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Chef Knife Sets: What You Need to Know About Kitchen Knives

Updated on November 26, 2015

Chef Knife Sets For The Home Cook and Professional Chef

Chef knives have become very popular over the last few years partly due to all the cooking shows on television, the economy and also many of us shying away from processed foods. 

We've all been hearing about how processed food lack taste (well we knew that), are very low on the nutrition scale, are loaded with fat, sugar and artificial everything.

So we're going back into the kitchen and preparing our own meals. In doing so we're finding that sharp, high quality ones can help us save on time by allowing us to chop, slice and dice more quickly. 

We're also less apt to cut our fingers, since one that is sharp will cut through the food and not bounce off it. Yes, there is less of a chance of a cut with a sharp knife.

And just think of all the money you'll save by preparing and cooking your meals at home instead of at a restaurant.

What to Look For When Purchasing a Kitchen or Professional Chef Knife

It's not everyday that we look for a set or kitchen or chef knives so you may not be sure what to look for and how to choose your individual knife or your set.

Whether you are looking for a set for yourself or as a gift I'll give you a few tips to help you in your quest.

Just remember that as you look at your choices,the higher the quality the longer your knives will perform flawlessly. Most sets if taken care of properly ( and we will cover this further down the page) will last a lifetime and will hold up long enough to pass down to your children.

1. You will want to choose a knife that has sharp edges in addition to sharp a sharp tip.

While you already know that a sharp knife will give you the best performance and will make it easier for you to cut, slice, chop and dice you will want to make sure that the knife description mentions that the edges and centers are sharp in addition to just the tip. Remember that you will be doing most of your food prep with the edges and not the tip.

2. Check the material that the blade is made of..

There are three choices that you should focus on and they are carbon steel, ceramics, and stainless steel. Each has their own properties and will work differently in your kitchen. Ceramic knives are a highly popular choice but you should know that if you drop a ceramic knife on a hard surface it may shatter or a piece of the tip can break off. Always try to keep your knives
( ceramic or not) away from the edge of your counter.

3. Handles that are evenly weighted, heavy, and slip resistant.

A properly balanced knife will handle much easier, there will be less chance of it falling out of your hand and will also do much of the work for you. A handle that is not balanced or a handle that is too light weight can easily slip and if you are doing a lot of food preparation can make your wrist and finger tired. A slip resistant handle will help you avoid injury to yourself and those around you and this is especially true when your hands may become greasy or wet.

4. A well-known brand with an excellent reputation.

Many of us can name a few knife brands but not all of them are known for their quality. You may just know the name from seeing infomercials or ads on the television or online. Before you purchase a knife or knife set be sure to real read customer reviews and not just a single review on a website. You want to see what more than just a few people have to say so that you can get a very good idea of how your knife will work and hold up.

5. Make sure that the knife comes with a guarantee that offers 100% satisfaction.

But you also must think about the reputation of the company. It is is an off the wall brand that you have never heard of before, then it really doesn't matter if they give you a lifetime guarantee if they will be out of business in a year or if will cost you more to send back your knife then it was to purchase it in the first place.

That's why you need to stick with highly visible brands with a lot of customer reviews. Then and only then is their guarantee is really worth it.

When you are purchasing your knife or knife set these 5 tips will help you get the best knife for your money and food preparation tasks. It will only take you a few moments to see if the knife that you are looking at falls into the "it's a good purchase" category.

Victorinox Cutlery Chef Knife Set

Victorinox is one of the most popular brands of kitchen and chef knives in the low to low-medium price range.

While the price may not quite accurately reflect the quality of a Victorinox knife as you click on a few of the choices take a good look at the customer reviews.

You will find that Victorinox is a customer favorite not just because of its affordability but due to the workmanship and quality.

The Victorinox Fibrox 3-Piece Chef's Knife Set is one of the best selling sets and makes a wonderful Wedding gift.

Have You Tried The Pure Komachi 2 Series?

Ultra sharp, ergonomic, practical, very colorful and extremely popular, Pure Komachi Series 2 knives are even more popular than the original Pure Komachi's.

