I am of­ten tempted to buy one of those kitchen knife sets that cost an arm and a leg, but I won­der if I’d make good use of all the knives? Should I just stick to my reg­u­lar mul­ti­pur­pose knife? When buy­ing a knife, what should I look for?

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I agree with you, a fancy knife set can cost the earth, but all you need is a ba­sic knife set that in­cludes a sturdy all-pur­pose util­ity knife that has a 13cm blade; a chef’s knife that has a 20cm blade; a veg­etable knife with a 8cm blade; a ser­rated bread knife and per­haps a carv­ing knife if you pre­fer to han­dle and slice your own meat.

When choos­ing a knife, re­mem­ber the fol­low­ing points: It should be made of high-qual­ity stain­less steel; it should not be too light when you lift it; and the grip should feel se­cure and com­fort­able. A well-crafted knife will stay with you for a few decades, if not longer.

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