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Top Reasons for Buying A Quality Knife Set

Updated on April 16, 2012

Having a good set of knives in your arsenal is crucial for those home cooks and chefs who are serious about being able to prepare the best meals they can. While you can go and purchase knives individually, it is better to purchase a complete knife set in one package for several reasons.

One of the best reasons for buying a complete quality knife set is that you can end up saving yourself a bit of money. You can often get a set of 14 knives, a sharpener and a pair of scissor in a block of wood for less than $100. Many of these items when purchased alone could cost you $15 to $20 a piece. This could add up to quite the savings. When you buy a block knife set, you can also get a longer warranty. Most of these knife sets come with all of the sizes of knives you need to perform in the kitchen.

1. Buying a Knife Block Set is Safer for Your Family

When you purchase individual knives, you then have the burdensome task of finding a safe spot for them out of reach of little fingers. In most cases, they usually end up in a drawer packed in with other cutlery or cooking utensils. If your children are anything like my little guys, they are constantly getting into the drawers and trying to grab whatever they can run off with. Sure, you can buy one of those latch things to secure the door but then it makes it extra work for you when you are rushing around and trying to put a meal on the table while running 20 minutes behind for getting ready for soccer practice.

When you decide to purchase a complete knife set that Is stored in a block wood or otherwise known as a block knife set, you do not have to worry about your children getting a hold of them and cutting themselves or poking an eye out. You can place the solid block of wood high on a shelf anywhere you have room in your kitchen and swiftly grab a piece when you need to. They come with several sized knives so you can do most anything from paring an apple to butchering a pig. Most of them also come with a built in steel knife sharpener and a pair of scissors to boot.

2. Buying a Knife Set Will Add Value to Your Cooking Experience

Some people may not even think about the importance of buying a knife set when getting started building up their arsenal of cooking tools. I know many people who will just go to the store and grab whatever product is on sale at Walmart and head home without another thought to it. But if you are serious about making delectable meals and keeping your kitchen utensils for as long as possible in excellent working condition, you are going to need to consider a few things.

If you have ever tried to chop vegetables with a steak knife or even a dull paring knife, you will know that the cutting is rough, the knife may cut on an angle and you will end up with little pieces and big pieces. While this may not be a concern for many home cooks, if you are trying to cater a business or impress your husband’s boss and wife for dinner one day, it can put a real crimp in your designs.

If you spend the money to purchase a quality knife set that comes with several types of knives for using with various cuts of meat, vegetables and other food, you can be sure that you get a nice smooth cut every time that doesn’t take very long at all. With a sharpener which usually comes with a block knife set, you will be able to hone your blades at any time and preserve the life of your knives for years and years to come.

3. Tips for Choosing the Best Knife Set

There are so many different types of knives out there on the market today. If you are just getting started with stocking your kitchen with the basic essentials, you will want a quality knife set in your arsenal. If you love to cook, you will want to make sure you have at least the bare basics which are a paring knife, a chef’s knife, a steak knife and a long serrated bread cutting knife. If you are a pro than you may want to add a few more knives into the mix like a utility knife, a boning knife, a cleaver, a carving knife and a special knife meant for cheese, fruit tomatoes or seafood.

Pricing all of these knives individually can often be expensive and run you at least $10-$20 a piece. But you can opt to buy a block knife set that comes with all of those knife choices, a sharpener and a pair of scissors for between $80-$100. This could save you enough money to purchase something else such as a pasta maker to furnish your kitchen like a real chef.


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    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the information on purchasing a new knife set.

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      Melanie Bremner 6 years ago from Canada

      Glad I could help. It really does make a difference in your cooking when you have good knives!

    • Naomi R. Cox profile image

      Naomi R. Cox 6 years ago from Elberton, Georgia

      Thanks for all the information you have given in your hub. It is very useful for those of us that hasn't thought about buying sets. Thanks again! Keep up the good writing.