Having a kitchen full of excellent knives can be the difference between a great meal, and one that's just so-so.
When you move out on your own you're heading out to buy the cheapest knife block that you can afford, and there it is, still sitting in the corner of your kitchen, dirty, tired, blunt. We've all been there.
It's time to sharpen up and buy yourself a whole new set.
Here are the essential knives you need in your kitchen right now.
Fissler Perfection 7-Piece Knife Block
Sure. This one's a bit of a whack to the hip pocket. But it's worth it.
Fissler is a German cookware brand that makes top-notch products that will take your kitchen to a whole new level.
This 7-piece set knife block set includes a 9cm vegetable knife,13cm utility knife,20cm chef's knife, 20cm bread knives and a 26cm Sharpening Steel with a Beechwood Block.
Scanpan 14-Piece Microsharp Cutlery Set
More affordable, and great value for money, this Scanpan 14-piece set has you covered both in the kitchen and on the dining table.
The set includes a 9cm paring knife, 11cm serrated utility knife, a 15cm utility knife, a 20cm bread knife, a 20cm cook's knife, a 20cm carving knife, and a 23cm sharpening steel.
The block also includes six 11cm steak knives to cut through whatever you've been cooking up in the kitchen.
Global Zeitaku Shiro 7-Piece Stainless Steel Set
The latest release from Global is one that you need to get your hands on. Global knives are all designed and manufactured in Japan and can be found in commercial kitchens all over the globe.
The set includes an 8cm paring knife, 11cm utility knife, 14cm vegetable knife, 16cm sandwich knife, 18cm Santoku knife, 20cm cook's knife and a knife block to keep them all safe and together.
LUNA Set Of 3 Gold Cheese Knives
Step out of the kitchen and settle down to the perfect afternoon slice of cheese with this set of LUNA cheese knives.
These gold hand-made knives are perfect to bring out when entertaining guests.
Scanpan 12.5cm Santoku Knife
A Santoku knife is a different shape to your regular chef's knife, and also has a thinner blade.
This Scanpan Santoku knife is perfect for paper-thin slicing and fine dicing. The blade features a scalloped edge for fuss-free food release. It also comes with a 10-year warranty.
Wiltshire 15cm Trinity Cleaver
No kitchen is complete without a good, solid cleaver to do all the heavy lifting.
A cleaver can do all the big chopping jobs the other knives in your arsenal can't get near.
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