Investing in any household products can be a very costly affair. Buying something that costs a fortune, unfortunately, does not mean you will get a high-quality product. Often a cheaper option exists, if you are willing to wager on it. I have a list of market top ten, most loved, kitchen knife sets. Hopefully I can help take the guesswork out of deciding on the most basic but most critical kitchenware.
There is quite a lot to bear in mind when you are investing in kitchen knives.
You need to review any product carefully before making your purchase. Read the comments left by others who purchased the same set. Compare brands and the specs of each set. Think about what exactly you need the knife for, what style you like, what metal will be best suited to your culinary needs, and what you can afford.
A good culinary set should have the following knives:
- A chef knife – a vital general-purpose knife of chopping, slicing, dicing, carving, and preparing meat and vegetables.
- A paring knife – a smaller knife for working with smaller fruit and vegetables to create food that is art, or art that is food.
- A bread knife or serrated knife – for slicing bread, obviously, but also for slicing fruit or vegetables that have a hard skin, or for slicing very high moisture food like tomatoes without crushing them.
- A utility knife – this would be the younger brother to both the chef and the paring knife; it is an ideal knife to have on hand for making a quick sandwich, slicing, and preparing softer vegetables.
- A boning knife – for meat preparation, separating meat from bones especially tricky cuts like knuckles and deboning fish.
- A slicing knife – for slicing larger cuts of meat, like roasts, into thin even slices.
- A fillet knife – for separating fillets from whole fish; it also can be used to remove skin from tough vegetables.
- Kitchen shears – the one item I wish someone would put out there with a chain to chain it to one place in the kitchen! This is probably the one thing, next to your chef knife, that you will use more than anything else in your cutlery set. From pastry dough to butchering chicken to cutting baking paper, a decent kitchen shear is a must-have item.
- Whetstone or blade sharpener – always go for quality, it is recommended that you use a good whetstone with water when you sharpen your knives.
Top 10 Best Kitchen Knife Sets
This sleek sixteen-piece knife set is by Emojoy.
The set includes a carving fork, an eight-inch chef knife, an eight-inch slicing knife, an eight-inch Santoku knife, an eight-inch bread knife, a five inch utility knife, a three-and-a-half inch paring knife, six four-and-a-half inch steak knives, kitchen scissors and a knife sharpener.
The set is beautifully made from superior high-carbon stainless steel and high-grade wenge wood that is rivetted to the blade.
Wenge wood is considered a rare wood. It comes from tropical, densely wooded forests. It is tough and durable with a gorgeous spectrum of colors. The wood does need to be properly maintained if you want the set to last. It gives the set a timeless look fit for a modern restaurant or a retro kitchen.
The superior high-carbon steel doesn’t rust, stain, or pit easily. The design makes this a lovely set to work with.
The set is housed in a stylish pakkawood knife block. It makes a great gift for housewarmings, birthdays, or any occasion.
Emojoy has fantastic follow-up customer services call center. This set has a lifetime quality and satisfaction guarantee. I think you will love this set.
Do you remember what I said in my intro about getting value for money? Well, this is a great set that won’t break the bank and offers great performance.
The set consists of an eight-inch chef knife, an eight-inch slicing knife, an eight-inch bread knife, a five-inch utility knife, a three-and-a-half-inch paring knife, kitchen scissors, and a convenient holding block.
The blades are made of stainless steel and are razor-sharp; and retain their edge very well. The handles are made of durable TP Rubber designed to be slip resistant and comfortable.
The Gorilla Grip Knife Set is phthalate-free and lead-free, so you can feel confident using it in your home for years to come without concern for your health or your families.
This stylish set comes with a ten-year guarantee.
This is such a beautiful and functional knife set. This is an eighteen-piece set that consists of an eight-inch chef’s knife, an eight-inch bread knife, an eight-inch slicing knife, a five-inch Santoku (a general purpose Japanese knife) knife, a five-and-a-half-inch paring knife, a five-and-a-half-inch boning knife, a five-inch utility knife, a three-and-a-half-inch fruit knife, a three-inch peeling knife, six four-and-a-half-inch steak knives, a knife sharpener, a kitchen scissor, and a knife block.
Made of high-carbon German stainless steel, this set won’t rust, dull, blunt, corrode, or tarnish. The blades are well balanced and made to last more than a lifetime.
The ergonomically designed handles are made from pakkawood for comfort for the long hours in the kitchen.
