Dimples on the blade could be left off; no real help to split vegetables or otherwise Higher carbon content than most knives of this level; can rust if not dried quickly after washing A sharp-enough blade, a comfy handle and its generally smart ergonomic build make it stand out in a sea of really cheap knives.
Different budgets, grip styles and aesthetic tastes, not to mention a dozen other micro-decisions, all determine which knife is best for the task at hand. This guide aims to identify which kitchen knives are most useful, and hopefully, it helps you divorce from overpriced, unnecessarily bulky knife block sets.
Knife emporium ChefsKnivestoGo describes Tojo’s DP series as “the gateway into the world of high-end Japanese cutlery.” Simply put, you will be hard-pressed to find a blade that’s made better than this one for under $100. Mac makes a number of more affordable blades, but its Pro series is when the brand starts to become superlative.
Made with a proprietary very high carbon stainless steel, the blade is thin, ultra-sharp, dimpled and, oddly enough, quite heavy. It also has dimples to support food release, a sturdy bolster and it’s stain- and rust-resistant (we still wouldn’t put it in the dishwasher).
It’s one of very few Japanese knives that successfully implements these kinds of Western design cues. The trick to buying a truly affordable chef’s knife is basically just finding a product with the least number of negatives.
Ultimately, Victorinox’s ultra-cheap 8-inch chef’s knife won out, though it is liable to blade chipping and isn’t the most comfortable to use. But for the price of two movie tickets, there isn’t a knife that performs this well or is as widely available (you can find them in most home goods sections).
Also, the handle isn’t as aggressively “ergonomic” as many others in this category, making it a bit easier to switch between knife grips. The category of Western-style chef’s knife is very, very large, but after testing two dozen of them, Willing’s 8-inch takes the cake.
After months of testing, the blade didn’t chip or show signs of dulling in any way. The Willing knife’s bolster fades into the blade less dramatically than the Author which, when using a pinch grip, was a lot more comfortable.
The design is both Japanese (the blade is very light and very thin) and anti-Japanese (its balance isn’t pushed toward the cutting end and the whole thing is one piece; most Japanese-style knives taper into a wooden handle). This means it has the nice slicing properties you’d expect from a great Japanese knife, but in a much more durable, familiar package.
Its stainless steel makeup (exact properties are proprietary) resists staining or corrosion and remains wicked sharp during use. In testing, we tried comparably-priced MAC knives ($95) and a few other more premium options, but only Tojo’s Good Design Award-winning knife ($68) balanced the features of a typical Japanese knife with lower maintenance, reasonable prices, edge retention and smart design quite like Global’s G-2.
What makes its kitchen knives great is a combination of simple design choices (the handles are never too aggressive on the ergonomics end), solid materials and a level of mass availability that’s absent from other companies making good knives (you can find Victorinox in loads of brick-and-mortar stores and everywhere online). The German company is easily one of the most consistent makers of high-quality knives, and it does so at pretty much every price point.
With solid materials, classic designs, widespread availability and a very long legacy, the knives from Willing Group’s biggest cutlery line, J.A. Forged: The process in which a blade smith, or machine, pounds a block of steel into the shape of a knife.
Different shapes, like rounded or flat, can be desired for specific cutting tasks. Carbon steel knives are notoriously sharp because of their strength, but also hard to sharpen.
Japanese knives use a wooden Wei handle, which emphasize the blade-forward balance. Honing essentially pushes back the cutting edge into shape after being bent out of wack from constant use.
Japanese knives tend to be thinner, sharper and harder to maintain than their German counterparts. Japanese knives can be singular in their uses, and at the cost of having a sharper blade is the greater attention required for maintenance and care.
These two things combined make for an easy purchasing decision: buy cheap. This knife from Fritz, an old name in knife making that’s recently released a line of products aimed at the commercial kitchen, makes for an ideal bread butchering tool.
Knives like these, which are predominantly used for foods with firm exteriors and reasonably soft interiors, need to carve through foods without destroying what lies on the inside (à la tomatoes or oranges), so better steel and engineering is the better long-run choice. We also tried Willing’s ($70) similarly priced option but found the added weight and slightly lower cost of Author’s to better it in most ways.
