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).
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.
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 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.
© Provided by Epicurus BUY NOW 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.
© Provided by Epicurus BUY NOW © 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.
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.
While it was extremely sharp out of the box and sliced through a sweet potato with more ease than some of our winners, it dulled quickly with each subsequent use. It also couldn’t handle the more delicate jobs of slicing onion, tender herbs, or tomato nearly as well as our winning knives.
The Author Gourmet and Classic models were both pleasantly lighter than the knives we’re accustomed to from the company. They’re sharp and effective for delicate knife work but had a bit of trouble handling the tough sweet potato.
The $8 Brandless knife felt slippery in our hand and did a lackluster job with both sweet potatoes and tender herbs. Finally, the Mercer knife felt clunky and choppy, especially compared to the winning Mac and Victorinox, both of which glided as they chopped.
It’s a Japanese-style knife, and though the blade is super thin and precise, the handle has some width and bulk to make it feel steady. But it wasn’t quite as responsive as the Mac knife and fell short of the Global in terms of its price point.
A. Heckles Classic chef’s knife ($54) features a squared-off handle that we thought would be hard to hold, but was actually one of the most comfortable knives of the bunch. It was extremely sharp and sliced an onion with ease, but required more force than we would have liked to cut through sturdy sweet potato.
Made In’s chef’s knife ($89), while extremely sharp out of the box, dulled quickly with each subsequent use. It also couldn’t handle the more delicate jobs of slicing onion and chopping tender herbs nearly as well as our winning knives.
The backside is useful too; use it to help collect scraps on your cutting board, as doing so with the sharp side will dull your blade. For a less expensive option that boasts unbelievable balance, choose the Global chef’s knife.
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.
“I have some lovely Japanese knives, which hold a great edge for clean slicing of vegetables and fish. For butchery, however, I have an old faithful boning knife, which I’ve been using for twenty years, from Gustav Emil Era.
German steel isn’t as hard so is less likely to chip against bone. “Opined make great knives for working front of house and their bread knife is cool.
It means you can perfectly slice your homemade sourdough ready to be slathered with real butter and enjoyed with a glass of natural wine.” “Tayayuki knives are Japanese and make working with fish like I do every day an absolute dream.
They have nice weighty handles which steady your cutting action and provide more precision. The reason why is they transform metal and plastic waste into knives and the pure craftsmanship and attention to detail is like no other.
Whilst they work a whiz in the kitchen too, they are great option if you’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint too.” They may seem like a lot of work to maintain and care for when you first start using them, but the results they yield are far superior.
I’ve had Global knives for 20 years and love their perfect balance. It’s great for general food prep and excellent for chopping chocolate and for cutting brownies into perfect clean-sided squares.
Wash and dry them immediately after cutting anything acidic and sharpen with a whetstone once a week if using the knife regularly.” “My favorite knives are by MAC, Author, Shun and Willing JA Heckles.
16Dean Edwards, Mastered finalist 2006, TV chef and author For a home cook I would suggest investing in one good quality knife and a steel to keep it sharp.
My knives are all beveled on one edge (similar to a chisel) as I find this gives more control of the blade and polishes the flat surface of what I’m slicing. I particularly like the way that Japanese knives treat the food they cut: the balance in the arm, the steel quality and durability, and the idea that there may be a bit of someone's pride in the knife that is passed on to me.
I’ve been buying my Arising knives from the same knife maker in Tokyo since 1996. Dean, Rosemary and Paul are appearing at the Eat & Drink Festival at Olympia London from 27 March to 13 April.
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“Having a good knife makes cooking so much more enjoyable,” says Relish's Food Director Lauren Miyashiro. With a sturdy, easy-to-grip handle and a solidly sharp blade, this knife is a great place to start.
It doesn't have quite as much strength or sharpness as other blades on this list, but it's a reliable all-purpose knife. Hearty German-made knives are traditionally heavier, with thicker blades that excel at cutting through meat and bone, exemplified by this Author knife.
You'll see this knife topping many lists of bestkitchenknives, probably because the hefty blade can cut through just about anything. Unlike like their German counterparts, these knives are known for their lightweight and super thin blades.
Global's Santos knife has that signature sharp, dull-resistant blade and excels in precision-based slicing tasks. As long as you've got a quality knife sharpener by your side, these knives can perform just as well as the most expensive blades on this list.
