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Top 10 Kitchen Knives 2017

Whether or not you're a professional chef looking for a new set of contraptions or a home cook wanting a set of blades so as to remaining an entire life, our selection of kitchen knives, ranked by value, ergonomics, edge retention, and aesthetics may have simply what you need.

Global G-835/WS - 6 Piece Knife Set with BlockChicago Cutlery Fusion Knife Block Set 1090390, 18-Pieces, Stainless SteelWusthof Classic 7-piece Slim Knife Block Set (Acacia)J.A. HENCKELS INTERNATIONAL Forged Premio 17-Piece Block Knife SetMercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set, Tempered Glass BlockVictorinox Forschner Swiss Classic 14-piece Walnut Swivel Knife Block SetCalphalon Contemporary Self-sharpening 20-piece Knife Block Set, with SharpIn Technology (1922976)Farberware 6-Piece Classic Color Series Non-Stick Resin Knife Set with StandRoss Henery Professional Knives, Eclipse Premium Stainless Steel 9 Piece Chefs Knife Set in CaseKyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution 3-Piece Ceramic Knife Set-( Includes 6-inch Chef's Knife, 5-inch Micro Serrated Knife and 3-inch Paring Knife )

Over The Edge: On Knives And Peanut Butter

There's something unwieldy about trying to capture and spread peanut butter with a sharp knife. It doesn't quite cut it, metaphorically speaking.

I often use a paring knife to cut small slices of apple for myself before applying some peanut butter to them and eating them. It's a nice, healthy snack, but it's far easier to use a dedicated butter knife for the peanut butter than to try to use the paring knife.

What it comes down to is this: that the shape and sharpness of your knife will change its purpose. Try to cut bread with a chef's knife if you don't believe me. Then cut it with a bread knife. See the difference?

While the chef's knife can easily crack through the crust of a good loaf of bread, it's gummy interior sticks to the blade and is pushed down onto the cutting board, resulting in crushed, sad-looking slices.

The serrations on a bread knife, and its scallops if it's a good one, will grip the bread's gooey center at the knife's edge, and release that same doughy center at the sides of the blade, allowing for a nice clean cut.

Not only is having the right knife for the job essential, it is equally important that your knives are extremely sharp. Many people are scared of razor-sharp kitchen knives, but experienced chef's know that nothing is more dangerous than a dull knife. With a dull knife, the user tends to push with more pressure, often resulting in slips and serious cuts. Sharper knives mean less pressure and better control.

Can You Have Too Many Knives?


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Picking the perfect knife set isn't the kind of thing over which you should necessarily lose a lot of sleep. If you pick the right set for your current needs and skill level, you can let it grow with you.

Here's what I mean:

The first thing you need to evaluate is your needs in the kitchen. If you're making simple meals for which you really only need to chop, mince, and dice your ingredients, you can get away with a smaller set until you expand your skills.

Of course, if you know the areas into which you want to make some culinary forays, like working with whole fish for which you'd need a good fillet knife, for example, you can look at your knife set as an investment in your future needs.

Some of our top kitchen knives also come with a large number of steak knives. If you don't need to feed more than a small handful of people, eight steak knives might be overkill. That is unless you're like every roommate I've ever had, and you have a strange aversion to washing silverware.

Should brand names matter to you? While it is always important to invest in a quality, trustworthy brand, especially when buying an item that has the potential to be dangerous if it breaks, as long as you buy one that is quality made with forged steel, you should be fine. Just figure out whether you want a set that you can grow into or one that will grow right alongside you as you continue to purchase more knives to fill it out.

Oldowan Tools From Our Ancient Ancestors


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Depending on your religious beliefs, Oldowan may have one or another meaning to you. If your belief system clashes with the theory of evolution, the idea that there were human ancestors using crude stone tools 2.6 million years ago won't hold a lot of sways.

If you do jive with evolution, then that's where you'd look to see the first use of knives in human history.

If you're a Jedi, however, Oldowan is probably the name of a planet in a galaxy far, far away.

