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Danielle Fletcher
• Sunday, 11 October, 2020
• 47 min read

The three winners earned points for great maneuverability, aesthetics and included extras. The knives stayed sharp through our multitude of tests, and we were big fans of the cushion-grip handles that kept them from slipping, as well as the classic look of the chestnut-stained wood block.

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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’ 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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’ 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.

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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’ 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).

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It covers options at every price point, and it also clarifies which knives are essential and which ones you can cook without. Tojo's sub-$100 auto offers full-tang VG10 stainless steel tempered and cut to a thin, violently sharp edge that lasts.

Dimples on the blade could be left off; no real help to split vegetables or otherwise Higher carbon content than most knives of this level; can rust if not dried quickly after washing A sharp-enough blade, a comfy handle and its generally smart ergonomic build make it stand out in a sea of really cheap knives.

Different budgets, grip styles and aesthetic tastes, not to mention a dozen other micro-decisions, all determine which knife is best for the task at hand. This guide aims to identify which kitchen knives are most useful, and hopefully, it helps you divorce from overpriced, unnecessarily bulky knife block sets.

Knife emporium ChefsKnivestoGo describes Tojo’s DP series as “the gateway into the world of high-end Japanese cutlery.” Simply put, you will be hard-pressed to find a blade that’s made better than this one for under $100. Mac makes a number of more affordable blades, but its Pro series is when the brand starts to become superlative.

Made with a proprietary very high carbon stainless steel, the blade is thin, ultra-sharp, dimpled and, oddly enough, quite heavy. It also has dimples to support food release, a sturdy bolster and it’s stain- and rust-resistant (we still wouldn't’ t put it in the dishwasher).

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It’s one of very few Japanese knives that successfully implements these kinds of Western design cues. The trick to buying a truly affordable chef’s knife is basically just finding a product with the least number of negatives.

Ultimately, Victorinox’s ultra-cheap 8-inch chef’s knife won out, though it is liable to blade chipping and isn't’ t the most comfortable to use. But for the price of two movie tickets, there isn't’ t a knife that performs this well or is as widely available (you can find them in most home goods sections).

Also, the handle isn't’ t as aggressively “ergonomic” as many others in this category, making it a bit easier to switch between knife grips. The category of Western-style chef’s knife is very, very large, but after testing two dozen of them, Willing’s 8-inch takes the cake.

After months of testing, the blade didn't’ t chip or show signs of dulling in any way. The Willing knife’s bolster fades into the blade less dramatically than the Author which, when using a pinch grip, was a lot more comfortable.

The design is both Japanese (the blade is very light and very thin) and anti-Japanese (its balance isn't’ t pushed toward the cutting end and the whole thing is one piece; most Japanese-style knives taper into a wooden handle). This means it has the nice slicing properties you’d expect from a great Japanese knife, but in a much more durable, familiar package.

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Its stainless steel makeup (exact properties are proprietary) resists staining or corrosion and remains wicked sharp during use. In testing, we tried comparably-priced MAC knives ($95) and a few other more premium options, but only Tojo’s Good Design Award-winning knife ($68) balanced the features of a typical Japanese knife with lower maintenance, reasonable prices, edge retention and smart design quite like Global’s G-2.

What makes its kitchen knives great is a combination of simple design choices (the handles are never too aggressive on the ergonomics end), solid materials and a level of mass availability that’s absent from other companies making good knives (you can find Victorinox in loads of brick-and-mortar stores and everywhere online). The German company is easily one of the most consistent makers of high-quality knives, and it does so at pretty much every price point.

With solid materials, classic designs, widespread availability and a very long legacy, the knives from Willing Group’s biggest cutlery line, J.A. Forged: The process in which a blade smith, or machine, pounds a block of steel into the shape of a knife.

Carbon steel knives are notoriously sharp because of their strength, but also hard to sharpen. Partial knives tend to be cheaper because the entire knife isn't' t made of metal.

Japanese knives use a wooden Wei handle, which emphasize the blade-forward balance. Honing essentially pushes back the cutting edge into shape after being bent out of wack from constant use.

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Japanese knives tend to be thinner, sharper and harder to maintain than their German counterparts. Japanese knives can be singular in their uses, and at the cost of having a sharper blade is the greater attention required for maintenance and care.