This mini knife packs a lot of punch for its size, with a sharp blade and a sturdy handle. Amazon reviewers loved this funky, clear holder and the easy-to-use knives that came with it.
This ornate, 6-inch blade will fit comfortably in your hands, with all the sharpness and power of a larger knife. If your little one is expressing interest in helping out in the kitchen, you can set them up with this non-slip, plastic knife without the need to guide their hands as they cut.
The serrated edges will slice through bread and tomatoes easily, while protecting their little fingers. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.
Knives play a massive part in how easy it is to prepare your meals. To prevent disaster, and mostly to simply step it up in the kitchen, you should spend some money on the best kitchen knife sets in 2020.
To make your research simpler, we’ve tested and prepared a full list for you. If you haven’t owned kitchen knife sets before, you may be unaware of its many uses.
It’s important for us that you pick the kitchen knife set of your dreams. This type of knife is thicker towards the heel, allowing for a lot of versatility.
Thanks to its small size, you’ll be able to perform your tasks with greater precision. Putting in simple terms, this is a smaller version of a chef’s knife.
A utility knife is especially helpful for tasks such as carving a chicken breast or slicing smaller vegetables, like carrots. It has a fairly thin blade, thinner than a chef’s knife.
A serrated edge helps with cutting some kinds of bread, vegetables such as tomatoes, and citrus fruits. A carving knife is used for slicing joints of many kinds of meats, including poultry.
You likely have a bunch of these and use them at the table, but steak knives are also frequently found in knife sets. This type of knife is sharp and ideal for cutting steak.
This type of knife is ideal when you’re dealing with tough-to-remove skins on fruits and veggies. The blade is curved inwards, allowing you to get rid of even the most stubborn skins.
It’s a superb knife set of stainless steel blades, but it’s also so much more than that. This is a full & complete knife set of kitchen tools that you will surely love having in your home.
You’re getting 13 professional knives, a bonus peeler, a pair of kitchen scissors, a high-quality knife sharpener, and a matching block stand. This covers most of your cutting needs & adds durability to your stainless steel blades through the sharpener.
If you ask us, this is the ultimate best kitchen knife set on the current market. As opposed to the futuristic, modern look presented by Home Hero, this set by Heckles is amazing & quite understated in the way that it looks.
What with the wooden knife block and traditionally black/silver handles, these knives are a great centerpiece for most kitchens. This set, while pricier than our previous recommendation, comes with a lot of merit of its own.
This is especially important in precision cuts, so you’ll be pleased to hear that these knives excel at that. They’re dishwasher safe, made out of a mix of stainless steel (blades) and plastic (handles).
The ergonomic design of the handle ensures a steady grip that you don’t have to worry about. The use of this material contributes to precision and accuracy, which is especially important in some kinds of knives.
Thanks to the powerful & sturdy bolster, these knives offer a lot of stability and control over their maneuvers. You’ll have an easy time completing your tasks with this set, whether you’re carving, slicing, or chopping.
Value for money is also an important factor in a kitchen knife set. As they are often gifted for many occasions, from weddings to birthdays, the manufacturers have learned to price them high.
Fortunately, this Amazon product combines an affordable price tag with other desirable features. One thing that makes this set stand out is the number of steak knives.
Additionally, the set includes kitchen shears, a sharpener, and the rubber-wood storage block itself. This large 18-piece set is sure to satisfy most cooks, professional and amateur.
Easy to hold on to, with a classic design, and a number of measures that improve durability. If the budget is of no concern and you simply want the best knife block available, To just might be it.
As for knives, you’re getting a paring, utility, serrated utility, Santos, chef’s knife, a sharpening knife block, and a huge set of steak knives. These clever tools automatically make the blades good as new whenever you use them and then put them back.
Many people believe that kitchen knives require a large expense in order to be good. While it’s not necessarily the ultimate truth, it sure doesn’t hurt to invest in a high-end set.
Made in Solingen, Germany, these blades have the qualities you seek in any good kitchen knife. Known all over the world for their excellent craftsmanship, they are a joy to use and a point of pride in any kitchen.
The blades are made out of a single blank of high carbon stainless steel. There’s also the come-apart kitchen shears and a 15-slot block, allowing you to expand your collection over time.
