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Best Kitchen Knives 2018 - Consumer Reports

Bob Roberts
• Saturday, 07 November, 2020
• 33 min read

No kitchen is complete without a chef's knife, a slicer, a utility knife, and a parer, and a great cutlery set is the perfect addition to your kitchen countertop. Get our expert, independent ratings and reviews, trusted reporting, plus tools to help keep you informed, safe and connected.

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A slicer is generally longer and thinner and is used mainly to cut cooked meat. Forged knives, which tend to be higher priced, are created when a single piece of molten steel is cut and beaten into the desired shape.

The blade is sturdy, with a heavy bolster and heel to protect the hand during cutting. Because forged blades are generally less flexible than stamped, they are less apt to bend over time.

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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. The blade also has hollow notches along the edge, so veggies don't stick as they're cut.

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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. It does just as excellent a job at slicing through delicate ribbons of basil as it does plow through a rough-and-tough butternut squash.

Stays sharp between sharpening Reviewer favorite Great across delicate and tough tasks 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. 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.

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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.

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We waded through all the nonsense and set out to find the best chef’s knives for home cooks at the best prices. Read on to discover the best chef’s knife of 2020 in each category, including the best all-around, runner-up, and an impressive budget pick.

It’s strong enough to get through tough vegetables with ease and delicate enough to chop tender herbs without smashing them. The agile blade is relatively straight and tapers at the end, giving it a curve reminiscent of a Western knife, but the same sharp edge of a Japanese model.

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We also found this knife to be lively and responsive in our hands, comfortable to hold and not too bulky. We also know from using them in the Epicurus Test Kitchen that they stay sharp for a long time and are easy to sharpen.

With its simple design and finish, wooden handle, and dimples along the blade that keep food from sticking to the sides, this knife is a kitchen workhorse that will last a long time. The hollow handles of Global knives are filled with a precise amount of sand to ensure perfect balance.

Sure, the finish quality on this Victorinox knife isn’t nearly as high as the Mac or the Global, but at less than $40, it’s a total steal. It glided through tough sweet potatoes with precision and delicacy and made quick work of slicing an onion.

It isn’t full tang, meaning the metal of the stainless-steel blade doesn’t extend all the way to the base of the handle, which is generally said to indicate a lower-quality, less-sturdy knife. As Test Kitchen Director Chris Morocco told us, “It’s probably the best chef’s knife out there for the money.

Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Beatrice Chaste The first step in evaluating a knife is getting a feel for the tool. We some spent time with each of the 14 chef’s knives we tested just holding them in our hands, observing the quality of the metal and sharpened edge, the feel of the handle, and the overall weight of the knife.

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We then used each knife to chop raw sweet potatoes and onions and mince a pile of herbs. From the start we were looking for a thin, sharp blade, which makes slicing easier and smoother and also weighs less overall.

Naturally, we wanted a knife with a comfortable handle, which we interpreted as lightweight and smooth rather than heavy and long. When you chop something, you’ll feel like you have greater control over the cutting motion and more of a connection with the knife.

In addition to handling the heft and toughness of something like a potato, we wanted a knife that could slice through herbs without crushing them. We ultimately liked a smoother transition without the cuff, as it resulted in a lighter knife that made for an easy and comfortable slicing motion.

Ultimately, we found it was a bit too heavy and not as nicely finished as we wanted, but it handled the job of cutting through hefty vegetables just fine. Even for those who find cooking to be a chore, a quality chef’s knife might make the task feel easier.

Selecting a chef’s knife has a lot to do with personal preference, but we’re confident that the Mac Mighty MTH-80 is one of the most widely appealing knives out there. Its razor-sharp edge, comfortable handle, and agile blade make chopping tasks much easier, which in turn cuts down on meal-prep time.

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Thanks to its extremely sharp edge, super-hard steel, quality construction, and affordable price, this model is one of the best values in Japanese-made knives. The Tojo knife is thinner and more brittle than our top pick, so its edge is more vulnerable to microscopic chips when you use it on dense vegetables like butternut squash.

Compared with the other forged German knives we tested, the Classic Iron’s thinner blade cut more smoothly through butternut squash and carrots. We liked how easily it maneuvered around curves when cutting away butternut squash skin and citrus rinds.

But the Classic Iron’s blade is made of softer steel than that of our top pick, the Mac MTH-80, which means it will dull faster. It’s a favorite of several food publications and budget-conscious home cooks, and it has an ergonomically shaped plastic handle that appeals to most people.

