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Best knives for your kitchen.

Joshua G. Feldman "Technophile"
The list author says: "Why not just buy cheap knives?
Most of us get by with cheap knives without really knowing what we're missing. You can cut things with a poor quality knife, but the balance, edge holding ability, and cutting power of a good quality well maintained knife makes kitchen prep a totally superior experience. Developing an awareness of and passion for good steel will pay you back in a multitude of ways every time you cook.

Fine edge trumps serrated on everything except bread. Forged have great strength and balance, but there are great stamped knives that get close for much less money. I've written an exhaustive "so you'd like to" guide about picking the right knives called "So you'd like to...pick (and maintain) the best knives for your kitchen".
http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/syltguides/fullview/R2VODKYZA1FUV6/ref=cm_sylt_pdp_title_full_1
I'm putting many of the items discussed in that guide as a listmania below. This list is meant to introduce you to many different brands and types, so most will be represented by the 8" Chef's knife. Obviously I don't mean you to only buy 8" Chef's knives - but it's a way of quickly seeing relative pricing. You can explore the full lines on your own. I also address maintaining and storing knives."
Wusthof 9655 Grand Prix II 2pc Starter Knife Set
Wusthof 9655 Grand Prix II 2pc Starter Knife Set
"Most cooking tasks are handled by a paring and a Chef's knife.  This set is a great way to transform your kitchen experience.  Wusthof makes state of the art forged high carbon stainless ice tempered knives.  Grand Prix molded handles are more ergonomic, durable, and hygenic than classic riveted style."
Victorinox Cutlery 6-Piece Paring Set, Black Polypropylene Handles
Victorinox Cutlery 6-Piece Paring Set, Black Polypropylene Handles
"Everyone needs a few paring knives.  This set fully equips you for a great price.  Victorinox Forschner are Cook's Illustrated best buys.  Stamped and lightweight (not necessarily a great thing) but great grinding and steel quality.  Molded plastic handles.  Great value."
J.A. Henckels Twin Five Star 6-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Utility Knife
J.A. Henckels Twin Five Star 6-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Utility Knife
"The other size everyone needs is a mid-sized utility knife for all the multifarious tasks not best handled by a paring or a Chef's.  Henckels makes some killer forged ice tempered high carbon stainless knives.  There's a variety of handles - 4 star is best value, but 5 star has full tang and better ergonomics.  Be careful of "Henckels International" - same name but inferior quality."
Rada Cutlery The Starter Knife Gift Set Part 2
Rada Cutlery The Starter Knife Gift Set Part 2
"Fine knives must be hand washed (true for most of the others listed here except this one).  Rada Cutlery is an American company that makes inexpensive stamped stainless blades and handles of tough cast aluminum.  These aren't state of the art blades, but for folks who can't help themselves putting knives in the dishwasher - these are a good pick."
Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife 40520, 47520, 45520, 5.2063.20
Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife 40520, 47520, 45520, 5.2063.20
"Victorinox - now branded "R H Forschner" - an excellent stamped blade with great grinding. These are an unbeatable value and were picked by Cook's Illustrated as a best buy.  This is a top seller."
Global G-2 - 8 inch, 20cm Chef's Knife
Global G-2 - 8 inch, 20cm Chef's Knife
"Global makes a superb line of stainless knives of advanced alloy and grind. Handles are composed of the same steel stamping as the blade, hollow rolled, with a texture molded in.  The entire knife is a single piece of steel. Light weight because of the hollow handle and thin (Asian) grind. However, lack of a bolster and a sharp pointy heel takes a little getting used to. It's finesse over force."
Zwillilng J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star 8-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife
Zwillilng J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star 8-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife
"Henckel's 4 Star doesn't quite have a full tang (rat tail tang underlies 3/4 the handle) - but the blade is superb, the balance doesn't suffer much and the price is low - only F. Dick can rival this for forged value."
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pro S 8-inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pro S 8-inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife
"Henckel's Professional "S" line is the classic riveted handle style.  The molded type is more hygenic and ergonomic, but the classic style will match your other knives and some prefer the look.  These are high quality resin - not likely to shrink or warp."
