If one of your friends or family members is getting married, what would you like to buy for him or her? If you are not sure about what you are going to get them, how about buying a nice kitchen knife set? Curently, the kitchen knife set is one of the ten most popular wedding gifts in America. Personally, I know I would be happier to see a good kitchen knife set rather than to see another set of salt and pepper shakers if I was a newly wed.
Why do we need a kitchen knife set? Is it necessary?
Some people argue that people do not need a kitchen knife set that much, and that a couple of good chef knives can handle most tasks in a kitchen. That might be true considering the versatility of a quality chef knife in the kitchen. However, the question why we need a kitchen knife set for cooking is like asking why we need a smart phone, when our old cell phone works just fine. For most smartphone users, having a smart phone provides them with much more convenience and functionality. Likewise, a good kitchen knife set can provide us with much more convenience and functionality in cooking, especially those who are new to cooking.
Which kitchen knife set would be best for me?
In spite of the multiple roles a chef knife has in cooking, there are some tasks that just too difficult to handle with just a chef knife. Delicate knife work, such as carving fruit or peeling mushrooms, cannot be properly done with just a chef knife.
There is no unanimous agreement on which kitchen knives are considered must haves in a kitchen, but a lot of cooks say they need at least one chef knife, paring knife, and bread knife (or serrated utility knife). While professional chefs normally will have more sophisticated gadgets such as a cleaver and boning and filet knives, most kitchen knife sets for the everyday chef will include a chef knife, a paring knife, and utility knife.
Your decision regarding what kitchen knife set to purchase could come down to one simple factor: price. The more knives included in the kitchen knife set, the higher the price will be. However, regardless of how limited your budget is, you should do everything you can to avoid buying a cheap knife set. If you have a small budget, do not purchase a 12 or 15 piece knife set. It is much better to buy a good-quality 2 piece knife set rather than purchasing a whole collection of cheap knives in a block. A 15 or 20 piece knife set block might look charming and sharp in a kitchen, but in most cases, the knives in a cheap knife set block will be of poor quality. In the end, you will have a knife set block that will take up precious kitchen counter space, but not be of any use. Remember, 2 good knives will always serve you better than 15 poor quality knives.
Here is the list of the all-time best-selling kitchen knife sets. You can choose your favorite one based on your needs and budget.
Wusthof Classic 7-Piece Cutlery Set with Storage Block
Wushthof Classic 7-Piece Cutlery Set with Storage Block 7-piece set includes the most useful kitchen knives of 3-1/2 inch paring knife, 6-inch utility knife, 8-inch bread knife, 8-inch cook's knife, 9-inch honing steel, kitchen shears, and 13-slot storage block. Also, these knives were precision forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, full-tang, and triple-riveted synthetic handles as features of typical Wusthof high-end knives, which garantees sharp and durable blade and excellent balance. It measures approximately 12 by 10 by 12 inches. It can be considered as a perfect ktichen knife set.
Wusthof 9755Classic 2-Piece Knife Starter Set is a basic knife collection that can Include 8-inch cook's and pointed 3-1/2-inch paring knives and cover most cutting needs. The knives in this knife set show the high-end Wusthof Knife features such as forged high-carbon stainless steel blades and hand-honed for razor-like sharpness. Also, traditional-style composition handles are triple-riveted for strength and permanence.
Unlike common kitchen knife sets, Global G-48338 – 3 Piece Knife Set with Santoku – Hollow Ground, Utility and Paring Knife includes uniquely designed 3-piece knife set of a 7-inch hollow ground santoku, a 5-1/4-inch utility knife, and a 3-1/2-inch paring knife. As the popularity of a santoku knife for home cooks and professional chefs, espcially female cooks, this knife set replaces the chef knife with a hollow ground santoku knife. A santoku knife is slight smaller than a usual chef knife, it is much easier to handle and shows excellence in chopping vegetables. The knives in a set were forged in Japan from CROMOVA 18 stainless steel, and face-ground with a long taper, so edges remain sharp longer. The unique design reduces hand fatigue associated with repeated chopping and mincing. Also, dimpled handles as a signature of Global knives are non-slip and sand-filled hollow handle creates balance.
Shun Classic 7-piece block set with bamboo block includes the key must-have kitchen knives for cooking of 3-1/2-inch paring knife, 6-inch utility knife, 8-inch chef's knife, 9-inch bread knife, sharpening steel, Taskmaster shears, and 11-slot bamboo block. As a signature of Shun Classic Knives, the knives have VG-10 high-carbon stainless-steel blades with 16 layers of stainless alloy for Damascus look. Also, they have one-piece stainless steel bolster, tang, and end-cap Black laminated PakkaWood handle with D-shaped profile for comfortable grip
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro S Stainless-Steel 8-Piece Knife Set with Block
Zwiling J.A. Henckels Pro S Stainless-Steel 8-piece knife set with block includes 2 ¾” Parer, 4” Utility, 6” Sandwich, 5” Santoku Hollow Edge, 8” Chef’s, Kitchen Shears, a 9” Sharpening Steel and the Hardwood Block. The knives have Friodur ice-hardened blades, high-carbon stainless steel; long-lasting edges and they are easy to resharpen. Also, they have full-tang blades for balance and strength, precision-honed and stain-resistant. It is made in Germany.