Out of all of the kitchen and culinary accessories found in your home kitchen nothing is as important as a good set of knives. Don’t take my word for it, just go and ask any chef and they will tell you the same. In fact, most chefs guard and protect their best kitchen knives as if they were their own children.
But with so many different kitchen knife sets readily available that all claim to be the best, choosing the best kitchen knife set to suit your cooking needs can often leave you scratching your head.
Before you rush out and buy a kitchen knife set you should first ask yourself do you really need a full set of kitchen knives? In most cases the answer will be no and you can simply buy 3 of the must have knives that every kitchen needs. Such as the paring knife, chefs knife, and some sort of serrated knife. A full set of knives will often have a few kitchen knives that you will probably never use anyway.
Best Kitchen Knife Set for the Money 2018
But if you have got your eyes on buying a good kitchen knife set our below round-up will help you choose the best set that will enable to prepare almost any food dish at home.
Chicago Cutlery Forged 18-Piece Knife Block Set
If you are looking for a kitchen knife set on a budget, you won’t go far wrong with this offering from Chicago Cutlery. The knife set consists of 18 high-carbon stainless steel forged blades paired with comfortable poly grip handles that offers excellent grip even with the wettest of hands.
Each of the blades have been crafted using “taper edge technology” with ensures a longer lasting edge when compared to other kitchen knives in this price range. This kitchen knife set contains all of the knives (and then some) needed to prepare and create almost any food dish at your home kitchen. Some of the must have knives in this set include a 7.75-inch chefs knife, a 7-inch santoku knife, a 5-inch utility knife, and an 8-inch slicer knife plus this knife set includes the best chef knife for a beginner as far as I am concerned.
J.A. Henckels International 18-Piece Forged Premio Block Set
If you are looking for the best kitchen knife set that will last look no further than the J.A. Henckels offering. Just like the above Chicago Cutlery set this set also comes with 18 pieces, however this comes with a combination of kitchen knives and kitchen accessories.
This 18-piece knife block set includes a 6-inch utility, 3-inch parer, 8-inch chef, 8-inch bread, 5-inch serrated utility, 7-inch hollow edge santoku, 5-inch boning knife, as well as kitchen scissors and a 9 inches sharpening steel, plus a set of steak knives! Which all snuggly nicely housed in a natural hardwood block.
Cuisinart Stainless Steel 15-Piece Block Set
This knife set is one of my personal favorites and I actually have this identical set on my home kitchen counter-top. I love the modern look of this kitchen knife set and the ergonomically designed handles make this budget kitchen knife set feel like one of the more expensive offering from Global but at a fraction of the cost.
The Cuisinart knife set comes with 15 pieces and includes all of the must have knives for you home kitchen. Neatly housed in the matt black block you will find an 8-inch chef knife, 3.5-inch paring knife, 5.5-inch utility knife (serrated), 8-inch slicing knife, 3.5-inch paring knife (bird’s beak), 7-inch santoku knife, household shears, and an 8-inch honing/sharpening steel.
Mercer Culinary 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set
Sometimes less is more and often you don’t actually need a full kitchen knife set tasking up space on your kitchen counter-top and in most cases you can prepare almost any dish at home with just a handful of kitchen knives. This is where the Mercer Culinary knife block set shines, it gives you only the knives you really need such as an 8-inch chefs knife, 5-inch utility, 6-inch boning knife, 3-1/2-inch paring knife, and an 8-inch bread knife all of which are housed in an elegant, modern looking tempered glass block.
Each of the kitchen knives in this set are extremely well made and have been crafted from no-stain, high carbon German X50 Cr Mo V15 steel which has the ability to resist corrosion, rusting, and discoloration.
It’s also worth pointing out that the “Santoprene handles” on these knives offer excellent non-slip grip and comfort even with wet hands. The material used to make the handles will not corrode and breakdown from exposure to kitchen oils and cold temperatures.
Global 6-Piece Kitchen Knife Set with Block
Fancy yourself as a bit of a professional chef? Then this Global set is probably going to be the best kitchen knife set for you. Sure it’s not cheap, but as the saying goes “you get what you pay for” and this offering from global doesn’t disappoint when it comes to quality!
Adored by professional chefs in kitchens throughout the world, Global knives are the best choice for serious home cooks. The knife set includes a 5.25-inch utility knife, 7-inch Asian style cook’s knife, 4-inch paring knife, 8.25-inch carving knife, 8.75-inch bread knife all of which are housed in a stainless steel professional knife storage block.
Each of the Global knives are made from the best steel (Cromova 18 a mix of chromium for better stain resistance as well as molybdenum and vanadium which gives superb edge retention) and hand-forged in Japan. The knives have a hollow handle that is filled with just enough sand to offer the best balance possible on each knife. The distinct darkened dimples on all Global knives provides a non-slip grip and due to the smooth seamless construction of the handles and blade food debris and dirt is not able to get trapped.
Summing it up
If you are looking for the best kitchen knife set in 2018 all of the above offerings are great contenders that are all capable of preparing almost any dish in the home kitchen. It doesn’t matter what budget you have set aside there is a knife set for you.