From chopping meat to dicing vegetables, a versatile chef’s knife is a must-have but it’s key that you find one that’s comfortable to use for extended periods of time. “They’re great for ‘rocker-style’ chopping and are typically heavier than their Japanese-style counterparts,” says Prescott, alluding to the Santos knife, which we cover below.
Author’s versatile high-carbon steel chef’s knife is a kitchen workhorse that will be indispensable for years to come with a sturdy, eight-inch blade. From the non-slip handle for easy maneuvering to the comfortable weight, this eight-inch chef’s knife is both practical and dependable.
Plus, the stainless steel blade has the convenience of being dishwasher safe for a low-maintenance option that still offers sharp precision. This lightweight Japanese chef’s knife is a favorite across kitchens with a two millimeters thick, eight- inch blade.
Made from steel, the stain-resistant, razor sharp blade features dimples for added ease when slicing through potentially sticky foods. “I have mostly Mac knives, the blade is excellent and sharp and the handle is a nice fit,” says ESO.
“Mac also uses rust-resistant Chrome Molybdenum Vanadium High-Carbon cutlery steel, with tungsten and I have never had issues of corrosion.” Used for a variety of tasks in the kitchen, from cutting meats to chopping nuts, a Santos blade typically ranges from five to eight inches long.
“It’s thinner and lighter to hold than a chef’s knife and allows for more refined slicing (and my personal preference in the kitchen).” With an ebony Lakewood handle and Damascus steel-clad, hand-sharpened blade, this Japanese knife is equally beautiful and durable.
Victorinox’s Fibrous Pro Santos knife delivers an agile stainless steel blade at a pleasing price point. This seven-inch knife nails the essential slicing, dicing, mincing and offers the added ease of being dish-washer safe.
“I’ve absolutely fallen in love with knives from Japanese rock star blacksmith Shout Takeda,” he says. This serrated knife has small teeth along the blade to help cut through hard crusts without crushing the bread, explains Photo.
From the water-resistant composite wood handle to the sophisticated serration, this knife is for more than just cutting bread and will slice through tomatoes, melons and other delicate foods without crushing them. The straight blades typically range from two to four inches and are ideal for more delicate slicing, detaining shrimp, trimming and cutting fruit into different shapes.
“It’s a small knife tailor-made for the finer, more finesse-required jobs in the kitchen that require a more delicate touch like hulling strawberries,” adds Prescott. With options in length and straight or serrated blade, these multi-purpose knives are ideal for intricate cutting and peeling.
At 3.5 inches, Jack Natures’ Rain Series paring knife is an upscale Japanese option. From the deep red wood handle to the Damascus steel hand-sharpened blade, this beautiful knife makes an elegant first impression.
To help you decide, we did exhaustive research to determine which are the best sets on the market and spent the past several weeks putting the 11 finalists to the test. We found ourselves repeatedly using terms like “full tang” (when a blade is constructed of one metal piece that extends the length of the handle, which is preferable), “forged steel” (pricier than its stamped counterpart, but sturdier) and “heavy bolster” (the junction between the blade and handle that helps with balance).
Generally, most of the knives we tested were nice and sharp out of the box and all were stainless steel grade or better, but from there they varied when it came to grip, build and weight, which affected performance. The three winners earned points for great maneuverability, aesthetics and included extras.
The knives stayed sharp through our multitude of tests, and we were big fans of the cushion-grip handles that kept them from slipping, as well as the classic look of the chestnut-stained wood block. If you’re looking for a complete knife set you’ll be proud of at a price that won’t put a dent in your savings account, this is the clear winner.
If you’d like to step things up a few notches, it’s hard to go wrong with the Willing Pro 7-Piece Knife Block Set. Complete with four knives all forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, the precision-honed blades are extra-sharp, stylish and just feel really nice in your hand.
We were blown away by the sturdy construction, comfort of use and reliable execution that came with each piece in this all-inclusive set. At first blush, we didn’t think we’d like the poly padded handles, but they were actually extremely comfortable and kept the knives from slipping, even after they had just been hand-washed.
Plus, it is exceptionally sharp and took practically zero effort to drag through a few-days-old loaf of crusty bread, take the rind off a cantaloupe or slice berthing pieces from a tender tomato or peach, earning it more points than the Willing or Author versions. After plenty of chopping, slicing and dicing, the Chicago Cutlery knives remained as sharp as their brand-new counterparts.