Fortunately, this incredibly extensive knife set helps you prevent that. Featuring so many knives and extra tools, it’s a formidable product that will act as a centerpiece on your counter.
The colorful safety blade guards protect the knives from harm during storage or even travel. However, if you’re in a hurry one day, the dishwasher won’t hurt these budget knives.
Sometimes it’s a good idea to pick a smaller kitchen knife set. If you don’t need a lot of knives, but want the best quality of the ones you do own, this set was made for you.
When you buy this set, you get the knives every kitchen needs: chef’s, utility, paring, bread, slicing, and Santos. The care they were crafted with ensures their immense precision, durability, and edge retention.
As a kitchen knife set is something that is always proudly on display on your counters, you want to have one that simply looks great. Perfect for a present, Author’s knife set comes with a 15-slot acacia wood block.
Each knife blade is forged out of a single piece of tempered high carbon stainless German steel. You’ll also get come-apart kitchen shears and the aforementioned knife block that you can buy extra knives for.
As such, when shopping, keep an extra eye on Author, Heckles, Nan fang Brothers, Home Hero, and more. We’re happy to report that Gordon Ramsey shares our opinion on the bestkitchenknives.
The kitchen virtuoso uses both Author and Heckles knives, at home and in his professional life. If you want to buy the same set of knives as what Gordon Ramsey owns, check out our Author and Heckles picks above.
But the knives get all sorts of stains when food sticks to the blade surface. Mercer has a Granted blade, so its hollow divots make it tougher for food to stick.
The knife has a rounded tip and its extended length enhances its functionality. You could cut open baguettes, fillet fresh fish, or trim long beef shanks.
The handle is a mix of polypropylene and Neoprene so it’s comfortable, durable, and dishwasher safe, though we advise washing the knife by hand to extend its lifespan. The knife is stamped from a single piece of high carbon steel.
They add texture to your knife blade, offering aesthetic benefits. They serve a practical purpose because they trap air as you press the knife into your meat or veggies.
This enables the Victorinox to make a smoother cut and thinner slices without tearing the fibers of your meat. It won’t slip even while it’s wet, and the nub rests naturally in the crook of your thumb.
The blade is stainless steel with a high carbon ratio for added strength. Its Grafton scallops prevent your meat from sticking to the knife, and while it’s dishwasher-safe, hand-washing is recommended.
Its curvy blade provides extra leverage for thick bony cuts. The curve also improves your grip as you trim off the fat from ribs and greasy meat portions.
So in addition to giving you super slim slices, it’s good for tearing your meat off the bone, slicing through cartilage, cracking small bones, and skinning wild game. The pointy tip and curvy back make it easy to pierce.
The Strong Breaker is part of the Gladiator Series, and its handle is made of imported Spanish Lakewood. Its hardness is 56+ on the Rockwell scale, and the blade has three rivets to hold it in place.
Left-handed chefs and home cooks will love the ambidextrous ergonomic grip on this knife. But the protective sheath is easy to lose, so order a few extra pieces if you can.
Otherwise, they get moldy and slick, introducing musty smells and potentially harmful germs to your kitchen. This To carving knife has a Lakewood handle with a rounded ergonomic front.
Meanwhile, the German steel blade has Grafton hollows for lower frictions and finer cuts. Carving knives tend to come in even numbers, but Maraca made theirs a memorable 11 inches.
The handle also has a metal finger guard to reduce kitchen accidents. Hold on to the box though, because that 11-inch blade (plus an additional 8-inch handle) probably won’t fit in your drawers.
It’s a China-made brand, but its good quality in a pretty pack, so it’s certain to grace your kitchen counter. This knife holds its edge well and you can sharpen it with anything from electrical tools garage sale whetstones.
It’s a forged knife, and the molten metal manufacturing process makes it sturdy. And because it has a shorter blade, it faces less risk of being banged around and dulled inside the machine.
Its narrow blade and shrunken size make it suitable for defining, skinning, coring, and fine cutting tasks that require wrist dexterity. It has a thermoplastic handle and is a flexible knife, so it’s recommended for meal prep and intricate cutting, slicing, and trimming.
It’s ergonomic, complete with a metallic finger guard and a slightly hooked bottom to better support your palm. The handle is synthetic, so it won’t fade or change color when you clean it with bleach.
