Updated on 16 October, 2021
Knife sets that fall into the range of under £100 have many advantages and can be a great addition to any collection. The first advantage is sharpness: the smaller the knife set the better your accuracy will be when you use it. Also, the heavier the knife set the more solid the handles will be. The biggest con for smaller knives is cost; as the edges of most knives are very sharp, a cheaper knife set may not have as sharp edges as a more expensive one.
Two of the most important parts of any knife set are the blades and the handles. For safety reasons, it's always best to use a knife set with heavier blades than you would use for cutting vegetables or other food. Bladed knives tend to be much less likely to drop or deflect away from the block or other objects that they'll be cutting around.
If you want to sharpen your own knives, you can purchase a steak knife or another type of specialized knife, such as a serrated knife. Steak knives have a sharpening stone on one side and a finger guard on the other. To use a steak knife, hold it straight with the blade at about a quarter-inch away from your nose. Squeeze the edge between your index finger and thumb, and use the flat side of the stone to grind the outside of the blade. Now, with the flat side facing down, slide the blade across your finger. Be sure to keep the knife held straight and in front of your face, so that the sharp end doesn't catch on anything.
Merely using a regular kitchen knife set isn't enough for most cooks. It might take some practice to get the feel of the lighter fluid and the click of the blade as you hold it in the right position. But once you've mastered that, knife sets can be an invaluable part of your kitchen essentials, offering a wide variety of tools and products to help you get the job done. And just as each type of tool has its own specialty, so too does each type of knife. Below, we'll discuss some of the more common ones and what they can do.
Another thing to look for in a kitchen knife set is whether or not it has a traditional or modern design. While both styles are very popular, some knives are decidedly more modern than others. It's all about the look and the feel of a kitchen tool. Stainless steel construction is very smooth and durable, while the sharpening on a traditional handle can provide a unique and interesting feel that's very different from other types.
Another popular choice among cookware enthusiasts is the serrated knife set. What's so special about serrated knives? On a basic level, it means that the edges are sharpened perpendicular to the surface they're cutting at, which offers a unique and extremely useful feature. Serrated knives, however, can get a little tricky to clean. They require extra attention to maintaining their sharpness because they're more difficult to remove from their blades.
Lastly, you should consider whether or not the set includes some fancy extras. For example, some chef knife sets include a steak knife attached to the handle. This is very handy if you plan to serve steak on the cutting board, as the steak knife will come in handy cutting up tenderloin or fillet mignon. Other extras to think about including special knives designed for certain foods, glass knives (to add elegance to cutlery, even when you're not using a glass serving tray), and bottle stoppers for wine, champagne, or lemonade.