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).
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.” 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.
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.
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.
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. It comes in cute packaging that is not only safe and easy to open, but also instructs you how to hold the knife and how to use the entire blade like a pro.
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. I've invested hundreds of dollars in chef's knives, but I use them every day to slice, dice, cube, mince or, if I'm feeling fancy, chiffon.
A good knife can feel like a dream -- and it can make holiday cooking even more fun than usual -- but a poorly balanced or dull one can be a pain to use, and can even lead to more cut fingers and other accidents. David Priest/CNET Since you're going to be using it a lot, a chef's knife should be a pleasure to use -- properly weighted, but not heavy enough to make using it tiring.
David Priest/CNETGlobal's popular chef's knife is a Japanese-style blade, which means it boasts a scary-sharp edge and a nimble-feeling lightweight body. David Priest/Nettles Japanese-style chef's knife lies at the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to price, but it rests at the top of best lists online for a reason: it's a fantastic product.
Not only is the Mac super sharp (it slides through tomatoes without any tearing whatsoever), but its blade is thinner than heavier knives like Author's, which makes slicing snappier veggies like carrots feel like cutting a ripe banana with a butter knife. Mac's most popular chef knife is perfectly balanced, so you never feel at risk of losing control of the blade.
I'm fairly fastidious with my knives, but this, along with my growing fondness of the Global chef's knife, have resulted in Mac's slight drop in the ranking. David Priest/CNETHands-down, the biggest surprise of my testing was the performance of Mercer's $16 Culinary Millennia 8-inch chef's knife.
But the handle design is perfect for teaching beginners how to hold and use a chef's knife, guiding your thumb and index finger to the base of the blade. The light weight and cheap design mean you don't get the long life or the full versatility you'd get from a workhorse like the Author, but if you're wanting a starter chef's knife to learn for six months while you save for a bigger investment, the Mercer really is a great cook's knife.
The Author was my original favorite knife until I got my hands on the Mac and Global Japanese-style knives, and it still stands up as a top-of-the-line option. That said, the Author classic is perfectly balanced between the handle and blade, and it has a heel to protect your fingers, which makes it feel all the safer to wield.
One of the best measures of how comfortable a knife feels in your hand is breaking down a chicken -- as it requires many types of cuts across skin, meat, fat and cartilage. It's versatile and comfortable, and its high carbon steel forged blade will keep a sharp edge as well as nearly any other knife -- Mac and Global excluded -- in this price range.
The Willing Gourmet is a stamped blade, rather than a forged one, which means it likely won't hold its edge as long as the Author. It's also lighter, which means your hand won't be guided quite as well through a tomato or similarly delicate food.
All that said, the Willing's cuts were consistently clean, it felt comfortable in my hand, and for $50, I'd be more than happy to add this knife to my kitchen. Our procedures blended five tests -- slicing tomatoes, dicing onions, mincing leafy herbs, chopping carrots and breaking down chickens -- each with a 1-to-10 rating, with more general use and observation.
I wanted to approach the procedures as the average home cook would, focusing on general use and experience. Beyond its measurable performance with various foods, I approached each knife as a package -- experiencing how its weight and balance came together to create an experience that either felt intuitive or awkward.
Overall, we tested a dozen of the most popular chef's knives for home cooks, including Mac, Global, Artisan Revere, Victorinox, Kitchen aid, Cuisinart, Home favor, Freeware, Willing, J.A. Mac, Author and Global were my stand-out favorites for quality and performance, and if you're really serious about adopting a high-quality chef's knife, any of these three will do the trick.
While I gave my assessments above, everyone will have their own slight preferences -- Global feels best to me, but if I ate more meat and denser veggies, I would probably lean toward Author as the more robust blade. And if perfectly minced herbs and delicately sliced fish were more common cuts in my kitchen, Mac might take the crown.
