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Best knife blocks 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2019
Best knife blocks of 2018
I review the three best knife blocks on the market at the moment. I’ve based my selection methodology on customer feedback, the size, functionality, and budget to meet various demands.
Check them out and decide which one suits you the best to splurge upon. Customers need to be careful on how they spend their money on these products.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this knife blocks win the first place?
I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable.
Why did this knife blocks come in second place?
Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made.
Why did this knife blocks take third place?
I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
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The Insider Pick
A good knife block keeps your knives organized without taking up too much space. Of all the knife blocks you can buy, the Kuhn Rikon Vision Clear Slotted Easy-to-Clean Knife Stand is our top pick because it’s easy to use, keeps your knives safe, and looks cool on your countertop.
In our younger foolish days, we may have scoffed at knife blocks as completely unnecessary. “Why would I put my knives in a wood block when I can just toss them in a drawer with the other silverware?” The wise person may get cut once reaching for a spoon before realizing a knife holder may not be such a bad idea after all. If you’re slow like me, it takes quite a few scars before this realization hits.
Protecting your digits is not the only reason to invest in a separate home for your cutting tools. Quality blocks will also protect your knife from becoming dull or scratched. Newer models are also bacteria resistant. If you take pride in your cutlery, there are a variety of units that will put your best pieces on display in an elegant manner.
When you think of a knife block, you may envision the traditional, slanted wood block that sits on your counter. There are many excellent blocks in this style, but none of them made our list. The main problems we have with the classic block is that it is difficult to clean and you can’t readily view the type of knife you are grabbing for. There are plenty of modern styles that sufficiently address these issues.
We spent hours looking closely at the many different styles and researching the customer and expert reviews and ratings of the models that were best in their class. For this buying guide, we chose the knife blocks that did the best job of capturing the positive characteristics of their particular style. The blocks in the following slides were included because they are durable, have a history of quality performance, and keep your knives easy to access and sanitary.
Read on in the slides below to learn why the Kuhn Rikon Vision Clear Slotted Easy-to-Clean Knife Stand is our top pick and why you might prefer the In-Drawer Bamboo Knife Block by Shenzhen Knives, the Böker Wood Magnetic Knife Block, the Premio Universal Knife Holder, or the Wüsthof Under-Cabinet-Swinger Knife Block.
Why you’ll love it: If you are looking for a knife block that is a piece of cake to wash and makes locating the knife you need effortless, look no further than the Kuhn Rikon Vision Clear Slotted Easy-to-Clean Knife Stand.
The Kuhn Rikon Vision Clear Knife Stand holds knives in place using a series of flexible sleeves that widen as needed for larger blades. Up to 1knives can be safely stored in this block, and the longest blade it will accommodate is eight inches. It’s big enough for most types of knives, excluding the occasional bread knife or cleaver.
The dimensions of the block are by by inches, and it weighs about one pound. We didn’t find any reports of the block falling over. Unlike traditional wooden knife blocks, this Kuhn Rikon block is not tilted. You remove the knife by pulling straight up. This might make accessing your cutting tools annoying if you store your block under a cabinet with low clearance. However, this type of holder is more sanitary and keeps your knives sharper since they do not rest in wood slots.
Rantings of an Amateur Chef tested the Kuhn Rikon Knife Stand and loved that the clear block made it easy to identify the knife you are looking for. The reviewer was also impressed with how many knives the flexible sleeves could hold in place.
Kitchen Byte approves of this block because it is simple to clean, well-balanced, has a slim fit, and is see-through. The writer does mention that smaller knives may not stay in the slots. who reviewed the Kuhn Rikon Vision Clear Knife Stand gave it four- or five-star ratings. Buyers are impressed with how many knives it can hold, and some say it can store as many as 1knives. There are reports that smaller, unbalanced knives do not stay in too well, though, so be sure to consider which knives you have in your collection before you buy this one.
On the plus side, the block does not take up much counter space and cleaning the plastic tray is effortless compared to traditional knife blocks that have several hard-to-reach slots.
Why you’ll love it: The In-Drawer Bamboo Knife Block by Shenzhen Knives is an excellent option when you have limited counter space.
A tang or shank is the back part of the blade component of a tool where it extends into stock material or connects to a handle – as on a knife, sword, spear, arrowhead, chisel, file, coulter, pike, scythe, screwdriver, etc. One can classify various tang designs by their appearance, by the way they attach to a handle, and by their length in relation to the handle.
WHETSTONE—for sharpening the blade.
When a knife edge becomes dull because it has not been regularly honed or has been used on hard surfaces, a blade can become dull. At this point a honing steel will not sharpen the edge. Here you need the Whetstone to grind off metal to get back the sharp edge.