Pure Komachi 2 Series 8" Chef's Knife, Fuchsia
Pure Komachi 2 Series 8" Chef's Knife, Fuchsia

If you are not familiar with Pure Komachi then you owe it to yourself (and your cooking friends) to get to know them better.

While the colorful design may appear to be gimmicky, it actually has a very ingenious purpose - each color designates a different type of knife so when you go to grab one you won't have to fumble for the one you need.

Just pick by color.

Komachi knives are lightweight and are designed to handle easily and the sharp high carbon stainless steel blade and food safe colorful resin allows you to glide through food easily without having to struggle or have food stick to the knife.

Don't let the low price fool you into thinking that these knives are not high quality - once you own a few you will find out just how good they truly are.

 

Avoid putting your good knives in a dishwasher. The detergent can discolor and stain the handles

How to Sharpen a Chef or Kitchen Knife

Some knives are ever sharp and will not need to get sharpened. Otherwise sharpen your knives as needed - usually after 5-8 uses, depending on what type of foods you are working with.

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Some knives are ever sharp and will not need to get sharpened. Otherwise sharpen your knives as needed - usually after 5-8 uses, depending on what type of foods you are working with.

A Santoku is the favorite choice for dicing, chopping and slicing.

Their scalloped edges (properly called a granton edge) allows small food pieces to be released easily so that you can dice or chop more in a shorter amount of time and with less time spent cleaning off the blade.

The weight of a Santoku if well balanced helping you avoid hand and wrist fatigue.

Want to add a Santoku to your collection?

Start off with a 7" as this is the most popular size.

Santoku Set

Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution Series 3-inch Paring and 5-1/2-inch Santoku Knife Set, Black Blade
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution Series 3-inch Paring and 5-1/2-inch Santoku Knife Set, Black Blade

Kyicera is one of the most popular brands and they have put together in this box 2 of the most used pieces - the paring and the santoku.

 

Your block will occasionally need to be cleaned to remove dust and kitchen splatters.

Follow the manufacturers instructions on how to clean it properly.

If you do not have instructions, then clean your block with a clean damp cloth.

Do not place in a dishwasher and if you must just use a very small amount of a gentle dish washing liquid. Remember to let your block dry thoroughly before placing your pieces back in the block.

Whimsical knife block sets make a statement, without saying a word.

The knives include an 8-inch chef's knife, an 8-inch bread knife, an 8-inch carver, a 5-inch utility knife, and a 3-1/2-inch paring knife and come with a 25 year guarantee

(don't you wish that you got a guarantee on your relationship?)

Ex Knife Block Sets

The Ex 5-Piece Knife Set with Unique Red Holder
The Ex 5-Piece Knife Set with Unique Red Holder

The Ex set is available in several colors to match or stand out against your kitchen's color scheme.

My favorite is this red set since no matter where you put it in your kitchen it stands out.

Kind of whimsical, kind of naughty but always fun and a great conversation starter.

It's a great take along to a potluck dinner when you're asked to bring the cutlery.

 

Take him for a spin - literally!

Made of hand crafted wood, it comes complete with 5 stainless steel razor sharp professional chef knives.

Each knife is held securely by magnets in individual protective sheathes.

Fashioned after "The Wheel Of Death" this set is an instant conversation starter & will bring tons of smiles & laughs to you and your guests.

Throwzini 6-Piece Knife Block Set

A cutting board can bread germs and salmonella.

Be sure to clean your cutting board thoroughly after each use.

When cutting chicken, be sure to clean your board and knife well before chopping the rest of your meal.

If possible have two cutting boards; one for meat and one for vegetables and greens that you will eat without cooking.

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      Ibexing 4 years ago

      Great lens I have never seen the knife thrower - knive holder, good fun.

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Nice knives, good selections.

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      blujeanmomma 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      @oztoo lm: Thank you!

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      Good kitchen knives are certainly worth the money. What a great range of products you have featured. Blessed.