The set has a 100% quality guarantee for one year, with a 30-day return policy. Elegant and comfortable to use, this set is a perfect gift!
I will be having a birthday sometime this year, if anyone is interested…
This is such a cool gift set; it comes with everything but the kitchen sink, stylish and timeless.
This 23-piece set consists of a chef’s knife, a Santoku knife, a bread knife, a slicing knife, a utility knife, a paring knife, a boning knife, eight steak knives, a sharpener rod, kitchen shears, a finger guard, and other accessories.
Forged from high-carbon stainless steel, the set is rust and corrosion resistant. The beautiful handles are ergonomically designed and are durable and comfortable to handle.
Whether you are a professional chef or just a Masterchef (the TV show) wannabe, this sturdy set will give you great use and great results.
The blades are hand-polished and precisely tempered to 14-16° per side for lasting sharpness and edge retention. I am besotted with the beautiful Damascus pattern! Fun fact: Damascus pattern is achieved by folding two metals over and over during forging. And forged blades are far superior to pressed blades. They are stronger, more durable, sharper, and so much fun to look at.
The oak wood block is so elegant and stylish. No matter what your style is, it will work well with your décor.
After sales service is great, with a 24-hour customer service center.
Let’s take a pause just to look at this stunning blue titanium set. This is a showstopper with added flair.
The set includes an eight-inch chef knife, an eight-inch carving knife, an eight-inch bread knife, a five-inch utility knife, a three-and-a-half-inch paring knife, and a stylish container.
The Wanbasion kitchen knife set is stainless steel coated with blue titanium that offers great resistance to scratching, corrosion, rusting, and staining. The blue titanium layer protects the knife from abrasion and extends lifespan and the quality of the steel. The set is flexible and durable, it will last.
The blade length and how thin the steel is, makes these knives super-sharp and can slice through hard food easily. The thickness of the blades makes these great for making sushi and carving delicate fruit into a pretty dish. A good sushi knife is incredibly thin to allow for precision slicing of fish, vegetables, and rolls.
It is as strong as it is flashy. This set is favored by chefs across the world for its superior handling, perfect slicing, edge retention, and beautiful looks.
Wanbasion offers great after-sales service.
The Cangshan knife set is ergonomically designed with professional chefs in mind. You can expect high quality, high functionality, great edge retention, comfortable to use, beautiful knives.
It includes an eight-inch chef knife, a seven-inch Santoku knife, an eight-inch bread knife, a six-inch boning knife, five-inch serrated utility knife, a three-and-a-half-inch paring knife, six five-inch steak knives, nine-inch kitchen shears, an eight-inch honing steel, and a walnut knife block.
The blades are full tang (one piece of metal that extends from the tip of the blade to the end of the handle) with HRc 58 +/- on the Rockwell Hardness Scale.Top of Form
The Cangshan knife set is stunning and is a perfect wedding registry, birthday, any occasion gift. The knife block is hand-crafted walnut that is the picture of perfection.
The set is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) and carries a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.
Retro is in, and for the retro crowd this is truly a crowd-pleaser. The stunning set consists of an eight-inch chef knife, an eight-inch slicing knife, an eight-inch Santoku knife, an eight-inch bread knife, a five-inch utility knife, a three-and-a-half-inch paring knife, kitchen scissors, a knife sharpener to maintain your knives razor-sharp edge, and six four-and-a-half-inch steak knives.
These beautiful knives are made of superior high-carbon stainless steel and they are made for stability and control.
The handle grip is designed from traditional polymer to prevent finger cramping and slippage. Traditional polymers are considered superior over wood handles because they do not deteriorate as easily as wood and tend to keep their good looks for longer. The grip adds to the overall control, balance, feel, and precision of the knives.
This set is a great idea for a wedding gift for the trendy couple.
It is a practical set to use in any cooking environment. The stylish block adds to the character of the set. The knives are easy to care for and storage on the counter provides style and convenience.
EMOJOY offers 100% money back support if you are not satisfied with your knife set.
This Keenair knife set is the picture of sophistication, elegance, and style.
The all-in-one set includes an eight-inch chef knife, an eight-inch slicing knife, an eight-inch bread knife, a seven-inch Santoku knife, a five-inch utility knife, a three-and-a-half-inch paring knife, kitchen scissors, a kitchen sharpener, and six four-and-a-half-inch steak knives.
The set is made of superior high-carbon stainless steel blades with pakkawood handles. It combines the strength of the blade with the timeless elegance of the classy wood.
