You only really need three knives: a chef’s knife, a pairing knife, and a serrated one. These picks make the cut.
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution 3-Piece Ceramic Knife Set
We swear by the super lightweight chef’s knife that comes in this set because it holds its edge better than stainless steel and never needs to be sharpened. Also included: a 5-inch serrated knife and a 3-inch paring knife.
To buy: $73, amazon.com.
Victorinox Cutlery 9-Inch Wavy Edge Bread Knife
This knife’s blade is offset lower than the handle so you never scrape your knuckles on the cutting board. The rounded handle is comfortable to grip (important when you’re sawing through tough foods like melons or crusty bread), and the stainless steel teeth stays sharp.
To buy: $29, amazon.com.
Victorinox Forschner 3.25” Paring Knife
We love this offering because it’s inexpensive, dishwasher safe, and can be sharpened—although it’s so cheap you could just stock up and replace it when it gets dull.
To buy: $7, amazon.com.
Wusthof Classic Ikon 6-Inch Cook’s Knife, Black
Lightweight for a stainless steel knife, this workhorse has an extremely thin but durable blade. Delicate enough for paper-thin onion slices but strong enough to take on the toughest butternut squash. It feels incredibly balanced in your hand and is easy to control. Here’s a knife that will last you a lifetime.
To buy: $91, amazon.com.
Global G-2 8-inch Chef’s Knife
The blade on this knife is long enough to slice every fruit and vegetable, including watermelon. The stainless steel handle fits in your hand like a glove, and its dimpled surface helps you get a grip. Unlike most knives which are made from two pieces (the handle and the blade), this champ is just one piece—so it’s extremely easy to clean.
To buy: $92, amazon.com.