hi. I'm a home chef and I'm looking for a set of knives that will last long and are more on the "more knife for the money" list. I could use a basic set but I'm looking for quality - I'd like to stay under 200 but I know that may not be possible. I've researched a good amount but that only made me more confused. I'm not the type that will constantly sharpen or anything like that so I'd like something that minimizes that practice. Any advice on a brand or model that will hold up and do the job?
home chef looking for advice on knife set...pls help
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I'm presuming we are talking about in the USA and $200 in US dollars. If not, please advise.
In a nutshell, almost all the advice you will get here will be for you to forget about sets. Essentially, you will need 3 basic knives: a good chef's knife, a good paring knife and a good bread knife. All else is either redundant, excess or duplication. And in fact, the vast bulk of the money should go to the chef's knife.
But besides the 3 knives, you will need a good cutting board (to slow down the dulling process) and a means of sharpening your knives - since it's just a basic fact of life that to use a knife is to add to its eventual dullness. No one has ever found a single way to make a knife that never dulls - except for knives that are locked away and never used.
All knives are made to a price point and a quality level that reflects the costs of production, distribution and sale (unless they are grossly overpriced, to sucker the rubes). It stands to reason that a big set of knives and a storage block for a low price means that everything was made on the cheap. Concentrate your money on only what's needed and you will come out ahead.
Enough of the preliminary lecture. Tell us about yourself.
What knives do you currently use?
What is the longest and largest knife you use?
Do you use (or know about) the pinch grip?
What do you cook and for how many?
Do you do your own sharpening and what do you use?
What kind of cutting boards do you use?
The answers to those questions can help me and the others waiting to work with you to have a better idea of what can work well for you.