Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Kitchen Knife Set

A selection of quality cutting tools makes it easier to prepare nearly any meal.

Cutting boards with food and knives
For home chefs, a reliable, sharp knife is a must, but a collection of different blade shapes and sizes is even better.Home Hero

For any home chef (or, really, anybody who has a kitchen), knives are one of the most important tools in your arsenal. Generally speaking, you can’t cook it if you can’t cut it first. Some ingredients need to be cut just to be edible (think steak and giant loaves of bread). You’ll probably need a variety of knives to accomplish this, and typically the best way to go about it is to just get a knife set. That way everything matches, and it all usually comes with a block for storage. But what should you look for in a knife set? Here are a few tips to help you while you shop.

Steel Quality

Dalstrong - Shadow Black Series - Black Titanium Nitride Coated
This bold-looking knife set is nitrogen-cooled for extra hardness and each edge has an impressive 15-degree angle.Dalstrong

Harder is better. Generally speaking, the harder a knife is the sharper you can get it, and the longer it will retain that sharpness. That means avoiding the less tedious task of sharpening. Look for knives made of good, hardened steel that have low edge angles for maximum sharpness.

Full Tang

J.A. Henckels International Statement Knife Block Set
This 15-piece set features a beautiful, classic look, an attractive wood block for storage, as well as strong, full tang blades for strength and durability.ZWILLING J.A. Henckels

If you’re going to be spending a little more money to buy a high-quality knife set, make sure the knives are “full tang.” That means that the metal of the blade goes all the way back into the center of the handle. A full-tang knife gives you better leverage, better weight and fit in your hand, and it won’t have weak points where the handle could break off.

Variety

13 Kitchen Knives Set Chef Knife Set with Knife Sharpener
This affordable set has a wide variety of the kitchen tools you need, and it comes with a clear block, so you never grab the wrong knife by mistake.Home Hero

The spice of life, as they say. Think about the breadth of the meals you want to be able to prepare in your kitchen, then take a look at the knives in the set. Is it going to cover all of your needs? Look for a knife set with a nice range of blade shapes and sizes.

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