Victorinox Forschner 7-Piece Block Set
You certainly don't have to be a professional chef to have a quality knife block set. For home cooks looking to simply cover the basics, the Victorinox Forschner 7 Piece Block Set fulfills that need. This set has smooth nylon handles that make for comfort when using. You get two sizes of chef knives, a pairing and tomato knife, kitchen shears and a honing/sharpening steel. I really like the no slip surface of the handles that continue to provide a sturdy grip even when wet. For added convenience, these knives are also dishwasher safe. This no frill yet high performance set is a nice first set.