J.A. Henckels Twin Select 8-Inch Chef's Knife
J.A. Henckels Twin Select 8-Inch Chef's Knife
"Henckels Twin Select has the same shape as 5 star, but executed in stylish durable stainless steel."
J.A. Henckels Twin Five Star 8-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife
J.A. Henckels Twin Five Star 8-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife
"Henckels 5 star is molded like the 4 star but has a more ergonomic shape and a full tang."
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Cuisine 8-Inch Chef's Knife (B-Grade*)
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Cuisine 8-Inch Chef's Knife (B-Grade*)
"Henckels Twin Cuisine line has a beautiful molded handle with a full tang artfully displayed by two lovely curving steel veins."
Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook's Knife
Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook's Knife
"Wusthof makes exquisite Western grind high carbon stainless ice tempered forged knives.  The Classic line has the traditional rivets with black resin handles."
Wusthof  Grand Prix II 8-Inch Cook's Knife
Wusthof Grand Prix II 8-Inch Cook's Knife
"Wusthof's molded handle version, Grand Prix."
Shun DM0706 Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife
Shun DM0706 Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife
"Kershaw - exquisite Japanese knives that exemplify artisan Japanese obsessive quality.  Shun Classic - damascus steel blades with asian style 16 degree edge grind"
Shun 8-Inch Stainless Steel Chef's Knife
Shun 8-Inch Stainless Steel Chef's Knife
"Shun's Steel line is exactly like the awesome Shun Classic line but with impervious steel handles."
Shun Alton Angled 8-Inch Chefs Knife
Shun Alton Angled 8-Inch Chefs Knife
"Alton's Angles - essentially the exquisite Shun Classics but with the handles at a ten degree angle to the blade as designed by Alton Brown for ergonomic use"
Shun SG0404 Elite 8-Inch Chef's Knife
Shun SG0404 Elite 8-Inch Chef's Knife
"Shun's Elite line has a ductile steel blade body with a super hard carbon steel edge inset within like a samurai sword.  You can see the wavy line between the two types of steel wavering up the blade.  Incredible."
Ken Onion by Shun DM0500 8-Inch Chef's Knife
Ken Onion by Shun DM0500 8-Inch Chef's Knife
"Shun's Ken Onion designed line is exquisite with Damascus steel blades, exotic curves, excellent ergonomics.  Catnip for enthusiasts."
Wasabi by Kershaw 9-1/2-Inch Yanagiba Knife
Wasabi by Kershaw 9-1/2-Inch Yanagiba Knife
"Shun's Wasabi is a traditional Japanese line.  Yanagiba is a sashimi fish slicing knife.  Single ground (beveled on only one face and hollow ground on the back) to allow paper thin slicing of fish for Sashimi/Sushi. Very fragile, but the ultimate slicer"
Friedr. Dick 1905 Exclusive Series 8-Inch Chef's Knife
Friedr. Dick 1905 Exclusive Series 8-Inch Chef's Knife
"F. Dick's elegant retro "1905" line has metal bands in the place of rivets.  Superb quality at a very decent price."
Kyocera Revolution Series 7-Inch Professional Chef's Knife, Black Blade
Kyocera Revolution Series 7-Inch Professional Chef's Knife, Black Blade
"Kyocera is the big name in ceramic knives.  Ceramics are very hard, and hold an edge very well.  But they are brittle, don't survive falls, are extremely difficult to resharpen, and are prone to edge chips. Yet  high quality ceramics can be incredibly sharp and, if cared for, maintenance free for decades.  No sharpening, no honing with the steel."
LamsonSharp 8-Inch Wide Forged Chef's Knife
LamsonSharp 8-Inch Wide Forged Chef's Knife
"Lamson - awesome American brand that makes decent stamped and excellent forged knives (forgings imported from Solingen).  (Rosewood and Black handles available)."
Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Carving Set
Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Carving Set
"Carving knives are only useful for carving roasts and fowls - but they are necessary table theater for holidays.  The excellent matching two tine fork is a really nice and necessary accessory."
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pro S 12-Inch Honing Steel
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pro S 12-Inch Honing Steel
"You should hone with a steel regularly to keep edges in shape (honing doesn't remove metal like sharpening - so honing actually extends the life of your blades).  Big long steels are easier to use (if harder to store).  Henckels' 12" is a great value."