It's well-balanced, and feels closest in profile to Global: it's not heavy and thick-spined like the Author, and so had more trouble with the butternut squash and pineapple; and it's not quite as razor-sharp as the Mac. Artisan Revere offers an excellent product for a price that will be hard to swallow for most customers.
I just can't recommend that home cooks buy a chef's knife that costs $300 more than comparable products, except as a luxury item. David Olkovetsky, founder and CEO of Artisan Revere, told me over email that the reasons for the price tag are manifold: most importantly, the high-quality steel blade is made with more environmentally friendly methods, and the so-called “super steel” will retain its edge better than competitors.
The $50, which seems like a natural winner given its reasonable price tag and similar design to the more expensive Author classic, really disappointed me. It's another workhorse of a knife, but its butt is heavier than it should be, so heavy prep gets tiring, and mincing feels awkward.
Finally,'s knife was the worst of the bunch: It is so poorly balanced, in fact, that I stopped the chicken test midway through for fear of cutting myself. That makes almost every type of prep, from slicing and dicing to mincing and chicken boning, feel awkward at best and dangerous at worst.
The truth is that what makes the perfect knife for you will depend on many factors, including your comfort level with knives, the size of your hands, and what sort of food you like to cook. The chef's knife is capable of dicing veggies, slicing meat, chopping herbs and nuts, and, in a pinch, it'll even go through small bones without too much trouble.
There's a bewildering range of chef's knives available, from dirt-cheap to very expensive specialty blades. To help you make sense of it all, we sliced and diced with dozens of knives until a simple truth emerged: A poorly-made $10 blade you sharpen every day is more useful than a $200 blade that's dull.
Much of the price difference in knives comes down to the quality of materials, which in turn often translates into how well the blade holds its edge. We stuck mostly with 8-inch blades, the sweet spot for the classic chef's knife.
If you're just starting out on your cooking journey, this makes a great first chef's knife and will serve you well for years. It holds an edge very well for a knife at this price and makes a great first step into the world of Japanese knives.
It's a bit longer than many of the blades here, but unlike a lot of Japanese knives, it has a western-style handle. They're dirt-cheap, and the quality of the blade reflects that, but if you regularly sharpen them, they'll perform just as well as knives costing hundreds of dollars more.
For a few dollars more you can grab a set of them ($13 at Amazon), which includes a small cleaver that I love for chopping herbs. Again, take the money you save and invest it in a good set of sharpening stones and you'll have knives that will serve you well for a long time.
All you really need to do is wipe down your knife every time you use it (but especially with highly acidic foods, like lemons and tomatoes). Regularly wiping your knife is a good habit to be in from a cleanliness standpoint as well, and it will ensure your carbon steel blade doesn't rust.
It's easier to get a fine edge on this than on other stainless blades I've tested, and it holds it for a long time. A couple of quick swipes on honing steel and the edge is back.
The Author is definitely a larger, heavier knife, but it's very comfortable to hold and will easily handle anything you throw at it. Tojo's DP You is a solid performer at a great price.
It holds an edge nearly as well as blades twice its price, and it has a wonderful, solid feeling in your hand. The only thing to watch out for with this one is the handle height, which is a little on the low side.
It's not carbon steel soft, but it's much thinner and softer than most European-style knives and therefore easier to sharpen. Keep that in mind when sharpening on a stone, as you'll want to hold it a bit differently to get that great edge back.
NoB ox markets this knife as perfect for “the backcountry chef or traveling cook,” but really it's great in any kitchen, on the trail or off. One distinctly backcountry appeal is that, in a pinch, you can clean fish with this one thanks to its thinner shape.
Knife sets often cost twice as much as buying those three knives separately and don't offer anything else useful. The large wooden storage blocks also steal useful counter space.
A dull knife is not only useless, it's more dangerous, because you will make up for that lack of a sharp edge with more pressure. I have spent enough time in the ER reflecting on this to become somewhat religious about sharpening my knives.