This knife from Fritz, an old name in knife making that’s recently released a line of products aimed at the commercial kitchen, makes for an ideal bread butchering tool. Tojo also makes a decent enough bread knife ($30) that looks a bit better and is slightly longer as well.

Knives like these, which are predominantly used for foods with firm exteriors and reasonably soft interiors, need to carve through foods without destroying what lies on the inside (à la tomatoes or oranges), so better steel and engineering is the better long-run choice. We also tried Willing’s ($70) similarly priced option but found the added weight and slightly lower cost of Author’s to better it in most ways.

There are a lot of great slicers out there (also called carving knives), and unless you frequently cook whole birds, roasts or other large cuts of meat, you can get away with using your chef’s knife on the off-chance you do go that route one night. The slicer is a long, narrow blade that’s slightly flexible, meant for penetrating and divvying up those larger pieces of meat and separating them from bone and other tendons.

Our pick, Victorinox’s 12-inch slicer is just that, and it provides a nice, no BS grip for putting some muscle to get through tougher meats. Unless you’re buying your cheese by the wheel, and bless you for that, you really don’ t need one (just use a paring knife to break down blocks).

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But, if you must have one, you may as well get something your other knives would have a hard time accomplishing, like creating a slice of cheese with some degree of uniformity and elegance. Oyster knives are almost all the same in that most have a bent tip blade for prying the creature open and some stubby handle to apply force.

You could buy pretty much any decent oyster knife under $10 and be happy, but we prefer Ox’s version with the company’s Good Grip handle. To makes some of the most comfortable underwear that you’ll ever own, using super-soft, sustainable and breathable bamboo fabric.

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A standard chef knife is suitable for most of the tasks you need to do in the kitchen, including dicing vegetables, cutting meat, slicing herbs, mincing cloves of garlic, disjointing cuts, or chopping nuts. Meanwhile, chef knives are generally strong enough to cut through more robust vegetables' butternut squash and turnips.

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To help you get a general idea of what products I will be recommending and what their key features are, I’ve compiled a comparison chart down below. With its full-tang design knife handle, the product is extremely robust, making it suitable to deal with even solid and hard food.

A personal favorite of many famous chefs, the Author classic is forged from a single block of high carbon stainless steel, giving it a seamless design and a robust profile. Being a full tang knife, the Author classic has a contoured triple-riveted handle that offers a comfortable and ergonomic grip.

Fine honing the knife with a horizontal rotating sharpening stone Polishing the edge with a leather strop Furthermore, the blade is cooled by nitrogen for improved hardness, corrosion resistance ability, and flexibility.

Understanding that, Strong has implemented the edge with a delicate hammered scheme finish to reduce drag and minimize sticking food. If you need to tackle a lot of hard food in the kitchen, you will need the product’s full tang blade and triple-riveted handle that will offer you an exceptional robustness.

Arriving in an elegant gift box, the German stainless steel chef knife boasts a well-balanced design and weight. With its ergonomic Hakka handle that can provide superior comfort, the product offers excellent maneuverability.

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Product Dimensions 13.2 × 1.8 × 1 inches Item Weight 15.8 ounces Manufacturer Aroma House Blade Material Premium German high carbon stainless steel Blade Length 8 inches Pros The product’s presentation is superb The knife’s handle is easy and comfortable to hold Outstanding craftsmanship Great value for money The blade offers excellent maneuverability The edge of the knife can cut through meat like butter Unlike most other conventional knives in its class, the Quickly contains up to 0.6%-0.75% carbon, making it a lot more sturdy and durable.

Product Dimensions 14.4 × 3.2 × 1.3 inches Item Weight 5.6 ounces Manufacturer Quickly Blade Material High carbon stainless steel Blade Length 8 inches Pros Ergonomic, comfortable, easy-to-hold handle Nice presentation Excellent value for money Razor-sharp edge However, with this product from Utopia Kitchen, you will be able to get a professional blade with superb quality at a very low price.

Additionally, this 8-inch blade has an exceptionally sharp edge that can easily cut through food and ingredients. To make sure that users’ hands will not tire out quickly during use, Utopia has implemented an ABS + 430 handles for a comfortable grip.

However, with the nimble design of the Shun classic 6-inch chef knife, even people with small hands can easily use this product. Despite its small size, this Japanese blade offers exceptional cutting power thanks to its special VG-MAX steel that is formulated from extra carbon, tungsten, cobalt, chromium, and vanadium.

