The Best Kitchen Knife Sets For All Budgets

(December 2020 Review)

Originally Posted May 12, 2020

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Richardson Sheffield One80 Five Piece Knife Set
14 Reviews
Richardson Sheffield One80 Five Piece Knife Set
With this set of knives Richardson Sheffield has really managed to epitomize everything we love about British design. The block is the perfect match of practicality and style meaning that it will perfectly fit into your kitchen both aesthetically and physically. This block looks so goo though you really could have it in the centre of your kitchen. These stainless steel blades are also ice-hardened, they are designed for chefs and you really can feel the quality when using them. This set is slightly more expensive but for your money, you get incredibly strong, sharp, and durable blades that turn the most inexperienced chefs into pros. The finishing touch is the non-slip white glossy handle that looks even better in person, trust us.

When you are picking a set of new kitchen knives it can be a bit of a difficult task due to the number of different sets out there with varying price, quality and styles. We’ve put together this guide to help you find the best knife set for your needs. 

We have put together a variety of reviews below with different price ranges to give you a great idea of the types of quality you can get for your money. 

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Brabantia Block Plus Tasty Dark Grey Knives
28 Reviews
Brabantia Block Plus Tasty Dark Grey Knives
Brabantia really delivered on this product and it stays true to their style with its no-nonsense practicality and subtle aesthetic that allows it to match with any kitchen. The block contains the chef’s knife, paring knife, carving knife, bread knife, and utility knife. Each of these knives is made of corrosion-resistant steel that is ice-hardened, enabling them to keep their edge for longer. The handles are not as comfy as they could be however the grip is still excellent. The plastic handles and removable block bottom mean that the knives and the block are both easy to clean.

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Richarson Sheffield V Sabatier five-piece knife block
49 Reviews
Richarson Sheffield V Sabatier five-piece knife block
These knives really are excellent value for money, especially from a well-respected brand like Sabatier. The blades are made of high carbon stainless steel making them strong and hardwearing. They also have a full tang, this means that the steel goes right to the centre of the handle giving the blade extra power. What’s more, the blades are tapered making them more precise. Non-slip technology is used for the handles and they are stored in a gently curved light woodblock, this would look good in all traditional or wood heavy kitchens.
Taylors Eye Witness Brooklyn Copper Fan Knife Block Set
115 Reviews
Taylors Eye Witness Brooklyn Copper Fan Knife Block Set
This set of knives has a beautiful design with the sleek copper fan style that would not look out of place in any modern kitchen. The blades are titanium plated and are specially designed to be easy to sharpen and hard difficult to deaden. If you are a very keen cook then these may not be for you as they won’t last forever. However, due to the fact that they have a comfy handle, are lightweight and attractive they are perfect for setting up a kitchen.
Robert Welch Signature Book Oak Knife Block Set
34 Reviews
Robert Welch Signature Book Oak Knife Block Set
This set of knives produced by Rober Welch is a great quality six-piece set that is perfect for someone looking to invest a bit more into their knives. This set comes with a chef’s knife, a bread knife, an 11cm santoku knife, a utility knife, a paring knife, and a carving knife. Robert Welch had help from professional chefs when designing this set to make sure that they were the best quality. They are top of their class in terms of sharpness and strength, this is due to the fact they have a full tang and are made of German stainless steel and their blade edges are Japanese-style. Tactile duPont is used to produce the handles which are extremely comfortable. The solid oak block holds the blades vertically so that the knives’ edges are not damaged whilst in storage.
ProCook Elite Ice X50 Triple Rivet 8 Piece Knife Set
3 Reviews
ProCook Elite Ice X50 Triple Rivet 8 Piece Knife Set
ProCook really did deliver with this eight-piece triple rivet knife set. For your money, you will get a paring knife, a utility knife, a 15cm and 20cm chef knives, 13cm and 18cm santoku knives, a bread knife and a carving knife. The blades are ice-hardened and super sharp and they are stored in a beautiful magnetic glass block that has the traditional wooden aesthetic paired with a modern, sleek style. The handles are also state of the art, crafted out of premium wood resin, they offer a comfortable, ergonomic grip. This knife set will set you back a lot but you certainly get an awful lot for your money.

What to look for in a knife set

We all know that it can be difficult to choose a set of kitchen knives. There are just so many out there and they all look so different and have such varying prices, you’d be forgiven for feeling a little lost.

A start point, however, is working out what price range you are looking for, this obviously depends on your budget and whether you will be able to take care of them. If you are able to maintain them then you should be able to splash out on some good quality knives.

On the contrary, if you are a student and you want a cheaper, more temporary set then there are still some great options out there that will be perfectly suited to your needs.

It is almost universally agreed that five or six knives are enough to do anything you might need whilst cooking. You’ll need a chef’s knife for chopping vegetables and meat, a paring knife for trimming smaller vegetables, a carving knife for when you want to thinly slice meat, a serrated knife for squishy things like bread and finally a utility knife that can do just about anything. Some more experienced chefs may use the santoku for more precise dicing, slicing, and mincing.

Another thing to consider is how you want your set to be stored. The obvious option is a block however these can take up lots of space. This means that something that can be stored or mounted might be a better option for smaller kitchens. There is a wide variety of materials from crafted wood to glossy minimalism.

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Adam Brown

Adam Brown

Growing up it was very much a beige oven based meal which pushed me into learning how to cook more exotic dishes. I have a love for most food especially Thai and BBQ which led me to create the Smoke Guys website. I hope you find my reviews and guides helpful and I'm always open to hearing any suggestions you may have.
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