sized handles for easy and comfortable gripping, and they arrive with a very sharp edge that is easily maintained with regular honing.
Well-made from quality materials by an established company, they offer at-home chefs a great alternative to higher priced tools. From Victorinox, the makers of the original Swiss Army Knife, we have this functional and attractive eight-piece set of the most commonly used kitchen cutters.
The star of this set is the 8” Fibrous chef’s knife, known as the “Swiss Classic” for its outstanding performance in consumer market testing. Each blade is crafted from stamped high-carbon stainless steel and is hand finished by the skilled craftsmen at Victorinox in Switzerland.
The formula for this alloy is x50CrMoV15, with 15% chromium (Cr) for high levels of stain resistance, plus molybdenum (Mo) and vanadium (V)for hardness. They also provide a low maintenance sanitary surface by minimizing crevices that may trap food particles and bacteria, and they are NSF certified.
The slots are angled for quick access and provide a safe environment to keep edges sharp. Light in weight, it’s strong with a nice bit of flex to the blade, and gives fatigue-free performance over long periods of prepping.
Summary While this set is not top of the line in terms of price or aesthetics, they offer well-crafted performance and very good quality for daily use. If you don’t need a designer label (or price tag), then the Victorinox 8-piece knife block set will give years of reliable operation to beginners and advanced cooks alike.
Precision forged in Germany using Willing’s Sigma forge process, the blades are crafted from high-carbon stainless steel and ice-hardened, then tempered to 57 HRC on the Rockwell scale. This produces a stain and corrosion resistant steel with exceptional hardness, flexibility and toughness, optimal sharpness, and blades that are virtually unbreakable.
The molded handle is constructed of polypropylene and permanently bonded to the three-quarter tang, and it has just the right amount of texture for a comfortable, non-slip grip. And the finely balanced classic bolster/finger guard transitions seamlessly to the handle, easily accommodating all of your favorite cutting grips.
What Others Are Saying At the time of writing, the Heckles Four Star essentials set has very good reviews for quality of craftsmanship, sharpness and versatility. Summary A bare-bones set with no storage block, these three knives cover the essentials for most kitchen work.
Overall a good option for a starter set, or to replace the three elementary pieces most commonly used for prep work. With a slender footprint on the counter and measuring only 9.5 × 3.5”, the block is crafted from your choice of six different woods in a modern style which adds to the striking profile of the Author blades.
Each knife is precision forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel (X50 Cr Move 15) to a Rockwell hardness of 58 and tempered in production to ensure sharpness, enduring toughness, and ease of sharpening. The bolsters are perfectly weighted for optimal balance and performance, and the full tang provides extra stability and safety.
This provides exceptionally keen initial cutting performance, longer edge retention, and the full usage of the blade from the point of the tip to the finger guard. The handles are triple riveted through the tang and constructed of tough and long-lasting polyoxymethylene (POM), a thermoplastic polymer known for its strength and hardness that has excellent resistance to fading and discoloration.
From Global, the well-known makers of fine Japanese knives, we have this exquisite 6-piece block set from their G Series featuring elegant design, excellent cutting performance and sleek one-piece construction. The large and prominent edge can be seen extending up the blade for a quarter of an inch or more, which allows for cleanly slicing through foods while maintaining the integrity of ingredients.
Unique in their construction, every knife is stamped from a single, seamless piece of steel without bolster or tang. Filled with a precise amount of sand for exquisite balance, they still retain a light weight that provides comfort, and reduces hand fatigue during extended use.
And their smooth contours and seamless construction eliminate hiding spots for food and dirt, resulting in the highest levels of safety and hygiene. The stylish stainless steel block has been designed with a diagonal profile to help protect the blades, as well as for ease of removal and storage.
What Others Are Saying There aren’t a lot of reviews in for this set yet, but those customers who have written are head over heels in love with the high-caliber construction and performance of these blades. The textured handles are ergonomic and comfortable, making long sessions of food prep virtually effortless and fatigue-free for fingers, hands, wrists and forearms.
