When it comes to slicing food, nothing comes close to a perfectly sharpened kitchen knife. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional chef, or just an ordinary single man who at least tries to make his own meals. Every professional chef will tell you that buying a perfect kitchen knife can save you a lot of time and trouble, especially on long term.
Welcome to my personal blog dedicated to kitchen knives and everything that comes along with them. I know that finding the right accessories for your kitchen can be challenging and time consuming. My mission is to make your choice as easy as possible and I aim to always provide the latest in-depth reviews of some of the best kitchen knives money can buy.
All of my recommendations can be purchased online, so you can have them delivered right in front of your doorstep. Free shipping is available on most of them.
Best kitchen knife sets currently on sale:
|Chicago Cutlery 1109176 DesignPro|
13-Piece + Block
What is a kitchen knife exactly?
I’m sure you already know this, but let’s breakdown some of their features. Kitchen knife is a knife used for food preparation. We can find at least 2 of them in almost every kitchen in this world. Whether you are just using them to slice bread and salami, or for various tasks like any professional out there. If you aren’t McGuyver who can handle everything with hisSwiss knife, you simply can’t imagine life in kitchen without them.
To wrap it up, I’ll use Masaharu Morimoto‘s words: “A kitchen without a knife is not a kitchen“.
Different types of kitchen knives:
There are several types of kitchen knives on the market. They all offer different sets of features, they are made of different materials, and they have their own advantages and disadvantages. I will try to cover as many of them in my “best buys” and “reviews” sections.
One knife or knife set? That’s the question!
Spending couple of Franklins, or just a couple of Hamiltons? I believe that budget is the only thing that can answer this question. My vote definitely goes to knife sets for reasons listed below.
- Buying individual knives is much cheaper at the start. They can easily be replaced one by one and you really buy exactly the ones that you want. However, buying them one by one is usually more expensive than buying a complete package, so most of us prefer buying complete sets instead.
- Buying knife sets is a little bit more expensive at the start, but still cheaper on the long run. They usually come with a knife block, so you don’t have to search for the one that fits your own selection of knives in the future. Believe me, it can be challenging!
Top kitchen knife picks on the market today:
Here’s a couple of my favorite knife set picks that can make your life in the kitchen much easier. I have gone through hundreds of them that are currently available and I have ranked them based on their customer testimonials, reviews, features, and price.
There’s no need for you to hunt them all to find the right one, I’m sure my ultimate buying guide will make your decision much easier.
A perfect gift for holidays or birthdays because every kitchen needs one. Why buying individual knives, when you can buy a whole set of them? Knife sets cost anywhere from $50 to a couple of $1000, but the average price is somewhere around $200. Sets include up to 38 kitchen knives on average and an addition of kitchen shears and honing steel. All of them also come with a wooden or a plastic block.
My recommendation is the Chicago Cutlery 1109176 DesignPro. It’s a medium priced 13-piece set with a modern wooden block and a honing steel. All knife blades are made of high quality Japanese forged stainless steel and they remain sharp for years of heavy-duty use.
Slicing bread is one of the most common food preparation task, especially if you are a sandwich guy like Joey Tribbiani (Friends series). Bread knives are usually up to 12 inches long (professional ones up to 16) and they have serrated blades that can cut through the bread like butter. The difference between a good and a bad bread knife is in the amount of breadcrumbs it leaves after slicing bread.
My recommendation is the Victorinox 47547. It’s made in Switzerland and it’s one of the best professional bread knives in medium price range. The slip-resistant and patented handles are made of Fibrox and they provide exceptional balance and comfort.
Can you say “sharp”? Japanese knives are known for their traditional designs, great comfort and balance, and superior quality. I have met several chefs who wouldn’t replace their favorite Japanese knife for anything in this world. If you are one of them, you are welcome to check out my latest recommendations.
My top pick is the Yoshiro’s Hammered Damascus 8.25″ Gyuto and 5.3″ Petty. It’s a set of a larger chef’s and a smaller paring knife. Both of them have high ratings by several customers from several online sources.
Paring knives are the smallest knives in a chef’s arsenal. Their blades are 2.5 to 4-inch long and they are perfect for cutting small vegetables and fruits where precision is necessary. They are also ideal for peeling and slicing fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms.
My recommendation is the Wusthof Gourmet 3-piece paring knife set. It includes 3 different paring knives in a single package and it’s a perfect gift for everyone who wants to have his own knife set from one of the best knife manufacturers in the world.
It’s true that you can use any “ordinary” knife for cutting cheese, but there’s a certain satisfaction of using a knife that is specifically designed for this purpose.
Maybe I’m too obsessed with knife sets, but cheese knives are among the most affordable types of kitchen knives on the market. My top recommendation is the J.A. Henckels International set of cheese knives. It features 4 different tools for cutting cheese and an attractive cutting board that is small enough for camping.
The benefits of ceramic knives are: They stay sharp for longer periods of time, they look great and they don’t corrode or rust. The main reason why some people might not like them is the fact that they are more fragile, while knives with steel blades are almost indestructible.
My recommendation is the Kyocera Revolution ceramic knife set. It’s a 3 piece set with knives raging from 3 to 6 inches. The blades are made of Zirconium Oxide (also known as zirconia) and the handles are made of solid ABS plastic.
To wrap it up:
I really believe that all of them are great buys, but the final decision mostly comes down to personal preference and budget. You can find individual reviews deeper in my website as well.
This pretty much sums up my intro of finding the best knife for your kitchen, but that’s not all. You may want to take a look at other parts of my website for some in-depth reviews and recommendations of other necessary products.
- Cutting board. A good cutting board won’t dull the edge of your kitchen knife, and it will last for decades. There are several models to choose from. They come in different colors, materials, and price. You can find my recommended picks on my site as well.
- Knife blocks are the ultimate and the most practical solution for storing kitchen knives. They usually come with knife sets, but there are some of them that fit most universal sized knives as well.
- Knife sharpeners. It doesn’t matter how much money you spend, a kitchen knife will probably get dull in a couple of years. Sharpeners can keep them sharp and drastically extend their lifespan.
To wrap it up the way I started it, there’s nothing like a great kitchen knife. Feel free to check out my individual reviews and buying guides deeper in my website. My plan is to build a community, so you are also welcome to share your thoughts in comment sections at the bottom of each page.