All the kitchen knives sets we’ve reviewed in this guide can be great options, whether you are cooking Paleo or any other type of popular cuisine. Rather than buying individual kitchen knives and ending up with a mix and match collection of cutlery, you will probably find it more cost-effective to purchase a custom-made set that comes complete with a storage block.
Chef’s or Cook’s knife: This is a wide blade that is used for chopping and slicing a variety of foodstuffs, from chicken breasts and cold meats to vegetables. The blade of the best quality chef’s knife should be slightly curved to provide a rocking motion as it cuts.
The blade’s flexibility makes it ideal for cleanly and efficiently filleting and skinning meat and fish. The Santos has a curved end, rather than a pointed one, making it ideal for the chopping and slicing tasks that are integral to Asian cuisine.
In the long run, it’s always best to buy the very highest quality knives that your budget will stretch to, as these will last you longer and perform better. Stainless steel is popular due its anti-corrosion qualities, although it does need more frequent sharpening than other materials in order to keep the cutting edge sharp.
Standard stainless steel tends to be the material of choice that is used in the manufacture of cheaper kitchen knife sets, although price doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality of the product is inferior. Although it is usually more expensive than standard stainless steel, it contains a higher proportion of carbon, meaning that your blades will retain their sharpness for longer and will also be harder wearing.
Carbon steel is very rust and corrosion resistant and produces a consistently sharp blade, even after repeated sharpening. Investing in a kitchen knives set made from carbon steel should mean that you never need to replace them, and they should give efficient service for their lifetime.
However, ceramic knife blades do tend to inflict considerable damage on wooden chopping boards and you cannot use them in a twisting motion that would be necessary for some tasks. Although the knives can be sharpened, the process is time-consuming and laborious due to the hardness of the ceramic material, and it is also difficult to eradicate any chipping that has occurred.
This material does not rust and is virtually impossible to break, even if dropped onto a tiled floor from a great height! A standard knife steel simply will not do the job, and you will need to send your titanium knives away to a professional company to have them re-honed.
For safety reasons, the choir should be smooth and not pointed backwards, as this could injure your forefinger when you apply pressure to the knife. It is usually thicker than the rest of the blade in order to prevent your fingers from slipping forward and sustaining injury.
However, bear in mind that a bolster that is too large will make it difficult to sharpen the full length of the blade. Balance is an important consideration when choosing a chef’s knife, and we’ll look at this in more detail later in the guide.
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that knives washed by hand usually stay sharper for longer. Some are designed to completely sheath the knife blade within the block, leaving only the handle or bolster sticking out, whereas others allow the knives to hang down between two clear tempered glass or acrylic plates.
Also, be sure to choose a block that allows plenty of space between the knife handles for ease of use, especially if you have manual dexterity problems. The second option allows you to see the knife blade, making it quick and easy to select the right one, which is essential if you work in a busy kitchen.
Additionally, airborne bacteria can quickly gather on exposed blades, presenting a hygiene issue. This handy feature can save you a lot of time and labor and is also much safer to use than a sharpening stone or steel.
A good-quality knife block should be heavy enough to keep it stable on a smooth kitchen work surface. As there are plenty of kitchens knife sets available that offer a wide and comprehensive choice of blades, it’s usually more practical to buy one of these.
Rather than using a knife block, you could opt to store your kitchen knives on a magnetic strip attached to the wall or to the inside of a cupboard door. Although this would save counter space in a small kitchen and allows you to clearly see which blade is which, it is not an ideal storage solution.
The knives will be left exposed to the steam and airborne grease in your kitchen environment, potentially leaving the blades vulnerable to corrosion and trapping bacteria. We’ve compiled this list of kitchen knife sets reviews to help you choose the best one for your needs.
Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set, ... Ergonomic Neoprene handle offers... High carbon, no-stain German X50 Cr Mo... Mercer Cutlery provide high-quality kitchen knives to many cooking academies and are the choice of many professional chefs.