When you’re seeking out knives that are super sharp, durable, ergonomic and will last a lifetime, we highly suggest you stop and give this standout set a good look. Heckles, which was founded back in 1731, also takes into account the benefits of both Western and Asian knife design.
For example, the chef’s knife blade has a broad curve to allow for a Western-style rocking motion, but a straight back that aligns with the Asian chopping style. They’re forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, making them harder and sharper than many other models.
Lasers are then used to angle the edges of the blades for precision sharpness, and the process seems to have succeeded. The chef’s knife, which was our favorite from the Willing set, for one, practically dropped through a head of lettuce, and easily sliced through carrots, onions, herbs and more.
It’s got history, a classic design and high-tech, high-quality craftsmanship that comes with a lifetime warranty (on workmanship and materials under normal conditions). Thinner than other knives we tested, the handles fit perfectly in a woman’s hand, but our male tester wished they were a smudge more substantial.
It glided through onions, potatoes and tomatoes, took the corn off the cob with ease and sliced through the tough rind of a pineapple like it was nothing. The paring and utility knives fit comfortably into our hands and easily sliced everything we tested them on: limes, oranges, strawberries, carrots, zucchini, radishes, you name it.
The serrated bread knife drew right through our baguette loaves, making us dream of a second career as an apprentice in a French boulangerie. We couldn’t suss out any difference in sharpness by touch, performance chopping up onions, carrots and tomatoes or from the paper test, of which both used and new Author knives made mincemeat.
If you have the money to invest, however, we think the classic, elegant set will not only look like a crown jewel on your kitchen counter, but also continue to dazzle for a lifetime. We spent weeks testing these knife sets, comparing each model by the same criteria, including overall performance, build quality, added accessories and warranty, taking detailed notes on how specific knives functioned based on everything from sharpness and materials to heft and hand-feel to how they looked and the usefulness of any included extras.
We ordered two of each set so that after spending several days slicing and dicing our hearts out, we were able to compare the used knive’s sharpness to their just-out-of-the-box twins. As avid home cooks, we already spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen, but as our dining room table became overtaken with woodblocks filled with knives to test, we quickly found ourselves continually looking for things to chop.
Chef’s knife: This standard tool is made to take on most of the bigger jobs in the kitchen. Its weight makes it easier to chop uploads of ingredients in one go, say, for a big pot of soup or to roast a bounty of potatoes and vegetables.
We tested chopping through meat, onions, carrots, herbs and more, noting the knife’s design, grip, weight and general feel. We noted the ease of drawing the blade through different food items, and also whether the knife glided through paper or snagged.
So, for this knife, we cored and peeled apples and tomatoes, and minced shallots and garlic to evaluate its performance and feel. Too many items to list, including tomatoes, hard cheese, oranges, carrots and salami, were used to test how easily this knife could live up to its name.
We looked at ease of cutting through difficult foods, as well as how thin we could slice something softer, such as a tomato. Forged knives, for example, are typically stronger than stamped, which are cut from a flat metal sheet.
Full tang, meaning the blade extends through the handle, helps create balance and overall heft. Feel: So much of handling a kitchen knife rests on how it feels in your hand, so we paid special attention to the heaviness of the blades and handles, maneuverability, weight distribution and ease of sliding the knives in and out of their blocks.
While we realize taste is subjective, we noted our general reaction to how nice they looked. Build had a maximum of 35 points: quality (15); knife feel (10); room for knuckle clearance (5); appearance (5).
Handcrafted in Semi, Japan, the durable, beautiful and razor-sharp Damascus stainless steel blades had us oohing and aching at their ability to perfectly slice through everything. The paring knife, for instance, was so sharp that as we used it to core a tomato, we found it was shaving skin off our finger from the slightest touch.
Admittedly, we thought the claim that the block’s built-in ceramic sharpeners would work with each use was a gimmick, but we were quickly impressed that the knives really did seem to get sharper every time we chopped and sliced. As far as performance, the all-stainless steel, full-tang knives handled well and felt balanced, although they did feel overly heavy in our hands.
We also appreciated the fact that the handles are labeled so you can quickly grab the correct knife. These knives scored lower on performance than most models: They weren’t as sharp, the hollow metal handles felt too light, causing an imbalance, and they tended to get slippery when wet.