The Damascus stainless steel not only protects and supports the extremely hard cutting core, it also improves stain resistance. Lighter, thinner, and sharper than European blades, the 16° edge is exceptionally sharp and long-lasting, making it more efficient at cutting and offering consistent, precision performance.
And the wide blade is perfect for scooping food off the cutting board when transferring it to a pan or dish. Molded in a D-shape for optimal comfort, and a sure and steady grip, they’ve been fitted over a full composite tang for impressive balance and stability.
The combination honing steel has two surfaces to smoothly realign the edges of your blades, prolonging the knife’s sharpness. Not only do they cut impressively with the superb Shun edge, they also have a built-in nutcracker, jar opener, and lid lifter, a bone notch, and two screwdriver tips.
Constructed of tough and durable stainless steel and a full tang, they’re fitted with molded handles that provide stability, comfort, and a secure, nonslip grip. This essential set come to its own laminated bamboo block, with a few extra slots so you can continue to expand your collection as desired.
Bamboo provides easy-care performance that doesn’t shrink or swell like hardwoods, which makes it ideal for storing kitchen accessories. What Others Are Saying Once again, Shun gets top marks for the quality of their forged blades, creating tools that are a pleasure for home cooks to use.
A few reviewers have emphasized that learning how to use the included honing steel correctly will help to retain those super-sharp edges between actual sharpening. And the design aesthetics are another highlight, with the Damascus blades and composite wooden handles having a very attractive appearance that is retained even with repeated usage.
Summary The Shun Classic 7-piece collection is a popular choice for high-end Japanese knives that have been crafted with quality and precision. This lovely line features Damascus cladding, and each blade bears the signature hand-hammered “touching” finish.
The proprietary VG-Max alloy has more chromium for wear and corrosion resistance, enhanced levels of cobalt for greater strength, and increased tungsten for a very fine-grained steel capable of achieving an extremely fine and sharp edge. Each knife has a full composite tang, and contoured ambidextrous Lakewood handles that nestle nicely into the palm.
The kitchen shears are made of durable stainless steel with a notch on the blade for cutting through thin poultry bones, and they fully separate for easy cleaning. The interlocking screw can easily be adjusted, to change the tension to suit your personal cutting preference.
Incredibly thin and sharp blades with stylized detailing, the Premier line of knives from Shun provides exceptional cutting performance, making them a joy to handle. And they will, if mishandled even a little, betray their delicate nature with chips, breaks, and bent tips.
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It's generally used for tasks that require precision or a delicate touch, such as slicing veggies, peeling garlic, and reseeding bell peppers. This long, serrated knife cuts easily through bread without squashing the crumb.
It's perfect for homemade bread or an sliced loaf from the bakery, but it can also cut sandwiches, remove crusts, and slice cakes in half to be filled. Once a kitchen staple, these knives are becoming less popular in contemporary society, as fewer people are taking the time to prepare large roasts and other big meat dishes these days.
Nevertheless, a carving knife always comes in handy when it's time to serve the Thanksgiving turkey! With a large, wide blade that's roughly the same width the entire way down, there's no mistaking a cleaver.
Although this kind of knife is generally used for chopping cuts of meat, it can also tackle tough veggies like squash and rutabaga. In addition, you can use the side of the blade to crush garlic cloves and cardamom pods.
Pros: Hard and extremely sharp Attractive mottled appearance Little sharpening required Although metal kitchen knives are still the most common, ceramic knives are growing in popularity.
Cons: Can easily chip or break Pricey Can't be resharpened Not suitable for denser vegetables More customization options exist, from the number of knives you want to purchase to the way in which the cutting material attaches to the blade.
If you appreciate having this type of control over each and every knife in your kitchen, we advise you to buy them separately. For example, you may wish to own five stainless-steel paring knives and one superior-quality chef's knife of carbon steel.
