My fiance and I are starting to go through our wedding registry and the topic of a nice knife set has come up. We have a mixed bag of pretty decent individual knives, but are looking for a quality set to leave on the counter that performs well. We are just recreational kitchen dwellers, but are definitely on the more intense side of that spectrum.
Being that it is a wedding registry (at either Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma & Macy's) the choices seem to be limited as far as brands & sets go. We were also weighing the option of getting a smaller set like 5-7 piece set (which usually consist of 3-5 knives) so that we can save our guests some money, but then have the ability to supplement the set with individual extra knives that wouldn't be included in a set with a higher number of pieces. Here's a few sets we looked at or plan to look at - please give input if you can:
- Shun Premier 6-Piece Cutlery Set - http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/shun-premier-6-piece-cutlery-set?ID=1528536&CategoryID=31760&LinkType=#fn=BRAND%3DShun%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D7%26ruleId%3D%26slotId%3D6
- Shun® Classic 8-Piece Knife Set - http://www.crateandbarrel.com/sale/all-free-shipping/shun-classic-8-piece-knife-set/s224921
(The Shuns obviously caught our eyes, and felt amazing in our hands compared to others, but we have no personal performance experience. We have been researching them the most, but are getting conflicting reviews. The price is also noticeably higher than the other sets.)
- Zwilling J.A. Henckels Miyabi Kaizen 7 Piece Cutlery Set - http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/zwilling-ja-henckels-miyabi-kaizen-7-piece-cutlery-set?ID=1096657&CategoryID=31760&LinkType=#fn=PAGEINDEX%3D5%26sp%3D5%26spc%3D245%26ruleId%3D%26slotId%3D199
- Wüsthof® Classic Ikon 7-Piece Acacia Knife Block Set - http://www.crateandbarrel.com/sale/all-free-shipping/wüsthof-classic-ikon-7-piece-acacia-knife-block-set/s118896
(I prefer to stay away from the Wusthof's we have encountered. We have a Wusthof Santuko that I rarely use because using a pinch type grip produces a blister if I use it for more than 15 minutes. The ones I've looked at in the stores feel the same way so it seems that the handles just don't match my hand. I would need to be strongly convinced to seriously consider the Wusthofs unless there is a nice set I'm overlooking)
Any input we could get would be great.