Besides the value price, it features lightweight, dishwasher-safe stainless steel blades that will cover your cutting needs. When variety is key to your cooking game but staying on budget is too, you’d be wise to consider picking up this basic but useful 18-piece set.
Our aesthetic biases had us thinking these would prove to be more flash than performance, though we know some will dub the highly stylized look as awesome. The geometric design of the military-grade G10 handles actually fit really comfortably into our hands and their slight texture made slippage a non-issue.
The full-tang titanium nitride-coated German steel blades were razored sharp and excellent at chopping and slicing everything we threw at them. The curved blade of the chef’s knife was helpful in chopping, but its thinness made it feel a bit light.
In fact, the heavy handles, paired with thin blades, seemed to affect the balance of the knives. And, at a rather hefty price, it includes just five knives (chef’s, paring, utility, serrated and Santos) plus a honing steel.
Then again, if your home decor is Kylo Men meets Jacques Pepin, put these on your wish list immediately. If you know a college student who has made the move from their dorm to their first apartment, this colorful set of kitchen knives would make a fine housewarming gift.
They’re BPA-free and come with matching sheaths, so they can be easily stored in a drawer, saving precious counter space. They didn’t feel especially sharp out of the box, our fingers smashed against the cutting board as we chopped and the blades felt heavy compared to the plastic handles, which threw off the balance of the knives in our hands.
Its unique, vertical tempered glass block had one family member wrinkling his nose with distaste, two teenagers dubbing it “sick” (a good thing) and one who kept waffling between “so cool” and “trying too hard.” But whether you like the looks of the glass block, no one can argue that these are great knives. Nice and sharp out of the box, they’re made using high-carbon German steel, a bolster for support and neoprene handles with full tang, offering fairly even weight distribution.
It also only contained five knives, one of which was a boning knife which doesn’t see a lot of use, and the smaller, rubber handles weren’t especially comfortable. Made of honed, stainless steel blades and plastic curved handles with full tang, the chef’s knife was our favorite, although it felt a bit light in the hand.
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 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 put it in the dishwasher).
It’s one of very few Japanese knives that successfully implements these kinds of Western design cues. The trick to buying a truly affordable chef’s knife is basically just finding a product with the least number of negatives.
Ultimately, Victorinox’s ultra-cheap 8-inch chef’s knife won out, though it is liable to blade chipping and isn’t the most comfortable to use. But for the price of two movie tickets, there isn’t a knife that performs this well or is as widely available (you can find them in most home goods sections).
Also, the handle isn’t as aggressively “ergonomic” as many others in this category, making it a bit easier to switch between knife grips. The category of Western-style chef’s knife is very, very large, but after testing two dozen of them, Willing’s 8-inch takes the cake.
After months of testing, the blade didn’t chip or show signs of dulling in any way. The Willing knife’s bolster fades into the blade less dramatically than the Author which, when using a pinch grip, was a lot more comfortable.
The design is both Japanese (the blade is very light and very thin) and anti-Japanese (its balance isn’t pushed toward the cutting end and the whole thing is one piece; most Japanese-style knives taper into a wooden handle). This means it has the nice slicing properties you’d expect from a great Japanese knife, but in a much more durable, familiar package.
Its stainless steel makeup (exact properties are proprietary) resists staining or corrosion and remains wicked sharp during use. In testing, we tried comparably-priced MAC knives ($95) and a few other more premium options, but only Tojo’s Good Design Award-winning knife ($68) balanced the features of a typical Japanese knife with lower maintenance, reasonable prices, edge retention and smart design quite like Global’s G-2.
What makes its kitchen knives great is a combination of simple design choices (the handles are never too aggressive on the ergonomics end), solid materials and a level of mass availability that’s absent from other companies making good knives (you can find Victorinox in loads of brick-and-mortar stores and everywhere online). The German company is easily one of the most consistent makers of high-quality knives, and it does so at pretty much every price point.
With solid materials, classic designs, widespread availability and a very long legacy, the knives from Willing Group’s biggest cutlery line, J.A. Forged: The process in which a blade smith, or machine, pounds a block of steel into the shape of a knife.
Carbon steel knives are notoriously sharp because of their strength, but also hard to sharpen. Japanese knives use a wooden Wei handle, which emphasize the blade-forward balance.
Honing essentially pushes back the cutting edge into shape after being bent out of wack from constant use. Japanese knives tend to be thinner, sharper and harder to maintain than their German counterparts.