A set probably wouldn't offer this assortment, but you could tailor several purchases to this ideal. Some knife handles are enhanced with a soft-grip material like rubber that makes them easier to hold.
Wood: Wooden knife handles are comfortable and attractive, and many people like their traditional appearance. Wood can trap bacteria, however, so knives with wooden handles lose points for hygienic reasons.
They're heavy, durable, and provide good balance, especially for larger blades. Plastic: This is an excellent material for knife handles because it's durable, hygienic, and easy to clean.
On the other hand, plastic knife handles can crack over time, especially if subjected to extreme changes in temperature. In terms of shape, some knife handles are straight whereas others are ergonomically designed.
If you're concerned about comfort or precision, look for knives with handles that feel balanced when you hold them. Notably, some people prefer knives with heavier handles; it gives them an added sense of control.
A full tang runs the entire length of the knife's handle. A fully forged kitchen knife is made from just one piece of steel.
Lots of hype surrounds fully forged knives, but it's not all to be believed. A contemporary forged knife is usually made by a machine, not a skilled craftsman in a workshop.
Modern machinery can produce perfectly good stamped knives at a fraction of the cost. If you're more interested in a matching collection, quality knife sets can run up to several hundred dollars.
Placing kitchen knives in a dishwasher will corrode them and dull their blades faster. With a set of a good quality knife in your kitchen, you will have the right tools to use for your food preparation needs.
However, have a look at our featured items in our top 10 best kitchen knife set in 2020 reviews and take your pick from these amazing options below. One that is crafted from forged stainless steel is perfect, as it is resistant to rust and corrosion, which helps prolong the lifespan of this tool.
A handle that is easy on the hands while protecting you each time you use the knife is important. A good grip that is comfortable at the same time is great features to consider when in search of the best knife.
Made from durable German high-quality stainless steel, this knife set is perfect for cooking and food preparation. There are 15 pieces in total including kitchen scissors, sharpener, steak knives, utility knife, and so on.
The material is stainless steel, which means it can resist rust and maintain toughness for a long time. While this is not a deal breaker, it would be nice to know some facts about the source of this amazing product.
The stainless steel is also mixed in with 15 percent chromium, and this material keeps the knife hard and strong. But we would like to improve the holder as they tend to get scratched and dented easily.
We also are impressed with the block that is crafted from walnut wood that is sturdy and built to last for a long time. The only thing we have noticed about these knives is how they tend to scratch rather easily.
Indeed, these knives look undeniably sturdy and a little intimidating for other people. But they do work well but just be sure to avoid putting them in the dishwasher as doing so can cause nicks and dents on the edges of the blade.
This knife set from Cook is made from industry-standard materials that make them perfect for personal or culinary school use. The edges are tapered and the blades are very sharp to ensure the most precise cutting experience.
They are also easy to clean, and this whole set includes a knife block made of rubber wood for optimum durability. It is made from stainless steel with high carbon, which ensures its accuracy and precision cutting.
The steel resists rust and you can expect it to last for a long time. The edges are also hand-polished and tempered while the handle is easy and comfortable to hold.
You will love how easy it is to cut food with these knives, making them a fine investment to have. But you will be surprised by how really durable they are, so you can expect to own these knives for a long time.
This is a very practical and light set that includes all necessary knives for everyday cooking. These knives are classy and functional and should definitely make it easy for you to cook and prepare meals.
Precisely, the block is made from durable wood, but just be sure to handwash the knives' sine throwing them in the dishwasher is not advisable. If there is a small thing that we find is not very efficient about these knives, it would be how hard it is to clean them.
You need to wash these by hand, so this may be a bit of a drawback for other people who prefer a knife they can clean in the dishwasher. We also like the fact that these are weighted knives to ensure excellent control, balance and your use without compromising your safety.