Chop, slice, and dice on wooden cutting boards. Glass, stone, or similar hard surfaces will speed up the wearing and dulling process significantly.
A lightweight knife set for beginners and pros
This cheap but sharp knife set is a nice option if you’re a beginning cook and don’t want to spend a lot of money. This set is also great for pros who need knives that can stand up to the rigors of a high-traffic kitchen.
The cream of the crop
This handsome walnut-handled knife set looks as good as it performs. It’s pricey, but the knives are beautifully crafted, perfectly balanced, and comfortable to hold.
If you’re looking for a high-end, truly superior set, we recommend the Messermeister Royale Elité 10-Piece Knife Block Set. The forged German blades are extremely well-balanced and sharp. Though they will require more frequent honing than some of the Japanese knives we tested, they were far more durable than all the other sets we tried in this price range. This Messermeister set was one of the only sets we tested not to be cluttered by unnecessary filler. Our testers found the smooth, ergonomic American-walnut handles a pleasure to hold, as well. We’re confident that this knife set will make a beautiful and lasting addition to any kitchen.
Who should get this
If you’re not into tracking down the perfect individual knives and just want something that’s sharp and cuts well, a set makes buying easy. However, if you don’t mind having knives with mismatched handles and prefer a custom-made collection that suits your exact cooking needs, we recommend buying knives piecemeal.
How we picked and tested
Finding sets that included what we considered the most necessary knives was no easy task.
According to America’s Test Kitchen (subscription required), manufacturers often skimp on the knives they include in sets. A classic example: Such sets usually offer an 8-inch bread knife, when a 10-inch one would be optimal (an 8-inch knife won’t always cut across a rustic country loaf). Manufacturers do this to keep the overall price of the knife sets affordable. Some sets even include suspiciously short chef’s knives for the same reason.
Most important, perhaps, we looked for knives with sharp blades that could maintain their edge after constant use. We also sought out knives that were comfortable to hold and felt well-balanced between the handle and the blade. The handle material, shape, and length also played a role in our decision making. Of course, comfort is a subjective quality, and it’s the reason why experts recommend trying knives in person to see which ones feel best in your hand.
Across all the knives we tested, we took into consideration the handle material, shape, and length. Pictured above is the Messermeister Royale Elité chef’s knife.
People frequently debate the merits of a full or half tang—the piece of metal that extends from the blade into the knife’s handle, which can affect a knife’s balance. A full tang goes the entire length of the handle but only part of the width, while a half (or push) tang has a much shorter extension and is glued into the handle. Contrary to popular belief, however, one isn’t necessarily better than the other. We’ve discussed tangs in detail in our guide to the best chef’s knife, but ultimately deciding upon knives with a full or half tang comes down to personal preference. We tested knives with both full and half tangs for this update.
To help winnow down our selection, we tested only those sets with half-bolster chef knives. (The bolster is the metal cuff located between the blade and the handle, which acts as a counterweight for heavier knife blades.) In our experience testing chef’s knives, we’ve found that a half bolster allows for easier sharpening, while a full bolster only prevents you from sharpening the full length of the knife.
Knives are either forged or stamped, but one method isn’t necessarily better than the other. (Both methods can produce high- or low-quality knives; for more, see our guide to chef’s knives.) A forged knife, which is pounded from a piece of steel, tends to be heavy and usually designed with a bolster. A stamped knife, which is cut from a sheet of steel, weighs less and usually lacks a bolster. Which type you prefer may merely come down to whether you want a heavier or lighter knife. We included both forged and stamped blades in our latest roundup.
We looked at both forged and stamped blades for our 201update.
We tested paring knives by seeing how well they accomplished small hand tasks such as shaping carrots.
We evaluated the handles of all the knives we tested to see how comfortable they were to hold and if they were the appropriate length for most people.
Every steel alloy that manufacturers use to make most kitchen knives is “high-carbon,” which is strong and takes an edge well. However, you should look for blade material listed as “high-carbon stainless steel,” or else it will be prone to rusting. You can find many grades of blade steel, which a true knife geek could spend hours expounding upon (if you’d like to know more, read this article by master knife craftsman Jay Fisher). For this guide, we considered only knives made from high-carbon stainless steel.
We avoided knife sets containing ceramic knives, since those aren’t as durable or easy to maintain as carbon-steel knives. Ceramic blades tend to be notably sharp and will hold an edge for a long time, but they can also crack or shatter if you’re too rough with them.
We also took knife storage into consideration. Some knife blocks are an eyesore or take up more counter space than they’re worth. Blocks with extra slots are nice because they allow space for you to grow your knife collection. For small sets including two to four knives, we thought a knife block wasn’t necessary, since you can use blade covers to safely store your knives in a drawer.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
The only weak link in this set is the 8-inch serrated bread knife. We’d prefer a couple of extra inches, which would make cutting through a wide country loaf in one smooth stroke easier. That said, the Wüsthof Classic Ikon’s 8-inch bread knife is very sharp and gets the job done.
