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Old 12-09-2019, 09:27 AM
wolfkinara wolfkinara is offline
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Recommendations for Kitchen knife set

I'm looking for a good kitchen knife set that is not too over priced. I'm not looking for any crazy features, just good, solid knives that stay sharp and are easy to sharpen when needed.
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Old 12-09-2019, 10:01 AM
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You might want to look at Warther knives.

They are American made and are very nice knives. They are not "cheap" if by that you mean inexpensive. If I were to make you a set of kitchen knives, something I excel at, they would be "expensive" if you go by the high end price of factory knives, but my kitchen knives are exceptional and you need a diamond sharpener to sharpen them, which isn't very often because I use S30V steel. Warther Knives are made from S30V steel if I'm not mistaken. So if you want a set of kitchen knives mine are 3 knives, a paring knife, a medium chef's knife and a boning/fillet knife. I have found that most people do not really want a big full sized Chef"s knife, but prefer the medium 6 in. blade.

Warther knives can be looked at here.
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Old 12-12-2019, 04:07 PM
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Do you have a price range in mind?

The Shun Classic line is a good for kitchen use in a production level knife.

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Old 12-12-2019, 08:28 PM
Wrankin Wrankin is offline
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Do you have a price range in mind?
That's really the bottom line. What are you looking for?

This is interesting to me b/c I have been going through some of the same thought process recently. Here are some good considerations/suggestions:

1. Don't go for the big block-o-knives sets - buy the individual components. You really won't use most of them anyway. I read this from multiple sources and upon review concluded that this was spot on. I have two knife block sets on my counter top and I only really use two knives out of them - the good chef's knife and the 4-inch paring knife.

2. Stay away from the big-name German brands (eg. Wustoff, Henckels, etc.). If you want something similar with good steel and cheap go with something like Mercer (look on Amazon).

3. A 6" chef's knife is much more useful than a 10" chef's knife. I have the latter and it's just too big for most common tasks.

I got a lot of useful info from the "Burrfection" channel on YouTube. This guy is a professional knife sharpener and has good insight on kitchen cutlery. He can be a little wacky, but there seems to be some real gems if you listen closely.

If I were building a knife set from scratch today I would probably get the following:

1. 6-8 inch chef's knife
2. a 4-inch paring knife
3. a 5-inch utility knife
4. another 6-inch knife like a small chefs or santoku (offset handle for chopping).

the next two knives would be:

5. a good serated bread knife
6. heafty kitchen shears (aka. scissors from hell).

Hope this helps.


-bill rankin
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Old 01-01-2020, 07:48 PM
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Yeah the Shun Classic line is a good way to start. If you are into hunting, pair it with Klarus XT11S Flashlight and it'll be perfect. Check out a review on it at

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Old 01-03-2020, 02:30 PM
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We use an 8" chef's and 4" paring regularly. Heavy duty kitchen type scissors is also useful. Beyond that the rest of the block of knives aren't touched. For those that work meats a boning and fillet knife are handy. The butcher has cut the meat generally to the point she doesn't have to do any more to them.

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