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A Beginner’s Guide To Buying a Quality Knife Set

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If it’s your first time investing in some high quality knives, there’s no doubt it can be daunting.

The more obvious needs are sharpness, durability, and endurance, but equally as important, the knives that you choose should be the best fit for you and your kitchen needs. Here are some things to consider before purchasing the perfect knife set for you.

What should I look for and ask when buying a knife?

three knives on a cutting board next to sliced bread, sliced mushrooms, sliced peppers, and onions

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels TWIN Gourmet Must-Have Knives

Always make sure you try before you buy! Don’t be shy to ask to hold each knife in your hand to feel the quality of the handle. It should feel comfortable in your hand and keep in mind that just because it’s comfortable for someone else, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be comfortable for you. The knife should also be balanced, which means the handle should not be significantly heavier than the blade, or vice versa. You’ll know right away when you hold it. Lastly, you want to ask how sharp the blade is and how long it will maintain it’s sharpness if handled correctly. It will primarily depend on the quality of steel; so ask a sales associate for more details.

Which must-haves knives should I have?

Remember the knives you select need to reflect your particular cooking style and habits. With that said, if you need a little direction on which ones to invest in first, these are the three basic knives that you can’t really go wrong with purchasing.

Chef’s knife

chef's knife beside sliced peppers and mushrooms

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels TWIN Gourmet Chef’s Knife

The Chef’s knife is the most versatile knife in the kitchen. It’s specifically designed to perform a variety of the most common cutting tasks like slicing, dicing, chopping, and mincing. It can be used on vegetables, meat, fish, nuts and herbs. It will be your go-to knife, so I highly recommend having one of these.

Paring knife

paring knife next to strawberries cut into a heart shape

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels TWIN Gourmet Paring Knife

This small but mighty multitasker knife is used for detailed work, like hulling strawberries, peeling a cooked potato, or trimming mushroom stems. The slightly curved blade makes precision tasks faster and easier.

Serrated knife

bread knife resting beside sliced bread

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels TWIN Gourmet Bread Knife

This knife is typically used for cutting through foods with a hard exterior and a soft interior, like a loaf of crusty bread. It has a scalloped tooth like edge that can also handle tender items, like squishy tomatoes and tender layered cakes.

What is the best knife set to buy?

knife being sharpened against sharpening steel

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels TWIN Gourmet Knife Sharpener

So now that we’ve covered the 3 must-have knives, I would suggest that your knife set include all three mentioned. Having a nice sturdy knife block will help keep your knives all in one place and safely store them when not in use. Try to choose a knife set with a sharpening steel in it, as you will need to maintain the sharpness of your knives and prolong the longevity of them. If you will be investing in a quality set, I would look into their warranty and if they even offer it.  That could be a deciding factor for you.

wood knife block set beside peppers

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels TWIN Gourmet 10 Pc Natural Wood Knife Block Set only $192.49

My personal preference is the ZWILLING J.A. Henckels TWIN Gourmet 10 Pc Natural Wood Knife Block Set, currently on sale for $192.49. This set does not disappoint with their exceptional sharp and durable blades. It’s a great starting point for a first premium block set and has all the above factors I mentioned earlier and more! You will also be pleased to know that all their products are fully guaranteed against defects in material and/or craftsmanship. And guess what? It’s 65% off right now!!!

straight on shot of wooden knife block

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels TWIN Gourmet 10 Pc Natural Wood Knife Block Set

This knife block set includes:

  • 75″ Vegetable Knife
  • 4″ Paring Knife
  • 5″ Tomato & Bagel Knife
  • 6″ Utility Knife
  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 8″ Bread Knife
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • Twin L Kitchen Shears
  • Sharpening Steel
  • Wood knife block with 10 slots (I love the extra slots so I can add more to my collection, if I desire in the future).

I hope you this helps you to find the perfect knife set. Happy Shopping!

*Prices valid as of publish date.

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Charlene Wong

Charlene Wong is a freelance interior decorator, product stylist and content creator. Her passion for styling inspired her to create AllStyleLife.com where she enjoys blogging about décor, styling and sharing her favourite DIYs. One of her proudest moments was becoming a homeowner herself and she loves to share her home décor over Instagram. You can follow her at @allstylelife.

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