Chef Joseph Simon said he wished this set included a slightly longer steel. Also, some of our testers noted that the steel’s handle doesn’t match the rest of the knife handles in the set (though some of them preferred that it didn’t match, because it stood out and was easier to identify).
The Victorinox 4-Piece Knife Set with Fibrox Handles is a great budget option that includes (from left to right) a 4-inch paring knife, a 10¼-inch serrated bread knife, a 6-inch utility knife, and an 8-inch chef’s knife.
Care and maintenance
Regardless of how much money you spend on a set of knives, practicing good knife maintenance will keep them sharper and help them last longer.
You can find a lot of debate about the best way to store your knives. Some people say a magnetic strip is best, while others swear by a wood block. Both methods can be good for storing knives, as long as you’re using them properly.
According to Kendall College instructor Brendan McDermott, magnetic strips can be great if you have a small kitchen, but you should never place the edge of a knife blade against the strip, or you might bend the edge (always place the dull spine of the knife against the strip). Likewise, a wood block can keep your knives tidy; just don’t ding the knives’ edges against the wood. McDermott also recommends using simple plastic or wood sheaths. Each sleeve goes directly over a blade, and you can then store the knife in a regular cutlery drawer. In-drawer knife blocks, such as this one, are also great for storing knives and don’t take up space on a counter.
When it comes to washing knives, never put them in the dishwasher. The high heat and detergents in a dishwasher can compromise the blade and cause wooden handles to loosen or crack over time. (Sharp blades may also cut through the plastic coating of your dish rack, potentially causing rust.) Always hand-wash knives and dry them promptly to prevent rust from building up on the blade. Along the same lines, you should never leave a knife in the sink to wash later or submerge it in water—not only do you risk dulling the blade this way, but doing so is a safety hazard.
No matter how nice your knives are, if you don’t sharpen them, they won’t do you much good. Most home cooks can get by with sharpening their knives professionally about once or twice a year. Unless you’re a particularly experienced knife sharpener with a whetstone or grinder, you’ll probably just take the edge off your knife if you try it yourself. If you’re determined to sharpen your knives at home, check out our picks for the best sharpening tool. Remember, the honing steel that comes with a knife set is really meant only to tune up your knives by taking sharp blades and straightening out the little bends in the edges that develop after regular use.
If you prefer Japanese-style knives, the Miyabi Artisan SGCollection 7-Piece Knife Block Set is the way to go. Chef Joseph Simon praised this set for its well-balanced, razor-sharp knives. Some of our testers with smaller hands, however, complained that the handles were too wide. Also, this set’s thin blades are more delicate than those of the Messermeister Royale Elité or Wüsthof Classic Ikon sets, so you have to treat them with care.
We used to recommend the Wüsthof Classic 8-Piece Knife Set with Block, but we found the full bolster made sharpening difficult. We also preferred the grippy handles on the Wüsthof Classic Ikon set more than the smooth handles on this set.
Although the Global 10-Piece Knife Block Set is very sharp, it has a lot of filler knives that we thought weren’t especially useful for the home cook. This set was polarizing for our testers, mostly due to the metal handles, which can become slippery when wet and difficult to hold.
The knives in the Shun Kaji 8-Piece Knife Block Set are finely crafted and razor-sharp, but our testers found the handles to be too heavy and long for home use. The blades are also more delicate and not as durable as the ones in the Messermeister Royale Elité set.
The items in the Shun Classic 9-Piece Knife Block Set have lighter handles than those in the Shun Kaji set, but some of our testers found these knives to be too large and long for cooks with smaller hands. The Shun Classic chef’s knife requires a bit of a learning curve because it requires a back-and-forth sliding motion when you’re slicing, versus the rocking motion most people are familiar with when using German knives.
The Wüsthof Legende 7-Piece Knife Block Set had sharp blades, but the pebbled thermoplastic handles looked and felt cheap. Our testers preferred sets with heavier, more durable handles.
The Mercer Culinary Renaissance 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set is a decent beginner option, but our testers weren’t fans of the glass knife block, which many of them said resembled an ant farm. Some of our testers own Mercer knives and told us they dull more quickly and require frequent sharpening.
The Wüsthof Gourmet 2-Piece Prep Set includes a paring knife that we thought was a little long, making hand work such as peeling apples more difficult. Our testers preferred the shorter paring knife blade in the Wüsthof Classic Ikon set.
Cuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Block Set
The knives are crafted from stainless steel, which tend to be rust resistant, however there have been several mentions of them rusting easily. (I will note, like any knife, please do not leave your knives in water or wash them in the dishwasher, this will most likely cause them to rust.) With that said, sometimes you will get a faulty knife but Cuisinart has a lifetime warranty.
Chicago Cutlery Fusion Forged 18-Piece Block Set
Up next is the Chicago Cutlery fusion forged block set. I think it is the most appealing set out of the group, and it comes with 1knives and a sharpening rod.
Overall, this is a very good kitchen knife set. Solid blade quality and a sleek design easily places it as one of the best kitchen knife sets.
Chicago Cutlery 14-Piece Damen Block Set
The knives are forged from high-carbon stainless steel, which is a definite plus. As mentioned earlier, high-carbon blades are more rust resistant and maintain an edge longer than regular stainless steel. They come sharpened out of box, so no need to sharpen them when you receive them.
Overall this is a pretty set of knives that could add a little flare to your kitchen. They are cost effective and easy to maintain. This is definitely near the top of being the best kitchen knife set.
The Importance of A Knife Block
You might think that you can do well without a knife block, and that you will do just fine by storing your knives in your kitchen drawer. Well, of course you can store your knives in a simple drawer or in your cupboard, but you should also expect to get scratches on your knives if you choose to do this.
Knife blocks offer your knives a safe and secure enclosure that prevents your knives from getting surface scratches. Knife blocks also serve as a well-balanced storage unit that makes sure that your knives are in place.
But if you ask me, the most important reason why you should buy a good knife block is that it makes your kitchen a safer place by keeping the dangerous sharp end of your knives completely hidden. If you have children in the house, a stable knife block will surely help you avoid any unnecessary accidents that can lead to harsh injuries.
How to Choose A Knife Block
You may think that all knife blocks are the same, but truth is, they are very different and often come with different features. Before you buy a knife block for your kitchen, you should make sure that the product fits your preferences and requirements.
Knife blocks come in different sizes. To avoid counter space issues, you must measure your available counter space before you go out looking for a knife block.
Do not forget to measure the height space between your counter top and the bottom of your shelves on top of your counter as well. Some knife blocks that house long knives can be pretty tall.
Of course you must know which type of knives you are going to put in your knife block. You must also know how many knives you plan on putting in the block.
If you don’t have any idea how much knife slots you will need, it would be wise for you to choose a knife block that has a lot of slots just in case.
Knife blocks are made out of different materials including wood, plastic, and metal. This factor will depend on your personal preference or your kitchen’s overall design. You should also keep in mind that the material also determines the product’s quality.
Kuhn Rikon Knife Block
This knife block is probably the most stylish and chic looking one in this list. The Kuhn Rikon Knife Block has an unconventional design that shows off your knives shiny finish.
It has a see-through design that makes it look really modern. This knife block is also very stable and does not tip over even when completely filled with heavy knives.
Kapoosh Batonnet Knife Block
Are you a fan of unusually shaped knives? If you are, then you should see the Kapoosh Batonnet Knife Block because it has a universal storage that will allow you to put in a knife inside it regardless of shape and size.
The Kapoosh Batonnet knife block is unlike other knife blocks with built in slots because it comes with rubberized flex rods that lets any knife get through it. One more thing that makes this knife block different from other knife blocks is that it is perfectly dishwasher safe.
You might think that all knives are made from the same materials… Wrong! An expensive knife’s blade will be constructed from higher-grade materials which will have undergone various processes to improve its strength and sharpness and the handle will be made from materials that will make it more comfortable to hold and less likely to deteriorate over time.
Stainless Steel – Low carbon stainless steel is used mainly on most everyday blades. The softer steel means they will need sharpening more frequently to retain blade sharpness, but they are easy to care for, and are fully dishwasher safe. Ideal for everyday use.
Carbon Steel – Superior to low carbon stainless steel, these knives possess a higher carbon content making it easier to maintain a sharp edge, which will last longer. They do require better care being taken when cleaning, and are usually recommended only for handwashing. The Chefs choice.
Damascus – This steel is a combination of low and high carbon steels. The two varieties are folded and forged welded together; repeatedly until a large number of combined layers have been made. The finished blade is then etched to bring out the grain and pattern that has been produced. The end product is extremely tough, yet flexible and has excellent edge retention. The ultimate material for the best combination of practicality and function.
Ceramic – Ceramic blades are extraordinarily sharp, have extremely long cutting lives and are astonishingly light. They retain their original sharpness up to ten times longer than carbon and stainless steel blades and are extremely hard. They will not transfer metal ions to food (browning on edges of recently cut lettuce?) nor corrode from acids and oils in fruit. Whilst very strong when used vertically, they can be fragile if flexed laterally, and can chip if hit into a hard surface or bone. If sharpness is your main criteria, this is the knife for you.
