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The Best Rated Kitchen Knives - The Most Important Tools In Your Kitchen

Updated on September 23, 2014

Top Rated Knife Sets For Your Kitchen

Preparing vegetables takes a lot longer than cooking them. So while you are chopping up a storm in the kitchen using your top chef's knives, are you straight slicing, diagonal slicing, dicing, shredding, mincing, peeling or trimming your vegetables? How about chopping your vegetables into Julienne strips, Jardiniere batons, Chiffonade ribbons, Brunoise cubes or Allumette matchsticks?

Preparing your vegetables is part of the pleasure in eating. If it looks good, it definitely tastes better. This requires a quality kitchen knife set and good knife skills. Knowing which knife to use and learning the basic vegetable cutting techniques makes it easier, faster and safer to prepare food.

Instead of spending a lot of time in the kitchen peeling and cutting vegetables, why not try using these affordable sharp kitchen knives and learn how to use them efficiently to produce enticing cut vegetables quickly.

Plus you will get a lot of praise and admiration for presentation. Enjoy the time spent in your kitchen.

Knife Skills

“Cooking is an art, but all art requires knowing something about the techniques and materials”

Nathan Myhrvold

Culinary Knife Sets
Culinary Knife Sets

Knife Set In A Block

Top Rated Knife Sets

Block knife sets are a great investment for your kitchen. Using the best quality kitchen knives makes everything easier and less stressful in the kitchen. These affordable sharp kitchen knives in blocks have everything you need.

Ginsu are known for high quality sharp knives with good weight, balance and style.

Choose from the 14-Piece Knife Set with Natural Wood Block or the Ginsu 8-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Set with Bamboo Block.

The 14 piece includes an 8-inch chef’s knife, an 8-inch slicer, a 7-inch santoku knife, a 5-1/2-inch boning knife, a 5-inch utility knife, a 3-1/2-inch paring knife, and six steak knives, plus a pair of shears in an elegant natural hardwood storage block.

The 8 piece forged knife set includes a 3-1/2-inch paring knife, 5-inch utility knife, 5-inch serrated knife, 7-inch santoku knife, an 8-inch chef's knife, shears, sharpening rod and bamboo storage block.

The stunning stainless steel forged Chicago Cutlery Fusion 18-Piece Knife Set includes a 3-inch peeler, a 3-1/4-inch parer, a 5-inch utility knife, a 5-inch Partoku knife, a serrated bread knife, a 7-inch Santoku knife, a 7-3/4-inch chef's knife, an 8-inch slicer, plus 8 steak knives, an 8-inch sharpening steel and a honey maple wood block.

Alternatively, the fantastic Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Insignia Steel Knife Set with Block and In-Block Sharpener includes a 3-inch and a 3-1/4-inch parer, a 6-inch boning knife, a 5-inch utility knife, an 8-inch serrated bread knife, 7-inch santoku knife, an 8-inch slicer, an 8-inch chef's knife, shears, plus 8 steak knives and block with a very useful within-block sharpener.

This quality stamped super sharp OXO Good Grips Professional 14-Piece Knife Block Set includes an 8-inch chef's knife, an 8-inch slicer, a 3-1/2-inch parer, a 5-inch utility knife, a 4-inch Santoku knife, an 8-inch bread knife and 6 steak knives.

How To Use These Chef's Knife Sets

  1. A Chef's Knife is a versatile knife used to peel, trim, pare, slice, dice and chop.
  2. A Utility Knife is another general purpose knife used to pare, trim, peel, slice, and dice foods.
  3. A Boning Knife has a thin blade ideal for separating flesh from bones in beef, pork, poultry and seafood.
  4. A Paring Knife is a small knife perfect for fine peeling and garnishing.
  5. A Santoku Knife is an Asian style knife perfect for chopping, slicing and making paper-thin cuts.
  6. A Slicing Knife has a long blade to cut and carve meats with ease.
  7. A Carving Knife has a long blade for precision carving of roasts, poultry and fish.
  8. A Partoku knife has a wide blade ideal for chopping, slicing and dicing and scooping up the chopped vegetables.

Slicing, Dicing, Mincing

Sharpest Kitchen Knife
Sharpest Kitchen Knife

Top Rated Chef's Knife Sets

And Chef Knife Bags

Kitchen chef's knives are quality kitchen utility knives for everyday food preparation. They can be used for slicing, dicing and chopping vegetables and cutting and chopping meat. Enjoy cooking again with these knives.

The Victorinox 5-Piece Chef's Knife Set With Molded Handles includes an 8-inch chef knife, a 5-inch utility knife, a 4-1/2-inch serrated knife and a 3-1/4-inch paring knife plus a 9-inch sharpening steel. These quality knives are super sharp with a comfortable non-slip grip.

The Wusthof Grand Prix II 3-Piece Chef's Knife Set includes an 8-inch chef knife, a 6-inch sandwich knife and a 3-1/2-inch paring knife. These German precision forged knives are a great investment for your kitchen.

This Forschner Fibrox 7-pc. Cutlery Roll Knife Set is made by Victorinox and contains a chef's knife, paring knife, boning knife, bread knife, carving knife with a sharpening steel and includes a roll for storing your knives. This set is made from stamped high-carbon stainless steel and a great buy for the more professional cook.

This gorgeous Ultimate Edge Deluxe Chef Knife Case comes in black, orange or olive. It has lots of pockets for your knives and other items.

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Looking For A Book On Mastering Knife Skills?

Learn How To Use These Knives Like A Professional

Having these top rated knife sets is great but it would be awesome knowing exactly how to use them.

Here are some books on perfecting your kitchen cutting techniques:

The Zwilling J. A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills: The Essential Guide to Use, Techniques and Care.

This spiral bound book has concise step by step instructions on various knife techniques and safety with great photography.It is a must have for every home chef.

Mastering Knife Skills: The Essential Guide to the Most Important Tools in Your Kitchen (with DVD).

This extremely well illustrated hardcover book covers all the essential kitchen knife techniques and is great for beginners.

The 30 minute DVD covers the most important techniques.

Kitchen Knife Skills: Techniques for Carving, Boning, Slicing, Chopping, Dicing, Mincing, Filleting.

A well-organized, easy-to-use illustrated hardcover book on essential knife skills and safety.

Knife Skills Illustrated: A User's Manual.

A beginner's guide with well illustrated step by step demonstrations of culinary knife skills.

What Is Honing?

Honing brings back the bevel (blade) into alignment, making the edge straight and ready to use.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great article! esp. the first sentence! it's so true. I just started cooking 2 years ago, and I never knew how important a good knife set was. They will really cut your time and effort in half! (pun intended!)

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      I think Henckels makes really nice knives. You've got a good selection of knives here!