The factory edge isn’t as sharp as that of our other picks, so in our tests it left us with split carrots and unevenly halved butternut squash. However, most testers preferred the Victorinox for its maneuverability and comfortable feel, compared with the other budget knives we tried.

Collapse all Over the course of my two-decade (and counting) culinary career, I’ve cooked in fine-dining restaurants, brewpubs, small cafés, private homes, and test kitchens. I’ve also covered knives for this site for more than two years, racking up over 120 hours of research and testing.

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Tens of thousands of pounds of vegetables, fruit, meat, and fish have crossed my cutting board over the years. I’ve either owned or used every major brand of chef’s knife, as well as a good number of artisanal blades.

A Japanese auto (top) has a flatter edge, and the classic German knife (bottom) has a more pronounced curve. Photo: Michael Session This is the most widely recognized style of chef’s knife in the West.

Full bolsters add weight to the knife and require a professional sharpening service to grind away the extra steel at the heel of the blade. German knives generally weigh more and have thicker blades than their Japanese counterparts, making them great for tough jobs like breaking lobsters and splitting bone-in chicken breasts.

Their blades have an even bevel (meaning both sides are ground to the same angle) and tend to be made of softer steel, so they can lose their edge more quickly. Guts generally have thinner blades with flatter belly curves than German knives, and they taper to a very sharp tip.

You’ll never find a auto with a full bolster that extends to the edge (unlike with German knives). Because guts are thinner and made of hard carbon steel, their edge takes a much more acute bevel angle, and they tend to stay sharper longer than German knives.

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For this guide, however, we focused on guts with even bevels, which are easier for home cooks to sharpen and maintain. Photo: Michael HessionSince 2013, we’ve racked up over 150 hours researching and comparing more than 100 knives.

In 2020, we tested the 8-inch chef’s knife from Food52’s Five Two Essential Knives collection, and we retested our new budget pick, the . We’ve ruled out any small-batch blade craters, since forging a knife by hand is time-consuming, costly, and usually a custom-order affair.

You also won’t see Santos knives in this guide; Santos have shorter blades, generally 6 or 7 inches, that limit their ability to slice through large vegetables with one cut. And because a chef’s knife is an essential piece of kitchen equipment, we wanted to keep our picks accessible for most budgets.

A chef’s knife is the main workhorse in your kitchen -cutlery arsenal, tackling 80% to 90% of cutting tasks. So factors such as sharpness, edge retention, durability, versatility, and easy maintenance are key to the performance of any good chef’s knife.

As New York Times food editor Sam Sift on told us during testing, “ is the balance of utility and the thing that moves your heart.” Your knife should remain sharp through moderate use for six to 12 months, as long as you hone it regularly, wash and dry it by hand after each use, and store it so the edge doesn’t get dinged up.

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You don’t have as much control with a dull edge, which increases both your prep time and your chances of cutting yourself. Good edge retention relies on a combination of steel composition and hardness, blade thickness, and bevel angle.

When a blade is thin and made from a hard steel, the edge can take and hold a tight angle. We think an 8-inch knife is the perfect length for most people because it’s long enough to halve large vegetables but still manageable for most home cooks.

Most mass-produced Western-forged knives are drop-forged, meaning the manufacturer heats a blank of steel to an extremely high temperature and then uses a high-pressure hammer to pound it into the shape of a blade. The quality of stamped blades varies widely, from the flimsy knives found at grocery stores to our and runner-up pick.

Knife makers like Mac and Tojo heat-treat their blades to make them just as strong as forged steel. Chad Ward argues in An Edge in the Kitchen that a full tang is unnecessary since knife balance is largely a personal preference.

We think this design is so common because the full tang has stood as a benchmark of quality among both knife makers and cooks. Knife makers claim the air pockets keep food from sticking to the blade.

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Even though our top pick has a Grafton edge, we don’t find dimples to be very effective at keeping food from clinging to a knife. We couldn’t test all the possible contenders that fit our criteria, so we’ve focused on popular, widely available knives.

Since we first published this guide in 2013, we’ve tested 23 knives that all had an 8-inch blade, carried a price tag of $200 or less, lacked a full bolster, and came with recommendations from experts and trusted editorial sources. Senior staff writer Lesley Stockton explains the difference between full and half bolsters.