Though it looks cheap, it’s forged at 58° and is made from high carbon German steel. The precision forging process ensures your knife gets 20% sharper and holds its edge twice as long as earlier Author versions.
The knife weighs 8.5 ounces and carries the Trident logo, which means it was manufactured in one of three exclusive plants in Solingen, the ‘City of Blades’. Author knives look slick, but some experts fault the lip at the bottom of the blade.
Still, this classically designed German piece adds class and elegance to any kitchen. The word ‘Message’ means ‘masterpiece’, and this knife is aptly named.
The Lakewood handle is resistant to heat, cold, moisture, and manual damage. The handle is polished to a sheen, adding aesthetic pleasure to the knife’s many attributes.
The Message is a full tang knife, meaning the cutting edge runs down to the tip. Your Message comes in a premium box with a magnetic closing mechanism, cleaning cloth, sheath, and care tips, just like a true samurai sword.
The carving knife is covered by a lifetime warranty plus centuries of Japanese tradition. Like many blades, it’s completely forged by hand to ensure uniqueness and quality.
Message’s carving knife may not have the shimmering beauty of a Katina, but it has the same history, tradition, and skillful forging, so it’s well worth the price tag. We haven’t looked at any cleavers so far, but they could easily be the best knife for cutting meat.
Their blades are generally shorter, their angles are harsher, and their handles are heavier. They’re also balanced differently, so they’re good for hacking at bones or frozen meat.
The Elite is made of ThyssenKrupp steel and is ideal for Asian recipes and Chinese cuisine. It’s a full tang knife with an ergonomic handle made from ABS plastic.
The handle is curved to comfortably nestle into your palm without slipping, straining, or causing excess fatigue. The edges are sharpened 15° to 18° on both sides, and the knife comes packed in a premium white box filled with molded red felt.
This 7-inch high-carbon stainless steel blade has a 100% satisfaction guarantee or you get all your money back. The knife is 86 mm at its widest point and measures 308 mm from blade to handle tip.
Elite’s cleaver weighs 14.1 ounces so it’s lighter than it looks, and is sufficiently sturdy. But it’s only intended for light tasks and soft meats like ham, slow roasts, and tender poultry.
It works fine for fruit salads and deli meats, but it’s not suitable for your BBQ knifing needs. Ideally, it should be versatile enough for poultry, wild game, beef, or sushi.
Others are pretty but they fall off after one wash. You can choose wood, metal, or plastic handles. Many knives are made of stainless steel, but it depends on the type, gauge, and strength of the metal.
Stainless steel knives are good at retaining their edge, so they stay sharper for longer. But carving knives have a more malleable edge, meaning they’re easier to sharpen.
Forged knives are made from molten metal which is then cast and banged into shape. They’re far more affordable, but don’t last as long, so weigh the price of a one-time purchase against repetitive orders.
But knife experts confirm that Japanese knives hold their edge for longer, so they need sharpening less often. Longer knives are more versatile since you can use them for large cuts and smaller tasks.
Thin blades are ideal, because they make sharper, slimmer slices. If you live in a beach town, you probably have sushi and shellfish on regular rotation, so you should own sufficient fish knives.
Beyond the type of food you prefer, your most common cooking methods will play a role in the knives you select. For lovers of open roasts, a cleaver or butcher knife is essential for those T-bone steaks and heavy sawn-off cuts.
It’s why many people avoid cleaning them even though, ironically, wetting the knife is a key part of the sharpening process too. It’s a popular bread knife, but since its edge is straight, it works just as well for meat.
Cuisinart amazon.comrade of stainless steel, these knives are strong, durable, and sharp enough to cut through the toughest steak. Hampton Forgewayfair.comfort those who love eco-friendly products, the handles of the knives in this set are made from rice husk composite instead of plastic, and its block is made of stained wood.
“It is a larger set so the bigger families that need more steak knives are covered.” New England Cutlerywayfair.comRose-gold colored knives will instantly level up any kitchen, but these aren't just pretty to look at.
The knives are lightweight, yet heavy enough to help you establish balance and control as you cut into your favorite foods. The knife set block comes in black, red, or blue, and all seven knives are made of a high-carbon stainless steel that's resistant to rust.
The knives handles are cushioned to provide a smooth, but secure grip when cutting. The rubberized coating also adds another touch of security said one Amazon reviewer.