The Genesis collection of kitchen knives is designed for comfort, efficient cutting, and durability. The knives are forged from single-piece, high-carbon, no-stain German steel. The collection of kitchen knives is housed in a stylish, contemporary tempered glass block that’s designed to stand upright on your kitchen counter.
All the knives and the shears are housed in a stunning slant-style hardwood block. The high-carbon, stainless steel knife blades are hand finished in Switzerland. A special tempering process is employed to produce a blade edger than can be re-sharpened throughout its life, ensuring that the original sharpness is retained. The knife handles in this best cutlery set are ergonomically designed to provide a natural, comfortable fit and reduce wrist tension.
The handles are also cleverly designed with minimal crevices that could harbor bacteria, improving the hygiene of the knives. Author knives have been hand-crafted in Germany since 1814, and the superior quality and workmanship in every knife collection reflects this experience. The blades are precision-forged from durable stainless steel, featuring a full tang for strength and a bolster for added balance and weight.
The unique 14 degree dual-edge tapered cutting edge ensures reduced drag when slicing through food, producing effortless, seamless cutting every time. The knife handles are triple-riveted for strength and are made from extra-durable synthetic polyoxymethylene for fade and discoloration resistance. The block’s ultra-slim design allows you to maximize your kitchen counter space. The knife set comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Global G-835/WS-6 Knife Set with Block, 6 Piece, Silver Thin blades for precision slicing Face-ground with long taper so edge... Blades made of high-tech Promote... Light weight and perfect balance reduces... Stainless-steel handles are molded for... The knives are stored in an attractive stainless steel counter top block. The knife blades are thin and razor sharp, providing zero drag and easy slicing through any foodstuff.
The Promote 18 stainless steel that is used to make Global knife blades is a forged from a blend of 18% chromium for excellent stain resistance, plus vanadium and molybdenum for longer edge retention. Superior knife balance is provided via a trademark, sand-filled hollow handle design. The stainless steel knife handles are molded for comfort and feature a unique darkened dimple texture to give a non-slip grip.
Made from hygienic, high-quality stainless steel, the blades’ single-piece stamped construction makes these knives comfortably lightweight. The handles are curved for improved comfort and feature a stainless steel end cap for style and balance.
Day’s high-quality kitchen knife blades are made only from high carbon content stainless steel for super-sharp, precision cutting and longevity. A smart hollow handle design delivers excellent weight and balance to prevent your hand from becoming strained during long periods of food preparation.
This newly designed Cuisinart kitchen knife set is made from superior high carbon stainless steel for longevity and stain resistance. The one-piece design ensures that there are no cracks or crevices where the handle joins the knife blade, which could harbor bacteria or trap dirt.
The knife handles are hollow, making the knives well-balanced and comfortable to use, even during long sessions of food prepping. Each blade is designed to be easy to clean, and they are all precision-tapered to gradually narrow into an extremely sharp, fine edge, ensuring easy, smooth cutting with no annoying dragging or tearing. The Cuisinart knife set is presented in a smart black acrylic block and comes complete with a useful sharpening tool.
Exclusive taper grind edge technology... High carbon stainless steel creates a... Care Instructions: Do not put knives in... 3.25" parer, 3" peeler, 5" utility, 8... Although these knives are not as expensive as other comparable sets, you can still enjoy the experience of a professional chef thanks to their quality and craftsmanship.
Soft, comfort grip poly handles provide you with perfect balance and control, even when your hands are wet or greasy. This kitchen knife set is presented in an attractive stained pine wood block that will grace any countertop. Full tang construction guarantees excellent strength and the curved design fits easily into your hand for comfortable grip, even during long food prepping sessions.
Forged design for increased weight and... Hand washing recommended Full Lifetime Warranty. The knives are housed in an attractive solid wood block with a handy in-block sharpener. The knife blades are fabricated from professional-grade forged high-carbon stainless steel, tapering to integral stainless steel handles, which are contoured for comfort and ease of use.