Expect nothing but the best quality from this knife set that you can find in the market today. Made from stainless steel with high carbon, this knife set is sure to offer you optimum accuracy and precision with every cut.
With sharp edges and all the different types of knife, you will need in the kitchen, this product is truly a fine investment! But this is only due to poor maintenance, which is why you need to follow the instructions carefully when using this product.
Depending on how busy your kitchen is, you can get a big or small set to meet your need. We hope that you enjoyed reading our top 10 best kitchen knife set in 2020 reviews.
Save your fingers the test of blade resilience and let us be your guide to selecting the very best knife for paring currently on the market 2021. Born in the steel city of Solingen Germany, the Author Classic Iron 3.5 inch Paring Knife is a high-end blade for professional cooks or devoted foodies.
Boasting exceptional design and performance, it may turn prep work into your new favorite step of the cooking process. The Iron Paring Knife seamlessly blends classic and contemporary design for optimal performance.
Whether it’s slicing or peeling, the Iron offers precision in even tiny garlic cloves and can pit cherries as well as defeat strawberries. Thin, rear double bolstering aids in balance while also allowing for unmatched lightweight handling.
The slip-resistant handle is made from polyoxymethylene, which helps resist fading while providing comfort throughout long hours of work. The classic triple-rivet design is contoured to fit easily into the hand, and the end is stamped with the iconic Author trademark.
With a striking rosewood handle and a slightly serrated blade, the Victorinox combines European utility and craftsmanship for a mid-grade paring knife. However, paring knives most closely resemble utility blades in the kitchen with their versatile capability and efficiency.
The full knife weighs less than an ounce and relies on a 3.25-inch serrated edge perfect for slicing tender fruit like tomatoes and kiwis without squishing. Most distinctly, the wooden rosewood handle brings a woodsman’s touch to the paring knife.
With a thick body void of contours, it’s easier to hold and use than plastic blended handles. Though the Victorinox’s multipurpose blade is not dishwasher safe, it only requires a quick wipe down with a towel after each use.
If it’s a rugged, unique blade you are after, the Victorinox Rosewood 3.25 inch Paring Knife with serrated edge is a dependable Swiss-made choice. Designed in Japan for crafting fresh culinary creations, the Shun Premier Paring Knife performs capably with handcrafted exactitude.
Ancient traditions mingle with state-of-the-art technology to produce these top-of-the-line knives forged in Damascus steel. As each knife is forged by hand, the meticulous process yields blades that range from 3.75 to 4 inches in length.
Each single piece of steel knife is full tang and offers optimal balance for all cutting. Though the 3.75 to 4-inch blade size makes it a bit large for peeling and traditional paring use, it’s well-equipped to handle delicate berries and fruits, hard vegetables, and even steak if you dare.
Additionally, the degree of the blade is set to Japanese standards and is flatter than a European paring knife. This makes it more suited to larger tasks than coring or reseeding but works famously with a cutting board.
There aren’t many affordable knives that come with the quality of the Tojo DP 3.5 inch Paring Knife. Forged with VG-10 core steel in a highly usable Japanese design, this unsuspecting blade packs considerable value in its small frame.
These additional metals strengthen and enable VG-10 steel to hold an edge longer and give the blade stamina and staying power. With a 60 Rockwell Hardness rating and a lifetime guarantee, this Japanese steel blade has ample marks of caliber to protect it as an investment for long-term kitchen use.
Its straight blade is marginally less capable of coring and peeling, but great for multi-use rather than traditional paring. Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution Series 3 inch Paring knife is one of the brands’ best -selling product lines for a reason.
The Revolution series is fashioned from zirconium material that can maintain edges ten times longer than steel theoretically. Its featherweight frame supports maximum maneuverability fitting for coring, reseeding, and fine-tuned detail work.
Don’t be fooled by the pure white exterior; the blades coating is not only rust-proof but also protected against potentially corrosive acids. Produced in Japan by Kyocera, its innovative design makes it nearly half the weight and cost of steel knives.