There are a lot of great slicers out there (also called carving knives), and unless you frequently cook whole birds, roasts or other large cuts of meat, you can get away with using your chef’s knife on the off-chance you do go that route one night. The slicer is a long, narrow blade that’s slightly flexible, meant for penetrating and divvying up those larger pieces of meat and separating them from bone and other tendons.
Our pick, Victorinox’s 12-inch slicer is just that, and it provides a nice, no BS grip for putting some muscle to get through tougher meats. Unless you’re buying your cheese by the wheel, and bless you for that, you really don’t need one (just use a paring knife to break down blocks).
But, if you must have one, you may as well get something your other knives would have a hard time accomplishing, like creating a slice of cheese with some degree of uniformity and elegance. Oyster knives are almost all the same in that most have a bent tip blade for prying the creature open and some stubby handle to apply force.
You could buy pretty much any decent oyster knife under $10 and be happy, but we prefer Ox’s version with the company’s Good Grip handle. To makes some of the most comfortable underwear that you’ll ever own, using super-soft, sustainable and breathable bamboo fabric.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
To help you decide, we did exhaustive research to determine which are the best sets on the market and spent the past several weeks putting the 11 finalists to the test. We found ourselves repeatedly using terms like “full tang” (when a blade is constructed of one metal piece that extends the length of the handle, which is preferable), “forged steel” (pricier than its stamped counterpart, but sturdier) and “heavy bolster” (the junction between the blade and handle that helps with balance).
Generally, most of the knives we tested were nice and sharp out of the box and all were stainless steel grade or better, but from there they varied when it came to grip, build and weight, which affected performance. The three winners earned points for great maneuverability, aesthetics and included extras.
The knives stayed sharp through our multitude of tests, and we were big fans of the cushion-grip handles that kept them from slipping, as well as the classic look of the chestnut-stained wood block. 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.
We were blown away by the sturdy construction, comfort of use and reliable execution that came with each piece in this all-inclusive set. 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.
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.
It’s got history, a classic design and high-tech, high-quality craftsmanship that comes with a lifetime warranty (on workmanship and materials under normal conditions). 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. We couldn’t suss out any difference in sharpness by touch, performance chopping up onions, carrots and tomatoes or from the paper test, of which both used and new Author knives made mincemeat.
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. When variety is key to your cooking game but staying on budget is too, you’d be wise to consider picking up this basic but useful 18-piece set.
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.
It also only contained five knives, one of which was a boning knife which doesn’t see a lot of use, and the smaller, rubber handles weren’t especially comfortable. 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). All of these tools make prep work easier and safer while elevating the quality of homemade dishes.
Risen is a direct-to-consumer kitchen brand, which means it delivers top-quality products at lower prices, and its bestselling chef’s knife would make a solid gift for any home cook. This 8-inch versatile blade is made from premium steel with twice the carbon content, meaning it will stay sharp for longer.
It has a 15-degree blade angle for a sharper cut, and the sloped bolster encourages a proper “pinch grip.” Risen knives are backed by a no-questions-asked lifetime guarantee, and this particular knife boasts more than 5,000 reviews and a near-perfect average rating from people who say things like, “I own a lot of knives, but this is the most comfortable and provides the cleanest and easiest cut of any knife I have ever used.” Buy Now. High-end knives from specialty brands can cost several hundred dollars, but buyers are more than happy with this under-$40 chef’s knife from Victorinox, which delivers quality at an unbeatable value.
The 8-inch blade is made from lightweight European steel, and its long, sloping shape is ideal for chopping and mincing in a rocking motion. It’s an 8-inch blade forged from high-carbon German steel, and it features a taper-ground edge for increased stability and long-lasting sharpness.
Reviewers refer to this product as the best, sharpest knife” they’ve ever owned, so we think it’s safe to say your recipient will enjoy it, too. It has a lightweight wood handle, and reviewers rave about the performance of this small knife, writing that the “size is near perfect and it is sharp as hell.” Consider us sold.
If you’ve ever struggled to slice through the skin of a tomato, you’ll understand the appeal of a serrated utility knife like this one from J.A. The sharp teeth of these knives can cut through tough fruit and vegetable skin with ease, allowing you to create thin, neat slices with minimal effort.