But we're here to talk about knives, and these simple stone tools were actually manufactured to be sharper than any old rock you'd find lying around Tanzania (where the tools originated).

Early hominids used larger stones to fracture the rocks that they'd use as choppers or scrapers. It took a couple million years for us to get around to using metals instead of rocks, through the Bronze Age and into modernity.

Globally, the Iron Age was marked by the development of extraordinarily sharp implements, including the swords of medieval Europe, Persia, and the far east, and the knives we use even today.

The first knives were much smaller versions of these blades and were commonly carried by individuals, as much as eating tools as anything else. Nowadays, they're common enough that we can afford to leave them behind in our kitchens and rarely do we need to kill or skin anything on our commute to the office.


#10.Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution 3-Piece Ceramic Knife Set-( Includes 6-inch Chef's Knife, 5-inch Micro Serrated Knife and 3-inch Paring Knife )


Kyocera ultimate ceramic chef set includes a 6-inch Chef's Knife, 5-inch Micro Serrated Knife, and 3-inch Paring Knife, the essential tools for any home cook preparing fresh meals daily. The 6-inch Chef's Knife is an all-purpose knife, the ultimate cutting tool for everyday slicing of fruits, vegetables, boneless meats, and fish. The 5-inch Micro Serrated Knife has a serrated edge that effortlessly glides through waxy skins found on tomatoes or any food with a tough skin and soft middle. The 3-inch Paring Knife is ideal for detailed tasks like trimming, peeling, mincing and creating garnishes. This 3-piece chef set includes the must-have knives for anyone needing to prepare fast and healthy meals every day. Lifetime Warranty: Buying a Kyocera knife is buying for life. If your knife is chipped or damaged, Kyocera Industrial Ceramics will repair or replace. Lifetime Complimentary Sharpening: Kyocera offers complimentary sharpening for KYOCERA ADVANCED CERAMIC knives only.


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#9.Ross Henery Professional Knives, Eclipse Premium Stainless Steel 9 Piece Chefs Knife Set in Case


This fantastic Ross Henery Professional 9-piece chef’s knife set comes in a zip up storage case which is perfect if you are transporting the knives as well as being a storage case whilst the knives are not in use. The storage case is easily wiped clean

Made from high carbon stainless steel these knives are designed to hold their edge and come sharp straight out of the box. They have a fantastic balance and feel in hand making them perfect knives for the professional or domestic kitchen.


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#8.Farberware 6-Piece Classic Color Series Non-Stick Resin Knife Set with Stand


Farberware is the #1 selling cutlery brand in the U.S. (Source: The NPD Group, Inc./Retail Tracking Service. 52 weeks ending March 2016). 6-piece set includes an 8-inch purple chef's knife, 8-inch pink bread knife, 8-inch blue slicer knife, 5-1/2-inch red serrated utility knife, 3-1/2-inch green parer knife, and gift box. These knives feature resin-coated stainless steel blades that reduce the sticking of food to the knife, allowing for easier, more efficient cutting. Ergonomically designed handles are designed for a comfortable grip, and the knives are perfectly balanced for precision while cutting. Knives are not dishwasher safe. Hand-wash with warm water and a mild detergent; rinse and dry immediately.


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#7.Calphalon Contemporary Self-sharpening 20-piece Knife Block Set, with SharpIn Technology (1922976)


The Calphalon Contemporary Self-Sharpening 20-pc. Cutlery Set with SharpIN Technology features a block with built-in sharpeners that automatically sharpen straight edge knives with every use. Knives are crafted from premium materials with a fully forged blade, bolster and tang, and use high-carbon, no-stain German steel for life-long durability. Contoured handles are comfortably balanced and labeled on the end so you can pull the correct knife out of the block every time. The Calphalon Knife Set includes a well-chosen assortment of knives for all your food prep tasks, including dicing, chopping, slicing, plus eight steak knives.