The blades are very sharp and durable; they can take a beating in the kitchen and still retain their edge. They are designed for precision and accuracy and are responsive and stable.
You will be able to slice thin, even slices and you will be able to cut through harder meat cuts and vegetables with ease.
The stainless steel is rust, stain, and pitting resistant.
The ergonomically designed pakkawood handles have a beautiful mix of design and functionality. The grain of the wood is so unique and rich you will love its timeless elegance. The grip is well designed to be durable and long lasting and to maximize stress tolerance.
The pakkawood handles and block are sophisticated and very practical. If you clean your knives properly and store them in the block – remember to take care of your block too – this set could easily become an heirloom set.
The Keenair kitchen knife set comes with a two-year warranty, 100% money back guaranteed. The customer care center is staffed with friendly, knowledgeable customer care consultants who will help you with all your after-purchase needs.
The no-nonsense homgeek knife set is striking for its refined lines and practical design.
The set includes an eight-inch chef knife, an eight-inch slicing knife, an eight-inch bread knife, an eight-inch Santoku knife, a five-inch utility knife, a three-and-a-half-inch paring knife, kitchen scissors, a sharpener rob, six four-and-a-half-inch steak knives, and wooden block.
The blades are forged and hand-polished and the edges are carefully sharpened by hand to 16-18° per side. The perfectly balanced blades will give you thin slices that are clean cut and professional.
The full tang blades are resilient with exceptional corrosion and oxidation resistance. The balance will make slicing, dicing, and carving easy to control and professional.
The knives have a unique ½ durable extra-wide bolster for stability and control.
The handle is shaped for the chef who prefers a pinch grip. It is a very comfortable way to hold a knife reducing a lot of stress and hand-strain. The pinch grip gives great control, so it is perfect for precision chopping.
The knives come in a durable natural bamboo block for convenient storage.
Let’s end our list with one last best seller from Amazon. Emojoy is a trusted, long lasting brand that produces high quality knives that are a chef favorite.
The German superior high-carbon stainless steel blades are long lasting and exceptionally strong. They are designed for precision and accuracy, allowing for thin, even slices that don’t crush your food as you slice. You will be able to slice thin slices of fruit and vegetables like tomato that are easily squashed because of their high-water content. Your tomatoes will keep their shape and structure. The metal is designed to resist rust, corrosion, and staining.
The set includes an eight-inch chef knife, an eight-inch slicing knife, an eight-inch bread knife, a five-inch utility knife, a three-and-a-half-inch paring knife, kitchen scissors, and a wooden block.
The non-slip handle is crafted with rare wenge wood to be timeless and elegant. Wenge wood ages beautifully if properly cared for. This set can be an exquisite family heirloom.
The wooden block is durable pakkawood that is beautifully curved to be aesthetically pleasing.
Emojoy has great after sales customer services. They have a 24-hour email customer support service.
What is the best steel for kitchen knives?
High carbon stainless steel is used in most knives because of its durability. Damascus is also a popular choice because of its visual qualities. It is a very glamorous metal.
Are knife sets dishwasher safe?
No, you must always wash your knife set by hand using soap and warm water.
Can I buy a block separate from a knife set?
Yes, you can, but it may not look as nice as a full knife set that comes with a block.
How do I sharpen my knives?
The best way to sharpen knives is generally to use a whetstone and water. Many knife sets come with a sharpening rob. If they come with a rob it is always best to use that as it will be designed for use on the specific metal the knife set is made from.
A good knife set can last through generations with little to no deterioration, dependent on proper care for the wood and for the blades.
The most important thing to remember is never to put your knives or your cutlery block in the dishwashes or soak them in water. The heat of the dishwasher is too high and being in water for any period of time will damage the adhesives used on the handles and will cause the wood to swell. Over time this will cause the wood to deteriorate and rock on the blade. This is damage you cannot undo. You have spent time researching and you have spent money on your knife set, stay on top of maintenance on your set to ensure perfect results and a lifetime of use.
Clean your set immediately and store carefully in your cutlery block. Wash your knives with warm soapy water and dry immediately with a soft cloth. Don’t leave the clean-up for too long, you will want to keep the set dry to avoid any problems with performance.
Do not store your knives in a drawer where the blades can bump into each other, you want to ensure that your blades retain their integrity and sharp edges.
You should treat your wooden handles and your wooden block with a light wood oil regularly. You don’t want your wood to dry out as that can cause flaking and discoloration.