Bread lovers will also appreciate that the serrated blade will make quick work out of crunchy crusts. It has dimpled sides that keep ingredients from sticking to the knife, as well as a composite handle that won’t break down, even if you put it in the dishwasher.
This three-piece knife set is from Victorinox, the maker of Swiss Army Knives, and it includes the essentials new chefs need to get started in the kitchen. This set earns top marks from reviewers, who praise the low cost, high-quality and incredible sharpness.
The process is fully guided to eliminate guesswork and ensure an even angle and perfect blade every time. The Work Sharp Knife Sharpener features flexible abrasive disks for a sharper edge, and there’s even a ceramic honing slot for quick touch-ups.
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Manufacturer Allegory Size 8² Dimension 15 × 3.5 × 1.2 inches Weight 0.95 Pounds Blade material High carbon stainless steel Model no. Mustafa Santos knife consists of high-quality stainless steel that resists rust, corrosion and makes chopping easy.
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Its German stainless steel blade guarantees long-lasting sharpness. It cannot hold an edge, and due to small bolster, it slips frequently.
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The stamped knife is passed through the hydraulic press, where it cuts the blade shape from the steel sheet. The stamped knife has small tangs, which make them less balanced.
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The forged blade’s biggest flaw is that it is heavy and thick, which might be difficult for some people. A knife may look a small tool, but it has several features that we may not bring into account.
Firstly, you’ll need a whetstone against which you can rub the blade to sharpen it. Check for the rough areas by running your finger on the edges.
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Heckles knives feature a durable forged German stainless steel construction to confidently slice through just about anything. Once the knife is inserted, built-in ceramic honing wheels get to work sharpening the blades.
A forged design promotes equal weight and balance for added control and security as you cut. These knives also have a 26-degree taper grind edge for precise results and effortless sharpening when it’s needed.
Cons: Block isn't very heavy Not designed to cut through bone Can take a while to sharpen If the bulk of your culinary work requires precision, it’s hard to overlook this Phantom Series knife set by Strong.
The knives are made with Japanese AUS-8 high-carbon steel, while each edge is hand finished to an eye-catching mirror polish. If you’re stretching your budget for a solid knife block set, you’ll want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.
Chefs of all levels will appreciate the tapered blade design, which improves flexibility and durability. The non-slip handles are made with Lakewood from Spain and naturally withstand moisture as well as heat and cold.
Cons: Small bread knife Some say the steak knives are oddly curved A few complaints of rust spots If your goal is to make meal prep simpler without spending a fortune, this block set by Cuisinart is a solid choice.
Cons: Sharpening steel isn't the best quality Stand looks a bit cheap Advanced chefs might not find them durable enough These knives have curved and tapered handles that are specifically designed to fit snugly into your hand.
Cons: Not dishwasher safe Prone to water spots Finish on the handles may fade over time This Emo joy Knife Set makes a timeless addition to your kitchen with its classic wood grain and Lakewood handles.
It’s hard to get around the fact that wood blocks generally aren’t the most attractive item in a kitchen. The wood grain is designed to improve with age, while the Lakewood handles give this kitchen knife set a timeless appearance.
Cons: Not recommended for the dishwasher Handles aren't the sturdiest Blades don't stay sharp for very long While its vibrant colors surely catch your eye first, you’ll soon notice that this knife set comes without a block.
This Gourmet Series knife set makes professional-level knives an affordable option for the average cook. Each handle is made with a durable synthetic material with a tighter molecular structure to keep discoloration and fading at bay, according to Author.
The inclusion of multiple specialty knives makes this set worth the splurge for creative and advanced chefs. According to Shun, every knife is carefully crafted by hand and requires at least 100 handcrafted steps to finish.
Cons: A bit pricey compared to competitors Not the highest quality bonus scissors Not dishwasher safe Meal prep is made simpler with this set, which covers the basics such as chopping, dicing, slicing, and mincing your favorite fruits, veggies and meat.
Cons: Sharpener is separate from the block Blades don't stay sharp for long Holder is a bit top heavy This all-around knife block set makes an affordable option for home chefs of all levels.