Wusthof 12-Inch Sharpening Steel
Wusthof 12-Inch Sharpening Steel
"Wusthof's 12" steel is much more expensive - but is exquisite quality with awesome machining on the grooves, and a big beefy handle.  Highly recommended."
Chef's Choice M130 Professional Sharpening Station, White
Chef's Choice M130 Professional Sharpening Station, White
"Sharpening is all about keeping a consistent angle.  Chef's Choice machines have guides that help.  The M130 has much better disks for the critical 2nd and 3rd stages than previous models = sharper knives.  Be very careful when using - it's easy to remove too much metal by accident (especially w/ stage1)"
MinoSharp Sharpening Guides 2-Piece Set
MinoSharp Sharpening Guides 2-Piece Set
"If you use bench stones it takes lots of practice to grind with a consistent angle.  Using a guide really helps by holding the knife at a consistent angle.  Only trouble is, it doesn't work for the tip (you'll have to do that free hand).  Still, you'll have a good idea of the correct angle after using the guide."
Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System
Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System
"Excellent value for a set of 3 bench stones.  At 6" they are a little small for kitchen knives - but still great.  Nice space saving design with it's own holder/case."
Norton IM313 -11.5" Three Stone Sharpening System - Fine India, Medium Crystolon, and Coarse Crystolon stones
Norton IM313 -11.5" Three Stone Sharpening System - Fine India, Medium Crystolon, and Coarse Crystolon stones
"Awesome 11.5" long sharpening stones - set of 3.  You might want to add a super-fine finishing stone - but this set is killer.  The big size means quick sharpening (as does the excellent synthetic abrasives)."
DMT W250EF-WB 10-Inch DuoSharp Bench Stone - Extra-Fine / Fine  With Base
DMT W250EF-WB 10-Inch DuoSharp Bench Stone - Extra-Fine / Fine With Base
"Diamond bench stones are extremely durable.  Here's a fine/extra fine one with base that will put a very fine edge on."
Henckels 20-Slot Super Knife Storage Block
Henckels 20-Slot Super Knife Storage Block
"Knives should be kept out of drawers.  Knife blocks are a great way to store your knives within easy reach safely on the counter.  Get a big block with lots of slots to hold your collection if it grows."
Wusthof 25 Slot Storage Block
Wusthof 25 Slot Storage Block
"Even bigger knife block.  Really nice, but starting to get pricey.  If you have a ton of nice knives, this is a great unit."
J.A. Henckels 13-Slot In-Drawer Knife Tray
J.A. Henckels 13-Slot In-Drawer Knife Tray
"In-drawer knife trays are a great way to safely store knives in a drawer."
TableCraft 2924P Plastic Base 24" Magnetic Bar Knife Holder
TableCraft 2924P Plastic Base 24" Magnetic Bar Knife Holder
"Knives can also be stored on a magnetic strip mounted on a wall.  This is little more hazardous than a knife block - but your counters and drawers will be totally free."
Messermeister 8 Pocket Knife Roll, Orange
Messermeister 8 Pocket Knife Roll, Orange
"Knife rolls are a safe way to travel with knives.  They can also be used for safe storage."
OXO Good Grips 10-1/2-by-15-Inch Utility Cutting Board, Black
OXO Good Grips 10-1/2-by-15-Inch Utility Cutting Board, Black
"Good knives should never be used on glass, stone, or stone substitute (i.e. corian) cutting boards.  Poly plastic is the best because it's hygenic, easy to clean, impervious, and easy on your blades (your knives will hold an edge longer if you use poly cutting boards)."
KitchenAid Professional Poly Cutting Board Black 14 in x 19 in
KitchenAid Professional Poly Cutting Board Black 14 in x 19 in
"KitchenAid makes a big nice poly cutting board."
Norpro Rectangular Wood Cutting Board, 15x19
Norpro Rectangular Wood Cutting Board, 15x19
"Wood cutting boards are beautiful, but less practical because they must be oiled, cannot be soaked, and are not hygenic to use with raw meat.  Since they look good I leave one out for show and then put a poly board on it when I actually cook."
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