This is the most asked question when I begin working with clients and the subject of cutlery comes up. They quickly say that they don’t want to buy a set because they won’t use all 20 knives included in the block. I totally agree with them!
There are three basic knives that most homeowners need in their kitchens:
The paring knife does your detail work like peeling or slicing strawberries and mushrooms, the serrated knife helps you to easily slice anything with tough skins like peppers, tomatoes and breads, and the final knife is your chef’s knife. It has it’s name for a reason. It’s the work horse knife in your kitchen. If you buy a good quality one, it will do most tasks for you very cleanly and easily.
In reality, though, I really think you need five knives for your kitchen. In addition to those mentioned above, I also believe having a slicing knife for slicing/carving meats, fish, poultry, eggplant and watermelon is a tremendous asset to your kitchen. My final recommendation is to add a 6 inch utility knife to your collection. If you are just cutting an apple, you may not want to pull out your 8 inch chef’s knife for such a simple task.
If you are in the market for kitchen cutlery, I would take some time and visit your local cooking stores like Williams-Sonoma, Crate and Barrel and Sur La Table where you are able to test out the knives. Take a look at knives by Wusthof, Zwilling, Shun and Global. If you have any knife related questions, send a message by replying to this post. What’s your favorite knife in your kitchen?