There’s no reason you need to pay in excess of $500 to get yourself into grail knives. The sweet spot in the market is under $300 because anything higher is where you get limited returns for the huge amounts you’re spending.
On this list we have a great selection of Japanese and German made knives that are the sort to last you a lifetime. So not only will these knives make cooking a satisfying activity, they’ll actually be a worthy investment.
Our top choice as an allrounder knife is the Kasumi 88020 (what a name!), so get started with that blade, and make sure to read our handy descriptions if you want to find the perfect fit for your kitchen
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I’ve been using the same Kasumi chef’s knife for a decade now, and it’s still in near-mint condition! Such amazing quality.
I am a huge fan of buying quality knives and slowly building a set. I like to start with a paring knife, an eight inch Chefs knife and a serrated knife. My favorite brand is Zwilling J.A. Henckels Professional S. This starter set is under $160.00 for three basic knives.
Made from spain, these kitchen knives are sharp, durable and made by hand. Worth a try.
This high carbon knife is extra durable yet easy to hold with the pakka handle. This knife is super sharp, due to the German engineering and will not tarnish. Plus, this knife is less than $30!
Nothing says knife quite like a meat cleaver! This meat cleaver is not only functional, with its super sharp blade, but the size of it also helps to keep your fingers away from the knife’s edge. The handle is also made to be non-slip.
No kitchen is complete without a paring knife. This high carbon stainless steel knife is not only easy to hold with its ergonomic handle design, but it also has a special blade sharpening technology which help to keep it sharp.
The Viking Professional Steakhouse Style Knife Set is more than just a regular set of knives. The restaurant grade 6-knife set is honed from durable German stainless steel with a Pakkawood handle that is double riveted to give the knife balance and offer your favorite home cook a comfortable experience when chopping. The knives are also partially serated, so they are perfect for cutting through things both thick and thin. The set comes in a bamboo gift box and is available in black (below) or red.