“I can cut virtually anything with ease and precision thanks to the amazingly sharp blades, the perfect weight of the knives, and the design of the handles. Cuisinartwayfair.Comte knives in this Cuisinart set are made with a non-stick coating that keeps food from getting stuck on the stainless steel blade.
To put into context just ow sharp these knives are, one Wayfair customer said that they “cut like butter.” Jasmine Gomez Editorial Assistant Jasmine Gomez is the editorial assistant at Women’s Health and covers health, fitness, sex, culture and cool products.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. If you’ve never had to experience that annoying moment when you’re trying to cut into steak, but your knife just won’t slice through, consider yourself blessed.
But there’s one sure way to avoid that embarrassment: invest in a good kitchen knife set. The best knife block sets don’t consist of knives so dull you question why you bought them after just two weeks.
Instead, they come with sharp knives that can cut through anything, and maybe even a knife sharpener to keep them in tip-top shape. Remember a knife can become a dangerous tool in a split second if you can’t get a secure grip on it.
If you don’t know where to start here’s a list of the best kitchen knife block sets that are both sleek and useful. Advances in metallurgy and manufacturing in the last 50 years have led to an increase in quality and a decrease in price of the average kitchen cutlery set.
Obviously the term “high end” is subjective, but $500 seemed to be a good starting point for what most people would consider a premium level. The curved blade of the Pro knives makes rock chopping a bit easier.
The Pro series knives are made in Solingen, Germany which is one of the two most famous knife making cities in the world. Willing’s Sigma force one-piece precision-forged construction is well respected, and it is impressive that they have managed to offer knives made with that technique at a relatively affordable price point.
The remarkable durability of the steel used on this set is due in part to Willing’s Fríður ice hardening process which has proved to be more than marketing speak. Ultimately the Willing Pro line of knives are poorly named but well-designed.
Set includes the following: 8 chef, 8 bread, 7 Santos, 6 boning, 5 serrated utility, 5 tomato, 3.5 paring, 2.75 peeling, six 5 steak knives honing steel Full Tang Swedish Sandpit 14C28N Steel Great Edge Retention Forged not Stamped Made in China Extremely Sharp Lifetime Warranty Handcrafted Walnut Block Tangshan is a relatively new kitchenware company that has jumped into the cutlery game in a big way.
Recently they released their high-end TC series of knives that are made with a great Swedish Sandpit steel that has excellent edge retention and is incredibly durable. While the high quality steel is a big plus for this knife set, it is really the design of the knives that make them worthy of this list.
However, based on the materials used and the feel of the knives I would guess that they will last for a very long time if they are cared for properly. Set includes the following: 3.5 paring, 4.5 utility, 5.5 prep, 5.5 serrated utility, 6 slicer, 6 curved boning, 6 chef, 6 carving fork, 6.5 hollow edge Nair, 7 hollow edge Santos, 7 meat cleaver, 8 chef’s knife, 9 bread knife, 9 hollow edge slicing, eight 4.5 steak knives, 10 ceramic honing rod, stainless steel kitchen shears and 24 slot dark ash knife blocks.
Full Tang BD1N American Stainless Steel Highly Rust Resistant 63 Rockwell Hardness Made in Germany and Finished in Switzerland G10 Handles Lifetime Warranty Hand Sharpened To A 15-Degree Double Bevel Triple Rivet Handles Made in China With American Steel. It is an excellent upgrade from the quality German steels that are used by many of the other sets listed in this article.
The steel used in this Nexus set of knives is impressive, but that alone does not justify the price tag. The aggressive tapering of the handle is a break from classic knife design, but it really seems to add to the overall comfort.
If you buy this set I highly recommend you have it professionally sharpened to ensure it keeps it’s 15 degree edge unless of course you are great with a whetstone. They also sport the traditional D-shaped handle in Lakewood, which you don’t get in a lot of Shun’s other knife series.
Full Tang VG-MAX steel D-shaped Lakewood handles 2 empty slots in roll for personal customization NSF certified Made in Japan All the careful crafting and thin edges from Shun rolled up into a student set makes for an impressive start for anyone looking to carve their way into the professional arena.