Steels – The traditional way to sharpen a blade. Not as difficult to use as is widely made out, the angle of sharpening is the key, not the speed. With practice, this is the quickest and easiest sharpener to use. Can be made of a high carbon steel, ceramic, or industrial diamond dust impregnated steel. Bear in mind that the material selected has to be harder than the material used in your knife.
Electric Sharpening Machines – Easy and quick to use. These machines obtain a razor sharp finish with only a few passes of the blade. Options available for European and Oriental knives.
Chef’s knife This is an all-purpose knife, sometimes called a cook’s knife. It has a deep, triangular blade, around 20cm to 30cm long, and can be used for most chopping and slicing tasks. A Santoku knife is the Japanese equivalent, and features a less-pointed end.
Paring knife A small knife for more delicate tasks including peeling, slicing and trimming, the average blade length of a paring knife ranges from 9cm to 12cm.
Bread knife If you’ve ever crushed a crusty loaf with a blunt knife, you’ll appreciate the long, serrated blade of a bread knife, designed to cut the perfect slices.
Utility knife Sized between a chef’s knife and a paring knife, with a blade length of around 15cm to 25cm, the utility knife is another handy all-purpose tool.
Tomato knife A smaller serrated knife, this one is perfect for slicing tomatoes and other smooth-skinned fruit and vegetables.
Carving knife Choose this long, narrow knife for slicing cooked meat – it’s often available as a set with a carving fork.
Cleaver Heavyweight cleavers are able to slice through bone, so they’re ideal for the more serious cook who’s not averse to a little butchering. Lighter versions of cleavers are often used in Asian cooking as a general-purpose chopping knife.
What to look for
What kind of steel is the knife made from? Each manufacturer has its own mix of metals, with each trying to find the perfect balance of strength and durability. Carbon steel is strong and hard, which means it keeps a sharp edge, but it can be brittle and it’s prone to rust and staining so care is important. Stainless steel is resistant to rust and staining, but won’t hold an edge as well as carbon and is harder to sharpen. Some knives combine a carbon steel core with a layer of stainless steel for the best of both worlds. At the price-pointy end, Damascus steel knives are forged using multiple layers of different steels, which creates a beautiful pattern on the blade.
Care and storage
Storage-wise, it’s a choice between having your knives within easy reach of your prep space – in a knife block or on a magnetic strip holder – or storing them in a drawer. If you’re hiding them away, make sure each knife has a cover, or you can use a special in-drawer holder or knife pouch to wrap all your knives together. Having your knives jangling around in a drawer with other metals will lead to dull blades, and is also a safety hazard.
Magnetic Knife Strips
When you run out of space in your drawers, a magnetic knife strip offers an elegant solution—if you buy the right one.
Calphalon Knife Set with Classic SharpIn Technology
If yes then Calphalon Knife Set with Classic SharpIn Technology set is the ideal choice for you. They come with a self-sharpening technology and they will be just like new all the time.
Calphalon Precision Series 16-Piece Cutlery
If you do not want to miss any sort of knife for your culinary needs then you have to choose this Calphalon Precision Series 16-Piece Cutlery Set with Wood Knife Block.
Black Calphalon 18-Piece Knife Set
Now that you have had the chance to go through the reviews it is now time you narrow down your choice to one set. Without further ado, 20-Piece Calphalon Knife Set with SharpIn Technology is the best reviewed. Those who rated the set with stars made it 89%. If you buy this set you will understand why everyone feels that this is the kind of knife set to have in the kitchen.
First, there is a variety of knives in the set. You will get a knife for every task you have to do at home. The second reason is that these knives are top quality. They do not rust or get stains. They are ergonomically designed and you will not have any trouble with them in your hand.
In your position, this is the knife set I would go for. But remember the choice is yours. Choose according to your needs and you will not be disappointed.
Having the right knife set in your kitchen is convenient. You will not want for any cutting needs. Now that you have been duly guided on the choices available to you, it is the time you make an informed choice. Grab your Calphalon knife set today and change your kitchen efficiency.
Everyone knows that knives are very important in every kitchen, not just professional ones. You can’t do a good job without a high-quality set of knives and sub-par ones just won’t do what they’re supposed to. Inferior knives will ruin your perfect steak while you’re trying to cut it, they will never be precise and they will frustrate you endlessly. That is no way to keep a kitchen.
You need the best kitchen knives set in order to do your job thoroughly. But do you know what to look for in a knife? What characteristics should you pay attention to in kitchen knives set reviews? Let’s find out.
Wusthof Gourmet 12-Piece Knife Set with Block
Wusthof Gourmet is known for making the best knives on the market, which is a fact confirmed by kitchen knives set reviews. No one can go wrong with this block set, as the 1stainless steel pieces will cover all of your slicing, dicing and chopping needs and so much more. A sharpening steel is included, so that you can ensure your tools remain as sharp-bladed as the day you received them.