This Japanese blade boasts a round spine handle that allows chefs to get a professional pinch grip comfortably. Furthermore, the knife has a dimpled blade that is designed to minimize food from sticking to the edge while cutting.

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Even with its small size and nimble design, this Santos blade is a versatile product that is suitable for cutting, dicing, slicing, mincing, julienne, and so on. Moreover, this handcrafted blade arrives in a seamless design that makes cleaning and maintaining it a breeze.

An excellent starter kit for little kids and children, the knives are made of durable nylon that is 100% BPA-free. In addition, the knives arrive with serrated blades that enable children to cut through soft food easily.

Another outstanding choice if you like dimple chef knives, this hollow-edged blade from Mac Knife has an amazingly sharp edge that can cut through almost any type of food quickly. With a thickness of 2.5 milliliters, the blade has a strong, robust profile that makes it suitable to cut even hard ingredients like butter.

With its single bevel design, the blade is most suitable for jobs that require utmost precision. Understanding this, Ego has designed their handle to be as ergonomic as possible with an extra protective bolster for a non-slip grip.

Cons The product requires careful maintenance; otherwise, it will be prone to rust Some people might need to sharpen the blade regularly Upon purchase, the product arrives in an exquisite black box that boasts an elegant presentation.

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This classic chef knife arrives in a nimble design that should be able to fit perfectly into the palms of those with little hands. The product’s full tang blade should also give users a sense of perfect balance in the edge.

Made of high carbon stainless steel A razor-sharp edge that cut through food easily An ergonomic handle that provides a comfortable, secure grip Nimble design, suitable even for people with small hands Lightweight but still heavy enough to tackle harder food Well-balanced Meanwhile, the surface of the blade has stunning water ripple patterns that many people immediately fall in love with upon first glance.

This 8-inch chef knife is crafted with the traditional 3-step Honbazuke method as well as 12 manual processes. Therefore, the knife can chop, mince, slice fish, meat, vegetables, fruits, and many other types of food with little to no problem.

Cons Some people complained that the handle could be a little rough The knife might require sharpening upon arrival Professionally created with a tapered stainless steel edge, this knife boasts an excellent efficiency when it comes to cutting food.

In fact, it’s suitable for virtually all cutting tasks in the kitchen (except hacking through bones.) Moreover, this Victorinox knife also features a Thermoplastic Elastomer ergonomic handle that virtually everyone will have an easy time using.

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Product Dimensions 18.9 × 2.6 × 2 inches Item Weight 8 ounces Manufacturer Victorinox Blade Material Stainless steel Blade Length 8 inches Pros Ergonomic and comfortable to hold The knife’s design enables perfect maneuverability Highly versatile and efficient The knife is made of decent materials Durable and sturdy construction for extra longevity If you don’ t know what the major differences between Western chef knives and Santos are, you can scroll up and read my comparison of them at the beginning of this article.

A carbon steel will react with the environment, meaning that it will patina over time and might potentially rust as well. However, one drawback of a thin knife is that it is often more delicate, making it not an ideal option to cut more robust food.

The benefit of a hard blade is that it can maintain its edge for a longer time, which means that it does not require as much maintenance. However, a softer blade usually means that it doesn't’ t retain its edge as well as a hard one, and as a result, requires more frequent sharpening.

This type of blade is a sushi chef’s favorite because of how excellent it is at cutting through raw fish. If you’re a left-handed person, when buying a single bevel knife, you need to make sure that it is designed for left-handed people.

Furthermore, if you’re tired of having food stick to the surface of the knife, you should find one with a non-stick coating or one with a dimpled blade. However, it does not necessarily mean that you should blindly buy the type of knives that this famous Scottish chef use.

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Carving knives usually have a narrower and thinner belly that enables you to cut thin slices of meat and poultry. Furthermore, a flatter belly usually means less resistance when you slice the knife across the meat, resulting in a smoother cut.

However, you need to keep in mind that there are specific tasks that a chef knife is not designed for, such as carving, cleaving, or peeling. It has an exceedingly sharp edge, an ergonomic handle, an excellent durability, and an exceptional performance.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

To help you decide, we did exhaustive research to determine which are the best sets on the market and spent the past several weeks putting the 11 finalists to the test. We found ourselves repeatedly using terms like “full tang” (when a blade is constructed of one metal piece that extends the length of the handle, which is preferable), “forged steel” (pricier than its stamped counterpart, but sturdier) and “heavy bolster” (the junction between the blade and handle that helps with balance).

