Utopia Kitchen Premium Class Stainless Steel Kitchen 6 Piece Knives Set
Hundreds of reviewers were amazed by this set’s value and design, with one writing, “I love how sleek the set is. I think it looks much more expensive than what I paid for it, and I’m cool with that.” Another says that this knife block “looks beautiful on the counter in the kitchen, people always assume it costs a lot more than it did.” But as another reviewer, who called these knives “the centerpiece of my kitchen,” points out, “the main selling point is not the looks. Knives do you no purpose if they are not functional.” Luckily, they deliver on that front as well. This reviewer continues, “These are sharp and I am happy the steel runs the entire length of blade. There is no separation where grease, food particles, water can be get into.”
Reviewers were pleased with how the set holds up over time, as well, like one who says, “They came plenty sharp and they are still sharp a year and half later. I have never sharpened them … They still look brand new.” Others praised their slicing abilities, with one raving that “since the day this set has arrived, cutting and chopping is an entirely different experience. I have no more loose handles with blades coming out.” Another wrote, “Holy amazeballs, these knives are sharp! The best test was the grape tomato. I was able to slice paper thin slices of a grape tomato without a hint of slippage or crushing it.”
AmazonBasics Premium 18-Piece Knife Block Set
The durability of this “super sharp and heavy” set shocked and impressed reviewers, like one who wrote, “I found myself buying knife block sets regularly because nothing under $200 lasts these days, until I purchased these.” They continue, “They are nice and weighed. Great quality and long lasting if taken care of property (hand wash and dry, don’t put in dishwasher or you could rust them). I am very pleased with these.” Another reviewer — a professional chef for almost 20 years — previously thought that “you don’t get quality in an inexpensive knife set. This AmazonBasics Premium set really impressed me … This here is a quality product at a good price. Treat them with respect and they will last for YEARS.”
Cuisinart C77WTR-15P Triple Rivet Collection 15-Piece Cutlery Block Set, White
Dozens of reviewers rave about this knife block’s quality and beautiful appearance, with one calling it, “very chic and posh in style as well as a super functional kitchen knife set!” The white handles, in particular, are a standout feature for several reviewers, with one writing, “White is like pearls.” Another says, “These were the only white handle knives I could find at an affordable price. I’m sure there are better quality knives out there, but these match my kitchen and they work just fine.” And the quality is generally lauded by commenters: “These knives are great. They are well-made, the wood block is very heavy and sturdy, and they are unique looking.” Many others agree that these knives are well-made, like one reviewer who describes the set as, “Solid! They’re sharp, the weight is solid and everything else you could possibly ask for as far as a knife set goes.” And the block is, according to one reviewer, “a gorgeous natural wood finish.” This well-reviewed knife set is also available with black handles.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels 30768-000 TWIN Signature Knife Block Set, 11 Piece
This set, as one reviewer writes, is made up of “extremely sharp and professional grade knives.” Another discerning reviewer says, “I was looking for forged Zwilling blades, made in Germany. These feature ice-hardened, stamped blades. When blades are hardened in this manner they’re more durable and long-lasting than regular stamped blades. You’ll immediately notice that the blades stay sharper for longer and will hold their edge.” Another reviewer praised that “you can just feel how well they are put together.” Yet another satisfied customer raved that “the knives are lightweight, well balanced and the handles are ergonomically well designed for a very comfortable grip, helping to lessen fatigue if doing a lot of prep work. I was surprised by how light [but also] sturdy [they are] thanks to German steel and Henckels tempering process.”
Wüsthof classic cook’s knife, 20cm
Wüsthof have been making knives in Solingen, the “City of Blades”, since 1814, and their precisely made blades have received plaudits from the likes of Tim Hayward.
While it was quite tough to choose a winner in a high-quality field, this knife stood out for me. The key reasons are sturdiness and balance – it just felt right in my hand. When held by the bolster (the lump in the middle, between the blade and the handle), neither the blade nor the handle felt overly weighty, a sign of a well-balanced knife.
Zwilling Pro santoku knife, 18cm
Chef Scott Smith, of Fhior in Edinburgh, is a big fan of Zwilling knives, another company founded in Solingen eons ago. “I find they are well made, well weighted, and you get the impression they really invest in making a quality product,” says Smith.
This marriage of Japanese style with German craft certainly makes for a good knife. The blade shape is very much Japanese, but the handle looks Western, with its three visible rivets, and it has a full tang and a Rockwell rating of 57, meaning its less brittle than your classic santoku. The scalloping is pretty effective, too.
I found the blade very fine and sharp, useful for getting precise, wafer-thin slices. It was significantly heavier than the Kai Shun, which lost it a couple of brownie points, and it doesn’t look as appealing. But it is significantly cheaper, has a nicely angled heel which I found comfortable to place my middle finger in, and the bolster is smooth and angled perfectly for my thumb to rest in. The handle wasn’t as snug as the Kai Shun, however. Performance wise, there were no qualms. A solid Japanese-style knife.