当一个人使用一把钝菜刀时，他们往往会过度补偿或用力推每一片。这s increases the chances of knife slippage with greater force behind it. A sharp knife on the other hand uses less force and less pressure and will bite the surface of the item that you are cutting more readily.
For all of these reasons, it pays to buy a quality honing steel. Remember honing steels won’t sharpen a blunt knife but they will keep a knife sharp. Moreover, a quality honing steel doesn’t need to be overly expensive. Feel free to read our detailed post on the best kitchen knife steel and what to look out for if you need further guidance.
So the you have it! Three golden rules or strategies when looking for the best kitchen knives on a budget. Now, let’s dive into what we would buy here at Blade-Sharp for our hundred dollar budget.
A smidgeon under $100 currently gets you a classic 3 knife knife starter set from German Manufacturer. J.A Henckels. Henckels have been making knives since 1895 in the heartland of great knife-making – Solingen in Germany. The result is a quality forged knife that could easily last you 20 years or more with the the right amount of love and care.
Henckels knives (now Zwilling Henckels) feel well balanced in the hand with a seamless transition from stainless-steel blade to triple-rivet handle. They are strong, durable and built to last. All in all, they remain a quality kitchen knife at a reasonable price.
What you get for your money
This classic knife starter set gets you an 4 inch pairing knife, a 6 inch utility knife and that all important 8 inch chef’s knife.
For the archetypal home cook, this Classic Knife Starter Set represents a solid starting point upon which you can build your knife collection on.
Buy now at Amazon for $99.95
If you don’t conform to stereotypes and prefer to do your own thing, one way of obtaining the best kitchen knives on a budget is to create your own set. By mixing matching brands, it’s possible to have a set of 3 high quality knives that won’t break the bank.
Consider the Victorinox Pro 10 inch chef’s knife at a smidgeon under $37.00. Victorinox are known for their no-frills high performance knives and when it comes to knife hierarchy, it’s fair to say that as a brand, they have a good following and sit somewhere in the middle. Not the absolute best, but not rubbish either.
For the next knife in the series we’re going against our own advice here and spending a little more on this Wusthof Classic pairing knife than the Victorinox above. The reason?
This is the next level up from Victorinox as a brand and everything about Wusthof screams quality. These knives are precision forged using high carbon stainless steel and result in a blade that is 20% sharper with twice the edge retention. And, at a little under $45.00, it’s within budget and it complements the Victorinox pro well.
Finally, to complete the set we would recommend the Cuisinart 5 inch Serrated Utility Knife.
Cuisinart are known for being a budget-friendly brand. However, what you get for your money is reliability. Cuisinart knives are robust, comfortable and typically handle and feel like knives that are 4 or 5 times more expensive.
Take this 5 inch serrated utility knife for example. At under $15.00, it represents excellent value for money, yet looks wise and handling, it’s up there with the Henckels and Wusthof’s of this world.
So to sum up…
Victorinox pro 10 inch chef’s knife – $£37.00
Wusthof Classic Pairing Knife – $45.00
Cuisinart 5 inch serrated utility knife – £15
Total price $97.00
Cangshan 3 piece Tai-Knife Block Set
Okay, so again we’re going against our initial advice here but only because there will be some of you who prefer the neatness or totality of a knife block – everything in it’s place and all that
With this in mind, a good starting point would be the Cangshan 3 piece Tai-knife block set. Notice the word ‘ 3 piece’.
In this instance this equates to two quality stainless steel knives – one 3.5 inch paring knife and 8 inch chef’s knife plus a knife block. Ultimately, your knives won’t be gathering dust because they are never used.
These are made in a Japanese style and are hand crafted, full tang knives. If you want to find out the difference between Japanese and European style knives, check out our post on how to choose a kitchen knife and we reveal all.
Cangshan are not quite in the same bracket as say Global or Shun. However, they are well-made and for under a hundred bucks, this knife set represents the right balance of quality and good value for money.
Buy now on amazon at $99.97
So there you have it…3 suggestions for the best kitchen knives on a budget
Remember, always opt for quality over quantity and start with a core set of usable knives and you won’t go far wrong.
So, what do you think? What knives would you buy? Leave your comments below. We’d love to hear from you. Until then, have a great day and stay Blade-Sharp
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相反，a‘；西化’；采用德国制造商Zwilling，h.生产的日本刀olds a bevel of around 70/30. It’s easier to sharpen and is more hard wearing than its equivalent Japanese counterpart. Although, don’t expect it to deliver a clean ‘sushi-style’ cut.