The knives stayed sharp through our multitude of tests, and we were big fans of the cushion-grip handles that kept them from slipping, as well as the classic look of the chestnut-stained wood block. If you're looking for a complete knife set you'll be proud of at a price that won' t put a dent in your savings account, this is the clear winner.

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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.

At first blush, we didn't' 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.

© Provided by CNN Author Classic Iron 7-Piece Walnut Block Knife Set Another bonus: These knives stay sharp. After plenty of chopping, slicing and dicing, the Chicago Cutlery knives remained as sharp as their brand-new counterparts.

When you're seeking out knives that are super sharp, durable, ergonomic and will last a lifetime, we highly suggest you stop and give this standout set a good look. Heckles, which was founded back in 1731, also takes into account the benefits of both Western and Asian knife design.

For example, the chef's knife blade has a broad curve to allow for a Western-style rocking motion, but a straight back that aligns with the Asian chopping style. They're forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, making them harder and sharper than many other models.

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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.

© Provided by CNN Chicago Cutlery Fusion 17-Piece Knife Block Set Elegant, sophisticated, ergonomic, sharp as hell. It's got history, a classic design and high-tech, high-quality craftsmanship that comes with a lifetime warranty (on workmanship and materials under normal conditions).

© Amazon Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set The full-tang (meaning the blade is a solid piece of metal from the tip all the way through the handle), triple-riveted polypropylene handles are made for serious wear and tear yet look sleek, with a double bolster that gives them an impressive balance. Thinner than other knives we tested, the handles fit perfectly in a woman's hand, but our male tester wished they were a smudge more substantial.

It glided through onions, potatoes and tomatoes, took the corn off the cob with ease and sliced through the tough rind of a pineapple like it was nothing. The paring and utility knives fit comfortably into our hands and easily sliced everything we tested them on: limes, oranges, strawberries, carrots, zucchini, radishes, you name it.

The serrated bread knife drew right through our baguette loaves, making us dream of a second career as an apprentice in a French boulangerie. We couldn't' t suss out any difference in sharpness by touch, performance chopping up onions, carrots and tomatoes or from the paper test, of which both used and new Author knives made mincemeat.

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© Amazon Shun Classic 6-piece Slim Knife Block Set 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 knives's sharpness to their just-out-of-the-box twins.

© Amazon Strong 5-Piece Shadow Series Knife Block Set 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. © Amazon Cuisinart C77SS 15-Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Block Set 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.

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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.

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. These knives scored lower on performance than most models: They weren't' t as sharp, the hollow metal handles felt too light, causing an imbalance, and they tended to get slippery when wet.

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.

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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.

It also only contained five knives, one of which was a boning knife which doesn't' t see a lot of use, and the smaller, rubber handles weren't' t especially comfortable. Made of honed, stainless steel blades and plastic curved handles with full tang, the chef's knife was our favorite, although it felt a bit light in the hand.

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We consult experts, scour existing data, and test products in our labs to bring you fair and thorough reviews you can trust. And to avoid the potential for bias, we never accept free samples from manufacturers.

And when you're ready to make a purchase, please check out our product recommendation matrix at the top of this page. A paring knife has a short blade of three to four inches that's smooth and sharp.

It's generally used for tasks that require precision or a delicate touch, such as slicing veggies, peeling garlic, and reseeding bell peppers. This long, serrated knife cuts easily through bread without squashing the crumb.

It's perfect for homemade bread or an sliced loaf from the bakery, but it can also cut sandwiches, remove crusts, and slice cakes in half to be filled. Once a kitchen staple, these knives are becoming less popular in contemporary society, as fewer people are taking the time to prepare large roasts and other big meat dishes these days.

With a large, wide blade that's roughly the same width the entire way down, there's no mistaking a cleaver. Although this kind of knife is generally used for chopping cuts of meat, it can also tackle tough veggies like squash and rutabaga.

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More customization options exist, from the number of knives you want to purchase to the way in which the cutting material attaches to the blade. Furthermore, you might buy a set only to realize that the type of knife you really want isn't' t included.

