You won’t be able to get very far in your meal preparation routine without a decent set of kitchen knives at your fingertips. Many of us opt for low quality knives, and after using them for a few months, we regret that we even purchased them.
Whether you’re looking for a set or some individual knives to help you achieve more specific cooking tasks, our guide will show you some of the best kitchen knives currently on the market.
We tried some of the top cutlery out there and made a shortlist of our 10 favorite contenders, so if you’re still not sure which one(s) to purchase, read on and our experts will help you understand how to choose.
Top 10 Kitchen Knives Comparison Table
|Picture||Name||Blade Length||Price||Rating (1-5)|
|Picture||Name||Blade Length||Price||Rating (1-5)|
|1. DALSTRONG Santoku Knife - Shogun Series - VG10 - 7"||7 inches||$$$$||4.8|
|2. Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife 40520, 47520, 45520 Frustration Free Packaging||8 inches||$$||4.8|
|3. Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Inch Forged Flexible Boning Knife||6 inches||$$||4.8|
|4. Victorinox 4-Inch Swiss Classic Paring Knife with Straight Blade, Spear Point, Black||4 inches||$||4.7|
|5. Pure Komachi 2 Series Tomato/Cheese Knife||4 inches||$||4.6|
|6. Chicago Cutlery 1119644 Fusion Forged 18-Piece Knife Block Set||Set (various blades)||$$$||4.5|
|7. Kai Wasabi Black Utility Knife, 6-Inch||6 inches||$$||4.5|
|8. J.A. Henckels International Statement 15 piece Knife Set with Block||Set (various blades)||$||4.4|
|9. Cuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Block Set, C77SS-15PK||Set (various blades)||$$||4.4|
|10. Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 10-Inch Serrated Bread/Slicing Knife||10 inches||$||4.2|
One of the first decisions you have to make is whether you want an entire set or if you prefer to purchase individual knives to make a custom set.
- Should I Get a Set? For average cooks at home, a decent set of knives like the ones we included are more than sufficient to get the job done. Sets can cost as little as $20 or go up into the hundreds, but we discourage the cheaper ones simply because they don’t last.
Even if you don’t cook or prepare food often, cheap knives just don’t hold up very well. Spend a little bit more upfront and you won’t have to worry about replacing them anytime soon! A great entry-level set if you’re shopping on a budget is the Cuisinart 15-piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Block Set.
- Why Choose Individual Knives? Are you serious about your cutlery and their performance in the kitchen? If so, adding some individual knives to your collection can help take your food preparation skills to the next level.
Even if you have a knife set already, it doesn’t hurt to upgrade to better pieces, and you can always reserve your more expensive knives for fine detail work and reserve the old “beater” knives for miscellaneous kitchen projects.
We’ll be discussing both in our review section, so keep reading!
The Handle Material Is Important!
It’s the subtle differences that can mean the most sometimes, which is why you should definitely pay attention to the handle material as you are shopping.
- Wood. Is a common choice that we love to use, but it does have pros and cons.
Aside from the aesthetics, wooden handles are warm to the touch (unlike stainless steel, which is cold) and they’re easier to grip when your hands are wet.
The downside is that submerging them in water for extended periods can cause damage, and even though many have a protective coating, it will wear off eventually. Bacteria can also build up in the handle if it is damp often.
- Steel. Is the exact opposite. You can submerge it in water and clean it quite easily without having to worry about any bacteria buildup, yet these handles can be a bit slippery. Some steel knives are made with one single piece of steel that is shaped into both the blade and the handle. These have an advantage since there is no seam where the handle attaches to the blade, which means that no mold or bacteria can gather in these places.
- Plastic-Coated Handles. Are a good compromise, offering you grip and warmth when you grasp them. They might be a bit slippery, but they are lighter than steel so you should check to make sure that the handle still feels heavier than the blade. You maintain better control of the knife when the handle is heavier than the blade.
Top 5 Best Kitchen Knives Reviews
A Santoku knife is one of the best kitchen knives you can have in your lineup, and we were quite impressed by this one from Dalstrong.
Many wonder what the difference is between the Santoku and the Chef’s knife, and aside from the appearance (the Santoku has a straighter edge, and the Chef’s knife has more of a curve), their uses vary greatly. This knife is great at chopping and mincing, and it is also easier to scoop things up so you can move them to a pan or a bowl.
Dalstrong uses a VG-10 Japanese super steel core and G-10 handle, which is a fiberglass laminate, rendering it highly durable and easy to control.
As you have probably already noticed, the price is a bit high, but it due to the quality of the material and the craftsmanship, this knife will probably outlast you!
If you’re a serious chef looking for a serious knife, we can’t recommend this enough.
Victorinox is a famous Swiss brand that is common in kitchens, and their Chef’s knife is one of the most popular ones on our list.
Many chef’s knives come in different lengths, and the 8-inch blade is probably the most popular. 10 inches is quite long, and 6 inches sometimes isn’t long enough, which is why we found this one to be just right.
It can do much of what the Santoku knife does, such as chopping, mincing, dicing, and slicing, but since the tip is narrower, it is more difficult to pick up your ingredients with this one.
If you want to upgrade but aren’t interested in spending a fortune on just one knife, this one will suit your needs. The high-carbon stainless steel blade goes through a special tempering process that makes it easy to sharpen regularly, so if it gets dull, take it to a knife specialist, and they will sharpen it back up for you.
Not everyone needs or requires a boning knife, but if you prepare and cook meat regularly and you have never invested in one, get the Mercer Culinary Genesis.
The blade is made of high-carbon German steel, and it is flexible, making it easy for you to maneuver your way around the bone as you trim away the meat.
We used this on chicken, turkey, fish and red meat and found it to be very comfortable in hand. The handle is easy to grip even if your hands are slimy and it was extremely well-balanced.
Regarding price and quality, it’s hard to go wrong with this, but if you don’t prepare much meat (or if you’re a vegetarian or vegan), then skip this one and head down to the paring knife!
A paring knife can’t be absent from your knife block, and Victorinox won us over again with this little blade.
It will become your go-to knife for all of the small work, from peeling fruit to mincing and slicing, you can use it for many different tasks.
Obviously, this is their entry-level paring knife based on the price, but if you don’t want to invest a lot of money and you’re looking for a decent model, this will suit your needs. It is also dishwasher-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about any special washing instructions.
It also comes in a serrated version, so if you’re interested in something that can handle tomatoes and other soft fruits with ease, you might opt for that one instead.
Slicing cheese and tomatoes have never been more fun! Kai’s Pure Komachi Knife has got to be one of our favorites in the kitchen since it makes slicing and picking up food so easy.
The serrated edge makes it easy to slice cleaning through tomatoes and cheese, and the two prongs on the end allow you to pick up your food gently. Use this for strawberries, cooked vegetables, and any other soft material that you would like to slice through cleanly so it can maintain its shape.
In spite of the red color that makes you think it is made of ceramic, the blade is actually made from high-carbon stainless steel, and it is sharp.
Affordable, efficient and well-made, it earns five stars in our book!