Chicago Cutlery’s exclusive taper grind edge technology ensures that each blade gives maximum sharpness to ensure precise, seamless cutting with no snagging or tearing. The forged design gives the knives better balance and increased weight for stability and ease of use. High-carbon stainless steel is renowned for its ability to resist rust, pitting, and staining, ensuring that your kitchen knife set will last you a lifetime.
The full metal tang extends from the knife tip into the handle, providing superior strength, control, and balance. A forged bolster prevents wet or greasy fingers from running onto the blade. To keep the knives in superb condition, they should be hand-washed. Chicago Cutlery offer a lifetime warranty on this top-quality product.
Kitchen knives should feel well-balanced and comfortable in your hand, especially if you undertake long sessions of repetitive food preparation tasks. Kitchen knives with an integral handle design are easier to keep clean and are less likely to trap dirt and bacteria.
Manufacturers of the best professional chef knife sets always offer a lifetime warranty, illustrating how confident they are in their product. While many women dismiss the idea of purchasing a reliable set of knife instead of individual pieces, there are so many professional chefs out there who spend quality time and a few bucks to get a knife set.
A professional chef requires a different set of knives than a homemaker who needs just of few pieces to make their meals. Or, they will add some latest pieces that don’t suit your cooking style.
Instead of looking for a popular brand, you will have to consider many aspects such as a handle, bolster, sharpening edge, storage size, material quality, specifications and much more. Being a most renowned manufacturer, Cancels introduce the latest knife set which comes with far better quality and features sturdy bolster, sharp edging, attractive handles, which makes it the must-have accessory in every home.
A sleek and stylish set of knives are designed with innovation to add more glam to your kitchen. The whole set includes peeler, utility knives, serrated utility, Santos hollow edge, bread knife, kitchen shears, sharpening steel, steak knives, and bamboo storage block.
Chicago Cutlery Fusion set from the renowned brand blends sleek style and precision performance. The innovative product features high-quality stainless steel plates and a sturdy pine wood block.
The whole set of this product is made of the high carbon stainless steel material to ensure the durability and longevity. A sleek, stylish and ergonomically designed handle from a reputed brand attracts masses around the globe.
Being a well-known & most renowned brand, Marcel Too corp offers this innovative product at a reasonable price. The whole set of products is made of High carbon cutlery steel which can resist rust, corrosion, dust etc.
Cuisinart always ensures the best user experience by offering products of high quality The whole set of this product is made of high carbon stainless steel to resists rust & corrosion.
The copper knife set is made of superior carbon stainless steel blades which ensure accuracy. The product bears a strong bolster for perfect control while handling knives.
The knife set comes with Lakewood Handles that are dense, durable and strong enough to withstand aging. The ergonomically designed knife set includes 5” morning, 7-inch serrated bread, Santos knife, 8-inch chefs, 8-inch slicer, forged steak knives, sharpener, and a wooden block.
The product is made of high carbon stainless steel for durability. The product is designed with Triple stainless steel technology, which can secure a polymer handles.
Our search for the best knife set with an amazing look ends with Home Hero. The product has a fully concealed body unit with stainless steel blades.
Unlike other knife sets, Clifton made this product using stamped steel of high-carbon & forged quality. The knife set comes with the labeled handles for quick identification of knives.
The manufacturer has incorporated high-quality German steel materials to ensure durability and stability. The set includes 3.5” paring, 5” serrated, 9” forged shears & walnut block.
Yet another product from the same brand, these offer great features to attract its customer base. The product bears 18 different set of stainless steel knives, sharpener, self-sharpening manual.
The stylish product is made of stainless steel in such a way that it can resist rust, pitting and mild weather conditions to ensure durability. Blades are forged from German-made stainless steel for resisting rust, stains & corrosion.