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#6.Victorinox Forschner Swiss Classic 14-piece Walnut Swivel Knife Block Set


Swiss Classic is designed by the original inventors of the Swiss Army Knife, a trusted name by professionals for generations. Now available for the home chef, the Swiss Classic collection incorporates a contemporary slip resistant handle with a commercial-grade blade. The knife blade features a mirrored polish finish made out of high-carbon stainless steel and a tapered cutting edge ground in two directions which hold the edge shaper longer. The entire collection is made to the highest sanitary standards and has earned the NSF (National Sanitary Foundation) seal of approval. The slip resistant handle is hygienic and dishwasher safe. Made in Switzerland.


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#5.Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set, Tempered Glass Block


A supplier to the vast majority of cooking academies, Mercer Cutlery offers the Genesis Collection of kitchen knives to provide professional quality to the home chef. Comfortable, durable, and efficient, Genesis knives feature fully forged, single-piece blades made from high carbon, no-stain German steel. Their taper-grind edges are polished by hand, and their substantial bolsters provide helpful balance. Black nonslip Santoprene handles make Genesis knives comfortable and secure in the grip, improving efficiency and safety in the kitchen.


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#4.J.A. HENCKELS INTERNATIONAL Forged Premio 17-Piece Block Knife Set


The package arrived on time, was clean and in good shape. The knives, in my opinion, are excellent! Of course, consider that my previous knife block was a set of Miracle Blade II's that were about 5 years old. These knives are FAR superior to any "as seen on TV" product. Much more heft, better feel and the superior quality is obvious. The knives arrived very sharp and ready to go. I'm certainly no professional, but as a knife set for general use around the kitchen, they have exceeded my expectations.


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#3.Wusthof Classic 7-piece Slim Knife Block Set (Acacia)


Every Wusthof knife is crafted in Solingen, Germany; a family-owned and managed company with a rich heritage since 1814. Each Wusthof knife collection is made of high-quality materials & craftsmanship. Precision forged featuring a full tang, high-carbon stainless steel with bolster to add balance and weight. The new Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) enhances the blades sharpness by 20% and will last twice as long. Each knife features a computer controlled cutting edge to ensure the final edge of the blade is precise and uniform from the tip to the heel of the knife. Wusthof knives feature a 14° cutting edge on each side. This new angle and more tapered cutting edge reduce the drag when slicing through foods, allowing for seamless effortless cutting. Each knife blade is completely buffed & polished by hand. Made in Germany; lifetime warranty.


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#2.Chicago Cutlery Fusion Knife Block Set 1090390, 18-Pieces, Stainless Steel


As a certified chef, I have a very pricey set of knives I use for work, but I wanted a good looking well made set for my kitchen at home. These knives have a nice weight, excellent hardness (keeps sharp under heavy use), and they offer a good grip even with wet hands. The bamboo block adds a very nice decorative touch. The knives will require frequent sharpening IF you use them a lot, but for daily use in a home kitchen, they will hold an edge for a long time.

The package claims "Dishwasher safe". I don't recommend putting them in a dishwasher. It will dull them and water will probably get in between the metal and the rubber of the handles. Wash them by hand with hot soapy water and they will last forever.


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#1.Global G-835/WS - 6 Piece Knife Set with Block


Global 6 Piece Block Set. The set comprises of 7" Asian cook's knife, 8.25" carving knife, 8.75" bread knife, 5.25" utility knife, 4" paring knife plus stainless steel counter top storage block. (G4, G3, G9, GS3, GS7 AND G835KB). Loved by professional chefs around the world, Global knives are an excellent choice for the serious home cook. The thin and razor sharp Global blade allows the cook to cleanly slice through foods, preserving the integrity of the ingredient and maximizing its flavor. The majority of Global knives are ground to a straight point rather than the western style of beveling the edge. To balance their knives Global uses a hollow handle that is filled with just the right amount of sand to create the correct balance. The handle has its own unique darkened dimples for a non-slip grip. Because the knives are very light weight they reduce hand fatigue. Global knives have a smooth contour and seamless, all stainless construction that eliminates food and dirt traps. Global knifes are forged in Japan from CROMOVA 18 Stainless Steel, a blend of 18 percent chromium for good stain resistance plus molybdenum and vanadium which gives excellent edge retention.


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