For a long time, I had no idea there was any difference between knives or knives sets. A knife is a knife, right? They’re all the same. Well, I was wrong. I hadn’t realized it, but my cheap, dull, uncomfortable and low quality knives were really slowing up the cooking process and made it more of a hassle for me than it should have been. Chopping onions was my most hated chore and peeling potatoes took way longer than it should have. The knife handle left marks in the palm of my hand, too. Then, I was introduced to one of the best kitchen knives set on the market and believe it or not, it changed the way I cook. Only now do I notice what a tremendous difference it makes, because the cooking process is faster, the cut is sharp, they don’t get dull as quickly and I don’t have to replace them as often. There is no comparison.
Chicago Cutlery Belmont 16-Piece Block Knife Set
The Chicago Cutlery Belmont 16-Piece Block Knife Set is a set of knives designed for chefs who are cautious about time and need to take their cooking to the next level. The set has professional high carbon and professional-grade stainless steel blades with dual material handles. It comes with 1pieces, which provide the cook with a great cutting experience.
You will have the best time preparing your meals with knives that make cutting an effortless task. Their trend-forward design makes the very easy to use, and you end up achieving the best results. The wooden block ensures that the knives are kept together safely in the kitchen.
If you are looking for a set of knives that will not cost you a lot of money, it is wise to consider purchasing these well-constructed pieces. They can be used in any kitchen, and it comes with different knives that can be used to perform a variety of tasks in the kitchen. It doesn’t matter whether you are chopping, slicing or cutting bread; there is the right knife to perform the job.
Enjoy using the superior J.A. Henckels International Forged Premio that offers you with 18-piece block set that includes parer, serrated utility, hollow edge santoku, chef knife, sharpening steel, boning knife, stamped steak knife, hardwood block and a bread knife. All these pieces come at a very tremendous value.
The pieces feature a full tang which extends the length of the knife to provide balance and strength. They feature a triple riveted ergonomic handle that ensures you get comfort when you are using the knives.
The knives will maintain their new look even after several years of use. They have a satin finish, and the stainless steel blade provide a precise cutting. Slicing and peeling. They feature JA Henckels International logo on the metal end cap.
Ginsu 0481International Traditions 14-Piece Knife Set
People who are passionate about cooking, and they love to do their cutting and chopping in style need to have the best selection of cutlery. You can enjoy great moments in the kitchen with the Ginsu 0481International Traditions 14-Piece Knife Set.
This set require no maintenance, never requires sharpening, and it performs with accuracy to help you get the best results when you are using the pieces. They are made in a good design that makes it comfortable for both right and left-handed people.
The knives boast of professional quality 420 series satin finished stainless steel blades that provide the users with a combination of not only great performance but also balance and a sense of style. The knives should be hand washed only.
This set includes every cutlery that is needed for slicing, cutting and chopping among other uses. The knives have a triple-rivet POM handles that ensure you get the desired comfort when you are using the knives by providing you with a secure grip.
They feature superior high-carbon stainless steel blades for precision results. You can keep the knives safely in the attractive pine block that is easy to reach on the top of the counter. The set is not dishwasher safe.
Ginsu 388Essential Series Cutlery Set
Ginsu provides you with quality knife sets with traditional craftsmanship, and they look amazing in your kitchen. The Ginsu 388Essential Series Cutlery Set is a set that can be used in any kitchen. It has every piece that is required to perform different tasks.
This set includes utility knife, slicer, chef’s knife, santoku knife, steak knife, paring knife, kitchen shears and a black storage block.
They are built with symmetrical edge technology that integrates identical serrations on every side of the blade for a straight and even cut. This is very effective in preventing the knife from tearing food. The knife can be used comfortably by right and left-handed people.
This set does not require any maintenance. They perform perfectly well, and they are accurate with an added convenience of no sharpening.
KitchenAid 12-Piece Stamped Delrin Cutlery Set
If you are looking for a knife set that is able to perform everyday cooking, you can try the KitchenAid 12-Piece Stamped Delrin Cutlery Set.
The set includes chef knife, slicing knife, serrated utility knife, paring knife, santoku knife, steak knives, kitchen shears, sharpening steel and a storage block.
Proper storage is achieved with the knife block that enables you to keep the knives organized. This set is not dishwasher safe, simply wash using hands with a mild detergent and dry them immediately.
Ginsu 389Essential Series 14-Piece Cutlery Set
Home owners who are looking for a quality and stylish set of knives will find the Ginsu 389Essential Series 14-Piece Cutlery Set impressive.
The set includes a slicer, chef knife, santoku knife, utility knife, boning knife steak knife, paring knife, kitchen shears and a black storage block.