Cons: Handles are a bit flimsy Not the most durable construction Not dishwasher safe Its affordability and versatility make the set a reasonable choice for college students and first apartments, as well as beginner chefs.
Each knife in this set features a rainbow color, so you’ll never get bored even when completing the most mundane meal prep tasks. The blades are made with stainless steel, while a titanium coating adds to the final product.
Cons: Doesn't include a knife sharpener Prone to rust spots Some complaints of knives getting stuck in slots This knife set from Utopia Kitchen is a practical choice for beginner cooks and shoppers on a tight budget.
A combination of conservative blade thickness and an ergonomic knife design provides a comfortable grip and skillful handling. The handles are made with a plastic material that’s generally resistant to chemicals and moisture.
The best kitchen knife block set makes meal prep that much simpler and less stressful. Even if you're a beginner, a knife block set is a worthwhile investment for the convenience of having everything you need in a single place.
You can stay within a strict budget or splurge on sets that cost hundreds of dollars, depending on the qualities and features you prefer. Generally speaking, pricier sets are made with stronger and more durable materials.
These knives tend to stay sharper for longer and can withstand repetitive tasks for a prolonged period of time without wearing down. Most knives come with an angle between 15 and 20 degrees, which is ideal for most kitchen tasks, according to Alder leaf Wilderness College.
Even if you’re not much of a chef, your kitchen isn’t complete without a variety of capable cutting tools. A set of sharp, high-quality knives makes every culinary task that much easier, from chopping up fruit to preparing a Thanksgiving feast.
There are options for experienced chefs and newbies alike, and some also make great housewarming gifts. Home Hero’s all-in-one set is one of Amazon’s Choice picks for kitchen knives and includes a handful of bonuses, like six steak knives, a knife sharpener and a vegetable peeler.
The set also looks great in any kitchen thanks to a simple wooden block and classic black handles. Both the block and the housed knives are resistant to scratches and corrosion, meaning they’re durable and will look great for years to come.
The knife blades have also undergone a special process which makes them more flexible than average knives. You’ll also find a sharpening rod, multi-purpose kitchen scissors and a set of high-quality steak knives mounted in a wooden storage block.
Each knife in the set sports a beautiful, satin-finished handle that has been ergonomically designed for comfort during use. Plus, the knives come in a translucent, acrylic stand that adds a modern touch to your kitchen.
Happy customers say the knives are easy to clean, super sharp and look great in the clear stand. The high-carbon stainless steel blades are said to be more precise, more accurate and sharper than other models on the market.
The sleek design and ergonomic handles make this set easy to use. They’re made from high-quality stainless steel to ensure precision when cutting and that the blade itself will hold up over time.
They’re made from quality stainless steel and titanium coating for the color so the set is built to last a lifetime. Topped off with a sleek black block and handle, the rainbow surprise when you slip these out will have friends and family in awe.
However, unlike a normal kitchen knife set, the Stone Boomer opts for standard sharpening steel. Furthermore, as each of the knives is forged from a single piece of high carbon, German stainless steel, these cutting tools offer nearly unmatched sharpness.
The To Cutlery Knife Set may be a premium kitchen accessory (with a price to match), but it’s hard to deny its unique design and elegant style aren’t worthy of inclusion here. On top of that, the blades are constructed from German stainless steel, and the attractive handles are made from a composite, high-density Lakewood.
This beautifully arranged kit makes a great gift idea for budding chefs and experienced professionals alike. Heckles, and if you can afford it, we highly recommend shelling out the extra dough.
Not only are the knives sharper and more well-balanced than less expensive options, but they’ll also last longer, too (justifying the higher price tag). But if you like to host dinner parties, we suggest the full 19-piece set with high-quality steak knives to impress your guests.
Heckles has been in the knife game since 1731, and this 15-piece set hits all the right marks with its assortment of knives and accessories. You won’t regret paying top dollar for these knives, as they are sure to last for years to come.
While the Strong set is quite the splurge, you’re getting a total bang for your buck with… wait… only five knives ? Though you’re only getting five knives for almost 300 Makarios, these beauties have a gorgeously menacing design that will add a darker aesthetic to your kitchen.