Japanese knives can be singular in their uses, and at the cost of having a sharper blade is the greater attention required for maintenance and care. These two things combined make for an easy purchasing decision: buy cheap.
This knife from Fritz, an old name in knife making that’s recently released a line of products aimed at the commercial kitchen, makes for an ideal bread butchering tool. Knives like these, which are predominantly used for foods with firm exteriors and reasonably soft interiors, need to carve through foods without destroying what lies on the inside (à la tomatoes or oranges), so better steel and engineering is the better long-run choice.
We also tried Willing’s ($70) similarly priced option but found the added weight and slightly lower cost of Author’s to better it in most ways. There are a lot of great slicers out there (also called carving knives), and unless you frequently cook whole birds, roasts or other large cuts of meat, you can get away with using your chef’s knife on the off-chance you do go that route one night.
The slicer is a long, narrow blade that’s slightly flexible, meant for penetrating and divvying up those larger pieces of meat and separating them from bone and other tendons. Our pick, Victorinox’s 12-inch slicer is just that, and it provides a nice, no BS grip for putting some muscle to get through tougher meats.
Unless you’re buying your cheese by the wheel, and bless you for that, you really don’t need one (just use a paring knife to break down blocks). But, if you must have one, you may as well get something your other knives would have a hard time accomplishing, like creating a slice of cheese with some degree of uniformity and elegance.
Oyster knives are almost all the same in that most have a bent tip blade for prying the creature open and some stubby handle to apply force. You could buy pretty much any decent oyster knife under $10 and be happy, but we prefer Ox’s version with the company’s Good Grip handle.
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The chef's knife is capable of dicing veggies, slicing meat, chopping herbs and nuts, and, in a pinch, it'll even go through small bones without too much trouble. There's a bewildering range of chef's knives available, from dirt-cheap to very expensive specialty blades.
To help you make sense of it all, we sliced and diced with dozens of knives until a simple truth emerged: A poorly-made $10 blade you sharpen every day is more useful than a $200 blade that's dull. Much of the price difference in knives comes down to the quality of materials, which in turn often translates into how well the blade holds its edge.
It holds an edge very well for a knife at this price and makes a great first step into the world of Japanese knives. It's a bit longer than many of the blades here, but unlike a lot of Japanese knives, it has a western-style handle.
They're dirt-cheap, and the quality of the blade reflects that, but if you regularly sharpen them, they'll perform just as well as knives costing hundreds of dollars more. For a few dollars more you can grab a set of them ($13 at Amazon), which includes a small cleaver that I love for chopping herbs.
Again, take the money you save and invest it in a good set of sharpening stones and you'll have knives that will serve you well for a long time. All you really need to do is wipe down your knife every time you use it (but especially with highly acidic foods, like lemons and tomatoes).
Regularly wiping your knife is a good habit to be in from a cleanliness standpoint as well, and it will ensure your carbon steel blade doesn't rust. It's easier to get a fine edge on this than on other stainless blades I've tested, and it holds it for a long time.
A couple of quick swipes on honing steel and the edge is back. The Author is definitely a larger, heavier knife, but it's very comfortable to hold and will easily handle anything you throw at it.
Tojo's DP You is a solid performer at a great price. It holds an edge nearly as well as blades twice its price, and it has a wonderful, solid feeling in your hand.
The only thing to watch out for with this one is the handle height, which is a little on the low side. It's not carbon steel soft, but it's much thinner and softer than most European-style knives and therefore easier to sharpen.
Keep that in mind when sharpening on a stone, as you'll want to hold it a bit differently to get that great edge back. NoB ox markets this knife as perfect for “the backcountry chef or traveling cook,” but really it's great in any kitchen, on the trail or off.
One distinctly backcountry appeal is that, in a pinch, you can clean fish with this one thanks to its thinner shape. Knife sets often cost twice as much as buying those three knives separately and don't offer anything else useful.
The large wooden storage blocks also steal useful counter space. A dull knife is not only useless, it's more dangerous, because you will make up for that lack of a sharp edge with more pressure.
I have spent enough time in the ER reflecting on this to become somewhat religious about sharpening my knives. In particular, many modern stainless steel blades are too hard to effectively be sharpened by traditional water stones.
Knives are one of the most-used items in your kitchen, so when it’s time to purchase a new set, picking the right one is more important that you might think. These are the knife sets that have risen to the top of the list based on thousands of customer reviews.