This is the best set that you can have in your kitchen without spending a lot of money. The pieces are designed with a stainless steel blade that does not require sharpening. They feature full tangs triple riveted to handles to provide you with a comfortable grip.
The knives can handle daily usage in the kitchen. The symmetrically cut two-dimensional serrated edges provide a precision slicing. The set carries a limited lifetime warranty, and it should be washed using hands.
Comfort when using a knife is critically important and very individual. There is no such thing as a “universally comfortable knife” because comfort largely depends on how big your hands are and how well the handle of a knife fits into your hand. In addition to the handle fitting really well, you want to make sure that your knuckles aren’t going to strike the cutting board.
Chicago Cutlery 1119644
Chicago Cutlery 111964is a knife block set that includes a knife block, 1knives and sharpening steel. This set is a perfect blend of style, precision, and performance.
Chicago Cutlery 111964has all the necessary performance level knives for cooks of all levels. The knives it includes range from 3.25-inch paper knife to 8-inch slicer knife.
The knives have blades made of high-carbon stainless steel. They also have black poly handles with comfort grip. Chicago Cutlery exclusive Taper Grind Edge technology provides the knives with optimum sharpness.
The knives have a full lifetime warranty. The set weighs 13.pounds and its dimensions are 9.x 8.x 14.inches.
Just like most other stainless steel knives, these knives are not dishwasher safe. You will need to wash them manually and quickly dry them thereafter.
Bluesim 5-Piece Kitchen Knife Set
Not all light kitchen knives are cheaply made. In fact, light knives are easier to handle and hand wash instead. And, that does apply to this Bluesim 5-Piece Kitchen Knife Set. We also believe that this knife set has one of the sharpest knives on the market. That is why you should be very careful when handling them. And, indeed, a set of pieces of quality knives at this price point is actually worthy.
Cangshan German Steel Forged 8-Piece Steak Knife Set
Looking so classic, this is the Cangshan German Steel Forged 8-Piece Steak Knife Set made of Acacia wood block works. Interestingly, every block is hand crafted and has its own unique grain. Knives of great blocks sure can go a long way! Specially designed for slicing steaks, they are super sharp. Balance, convenience, looks, and sharpness – these fine knives have it all.
We will end the list with the Ginsu Gourment Chikawa Series Forged Japan kitchen knife set because it is definitely one of the most top-notch kitchen knives sets out there. But, for this recommendation, it is an 8-piece, not a 12-piece set. We can tell why the 8-piece is more popular as 8-piece knife sets are, indeed, more practical.
Just to highlight its main features again – the fine knives in this set are forged but not stamp, razor sharp, requires low maintenance, and its block is stunningly sophisticated.
General rules for choosing the knife shape
If preparing more vegetables than raw meat and fish then the Santoku or Funayuki are the best choice. Santoku is also an excellent in chopping herbs and small greens.
General differences between the steel
Most stainless steel knives do not hold their edge well, unless they have been heat treated or hardened by some other method, so that the steel has achieved a Rockwell rating of at least 56:5Anything less than this will make the knife loose its edge fairly quickly. It is also harder to resharpen stainless steel than high carbon one (both stainless and staining).
The more Chromium the blade has the harder it is to maintain a good edge. Shall you consider buying a stainless steel knife, look for one that has Molybdenum and Vanadium rather than just Chromium, and one that’s been hardened to 5or more on the HRC scale (the seller should know the hardness of the knives she/he sells).
Make up your mind
This strong kitchen knife set is made entirely of forged stainless steel. This makes the knife have a non-stick surface that is easy to clean. Additionally, the forged stainless steel prevents the blade from giving in the pressure from humidity levels. These blades are also reinforced to prevent chipping that may occur after re-sharpening or long time usage.
You will love the handle that comes with this kitchen knife set. The handle well designed to provide a firm and a comfortable grip. Regardless of how long you will use the knife; your hands will never go tired. Additionally, this knife set comes with triple steel rivets that join the handle and blade. This ensures stability as well as durability.
Easy to Sharpen
If you have been having trouble sharpening your knife, the Chicago Cutlery Insigniaknife set is a great replacement. This kitchen knife set is easy to sharpen and remain sharp for long, so you do not have to keep re-sharpening now and then.
This knife set comes with a twin signature technology that makes the knives lighter and easy to use. You can use the various knives that come with this set to accomplish different tasks such as peeling, cutting the bread, chopping steak and paring.
Ergonomic polymer handles
Another great reason you should consider purchasing the Henckels 30782-000 Twin Signature knife set is the ergonomic handles that offer a firm grip. Additionally, the handles are fitted with classic three rivets that offer optimum durability.