Senior staff writer Lesley Stockton explains the difference between full and half bolsters. For the 2017 update of this guide, we invited six friends and colleagues of all culinary stripes to our test kitchen to participate in a chopping panel.

We sliced, diced, julienne, peeled, and chiffonier a pile of butternut squash, onions, carrots, apples, oranges, sweet potatoes, and fresh herbs to gauge the knives versatility with foods of varying textures. We then sent the top-performing knives to the kitchen at Le Cocoa in New York City (the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant of 2017), where the cooks used them for prep and during service.

I tested two knives in my home kitchen, cutting butternut squash, tomatoes, onions, and carrots. The Mac Mighty MTH-80 is our favorite knife because it’s crazy sharp and will stay that way longer than most other knives.

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We found it had the best weight and balance; it felt more agile than the German models and more durable than the thin Japanese guts. The MTH-80’s blade shape strikes the perfect middle ground between German and Japanese chef’s knives, curved just enough for rocking but still straight enough for push-pull choppers.

Out of the box, this Mac model sliced straight through paper, which is something our budget pick, the Victorinox Fibrous Pro 8-Inch Chef’s Knife, couldn’t manage. It also made straight cuts through the thick center of butternut squash, which, again, the Victorinox couldn’t do.

The Mac Mighty MTH-80 was one of the few knives in our test group to cut straight through the center of a butternut squash. Photo: Michael Session our tests, the MTH-80 always made clean cuts through fibrous carrots.

The heftier drop-forged German knives fell somewhere in between, causing only a moderate amount of bruising and oxidation to the basil. The daytime kitchen crew at Le Cocoa used the MTH-80 for prep and during lunch service for a week and praised its outstanding performance on vegetables, herbs, and fish.

Scott Horowitz, sous chef at Le Cocoa, said, “ was the favorite of all the cooks. The MTH-80’s blade shape strikes the perfect middle ground between German and Japanese chef’s knives.

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Because the Mac’s stamped blade is made of very hard steel (it has a Rockwell hardness of 59 to 61), it will keep its sharp edge longer than softer blades, such as those of the Victorinox Fibrous Pro and Author Classic Iron, which are hardened to 56 and 58 HRC (PDF), respectively. This means it’s less likely to chip (which the Tojo DP F-808 did after we used it to cut hard butternut squash).

The blade geometry is unique in that the edge curve is more articulated than on a classic auto but not quite as extreme as on a German knife. Even testers with larger hands found that the handle gave plenty of knuckle clearance.

Photo: Michael Session 6.6 ounces, the Mac MTH-80 is lighter than a German drop-forged knife but heavier and sturdier-feeling than many guts. The Mac MTH-80 has dimples on both sides of the blade to reduce the chances of food sticking to the knife.

If the Mac MTH-80 isn’t available, or if you want to add a Japanese auto to your collection, the Tojo DP F-808 is an exceptional knife for the price. This classic auto has a flatter belly curve than our top pick, a design best for people who use a push-pull cutting style.

Testers liked chopping vegetables with the Tojo because of its sharpness, control, and easy handling. The Tojo DP F-808 is shaped like a classic auto, with a straighter edge, no bolster, and a pointed tip.

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Like the Mac Mighty MTH-80, the Tojo DP F-808 has more heft than lighter knives, such as the Global G-2 and Topiary Molybdenum. Tojo’s steel core is harder than the surface material; that hardness helps the blade hold a better edge, but it appears to be more brittle than Mac’s homogeneous construction.

We found a tiny, almost microscopic nick in the Tojo knife’s blade after cutting butternut squash. As it turns out, the company’s website recommends the knife not be used for cutting pumpkin (or frozen foods), because the hard vegetable can chip your blade.

But because this Tojo knife’s core has the hardest steel of all our picks, its edge retention is exceptional for the price. Testers with smaller hands found the Tojo DP F-808’s handle comfortable and didn’t have any issues with their knuckles hitting the cutting board.

Senior staff writer Michael Sullivan has been using the Tojo at home since 2017 and said that, as of late 2020, “It continues to hold its razor-sharp edge with minimal sharpening. Compared with other German knives we tested, the Classic Iron has a thinner blade, a more comfortable handle, and a more manageable belly curve for better leverage and control.