The resin handle is fairly comfortable but a bit small in the hand if you are familiar with steel knives. Each tip of the blade is rounded slightly, which prevents it from preparing meat that has been frozen or with joints or a lot of cartilage.
The Revolution Series Paring Knife also lacks the hardness to tackle thick items like carrots and will struggle to find its grip in an avocado seed. When all is said and done, this is an excellent introductory ceramic blade that is affordable enough to place it in reach of all users, regardless of budget.
Known for being the golden standard in culinary school, there’s not much more certifiable quality you can get from a knife than a Mercer blade. The 3.5 in paring knife is a perfectly sized tool for reseeding and attending to technically detailed work.
Thanks to stain-resistant steel from Solingen, Germany, there’s enough hardness in the blade to make quick work of carrots, broccoli, and other dense vegetables. Founded over 30 years ago with culinary professionals and foodies in mind, Mercer is a second-generation family-run business that integrates tradition with innovation for outstanding performance.
This is the highest form of certification knives can attain for safety, quality, and health assurance. The Genesis Forged Paring Knife compares well with the Author, but trades less expensive neoprene handles for the more fade resistant polyoxymethylene.
Its primary benefit is delivering highly reputable product makeup at a fraction of the cost of high-end knife companies. Yes, you can, these knives are frequently required course materials for culinary school and perform under high pressure, heavy volume work environments.
High carbon stamped with a 15-degree blade angle further supports this smooth functioning paring knife. What differentiates the Millennia 3 inch from the Genesis is the serrated edge and marginally shorter blade.
These changes make this knife more suited to work with soft textured fruits and vegetables like kiwis, tomatoes, and citrus products. The agile size allows for greater accuracy on tasks like detaining shrimp, coring tomatoes, and working with delicate items.
This version is somewhat less capable than the Genesis at tackling dense fruits, but still stronger than ceramic blades. Pair that with a lightweight zirconium blade that’s capable and versatile, and you’ve got a genuine stand out product to add to any kitchen.
Though it may not be a professional-grade knife fit for a cooking competition, the Mojo-Home Ceramic Paring exhibits stabilized cutting capacity with a uniform 4-inch blade and 4-inch handle. At just 3.2 oz, it’s a lightweight paring knife with the flexibility to get into any nook and cranny of whatever food you find yourself prepping.
The contoured handle provides easy gripping, and cleanup is simplified with the blade’s dishwasher safe promise. Additionally, the tips aren’t incredibly strong, so don’t use them for piercing to avoid breakage.
With full-tang single piece German steel bolstered for counterweight, they utilize characteristics of the Author, Shun, and Mercer blades but offer unique serrated edging. It’s 56 Rockwell hardness degree enables it to make quick work of normal items too small for a chef’s knife.
It’s one of the largest paring knives out there, which does make a difference when it comes to specific tasks like reseeding peppers and detailed work. Complimenting the mirror polished and considerably toothy serration is a Lakewood handle triple-riveted for a classic finish.
Unfortunately, recent models lack the quality of materials and construction of the initial design and render them obsolete as paring knife options. Initially utilizing a color and rust resilient blade with precise serration made paring quick and simple.
The blade’s swift dexterity made it a favorite in households across the world with little extras like a mini bolster which protects the fingers. It’s Japanese carbon steel blade is nonstick, dishwasher safe, and retains sharpness decently well but does eventually fade.
This was previously negotiated by Kuhn Nikon’s low price, which allowed customers to toss the old knife and order a new one. Now produced in China with a larger and cheaper handle, not much has been improved in recent years of manufacturing.
Though it blends components of ceramic and steel knife ware, it’s not worth it with so many other highly capable affordable models on the market 2021. Most cooking time is actually spent preparing food before it is ever exposed to heat or nearing the table.
