Buy cheap, buy twice. That was my mother’s motto and she (not literally, I hasten to add) beat it into me. There is no item in my house that this applies to more than my kitchen knife set. For years, I made do with cheap knives and yes, my mother was right, I replaced them constantly.
A friend of mine recommended Wusthof knives. She has a couple, including (I think) the Chef’s knife and the Paring knife. I tried out her knives and thought they were in a different league to the crappy ones I was using, so I decided to go all-in and got myself the Wusthof Classic Knife Set. Haven’t looked back since.
My set has five knives (and a honing steel – more on that in a moment), which is enough for most of my daily usage. The one I use most is the 9″ Chef’s knife, which is sometimes called a Cook’s knife. Next up would be the bread knife, and then the paring knife. The carving knife comes in useful when I cook a roast, but I have to confess I don’t get a lot of use out of the boning knife. Need to start eating more fish, I guess.
That strange item at the top of the picture is a honing steel, which you use for straightening (not sharpening!) the edge of a blade. There’s more info on what a honing steel is on KitchenKnifeHQ. I use mine every week or so, which is more than enough to keep my knives super-sharp.
Product: Wusthof Classic Six-Piece Knife Set