7 knives every home cook needs in their kitchen

One of the greatest joys seasoned (and wannabe) chefs can experience is opening a brand-new case of a knife and immediately chopping it into a slab of meat or thinly sliced ​​vegetables. Ease of plowing during prep work with a sharp knife designed specifically for specific tasks is like reaching for a culinary knife. You see, no one knife does it all. There are a number of knives that every home cook needs in their kitchen.

So, if you’ve planned on making this New Year’s resolution to maybe cook more or just prepare some healthy meals, there is no better motivation than spending a little money on one of the highest quality kitchen knives. We have selected a range – from santokus to fillets – that will make your time in the kitchen more efficient and enjoyable. Here are the knives every home cook needs.

7 knives every home cook needs in their kitchen

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1. Kiln Chef’s Knife

Kilne entered the US market this fall, and it’s well known and respected in Canada for bringing high-quality blades to consumers at affordable prices, which is probably why you haven’t heard of it before. Add this classic French-inspired chef’s knife to your menu. Made of German chrome-molybdenum-vanadium steel with a full tang – hardened steel from tip to tail – making it strong and balanced. This knife does everything in the kitchen, from precise cutting to heavy-duty slicing or slicing.

[$50; kline.com]

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Treat yourself to some new kitchen knives to usher in the new year sharply.
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2. Made in Nakiri Knife

Nakiri is a great combination of a chef’s knife and a cleaver. Very useful in the kitchen, it’s square in shape and straight blade (no vibrator) makes it ideal for chopping and slicing vegetables. Made in France by fifth-generation blade makers, it has an overall length of 11.5 inches and weighs just 7 ounces for an impressive nimbleness around a cutting board.

[$119; madeincookware.com]

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Treat yourself to some new kitchen knives to usher in the new year sharply.
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3. New West KnifeWorks 7″ Teton Edge Santoku

The Japanese santoku kitchen knife design has been popular in the West for decades now, and it’s clear why: Its multi-purpose blade configuration combines the best of traditional chef knives and a small cleaver to make it worthy of its name, which means the “three virtues” of slicing, slicing, and slicing. This beautiful version, made in Idaho, has a blade made of high-performance S35VN steel that uses a chiseled width of the Teton Mountain Range in Wyoming instead of traditional dimples, helping to prevent food from sticking to the blade during preparation. The extra-rigid handle is made of G10, an epoxy fiberglass compound that comes in multiple color combinations.

[$389; newwestknifeworks.com]

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Treat yourself to some new kitchen knives to usher in the new year sharply.
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4. Cutluxe Shinobi 12″ slicing knife

You may not use this bulky knife every day (unless you run a barbecue restaurant), but when you need it, it will turn any big chopping tasks into easy ones. The intricate 66-layer Japanese Damascus blade is forged from high-carbon AUS-10 steel that has been honed to a sharp edge using the traditional Honbazuke method, a three-step process that finishes with a smooth coating. The G10 handle provides a comfortable, ergonomic grip that will confidently pull you through any tough kitchen task.

[$110; cutluxe.com]

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Treat yourself to some new kitchen knives to usher in the new year sharply.
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5. Case 6 boning knife

Not every knife in your collection has to be an expensive, high dollar purchase. You can still get quality knives at super low prices, like this boning knife from the legendary knife maker Case. A staple for thousands of butchers across the country, this classic blade is made of durable, long-lasting stainless steel with a solid walnut handle. This simple and effective cutter will quickly remove everything from pork to venison and can even do some slicing tasks.

[$44; caseknives.com]

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Treat yourself to some new kitchen knives to usher in the new year sharply.
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6. Middleton 4″ Echo . Paring Knife

Crafted by Bladesmith Quintin Middleton, who makes custom blades for culinary stars like Emeril Lagasse and Michael Antony, this light and nimble paring knife is a wonder to use. It has a featherweight feel and an amazingly sharp blade made of stainless steel called AEB-L, known for its hardness and corrosion resistance. Special steel also allows the blade to be shaped very thinly, giving it a precise, groomed feel when doing many small kitchen tasks.

[$100; middletonmadeknives.bigcartel.com]

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Treat yourself to some new kitchen knives to usher in the new year sharply.
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7. Benchmade Table Knife Set

Get rid of your old steak knives that are now boring and uninspiring. Because when you slap a perfectly cooked ribeye that’s slightly charred on the outside and pinkish-red on the inside, you owe it to the cow to chop that meat up with a good knife. This customizable four-piece set is made of Benchmade’s proprietary SelectEdge stainless steel and comes with a small serrated edge near the edge to separate tougher cuts of meat like game. This versatile blade is also available at home and helps with preparation as it sits at the table next to a sizzling steak. Intrigued but don’t need the full set? You can also pick up one knife for $160.

[From $600; benchmade.com]

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