10 Chef-Approved Knife Sets That Are a Cut Above the Rest

10 Chef-Approved Knife Sets That Are a Cut Above the Rest

By Duncan Nielsen
Ask any chef—well-weighted, sturdy knives are a game changer in the kitchen.

Preparing a savory meal begins not only with mouthwateringly fresh ingredients, but also with workhorse cutlery that renders chopping, slicing, and dicing effortless. Put those worn-out, dull blades on the chopping block and let these cutting-edge knife sets make you the Gordon Ramsay or Ina Garten of your own culinary domain.

Material The Trio Knife Set
The Trio. The Almost 4” Knife, The Serrated 6” Knife, and The 8” Knife—who needs a 12-piece set when you’ve got the holy trinity? All three offer the same superior strength, resilience to corrosion, and razor sharp performance that practically does all the cutting, slicing, and dicing for you.
Food52 Five Two Essential Knives
Our Five Two knives have handles that are good-looking enough to steal the whole show—but that’s just the beginning.  After 4,500 community members weighed in, we reimagined your regular slicers and dicers as three indispensable blades: a classic chef’s knife that’s your all-around MVP, a...
Victorinox Swiss Classic Kitchen Set, 5 Pieces
A set of super dexterous knives is the building block of your kitchen. They underpin all your culinary creativity (and dish dreams). You want blades that go the distance and are a pleasure to use. Our Swiss Classic Kitchen Set, 5 pieces, is the natural choice.
Global Classic Knife Collection
The knives with a following. There’s a reason these knives are beloved by home chefs and professionals alike—actually, lots of reasons. For starters, every slicer is crafted in Japan from a single piece of the finest stainless steel.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels 10-Piece Gourmet Knife Block
The Zwilling Gourmet knife collection boasts lightweight blades that are precision-stamped from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, allowing for maximum maneuverability.
Messermeister Royal Elité 3 Piece Starter Set
With a name that literally translates to “knife master," Messermeister’s collection of German-made knives are the hand-forged result of decades of hard work and the vision of exquisite quality by founder, Bernd Dressler.
Miyabi Evolution Knife Collection
Cut with carbon. Miyabi Evolution knives are manufactured in Seki, Japan (also known as a destination for samurai sword making!), where the process involves more than 100 steps and takes 42 days.
Shun Classic 5-Piece Starter Block Set
Shun knives reflect the handcraftsmanship of a centuries-old tradition of Japanese knife making.
Wüsthof Classic 7-Piece Knife Block Set
Update your kitchen cutlery with this set that combines Wüsthof's renowned German craftsmanship with modern, ergonomic handles. Crafted in the famed cutlery center of Solingen, Germany, this set includes durable, versatile essentials for everyday food prep.
Ginsu Chikara 8-Piece Knife Set
These Japanese-style cook's knives are specialized for their dexterity in chopping, dicing, and slicing. Rust-resistant stainless-steel blades hold an incredibly sharp edge. Traditional-style rounded Japanese handles are made of heat- and water-resistant resin.

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