This knife set from Cuisinart is the perfect combination of quality, price, and durability. These knives are crafted from high-carbon stainless steel with FiberWire's 'Never Needs Sharpening' technology for long-lasting cutting ability.
With over 11,000 five-star reviews, this knife set has earned the number one spot on the Amazon best -sellers list. It includes 13 knives, kitchen scissors, a peeler, a quality knife sharpener, and a modern acrylic stand to hold them all.
The ceramic, nonstick coating on these Cuisinart knives makes chopping easier and faster. Each knife comes with a matching blade cover, and they can be stored in a drawer if you prefer not to keep your knives out on the counter.
The handles have a satin finish which creates a comfortable grip for controlled cutting. Taper grind edge technology helps knives easily re-sharpen and provides optimum sharpness for effective and precise cutting.
Make sure your knives are always sharp and ready to cut each time you reach for them with this self-sharpening knife set. The high carbon content of the knives also allows them to resist discoloration and staining more effectively than other standard cutlery.
This 18-piece set from Chicago Cutlery has everything a home chef needs to prep and cut food with ease. A full tang construction, which means the blade runs the length of the knife, offers all the strength you need to cut precisely and effectively.
If you’re a keen home cook or aspiring professional chef, a real good-quality set of kitchen knives can really improve your results in the kitchen ! A top-rated kitchen knife set will equip you with the right tool for every slicing and dicing task that you undertake.
Investing in a good set of kitchen knives will make food preparation a pleasurable breeze; and should last you a lifetime too! All the kitchen knives sets we’ve reviewed in this guide can be great options, whether you are cooking Paleo or any other type of popular cuisine.
Rather than buying individual kitchen knives and ending up with a mix and match collection of cutlery, you will probably find it more cost-effective to purchase a custom-made set that comes complete with a storage block. This selection of bestkitchenknives will cover most of your daily cutting and carving tasks in the home kitchen.
Depending on what kind of food you work with, you will need to choose a selection of knives that best fit your cookery tasks: Chef’s or Cook’s knife: This is a wide blade that is used for chopping and slicing a variety of foodstuffs, from chicken breasts and cold meats to vegetables.
The blade of the best quality chef’s knife should be slightly curved to provide a rocking motion as it cuts. The blade should be flexible and have a sharply pointed tip for helping to loosen meat from the bone.
The Santos has a curved end, rather than a pointed one, making it ideal for the chopping and slicing tasks that are integral to Asian cuisine. In the long run, it’s always best to buy the very highest quality knives that your budget will stretch to, as these will last you longer and perform better.
Stainless steel is popular due its anti-corrosion qualities, although it does need more frequent sharpening than other materials in order to keep the cutting edge sharp. Standard stainless steel tends to be the material of choice that is used in the manufacture of cheaper kitchen knife sets, although price doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality of the product is inferior.
Although it is usually more expensive than standard stainless steel, it contains a higher proportion of carbon, meaning that your blades will retain their sharpness for longer and will also be harder wearing. Carbon steel is very rust and corrosion resistant and produces a consistently sharp blade, even after repeated sharpening.
Investing in a kitchen knives set made from carbon steel should mean that you never need to replace them, and they should give efficient service for their lifetime. However, ceramic knife blades do tend to inflict considerable damage on wooden chopping boards and you cannot use them in a twisting motion that would be necessary for some tasks.
A standard knife steel simply will not do the job, and you will need to send your titanium knives away to a professional company to have them re-honed. For safety reasons, the choir should be smooth and not pointed backwards, as this could injure your forefinger when you apply pressure to the knife.
It is usually thicker than the rest of the blade in order to prevent your fingers from slipping forward and sustaining injury. However, bear in mind that a bolster that is too large will make it difficult to sharpen the full length of the blade.
Balance is an important consideration when choosing a chef’s knife, and we’ll look at this in more detail later in the guide. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that knives washed by hand usually stay sharper for longer.
Some are designed to completely sheath the knife blade within the block, leaving only the handle or bolster sticking out, whereas others allow the knives to hang down between two clear tempered glass or acrylic plates. Also, be sure to choose a block that allows plenty of space between the knife handles for ease of use, especially if you have manual dexterity problems.