In our tests, the Author Classic Iron cut smoothly through butternut squash and onions, although carrots did split slightly. Compared with the , this Author knife was less agile and sharp when peeling the skin from butternut squash.

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Many testers liked the Classic Iron’s smooth, rounded handle, which fit nicely into the palm. Heckles Willing Pro and Author Classic Uber, by comparison, had such aggressively curved blades that they made simple cutting tasks feel awkward.

One advantage the Classic Iron has over the Mac MTH-80 is that its softer stainless steel blade is more durable. If you drop a Author into a sink or wait to clean it after cutting acidic foods, it shouldn’t chip, stain, or corrode.

On the other hand, that soft stainless steel also means that the edge of this Author model will dull faster and require more regular sharpening. Former Wire cutter deputy editor Michael Zhao told us that he loves the Classic Iron, but he noticed the difference between its softer steel and the harder Mac MTH-80.

We wouldn’t go so far as to call the Victorinox a “beater knife,” but the polished stainless steel blade and ergonomic plastic handle can withstand more abuse than, say, the Tojo DP auto. The Victorinox’s gentle curved edge is good for any chopping style, and its wide blade lets you easily scoop and transfer food from the cutting board.

The Victorinox’s stamped blade is made from the same steel (an alloy called X50CrMoV15, known for its durability, edge retention, and rust resistance) as most German knives, including the drop-forged Author Classic Iron. Comparatively, the Fibrous Pro has a slightly thinner blade and feels lighter in the hand than the Classic Iron.

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Don’t get us wrong, it’s still pretty sharp, and it allowed us to dice onions, julienne carrots, and halve a butternut squash with relative ease and accuracy. But if you’re replacing an old dull knife or buying your first kitchen blade on a budget, the Victorinox won’t disappoint.

Most testers agreed that the Fibrous handle offered the most comfortable and secure grip of all the budget knives we evaluated. It’s not too bulky for folks with small hands, and our larger-handed testers had enough knuckle clearance from the cutting board.

Victorinox covers the 8-inch Fibrous Pro knife with a limited lifetime warranty that excludes normal wear and tear, misuse, or abuse. Hold the handle with the edge facing downward and look along the spine to make sure the blade is perfectly straight.

Video: Michael HessionGerman knife blades are curved and designed for a rocking chopping motion. In this motion (shown above), the tip of the knife mostly keeps contact with the cutting board, and you raise and lower the heel while your guiding hand pushes food underneath the blade.

As you watch a chef whipping a knife down the rod toward their hand at lightning speed, it’s easy to see yourself taking a thumb off. Video: Michael HessionThe key with both styles of honing is to make sure the edge bevel is flush to the rod.

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Video: Amado Dialogue way most pros do it is to point the tip of the rod up and pull the knife down toward the handle. If you’re investing in a quality, expensive knife, like, we still believe that a whetstone used properly will provide the sharpest, smoothest edge.

In our tests we found that well-designed ones worked nicely, causing minimal wear to knives while creating a fine edge. And their convenience encourages people to use them regularly, which makes for safer chopping and a happier kitchen experience.

However, make sure to avoid the cheapest knife sharpeners, which will quickly eat away too much of the blade’s metal. The composition of most German knives (including our also-great and budget picks) is X50CrMoV15, which roughly translates to 80% iron, 0.5% carbon, and 15% a combination of chromium, molybdenum, and vanadium.

Chromium protects against corrosion and is what makes the knife stainless, while molybdenum and vanadium increase and wear resistance, and refine the grain. This stainless steel is usually hardened to 56 HRC, softer than Japanese knives but capable of taking a beating well and withstanding up to a certain level of mistreatment.

In An Edge in the Kitchen, Chad Ward writes, “I wouldn’t make garbage can lids out of 420J or 440A, but some manufacturers do use them for kitchen knives.” These types of steel are low carbon and highly corrosion-resistant. It would’ve been one of our top picks, but our testers were split down the middle: People either loved the Global for its lightweight and razor-sharp edge, or hated it because of its dimpled steel handle, which could get slippery in wet hands.

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Chad Ward praises this Topiary model in An Edge in the Kitchen, but we think the blade is too thin and delicate for hard vegetables. It lacks the weight and the smooth transition from blade to handle, though, and we found that it simply wasn’t as comfortable to use.

The edge was sharp and the knife itself was comfortable to hold, but the 8½-inch blade length was a little too much for home cooks. The HB-85 offers a good price-to-quality ratio, but our testing panel overwhelmingly chose the Tojo DP F-808 as the better chef’s knife for the price.