The boning knife is specially designed to remove meat from chicken, pork etc. A good kitchen knife set works speedily in this case.
If it gets blunt then to make it sharp one may take a good amount of money. It also takes very less time to cut vegetables or fruits with the help of a sharp knife.
If the set of knives are sharpened on a regular basis then there is lower chance of getting damaged. The benefits of using set of sharp knives are just tough to be described in simple words.
This article provides a comprehensive buying guide, cleaning, as well as caring instructions for the kitchen knife set. The blades should be sharp enough to aid you in cutting vegetables and fruits without having to put too much of an effort.
If that is not the case, you shall not be in a position to use the knives appropriately and the entire purpose of having and investing in kitchen knives shall remain unresolved. Hence, it is highly recommended that you hold the handle of each of the knives in your own hands and figure out whether the grip is good enough for you.
You are buying a total set which might comprise various types like a chef knife, knives that help you cut various shapes, and others. You should go for that set of kitchen knife which you believe have different types of knives as per the requirements of you and your family.
Make the right choice and you’ll find that it’s easier to prepare all types of meals, whether you’re cutting meat or dicing up an array of vegetables. Each of the chef’s knives in this roundup was subject to the same tests to see how it coped with preparing different types of food.
Balance and usability, as mentioned, is a more subjective process, but we’ve tried to approach this from the point of view of a typical user. From slicing meat and fish to finely dicing vegetables, you can even use a rocking motion to chop herbs.
Its wedge-shaped bolstered blade can be used in its entirety to cut, meaning that the knife adapts to any user, and it has the weight required to get through more difficult tasks. It’s forged from a single piece of ice-hardened steel (full tang), known as Fríður, which gives greater hardness and edge retention as well as resistance against corrosion.
Slicing, dicing, chopping and finer prep work proved a breeze for this knife. Its only challenge came from tackling the large butternut squash, where its compact size was a significant limitation.
A slim bolster has also been welded in place, while its handle features an understated faux grain pattern. Perfectly weight-balanced, this knife made an excellent prep tool, slicing easily through the fish, poultry, tomatoes and meat.
The only task that was tricky was trimming hard fat from the meat; the job was made more difficult due to the knife’s rounded tip. This knife has an extra-long blade for increased leverage for larger items, and a patented handle with a wedge-shaped indentation that’s intended to be more comfortable to hold over extended periods.
For anyone used to a smaller blade, the Fur Chef’s Knife will feel distinctly unwieldy and heavy. Most of the weight is in the thick blade, making the knife less balanced; its handle is surprisingly light.
This makes maneuverability tricky at first, and the knife’s size feels more suited to halving a chicken than all-round chopping. It struggled to get through thicker parts of the butternut squash without extra effort, the blade sticking to the flesh and impeding its progress, but chopped well.
Not only is the handle of the 20 cm Classic Cook’s Knife robustly riveted in place, the blade is ‘resharpened’ with a defined cutting angle. Complete with a full bolster (there’s also a half-bolster model that’s even easier to sharpen) and ergonomic handle, the knife had enough weight to slice through the dense butternut squash in one motion with minimal effort, as well as glide through every other task.
Designed in consultation with professional chefs, there’s good reason that this 16 cm Cook’s knife from the multi-award winning Signature range is Robert Welch’s most popular size. Compact enough not to feel unwieldy, yet with a Japanese-style blade edge that’s hand-applied at a 15-degree angle, the knife offers a perfect blend of strength and balance.
An angled bolster provides good control alongside full use of the blade edge, while the DuPont handle has been ergonomically shaped to minimize fatigue and features an Raw insignia as a permanent steel detail. The knife’s blade features a smooth curve for a two-step chop and rock action, meaning that it sailed through all the tests.
Full-tang knives feature a tang that extends the whole length of the handle, which aids strength and balance. Roughly speaking, it’s the feeling that neither the handle nor the blade is uncomfortably weighted, dragging you back or forward when in use.
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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