The second option allows you to see the knife blade, making it quick and easy to select the right one, which is essential if you work in a busy kitchen. Additionally, airborne bacteria can quickly gather on exposed blades, presenting a hygiene issue.
This handy feature can save you a lot of time and labor and is also much safer to use than a sharpening stone or steel. A good-quality knife block should be heavy enough to keep it stable on a smooth kitchen work surface.
As there are plenty of kitchens knife sets available that offer a wide and comprehensive choice of blades, it’s usually more practical to buy one of these. Rather than using a knife block, you could opt to store your kitchen knives on a magnetic strip attached to the wall or to the inside of a cupboard door.
Although this would save counter space in a small kitchen and allows you to clearly see which blade is which, it is not an ideal storage solution. The knives will be left exposed to the steam and airborne grease in your kitchen environment, potentially leaving the blades vulnerable to corrosion and trapping bacteria.
We’ve compiled this list of kitchen knife sets reviews to help you choose the best one for your needs. Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set, ... Ergonomic Neoprene handle offers... High carbon, no-stain German X50 Cr Mo...
Mercer Cutlery provide high-quality kitchen knives to many cooking academies and are the choice of many professional chefs. The Genesis collection of kitchen knives is designed for comfort, efficient cutting, and durability. The knives are forged from single-piece, high-carbon, no-stain German steel.
The collection of kitchen knives is housed in a stylish, contemporary tempered glass block that’s designed to stand upright on your kitchen counter. All the knives and the shears are housed in a stunning slant-style hardwood block. The high-carbon, stainless steel knife blades are hand finished in Switzerland.
A special tempering process is employed to produce a blade edger than can be re-sharpened throughout its life, ensuring that the original sharpness is retained. The knife handles in this best cutlery set are ergonomically designed to provide a natural, comfortable fit and reduce wrist tension. The handles are also cleverly designed with minimal crevices that could harbor bacteria, improving the hygiene of the knives.
Author knives have been hand-crafted in Germany since 1814, and the superior quality and workmanship in every knife collection reflects this experience. The blades are precision-forged from durable stainless steel, featuring a full tang for strength and a bolster for added balance and weight. The unique 14 degree dual-edge tapered cutting edge ensures reduced drag when slicing through food, producing effortless, seamless cutting every time. The knife handles are triple-riveted for strength and are made from extra-durable synthetic polyoxymethylene for fade and discoloration resistance.
The block’s ultra-slim design allows you to maximize your kitchen counter space. The knife set comes with a lifetime guarantee. Global G-835/WS-6 Knife Set with Block, 6 Piece, Silver Thin blades for precision slicing Face-ground with long taper so edge... Blades made of high-tech Promote... Light weight and perfect balance reduces... Stainless-steel handles are molded for...
The knives are stored in an attractive stainless steel counter top block. The knife blades are thin and razor sharp, providing zero drag and easy slicing through any foodstuff. The Promote 18 stainless steel that is used to make Global knife blades is a forged from a blend of 18% chromium for excellent stain resistance, plus vanadium and molybdenum for longer edge retention. Superior knife balance is provided via a trademark, sand-filled hollow handle design.
The stainless steel knife handles are molded for comfort and feature a unique darkened dimple texture to give a non-slip grip. Made from hygienic, high-quality stainless steel, the blades’ single-piece stamped construction makes these knives comfortably lightweight.
The handles are curved for improved comfort and feature a stainless steel end cap for style and balance. Day’s high-quality kitchen knife blades are made only from high carbon content stainless steel for super-sharp, precision cutting and longevity.
A smart hollow handle design delivers excellent weight and balance to prevent your hand from becoming strained during long periods of food preparation. This newly designed Cuisinart kitchen knife set is made from superior high carbon stainless steel for longevity and stain resistance.
The one-piece design ensures that there are no cracks or crevices where the handle joins the knife blade, which could harbor bacteria or trap dirt. The knife handles are hollow, making the knives well-balanced and comfortable to use, even during long sessions of food prepping.
Each blade is designed to be easy to clean, and they are all precision-tapered to gradually narrow into an extremely sharp, fine edge, ensuring easy, smooth cutting with no annoying dragging or tearing. The Cuisinart knife set is presented in a smart black acrylic block and comes complete with a useful sharpening tool. Exclusive taper grind edge technology... High carbon stainless steel creates a... Care Instructions: Do not put knives in... 3.25" parer, 3" peeler, 5" utility, 8...
