Knife sets to give your kitchen skills an edge

Why buy one, when you can get a block with everything you need?

homgeek knife set with cutting board and veggies
Easy storage for kitchen tools that you’ll use every day.Amazon

The use of knives as tools dates back to prehistoric times, but these days your knives are more likely to be made from metal rather than whittled from flint. However, like our ancestors, you still want them sharp—not only does this make them more efficient, but a sharp knife is less dangerous than a blunt one. Here’s what to consider before adding a knife set to your cart.

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Entry Level Set

This collection of black blades includes extras and has everything you might need while cooking.Home Hero

Ask any chef what their number one kitchen tool is and they’ll tell you it’s their knife. Whether they’re boning a chicken, chopping an onion or julienning a carrot, if you’ve got a knife (and a pan), there’s a lot you can do. And while the pros will tell you that they prefer to pick out every single knife individually, there’s a lot to be said for a knife set that gives you everything in one easy package—especially when most of us won’t notice the difference.

Velaze Knife Block Sets, 8-Piece Stainless Steel Kitchen Set - Silver Color Design

Comprehensive Collection

Attractively displayed in a spinning stand, this collection of utensils also includes a cleaver, scissors and a sharpening steel, and is available with a choice of handle hues.Velaze

Check that the set that you’re buying includes the products that you’re after—most will have a large chef’s knife, a serrated bread knife and a couple of prep knives too. But larger ones may include shears, scissors, and even steak knives. Also think about storage. Are you happy with a knife block—usually made from wood or tempered glass—or would you prefer individual covers that protect your knives and mean they can be stored in drawers?

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Ergonomic Engineering

Forged from a high-carbon metal, these come with a dark laminated lumber handle and durable storage that protects them from damage.homgeek

The material that your knife is made from can have a real impact on the longevity of your knife, but also how long it will stay sharp for. High-carbon steel will need sharpening less often, but is more prone to rusting, while stainless steel won’t rust but you’ll find the blade will dull more quickly. The best option are alloys which are a hybrid of the two, although these tend to come at a price.