While it’s admittedly a lot more than a student might need when their first going into culinary school, it would certainly provide a big head start in handling high-quality tools. It provides a good mix of western and Japanese style knives, opening the beginning options of a few different culinary worlds.
Author went to great pains to make sure the Iron series is easy to maintain and well-balanced. You won’t find the same out-of-box sharpness as the Japanese sets, but with that you get some incredible edge retention.
The Author Classic Iron 14-Piece Set is offered in a variety of blocks including walnut, acacia and cherry. The precision edge technology is reserved for Author’s premium knives that are designated with the Classic Iron title.
Author also forges metal end caps at the butt of the handle to give the knives their impressive balance. While the Classic Iron handles are not as visually appealing as some other high-end knife sets, they are sturdy, secure and comfortable.
The most obvious difference is the crème colored handles of this set that I think looks great, but that is certainly subjective. Author Classic Crème Iron steak knives can be purchased separately in a set of four or six.
The included storage block for the 7-piece set has six empty steak knife slots. Matching Author Crème Steak Knives can be purchased separately in a set of six or four (pictured above).
Even the steak knives provide good bang for the buck from both a performance and durability standpoint. It is designed to sit in the corner of a counter, so only two sides of the storage block contain knives.
The backside is empty and a little wide, so if this block is not in a corner it sits out a ways from the wall or edge of the counter. If space is an issue and/or you don’t have a kitchen counter corner available this block may not be ideal.
The size of the block can be decreased by removing the two steak knives sections which is a feature I hope other companies adopt. It is no surprise that Hammer Stahl makes a good carving knife, because they have been active in the barbecue world for many years.
Hammer Stahl calls these knives' quad tang, because the steel is exposed on all four sides. Overall it is an impressive set for the money, and the storage block is really practical if you have the counter space.
101 layers of stainless steel Damascus over an SG2 steel core Canvas Marta handles with a Samurai Crest Full Tang Forged not Stamped Lifetime warranty 63 Rockwell hardness True Damascus pattern Made in Semi, Japan He and his firm are responsible for some of the most functional and visually appealing products and buildings in the world.
In order to match great design with top-of-the-line quality, J. A Heckles chose Consider 30 stainless steel for this set which is one of the highest quality knife steels, but it is rarely found in kitchen cutlery due to its high cost. Heckles pulled out all the stops when they designed the 1731 series and the $2400 price tag reflects that.
Henkel’s proprietary tempering process called Fríður ice hardening. The combination of high-end steel and an advanced tempering process has resulted in blades that set the standard for edge retention, corrosion resistance and flexibility.
The Euro line Damascus Collection is a result of a partnership between master blade-smith Bob Kramer and Willing Heckles. Bob Kramer’s knives have been long time favorites of famous chefs around the world.
The knives in the Willing Farmer Euro line Damascus Collection are works of art. From a quality, performance and aesthetics standpoint there are very few premium knife sets that can compete with the Kramer Willing Euro line Damascus Collection.
German 1.4116 high carbon steel stainless steel, Rockwell 57-58 Industrial-strength polymer handles Bolsterless heels One-piece, hot-drop hammer forged Full tang Sharpened to 15 degrees Lifetime warranty Made in Solingen, Germany This set is made with a polyoxymethylene (you can just call it POM) material similar to what Author uses on their Iron series knives.
The block also comes with 7 empty slots, so this is definitely a strong start to creating your own set down the road. They are still well-balanced, and widely praised for being comfortable, so the weight really only becomes an issue if you’re using these knives professionally on long shifts.
So while these knives are incredibly sharp, and will hold that edge for a long time, that wider mass of material will make fine cutting a little sloppier. It would be nice if they would offer more options when it comes to the wood block knife holder like some other high-end brands do, but Messermeister seems to be very focused on the knives themselves which is good.
Lawson is an American Cutlery company that has been producing quality knives for over 183 years. To their credit they have continued to update their manufacturing and heat treatment processes to ensure their knives are competitive with the big name brands from Germany and Japan.
The combination of old school craftsmanship and modern production methods is evident in their Premiere Forged knife series. Lawson backs up their quality claims with a confidence boosting forever warranty.
The upside of this fact is that the blades of these knives will be more likely to roll or bend a bit rather chip. In short these knives will need to be sharpened a little more regularly, but they are less likely to suffer permanent damage from hitting a hard bone or surface.