If you appreciate having this type of control over each and every knife in your kitchen, we advise you to buy them separately. For example, you may wish to own five stainless-steel paring knives and one superior-quality chef's knife of carbon steel.

A set probably wouldn't' t offer this assortment, but you could tailor several purchases to this ideal. Some knife handles are enhanced with a soft-grip material like rubber that makes them easier to hold.

Wood: Wooden knife handles are comfortable and attractive, and many people like their traditional appearance. Wood can trap bacteria, however, so knives with wooden handles lose points for hygienic reasons.

On the downside, they don' t provide very good grip and can become slippery when wet. Plastic: This is an excellent material for knife handles because it's durable, hygienic, and easy to clean.

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On the other hand, plastic knife handles can crack over time, especially if subjected to extreme changes in temperature. If you're concerned about comfort or precision, look for knives with handles that feel balanced when you hold them.

Notably, some people prefer knives with heavier handles; it gives them an added sense of control. Knives with half tangs aren't' t quite as strong or durable as their full-tang counterparts.

A fully forged kitchen knife is made from just one piece of steel. Lots of hype surrounds fully forged knives, but it's not all to be believed.

A contemporary forged knife is usually made by a machine, not a skilled craftsman in a workshop. Modern machinery can produce perfectly good stamped knives at a fraction of the cost.

If you're more interested in a matching collection, quality knife sets can run up to several hundred dollars. Placing kitchen knives in a dishwasher will corrode them and dull their blades faster.

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With a set of a good quality knife in your kitchen, you will have the right tools to use for your food preparation needs. However, have a look at our featured items in our top 10 best kitchen knife set in 2020 reviews and take your pick from these amazing options below.

One that is crafted from forged stainless steel is perfect, as it is resistant to rust and corrosion, which helps prolong the lifespan of this tool. A handle that is easy on the hands while protecting you each time you use the knife is important.

A good grip that is comfortable at the same time is great features to consider when in search of the best knife. Made from durable German high-quality stainless steel, this knife set is perfect for cooking and food preparation.

There are 15 pieces in total including kitchen scissors, sharpener, steak knives, utility knife, and so on. The material is stainless steel, which means it can resist rust and maintain toughness for a long time.

While this is not a deal breaker, it would be nice to know some facts about the source of this amazing product. The stainless steel is also mixed in with 15 percent chromium, and this material keeps the knife hard and strong.

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But we would like to improve the holder as they tend to get scratched and dented easily. We also are impressed with the block that is crafted from walnut wood that is sturdy and built to last for a long time.

The only thing we have noticed about these knives is how they tend to scratch rather easily. Indeed, these knives look undeniably sturdy and a little intimidating for other people.

But they do work well but just be sure to avoid putting them in the dishwasher as doing so can cause nicks and dents on the edges of the blade. This knife set from Cook is made from industry-standard materials that make them perfect for personal or culinary school use.

The edges are tapered and the blades are very sharp to ensure the most precise cutting experience. They are also easy to clean, and this whole set includes a knife block made of rubber wood for optimum durability.

It is made from stainless steel with high carbon, which ensures its accuracy and precision cutting. The steel resists rust and you can expect it to last for a long time.

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The edges are also hand-polished and tempered while the handle is easy and comfortable to hold. You will love how easy it is to cut food with these knives, making them a fine investment to have.

But you will be surprised by how really durable they are, so you can expect to own these knives for a long time. This is a very practical and light set that includes all necessary knives for everyday cooking.

These knives are classy and functional and should definitely make it easy for you to cook and prepare meals. Precisely, the block is made from durable wood, but just be sure to handwash the knives' sine throwing them in the dishwasher is not advisable.

If there is a small thing that we find is not very efficient about these knives, it would be how hard it is to clean them. You need to wash these by hand, so this may be a bit of a drawback for other people who prefer a knife they can clean in the dishwasher.

We also like the fact that these are weighted knives to ensure excellent control, balance and your use without compromising your safety. Expect nothing but the best quality from this knife set that you can find in the market today.

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But this is only due to poor maintenance, which is why you need to follow the instructions carefully when using this product. Depending on how busy your kitchen is, you can get a big or small set to meet your need.

We hope that you enjoyed reading our top 10 best kitchen knife set in 2020 reviews. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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