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Kitchen & Cooking

Best Knife Set

Great cooking starts with proper prep tools. Investing in a set of knives is one of the first and most important purchases you can make. While really high end knife block sets can run into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars, don't let that discourage you. I like Knife Block Sets because you get a great variety of knives and a place to store them. There are a number of affordable sets out there that can give you quality when you are on a budget. I love a good deal so I decided to seek out the best, affordable knife sets on the market. The five sets on this list were chosen because they are all affordable, durable and come in a set of at least three. A quality knife set is a necessary asset to any kitchen whether you're a pro or not.

Wusthof Gourmet 7-Piece Knife Set with Block

This set is definitely for the very discriminate home chef. The Wüsthof of Gourmet 7-Piece Knife Set is by far the top of the line for me, in kitchen cutlery. This 7-piece set with a knife block will give you all of the quality knives you need to be a slicing and dicing pro without the high price tag. The high impact, synthetic handles are more sanitary and durable than a wooden handle. The blades are made of hardened and tempered steel. It comes with a sharpening steel that will perfectly maintain the sharp edges needs for safety and precision. You also get a pair of kitchen shears for which are great for cutting up chicken or snipping herbs.

Paula Deen Signature Cutlery 14-pc. Knife Block Set

The queen of southern cooking knows a little something about knives. The Paula Deen Signature Cutlery 14-pc. Knife Block Set is all you need. This is one of my favorites because it is for the slightly more serious kitchen cook and has a knife for virtually any task. The sturdy handles and the high carbon steel edge makes for flawless cutting. You get a variety of knives along with kitchen shears and a sharpening steel. The smooth handle makes for a comfortable and stable grip. This is an affordable a high performance set that has a beautiful acacia wood block that safely houses these amazing knives.

Wüsthof Gourmet 5-Piece Knife Block Set

Not everyone needs a massive set to make kitchen magic. The Wüsthof Gourmet 5-Piece Knife Block Set has is just enough blade arsenal to get you started. It's no secret about the superior performance of Wüsthof Knives. I really like this set because it's affordable and comes with the barest essentials for a knife block set. It comes with an attractive hardwood block,6 inch chef's knife, 4 1/2 inch utility knife, 3 1/2 inch paring knife and Kitchen shears. The Triple-riveted handles are synthetic and allow for a comfortable and sturdy grip. The high carbon stamped blades will not rust and are sturdy. Hand washing and drying them right away is suggested to maintain quality.

Oneida 14 Piece Stainless Steel Pistol Handle w/Block Set

This is a wonderful block set with great versatility and style. Oneida 14 Piece Stainless Steel Pistol Handle Block Set makes setting up your cutlery arsenal a breeze. The high carbon blades ensures durable. The hollow handle is designed with a no-slip dots for sturdiness and a strong, balanced grip. The labeled slot block set comes with 8 inch Chefs Knife, 8 inch Bread Knife, 8 inch Carving Knife, 7 inch Santoku Knife, 6 inch Boning Knife, 5 inch Utility Knife, 3 inch Paring Knife and 6- 6 inch Steak Knives. Prepare all of your favorite dishes and experience precision cutting and professional results. Hand washing is preferred.

Kyocera 5 Piece Knife Block Set

This is another set that gives you just enough knife variety to be able to cook with ease. The Kyocera 5 Piece Knife Block Set comes with a sleek bamboo knife block, 3 inch Paring, 4.5 inch Utility, 5.5 inch Santoku, and 6 inch Chef's Knives. This set will fit neatly into any corner of your kitchen counter without taking up too much space. The ceramics blades offer long lasting sharpness and durability. Expertly slice your way through fruits, veggies and meats with ease. These knives are guaranteed to last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Hand washing is preferred.

Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery 17-pc. Knife Block Set

This is by far one of the best and biggest sets you can get under $200. What I really love about this set is the comfortable handles and the eight steak knives. This is the perfect amount for a dinner party. This collection comes with all the knives needed to slice and dice meats, veggies and even breads. The Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery 17-piece Knife Block Set is a comprehensive collection that is well made and durable. These fine edged knives ensure precision and are rust and stain resistant. Use the sharpening/honing steel to maintain a perfect edge. This is a set that will stand the test of time and is best preserved by hand washing.

Wusthof Silverpoint II 14-Piece Knife Set with Block

Anyone who has even a little knowledge about cutlery knows the reputation and quality that has always been synonymous with the Wüsthof brand. This 14 piece knife block set has a knife for everything. The pebbled polypropylene handles make for a comfortable grip. In addition to kitchen shears, eight basic knives and a few specialty ones such as a serrated and paring knife, you also get four steak knives. The stamped blade ensures sturdiness and will slice with ease. The sharpening steel keeps knives perfectly sharp for precision cutting without wearing down the blade. Use this set to create an array of dishes and prep.

J.A. Henckels International Forged Synergy 13-Piece Knife Set

The Henckels International Forged Synergy Knife Block Set is a great place to start for a first time set. With these forged synergy knives, you will never have to worry about them rusting or staining. The handles are designed with POM handles and made for a comfortable grip. The set comes with one of each of a paring, serrated, Santoku and chef's Knife. It also has a 9 inch sharpening steel with a stainless steel handle, six stamped steak knives, Kitchen Shears and a hardwood knife block. These knives give you everything need to get cooking. These knives didn't make it as my number one pick because they dull easily and require sharpening after a couple of uses. That said, they are still an awesome set at a great price.

Victorinox Forschner 7-Piece Block Set

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.

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Four Star II 6-Piece Knife Block Set

This unique knife block set combines innovative design with durability and precision. The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Four Star II 6 Piece Knife Block Set gives you the barest essentials in knife selections. Though the set is small, you get three very high performance knives, a sharpening steel and a pair of sturdy kitchen shears. The bonded polypropylene handle is comfortable and the stainless steel end caps help provide perfect balance. The smooth corrosive-resistant blades allow for easy cutting and slicing. Easily slice through meats or chop vegetables like a pro. Hand wash and dry before storing for optimal performance and maintenance.

Chef CJ
I am a chef and lifelong foodie committed to finding the best ways to enjoy cooking at home! I have been a professional chef for 17 years, I am a big tech nerd when it comes to kitchen appliances. I am always looking for a gadget that has purpose and can save time in the kitchen. I am currently a private chef with a diverse set of clients. My clients expect high end quality even though I am often cooking from their homes. This is why I love my kitchen tools of the trade.

I am also trained in both wine tasting, pairing and I had a stint as a professional, private sommelier. My experience with food, wine and professional kitchen appliances/tools are what makes me an expert in many areas of the culinary industry.

I have a huge repertoire of necessary gadgets and machines that make my life easier. I am always searching for the next best kitchen star tool!I am also trained in both wine tasting, pairing and I had a stint as a professional, private sommelier. My experience with food, wine and professional kitchen appliances/tools are what makes me an expert in the broad culinary industry.

I have a huge repertoire of necessary gadgets and machines that make my life easier. I am always searching for the next best kitchen star tool!
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