If you have lots of counter top space then perhaps this isn’t such a big deal. However, if you have a small kitchen where every inch counts, it’s unlikely that you will want your counter space clogged up by a bulky knife block.
In these cases you’d be better off with a streamlined magnetic strip which can safely hold all the knives you’ll ever need – and then some!
In addition, when organising your kitchen knives this way, you aren’t going to end up with several or more kitchen knives that you’ll never use – especially those taking up valuable counter-top space in your knife block.
So now you know why kitchen knife sets aren’t always best option for you, the million dollar question is…
While there is a chef’s knife for practically every task, you really only need three. That’s right! just 3 knives – less than a quarter of what you might get in quality kitchen knife sets.
Let’s take a closer look at what they are…
This is a handy small short-bladed instrument with a typically curved edge and a pointed tip. The blade measures somewhere between 3.5 and 4.5 inches in length and is perfect for intricate fiddly jobs like:
This is around 6 inches in length and comes in flat or serrated form. As the name suggests it’s a good all-round utilitarian knife that is great for:
Your 8 inch chef’s knife is likely to be your ‘go to’ knife for many tasks. It’s also the knife found in pretty much all kitchen knife sets and the one you would use the most: It’s perfect for tasks such as:
That’s it! Once you have these 3 kitchen knives, you’re pretty much good to go. Moreover, I’m willing to bet that you won’t use any knives in your kitchen knife set, more than you will your paring, utility and chef’s knives.
All that said…
What about if you’re still not convinced and really do like the thought and convenience of a knife block set – what should you be looking for?
While it’s true that I’ve spent a good proportion of this post telling you not to buy a chef’s knife set, they can make a great gift for someone setting up their new home.
In addition, they provide an easy and convenient alternative for those who don’t have the time (or the inclination) to research every blade type and what they can do.
So taking these points into consideration, quality kitchen knife sets can make a good purchase in some circumstances.
However, before you rush out and buy the first knife set you like the look of, remember that there are cheap kitchen knife sets and there are quality kitchen knife sets.
This brings me to key point number one…
Like most things in life and chef knife sets are no exception, you tend to get what you pay for. You can pick up a knife set with block for under $50. While that may seem like a real bargain, you have to question how the manufacturer can make multiple quality implements plus storage for such a low price.
In all honesty, they can’t. Knives of this price range will normally feel flimsy, have moulded plastic handles and won’t be built to last.
Of course, cheap kitchen knife sets are okay if you are on a tight budget or are just starting out on your culinary journey, but consider that you might need to replace your entire set in the not too distant future.
Alternatively, there is no point in paying upwards of $1000 for a quality chef knife set, if you aren’t heavily into cooking; or are unsure whether you’ll get good use out of every knife. It isn’t ideal to pay that much if the majority of knives will remain in the knife block, never having come into contact with a piece of fruit, vegetable or meat.
So what should you expect to pay?
Anywhere between $150 and $500 is about right. This way, in return for your cash you should receive quality crafted knives from a reputable brand without paying over the odds.
As already stated, kitchen knife sets can come with as little as 4 knives up to 24. The key point here is that anything more than is likely to be used signifies that you’ll have knives that are gathering dust.
Moreover, there’s a strong chance that you’ll be settling for quantity rather than quality.
The other point to remember here is that it’s far easier to care for 4 or 5 quality knives than say 20, so assess the knives you really need and choose a quality kitchen knife set based around this.
If you want to know more about the knives that you need in your kitchen, I’ve put together this handy guide.
Finally, let’s talk about key point number 3….
When it comes to kitchen knife sets, buying well known brands doesn’t always guarantee the highest quality. It’s not uncommon for knife manufacturers to package their second or third line products in one handy set and sell it for an attractive price. While you may be buying Sabatier, Zwilling or Wusthof branded products, if the price is too good to be true, something has to give.
That ‘something’ is usually quality!
Another trick of knife set manufacturers is to load the set with slight variations of knives of the same size. So while you may have lots of blade for your buck, what you’re really getting is one knife type repeated several times.
The key here is to know your knives – in other words how to spot a quality knife and their uses. Once you can do this, it will make it far easier to buy a kitchen knife set that fits both requirement and budget.
If you’re a little unsure, then don’t worry, Seriously Smoked has a great in-depth guide on the 11 best kitchen knife sets and why
Whether you opt for individual knives or quality kitchen knife sets, a bit of knowledge should help you to make the right purchasing decision.
So what do you think? Leave your comments below…
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