The Risen couldn’t make a straight cut down the middle of a butternut squash, and it split carrots instead of cleanly slicing through to the board. But we saw one big problem with the 8-inch Classic Uber 4583-7/20: Its belly curve was much more articulated than those of other Author chef’s knives.

Heckles Willing Pro, we found the Author Classic Uber awkward to use because of the extremely curved belly. In our tests, the drop-forged blade of the Meridian Elite E/3686-8 was sharp enough, but not as smooth as that of the Mac MTH-80 or the Author Classic Iron.

Shinji Nagasaki, cook, Le Cocoa, New York City, in-person interview, August 8, 2017 Lesley Stockton is a senior staff writer reporting on all things cooking and entertaining for Wire cutter.

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For this review, we've included five best knife sets available so you can easily get one that will best suit your needs, tasks and budget! The Chicago Cutlery Fusion 1119644 offers a rich set of knives that will let you accomplish a great variety of cutting tasks.

If you seek a quality set of knives that would serve you for many years to come and do their job fantastically, you can't do wrong going with Chicago Cutlery. And if you want a more extended kit, there's a model with a sharpener and 2 cutting boards included as well.

A special chef's knife design with a bolster is optimally balanced to reduce the wrist strain and prevent fatigue even after prolonged cutting and chopping. Thanks to a full-tang design and triple-riveted handles, this knife set is highly appreciated by professional chefs.

Created with every user's convenience and cutting efficiency in mind, this set will become a sound choice for all busy cooks and those who like to experiment. In addition to knives, this set includes all-purpose household shears that will let you accomplish various kitchen tasks, as well as a sharpener and a block.

Due to being placed right in the middle of the block, taking the shears out is a bit inconvenient. Made of high-carbon steel, these Cuisinart knives will stay perfectly sharp for many years.

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The knives are made of the 3Cr14 stainless steel that is highly valued for its tarnish-resistant and rust-resistant properties. Thus, even after years of extensive use, the whole knife set will still look brand new and perform as if you've just bought it.

It's a practical set that includes all the knives necessary for basic cutting tasks you normally accomplish when cooking. Laser finished blades are scratch-resistant and can easily cut even hard foods.

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It is made of as many as 18 pieces and includes 16 knives, a wooden block, and an 8” sharpener! With a knife set like this, you'll be able to prepare first-class meals and have no difficulty cutting any kind of ingredients.

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It looks as good as it works, perfectly coping with cheese, meat, fruits, veggies and bread. It has a long, thick and extremely sharp blade which is able to cut through anything without a hint of resistance.

Perfect Performance As we said, the biggest selling point of this set is that it's comprised of high-quality knives with extremely sharp blades. In addition, they are all very solid and sturdy, thanks to their forged high-carbon stainless steel construction, so their long service life is guaranteed.

The handles on these knives are mounted to the blades and have a non-slip soft-touch grip for comfortable use without slipping. As for the block, it is made of pine wood, seasoned under special technology to resist moisture, it looks very stylish and it can embellish any kitchen while keeping all knives within easy reach.

These knives always get washed in a dishwasher (which made me so angry), and they look the same as the day I bought them. No rust, the rubber handles are intact, the blades are sturdy and keep an edge very nicely.

A knife set from AmazonBasics doesn't fall behind professional-grade tools designed for use in restaurant kitchens and has got many loyal customers, including chefs, who are more than pleased with how the knives hold up and how they work. Thanks to the full-tang design, all the knives from the set are extremely durable and can be used for heavy-duty cutting tasks.

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They are extremely steadfast and provide a secure grip which is essential for precision cutting. Further on, the knives are perfectly balanced, thanks to the stock metal in the handle counterbalancing the weight of the blade.

Though not as durable as stainless steel, they are sturdy and won't crack or warp even after extensive daily use. All Food Preparation Needs To be Considered The AmazonBasics knife set stands out not only for material and design quality but also for the ultimate functional versatility.

Including as many as 16 knives, this set will help you handle pretty much any cutting task. In addition to that, the set contains kitchen shears for snipping herbs, cutting poultry, and opening food packaging.