Although these knives are not as expensive as other comparable sets, you can still enjoy the experience of a professional chef thanks to their quality and craftsmanship. Soft, comfort grip poly handles provide you with perfect balance and control, even when your hands are wet or greasy. This kitchen knife set is presented in an attractive stained pine wood block that will grace any countertop.
Full tang construction guarantees excellent strength and the curved design fits easily into your hand for comfortable grip, even during long food prepping sessions. Forged design for increased weight and... Hand washing recommended Full Lifetime Warranty.
The knives are housed in an attractive solid wood block with a handy in-block sharpener. The knife blades are fabricated from professional-grade forged high-carbon stainless steel, tapering to integral stainless steel handles, which are contoured for comfort and ease of use. Chicago Cutlery’s exclusive taper grind edge technology ensures that each blade gives maximum sharpness to ensure precise, seamless cutting with no snagging or tearing. The forged design gives the knives better balance and increased weight for stability and ease of use.
High-carbon stainless steel is renowned for its ability to resist rust, pitting, and staining, ensuring that your kitchen knife set will last you a lifetime. The full metal tang extends from the knife tip into the handle, providing superior strength, control, and balance.
A forged bolster prevents wet or greasy fingers from running onto the blade. To keep the knives in superb condition, they should be hand-washed. Chicago Cutlery offer a lifetime warranty on this top-quality product. Kitchen knives should feel well-balanced and comfortable in your hand, especially if you undertake long sessions of repetitive food preparation tasks.
Kitchen knives with an integral handle design are easier to keep clean and are less likely to trap dirt and bacteria. Manufacturers of the best professional chef knife sets always offer a lifetime warranty, illustrating how confident they are in their product.
It doesn't matter if you rarely cook or you chop and dice daily, a quality chef's knife is essential in any kitchen. Contrary to what you might be thinking, a sharper knife is safer because it requires less pressure and will slice rather than tear and slide.
Either way, look for a durable laminate handle as wood can hold bacteria and plastic may crack. You can feel confident purchasing any of our highlighted chef's knives.
You can use a chef’s knife for mincing, dicing, chopping, and slicing. You can use a paring knife to mince, chop, peel, and fillet.
There are two basic methods of knife construction: forging and stamping. Forged knives are made from a solid piece of metal that has been heated to an extreme temperature and pounded into shape.
They are usually a little heavier and thicker than stamped knives, and they tend to hold their edge very well. However, we urge potential buyers to not automatically discount this type of blade.
Stainless steel is the most common metal you’ll find in the average kitchen. Carbon steel is the preferred blade material of many chefs, but you’ll pay more for this premium metal.
You’re more likely to use excessive pressure or sawing motions when your knife needs sharpening. Sharpen or hone your chef’s knife as needed to maintain its good condition.
A quality chef’s knife feels good in your hand and has a well-balanced, comfortable handle. Many chef’s knives have ergonomic handles that are specifically designed for ease of use.
There are three common handle materials used for kitchen knives : wood, laminate, and plastic. Wood is a classic knife handle material that feels good in the hand.
Laminate knife handles look like wood but are far easier to care for and more durable, too. However, a plastic knife handle can crack after exposure to high temperatures or UV rays.
If you look at a good chef’s knife, you’ll generally see a strip of metal running through the middle of the handle; that’s the tang. A full tang, which is the most desirable, is thick enough to show on both the top and the bottom of the handle.
Blade: This term refers to the entire knife, save the handle. This adds balance to the knife and also serves as a handy edge for chopping harder items like nuts or carrots.
While buying a complete knife set is undeniably easy, you could end up with knives you don’t need and will never use. That makes them easy for some people to wield, but it also means they are more likely to break during heavy use.
Western chef’s knives, by contrast, tend to be heavier, thicker, and sturdier. Cuisinart amazon.comrade of stainless steel, these knives are strong, durable, and sharp enough to cut through the toughest steak.
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.
7Chicago Cutlery Fusion 17 Piece Knife Block Set 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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. 101 layer Chevron Damascus patter Full Tang Very ergonomic contoured handles Amazing edge retention The ultimate combination of quality and aesthetics.
Forged not Stamped 63 Rockwell hardness Made in Solingen, Germany SG2 (MC63) micro-carbide powder steel Lifetime Warranty 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.
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. The Premiere Forged series of knives are available with three different handle options: Fire, Silver and Rosewood.