This kitchen knife set also comes with an impressive design that makes it a nice addition to any modern kitchen. You are also provided with a block that you can use to store your knives easily.
Easy to maintain
Another great feature that comes with this best kitchen knife set is its ease of maintenance. First, This best kitchen knife set comes with an easy to wash blade, which is also very easy to sharpen. You do not need to keep on sharpening the blade as it retains sharpness for long.
Come with Fibrox handles
Each knife in this kitchen knife set has a black Fibrox handle that offers your hands with ergonomic feel, reducing wrist strain. If you have a set that has an uncomfortable handle, it is the high time you consider replacing it with this best kitchen knife set.
The Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Insignia Steel Knife Set come with an inbuilt sharpener that is within the storage block. With this tool, you do not need to purchase an additional sharpener. This will save you time and money that could be used in buying a sharpener.
Taper Droid Edge Technology
This kitchen knife set also features the taper grid edge technology that facilitates the razor sharp edges. This feature also ensures long lasting sharpness as well as precision cuts. Additionally, the edges sharpen very well when the need arises.
Wusthof Classic 7-piece Slim Knife Block Set
The Wusthof Classic 7-piece Slim Knife Block Set is an excellent addition to kitchen knives for a home cooking enthusiast, culinary student, or for the serious hobbyist. Professional cooks also praise this knife set, as they are simple to use and maintain. These knives are forged with precision manufacturing and use only high-quality materials that are durable.This knife set for kitchen has many positive reviews, and we would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great knife set or a wedding gift for a couple who enjoy cooking.
Come in Different Sizes
We also love the fact that this set comes with various knives that have different sizes. This kitchen knife set has a 5-inch utility knife, 8-inch bread knife, 3.5-inch paring knife and a 6-inch kitsune preparation knife. Additionally, there is an 8-inch chef knife and six-inch knives.
Great hardwood block
This kitchen knife set comes with a stylish and beautiful storage hardwood block that will add style to your modern kitchen. This block will allow you to save a lot of space in your kitchen.
Unlike other model come with cheaply made kitchen shears, this kitchen knife set come with high-quality shears that are strong and easy to use practically on anything.
The Victorinox Swiss Classic 22-Piece Cutlery Block Set has everything you need in high-quality block set that comes at an impressive price. It is a perfect gift for anyone who loves cooking. This kitchen knife set from Switzerland come with impressive feature making it a top choice among various sets available on the market. You will definitely love this kitchen knife set that is made by the inventors of the original Swiss Army knife and has legendary sharpness.
J.A. Henckels International Statement 1Piece Knife Set
The J.A. Henckels has several quality knives with the J.A. Henckels International Statement 1piece Knife Set being one of them. This kitchen knife set come with 1pieces including chef knives, steak and a honing steel that you can use to sharpen the blades easily. The stainless steel blades mean that they are more resistant to stains and rust, meaning that your knives will continue to look great after many years of use.
Pay Attention to the Knives
Types of Knives: First, look at the knives that are inclusive in the set. You do not need a lot, you just need to have the basics. With this, the most important are chef’s, utility, and paring knives. Some have bread and steak knives, but you can do with the three knives mentioned earlier.
Blade: Another important consideration is the material that is used in the blade. In terms of sharpness, high-carbon steel is the best, which can also prove to be excellent when it comes to durability. See to it that the blade is not only sharp, but it should not be easily prone to rusting as well.
Handle: An ergonomic handle is also important for your comfort and to minimize fatigue. It will also be indicative of durability. For instance, stainless steel handle is not easily prone to rusting.
Besides being attractive, these knives get great real world customer reviews and hold up very well in real world kitchens. They are stylish and affordable while still being a step above the quality of average kitchen knives. If you are a skilled home cook looking for the high quality kitchen knives to update your kitchen tools, or even a beginner eager to expand your skills, and just have quality knives for food preparation, these may be the best and top rated kitchen knives for you.
The life of these knives is greatly extended by hand washing, as they are not dish washer safe. You will also need to dry these knives to prevent rust. While they are designed to withstand normal use, you still need to use good judgement when using them to prevent blade warping and breakage.
All in all, these are the best and high quality kitchen knives if you are a skilled, home cook wanting to take your food preparation to the next level with high quality, affordable set of professional grade knives.
These are professional grade knives, so your food preparation is more exact.
They stay sharp longer, thanks to taper grind edge technology, and have comfort grip soft poly handles for ultimate grip and control.
These knives have a wonderful edge that stays sharp for a longer time than traditionally edged knives.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your knife blocks wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of knife blocks
- №1 — Cook N Home Bamboo Knife Storage Block
- №2 — Knife Set With Wooden Block – 15 Piece Set Includes Chef Knife
- №3 — 17 Slot Knife Block Block Finish: Acacia