Best kitchen knife set that’s inexpensive
The best knives are made of high-carbon stainless steel and are finely honed, perfectly balanced and expensive — a single chef’s knife of this stature can easily run $500 or more! While knives should be a once-in-a-lifetime investment, I think it’s a mistake to spend a lot of money on them. It’s more important to invest in knives that can be sharpened and for you to then keep them sharp. You could buy the best chef’s knife, but if you won’t maintain it there’s no point in buying it.
An excellent starter set that will handle all of your needs is a 3-inch straight-edge paring knife for peeling fruits and vegetables and cutting small items; a 5-inch utility knife (or sandwich knife) for slicing small items like cheese, fruits or sandwich ingredients; an 8-inch chef’s knife for slicing, chopping and mincing; and a honing device and steel for maintaining your sharp edges between professional sharpenings.
BEST INEXPENSIVE KNIFE STARTER SET: Wusthof PRO 5-Piece Starter Knife Set. Made in Solingen, Germany, Wusthof is a highly respected brand of high-carbon steel cutlery. It is considered top of the line by professional chefs. This set includes a cook’s knife, paring knife, bread knife, steel and an eight-pocket knife storage roll. This basic set may have all the knives you ever need, though you can add to it with Wusthof Open Stock Cutlery in the future. You simply cannot find a better value than this beautiful basic set of knives. It costs about $95.
BEST INEXPENSIVE HOME KNIFE SHARPENER: Wusthof Precision Edge 2 Stage Knife Sharpener. Good knives should be sharpened professionally once every year or two. It costs about $20.