Well weighted and balanced, these knives come in a variety of materials to provide options at each price point. Ceramic blades have gained traction in recent years for durability, exceptional edge retention, and overall sharpness.
Lightweight and versatile, ceramic blades also come at a considerably lower cost than steel and carbon forged knives. This is fairly excusable in paring knives as long as you don’t misuse them and wind up with a shattered blade.
Though they require less convenient upkeep like hand washing and drying, they won’t be easily damaged like a ceramic blade might. Smaller blades from 3 to 3.5 inches are great for accuracy requiring tasks like detaining shrimp, hulling strawberries, coring tomatoes, and working with delicate citrus.
Serrated blades perform best with soft to delicate fruit, where clean slicing without tearing preserves the finished product. Serration varies between very deep teeth like the Strong model and fine-tuned lightweight options like the Khan Nikon.
These knives best serve as mini chefs knives for detail prep work that utilizes the cutting board. For the sheer volume and overall versatility of the blade, it’s worth shelling out a bit more cash for a knife that can handle frequent use with power and precision.
It’s steel composition, and expert level blade sharpening render it a lasting piece of knife ware. Also referred to as cook’s knife, this tool is usually used for cutting fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients used for food preparation.
Generally, it is used for slicing and peeling, however, it can also be used for disjointing large cuts of meat. This means that it is capable of doing various kitchen tasks such as mincing, chopping, slicing and disjointing.
This means that the metal starts at the tip and ends at the handle. On the other hand, a stamped blade is trimmed directly from the steel, heat-treated, grounded, honed then polished.
Carbon steel blades are easier to sharpen, however, they are susceptible to stains and rust. Most professional chefs prefer carbon steel blades because of its sharpness.
Moreover, higher grade stainless steel blades are extensively sharp and have an outstanding edge retention. Also, they chip easily and needs extraordinary tools and skills to resharpen.
The Melanie Cutlery can let you prepare food effortlessly without any hand fatigue. These knives are very versatile, making it perfect for any food preparation.
The comfortable and contoured handles are designed with a professional chef in mind. Wooden handle knives are not good for your health since they can accumulate bacteria.
They are constructed with a full tang so you can ensure durability and stability. These knives are reliable since they are created from high carbon stainless steel.
They are constructed with a full tang to give you a perfect balance. All the knives and utensil are stored in a gorgeous briefcase that has two levels.
These knives are dishwasher safe, however, soaking it in water for a long time is not recommended. These knives are officially used in one of Bravo’s top-rated TV programs, “Top Chef”.
All kitchen knives are made of ice-tempered stainless steel blades which are accurately cut. It has polished bolsters which can make you feel comfortable even on extended use.
You can easily store the knives in the compartments of a stylish black bag. They can hold their edge, making them perfect not only for professional use but also for domestic use.
It has stamped construction, giving you extreme sharpness and functionality. This knife set can resist rust, nick, and warp.
Slicing, cutting, and dicing can be done easily with its super sharp edges. The best chefs knife should be capable of dicing, slicing, mincing and chopping in a precise and effortless manner.
When shopping for a perfect chefs knife, it is essential to recognize your personal preference and understand that one size doesn’t fit all. Seeking for your ideal chef’s knife might take some time, however, you’ll feel satisfied once you’ve found it.
Your chefs knife must make you feel inspired rather than afraid. While others prefer a lighter chefs knife since it can flow freely and maneuvering can be done easily.
A longer blade that measures about 10 inches can do more, however, it can be a bit frightening too! On the contrary, a smaller blade provides more swiftness but might not be ideal when working with more volume or larger foods.
On the opposite side, the index finger is completely wrapped around the blade. Your other hand is responsible for holding the food to prevent it from sliding from the cutting board.
Make sure that your fingertips are kept away from the blade while maintaining a firm hold on the food. When it comes to slicing, cutting and dicing, an excellent chefs knife can save you time and trouble.