As a bonus, the package contains a stick sharpener that will help you maintain your knives in a due cutting condition and a wooden block in which you'll be able to conveniently store all your knives within easy reach on the countertop. All things considered, highly appreciated by professional chefs, the AmazonBasics is a set of top quality long-lasting knives that will perfectly meet the needs of any busy kitchen, no matter if you cook a dinner for a couple or a crowd.

Additional Info Last updated price$65.77Stock In stock ASINB00R3Z3ZF2 AmazonBasics Premium 18-Piece Food Cutting made Easy It often happens that we are reluctant to cook some dishes due to the tiresome process of ingredients preparation.

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Especially when it comes to some complex or exquisite recipes engaging a lot of peeling, cutting, carving, mincing, dicing, etc. This is where a good knife or a well-thought set of knives can become a real game-changer and make the food preparation tasks you dislike a lot easier.

All the knives in this set are distinguished by a one-piece forged construction that stands out for durability, robustness, and truly long service life since it’s resistant to damages and breakage and is meant for extensive use on a regular basis. Precision-tapered blades hold fine, sharp edge for pretty long, ergonomically shaped handles ensure comfort while cutting and bolsters are designed for improved control and stability.

Additionally, this set is rather eye-catching due to metallic iridescence and will add a touch of modern style to your kitchen. Speaking of the functionality, this superb kitchen knife set includes 15 items for different applications.

With this set, you will be able to chop meat and fish, grate different ingredients, slice ham and cheese for platters, peel off fruit and vegetables, and more. With Usability in the Focus Along with kitchen knives and 6 elegant steak knives, the Cuisinart set comes complete with a pair of household shear, a sharpener, and a wooden block.

With this item, you can cut off a fishtail effortlessly or open some packages without tearing them. As regards the knife holder, it is made of wood and painted black to add some style to the whole construction.

You should also remember that the knives require hand wash only, otherwise, the blades may become dull pretty quickly. To round things up, if you seek to facilitate food preparation, be sure that Cuisinart 15-piece knife block set will become an efficient helping hand for many kitchen needs and take the strain off out of numerous cutting tasks.

Additional Info Last updated price$69.95Stock In stock ASINB00GIBKC3KCuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Set Most often, the knife blade is made of steel and Utopia knives are not an exception.

Here, the blades come extremely sharp and will smoothly cut hard and soft ingredients alike. Apart from the sharp cutting edge less prone to becoming blunt, this steel grade is tarnish-proof and rust-resistant.

Made of quality materials, each knife has been also designed with the user comfort and convenience in mind. The whole knife construction is well-balanced for less arm strain and fatigue while ergonomically shaped handles provide a comfortable grip for precise control over the cutting process.

That’s actually a complete list of the things we usually do when preparing food for cooking a meal. They will help you make accurate pieces of steaks and cut through the toughest chunks of meat.

The Set to Decorate any Kitchen It’s not a secret that while selecting home appliances people usually seek for functionality and attractive design. And that’s where manufacturers now strive to produce products that would be not only of practical use but also with a striking appearance to match any interior and become a spotlight in any home.

This knife set from Utopia is designed with attention to details and will definitely take a decent place on your countertop. Even a stand is made of a great-looking acrylic to match modern kitchen appliances.

All items feature a one-piece forged design which is widely known for robust performance and durability. As opposed to many other blocks with the angle-wise arrangement of knives, this one is designed to handle all items upright.

Last updated price$0.00Stock May be out of stock ASINB019W24HQ4Utopia Kitchen Premium Stainless-Steel 12 Knife Set with Acrylic Stand Well-thought Basics for Home Use Many cooks use a single kitchen knife for different cutting tasks.

Whether we chop meat, cut veggies for a salad, or slice cheese and ham for appetizers, usually, we take a general-purpose chef knife. Hence, having a special knife for different cutting tasks will make food preparation a lot easier, no matter if you are an experienced home cook or a beginner.

An 8” chef's knife with a thick, wide blade is perfect for fine mincing, slicing, and chopping large fruits and veg while an 8” carving knife with a thin pointed blade will help you cut larger meat pieces into clean lumps, slices or shreds. A knife measuring 5.5” in length is the most versatile in the set and will let you perform a greater number of tasks: slicing sandwiches, buns, and bagels as well as chopping herbs, veggies, and meat.

A bread knife with a serrated cutting edge boasts amazing sharpness and will cope even with freshly baked craft loaves. And a smaller paring knife with a short 3.5” blade is ideal for intricate cutting tasks such as peeling and reseeding fruit and vegetables, mincing herbs and small ingredients like garlic, shrimps, olives, etc.

