This article reviews the top 10 kitchen knife sets you can find online.
Kitchen knife sets are a standard feature in nearly every modern, functional kitchen. However, the proliferation of cheaply made or poorly constructed options can make shopping for the best of these sets for your needs a daunting proposition. That’s why we’ve drawn together the top ten options to help reduce the time you spend shopping and let you get chopping. All wordplay aside, the very best sets are crafted of high-carbon steel, typically with a full tang and well-balanced proportions. The blocks will also usually contain a sharpening tool and a pair of sheers unless you’re seeking only the most functional and minimal elements to augment your existing kitchen equipment.
1. Emojoy 15-Piece Knife Set with Block
This 15-piece set is crafted from high-carbon steel that prevents rusting or pitting over time and helps to maintain the cutting edges of the knives. The full-tang design merges seamlessly with a polymer handle crafted with special grooves for a lightweight, secure grip. This set is housed in an attractive solid wood block and includes an 8-inch chef knife, an 8-inch Santoku blade, an 8-inch serrated bread knife, one 8-inch slicing knife, a 5-inch utility knife, one 3.5-inch paring knife, blade sharpener, kitchen shears, and six 4.5-inch steak knives.
2. J.A. Henckels International Statement Knife Block Set
Full-tang design enables maximum maneuverability for safety in the kitchen. The high-grade stainless steel is precision stamped in a single piece with riveted handles and a solid stainless steel end cap for perfect balance. Each satin-finished blade offers precision. Neatly stored in a hardwood block, you’ll receive one 7-inch Santoku hollow edge blade, an 8-inch chef knife, an 8-inch serrated bread knife, a 5-inch serrated utility knife, a 3-inch paring blade, and six 4.5-inch steak knives. The set also includes a sharpening steel and a pair of durable kitchen shears.
3. Cuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Set
Housed in a sturdy, easy-to-clean block, these blades are hot-forged and taper to extraordinarily fine, sharp points. The high-carbon steel is married seamlessly to hollow stainless steel handles crafted to fit your hand and increase stable, safe handling. In addition to kitchen shears, sharpening steel, a Santoku blade, Chef knife, paring knife, bread knife, and utility blade, you’ll receive six finely crafted steak knives perfect for any table setting.
4. Premium 18-Piece Kitchen Knife Block Set from AmazonBasics
Crafted from high-quality stainless steel, each of these knives is finely sharpened for a precise cut. The riveted handles are weighted to increase control and supply balance for safe, clean, and easy use. Housed in a sturdy wood block, the set includes a sharpening steel and a pair of kitchen shears, a 7-inch Santoku blade, an 8-inch chef’s knife, an 8-inch slicing blade, a 6-inch boning knife, a 5.5-inch utility knife, a 3.5-inch paring blade, and eight 4.5-inch steak knives.
5. TG Series Swedish Sandvik Steel Set by Cangshan
These blades are handcrafted from Sweden Steel with a rating of 58 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale. The handles are made from sleek, textured G10 fiberglass with specially designed rivets. Each blade is honed to a keen and refined Asian-style cutting edge. Housed in an upright, aesthetically pleasing walnut block, this beautiful set includes an 8-inch Chef’s knife, an 8-inch serrated bread knife, a 7-inch Santoku blade, a 5-inch serrated utility blade, and a 3.5-inch paring knife.
6. Japanese High-Carbon Stainless Steel Knives with Block from McCook
A common feature of the best kitchen knife sets is the use of high-carbon steel. This prevents rusting or pitting of the blades and maintains a superior edge. Stored in a solid wood block with a built-in sharpener, each knife is crafted to taper and provide superior cutting precision. Included in the set, you’ll find a 3.5-inch paring knife, both a sleek 5-inch and a serrated 5.5-inch utility blade, a 5-inch Santoku, an 8-inch slicing knife, and an 8-inch Chef’s knife.
7. Aicok’s 6-Piece Professional Knife Set
While many quality sets include a dining set of steak knives, for professionals and seasoned home cooks, this is often superfluous. This set is crafted with German precision of high-carbon stainless steel and housed in a sleek, compact block with ergonomic stand for angled placement. The blades are tapered and ground to a blazingly sharp edge, and each one has a full tang design with a knife guard to protect fingers in case of a slip. Included you’ll find an 8-inch Chef’s knife, an 8-inch serrated bread knife for minimal crumbling, an 8-inch slicing blade, a six-inch utility knife, and a 3.5-inch paring knife.
8. Calphalon Classic Self-Sharpening Knife Block Set
Each of these knives from Calphalon is crafted from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel for the ultimate durability and stability and has a full-tang design. They are clearly labeled on the ends of their perfectly weighted handles, so you’ll easily draw the right blade for the job every time. The most attractive and unique feature of this high-quality knife set is the block itself. Calphalon designed a self-sharpening block, so each act of replacement and retrieval sharpens the blades exactly and without guesswork.
9. Acrylic Stand 12-Piece Set from Utopia Kitchen
In this set, high-carbon stainless steel has been crafted into blades with a superior edge that won’t rust or pit over time. The single-piece construction also mitigates the concern of handles dislodging or creating gaps for bacteria to flourish by doing away with the need for separate handle components. Rather than using wood for a traditional block, this set is housed in a clear acrylic stand with a sturdy metal base. It includes six 4.5-inch steak knives, a 3.5-inch paring knife, a 5-inch utility blade, an 8-inch slicing knife, an 8-inch serrated bread knife, and an 8-inch Chef’s knife. While you get superior quality, this knife set is also one of the most affordable.
10. Rainbow Titanium Set by Marco Almond
It’s not just a figure of speech. The high-grade stainless steel blades of these knives are coated with an iridescent layer of titanium. While they are dishwasher safe, it’s advisable to hand wash them and dry with a towel to maintain that beautiful sheen. Included in the set are an 8-inch slicing knife, an 8-inch bread knife, an 8-inch Chef knife, a 7-inch Santoku blade, a 5-inch utility knife, a 3.5-inch paring blade, and six 4.5-inch steak knives.
It’s essential to review the features of each option carefully and assess whether it meets your needs. While many high-quality kitchen knife sets are somewhat pricier because they can last as long as several decades, progress and technological proliferation also bring down the price of a basic kit that will meet your culinary needs.
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By BCR Writing Staff