With regard to the blades, they are made of thick, rust-resistant high-grade steel and are strong enough to endure long-term use without breakage. One-piece forged handles are made of plastic with a soft-touch coating for a secure and firm grip.

And a transparent acrylic stand that comes included will add a touch of contemporaneity to any kitchen design. Sharpen It In a Smart Way The sharpness of the knives from this set is praised by many customers.

Many say that the quality of the blades here is far beyond what they expected for this price and that they can cut through even hard ingredients with ease. Obviously, you'd still need to sharpen them sometimes since the steel, which the blades are made of, is not self-sharpening, but that will be a rare occurrence.

You just need to place the blade inside the sharpener groove, make a few pulls up and down, and the knife will be sharp again. And with five sharp stainless steel kitchen knives included, it might be a great deal for professionals as well.

Last updated price$24.99Stock In stock ASINB01KTACCBK Home Hero 7 Piece Stainless Steel You may ask any professional chef, and they will tell you that it is way easier to prepare a restaurant-quality meal if you have a set of high-quality knives.

So, if you want to hone your culinary skills and start cooking like a pro, you should definitely get yourself a set of knives. Obviously, even the bestkitchenknives will dull over time, so it's essential to invest in a good sharpener as well.

Functionality The modern market offers a wide variety of knives designed to serve different purposes. When it comes to knife sets, decide whether you want it to include any other pieces besides knives and how much you're willing to pay for it.

Stainless steel is usually more affordable; the downside of it is that it dulls quicker and requires more frequent sharpening. For one, they remain sharp longer and for two, they are highly susceptible to rust, making their maintenance a cinch.

If you don't have a limited budget, we recommend you choose from forged knives since they are more durable and will not fall apart even with years of regular use. Stamped models are not a bad choice either, but they require more careful handling and should be hand-washed.

Although stainless steel looks good and is overall more durable, it does tend to slip in wet hands, so it may not suit for some cutting jobs. These tend to rub the skin if used for a prolonged time, making your experience less comfortable.

Plastic handles don't look expensive, but they require low maintenance, and they are easier to grip. Usability By this, we mean the ability to store all the pieces of the set in one comfy and safe place.

It should look good to blend in with the rest of your kitchen gadgets and it should not take up much space. Plus, this block should not accumulate water to prevent bacteria from spreading inside.

Just like knives, storage blocks come in a variety of sizes and styles so it should be quite easy for you to pick one that will meet your requirements best. Bread knives are also excellent workhorses for delicately leveling cakes, peeling butternut squash, sawing through watermelon rinds, and even carving a holiday roast.

Keep reading for more info on our Kitchen Appliance and Technology Lab's top-performing pick and four others that we think are the coolest things since sliced bread. We love this Victorinox classic for its versatility: It can saw through hearty bread crusts and bagels just as well as it can turn out paper-thin tomato and strawberry slices.

The Mercer Culinary Millennia glides through bread and soft fruits like butter and doesn't require much force, but note that the wider, deeper serrations on this knife give you slightly less control and result in thicker slices that may not have perfect edges. That being said, you can't beat it for value, and if you aren't fanatical about precision when cutting up crusty bread or roast chicken, this knife is a great pick.

Its full-tang, triple-rivited handle is made to fit the curvature of your hand's grip, all of which translates to more control over the slicing task you're performing. The blade could be sharper, but the saw-toothed edges still do an excellent job of cutting through lefty loaves, cake layers, and tough winter squash.

Thanks to its beautifully thin Japanese Damascus steel blade, this champ makes super precise and clean cuts of soft and hard foods alike. It glides through bread crust, cured salami, and tomato skin with zero problem and feels perfectly balanced in your hand.

And while it may not give you the cleanest edges or feel as balanced in your hand as some other bread knives we looked at, we think that's okay considering how versatile the blade is (and the knife's very nice price point). The plastic handle on the no-frills Dexter isn't exactly beautiful, but it won't slip in your hand as you cut through bread loaves and bagels, which makes it a smart option for safety.

A common misconception about bread knives is that, because they're very difficult to sharpen at home, finding the right one doesn't require much attention because it will have to be replaced relatively soon. Avoid blades with rounded, shallow serrations, and don’t be wooed by brands that brag about having a high number of them.

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