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Most of this is actually applicable to meat eaters who are interested in cooking more and going out to eat less as well.

The question a lot of people might is...what set do I buy?

The truth is, you only need three knifes to prepare most meals. So the best bet is to buy the best possible quality you can for whatever it is your budget allows.

To begin, you're to need three knives.

1. A good Chef's Knife

- This is your all purpose nice and where the largest portion of your budget should be focused. This is the chef's go-to-knife and will be used for a large portion of your tasks.

2. A decent Paring Knife

- It's a bonus to buy a good one but you don't need to go as high end on this one as the chef's knife. The main thing is that it has a decent edge and feels comfortable in your hand.

3. An 8-10.5 inch Bread Knife

- This knife will most likely be used the least and this is the one you might want to consider saving money and looking for a good bargain if it means you allocate that money toward buying a nicer chef's or paring knife. the 8 inch bread knife is the most widely available size but you want to get the 10.5 if possible.

Now, other knifes that come in large sets are generally unnecessary and do not perform tasks that cannot be accomplished quicker and easier with a good quality chef's or paring knife.

The other knives you might want to add if the budget allows.

- Nakiri Knife(for vegetarians) or Meat Cleaver(meat eaters or vegetarians)

- A good pair of scissors

- Deboning Knife(for meat eaters)

Next I am going to give some recommendations on the best value knives for each of these categories.
Chef's Knives

Here we will look at some good value chef's knifes...in the 40-200 dollars price range starting from budget to more expensive.

1. Tojiro DP Gyutou Chef's Knife - 8.2 - 9.4 inches(50-60 dollars USD)

- This is probably my favorite value knife, as it is razor sharp and uses the same steel as some of the more expensive models/brands.

- You really don't need better than this but there are other choices that look a little nice if your budget allows.

- Forged. VG 10 Steel blade. Great features at this price point.

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2. Victorinox Fibrox 8 Inch Chef's Knife(40-50 dollars USD)

- This is a real value/workhorse knife that is standard in many restaurant kitchens.

- Affordable, great quality, it's really hard to go wrong with this knife.

- I put the Tojiro DP ahead of this one because I think it looks nicer and is forged instead of stamped.

- The plus for the Victorinox is going to be lower maintenance, which means you can be a little rougher with it in the kitchen.

- Sharp blade. Well-balanced.

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3. Global G-2 8 Inch Chef's Knife(75-100 dollars USD)

- More expensive than the previous two. A great knife for the price. Lightweight.

- Picking this one is really going to depend on whether or not you like the looks and feel of the handle.

- Lightweight. Very popular among vegetarians.

- Lots of people find the handle very comfortable. But if you have large hands, you may find it a little difficult to maneuver.

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4. Wusthof Classic or Classic Ikon 8 Inch Chef's Knife(115-140 dollars USD)

- You can't really have a list without putting this line of knives on it. It's been a standard for decades.

- These are German knives and are going to have more heft than a Japanese chef's knife. Very high quality and durable knife.

- Upkeep and sharpening is often considered easier than on a Japanese chef's knife.

- Because it does not use the same blade angle and steel, it may not be quite as sharp as a Japanese chef's knife.

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5. Shun Classic 8 Inch Chef's Knife(140 dollars USD)

- I would call this the Japanese version of the Wusthof Classic. Not that it's similar, just that's it is very popular.

- As opposed to its German counterpart, it's going to be lighter and have a sharper blade.

- Some may call this an over-priced version of the Tojira DP. But it really does look nicer and probably worth the money if you really like the looks of it.

- You can get better if you want to spend more money. But this is a really good knife.

- The downside compared to the Wusthof is that this knife has been known to chip. Not very likely, but it does happen.

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...Last on the list and the #1 overall pick...

6. The MAC Professional Mighty 8.5 inch Chef's Knife(150-170 dollars USD)

- If your budget allows, get this one.

- Best on the list.

- A little more expensive that the others, but if a chef comes over he or she is going to know you did your homework.

- Downside is that some might think it looks a little boring for the price.

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Whichever one you choose, consider getting them professionally sharpened.

The Japanese knives are usually sharpened on a Whetstone, which isn't expensive but takes a little bit of practice and skill.
Keep in mind...these are simply the most used and reviewed knives.

There are other options you can go for if you want something a little more unique and different.
you have ESP or something? i was just thinking about getting some nice knives 3 minutes ago, open EY.com and boom you have a thread.

the japanese knives look sooo much better than the victorinox. aesthetics you can't teach it!
Paring Knives

Uses - Peeling fruits, detailed cutting, slicing garlic, cutting shapes or details onto food, etc.

This is probably going to be your second most used knife.

3.5-4 inches is usually recommend.

As with the chef's knife, a lot of what you like best will come down to price, quality, and how comfortable the you find the handle.

1. Victorinox 3.25 or 4 Inch Paring Knife(8-20 dollars USD)

- Do you really need better than this? Not really. Great little paring knife and very affordable.

- By far the best bang for the buck.

- Downside: Not the fanciest looking paring knife.

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2. Wusthof Classic 3.5 Inch Paring Knife($39.99 USD)

- Comfortable handle. Looks nice. Quality. It's going to get the job done.

- Number 2 on the list because of the quality and because it runs a little cheaper that it's Japanese counterparts.

- Better built than the Victorinox.

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3. Dalstrong Shogun Series 3.5 Inch Paring Knife(49.99 USD)

- I'm putting this #3 on the list for those who prefer a Japanese style paring knife.

- The price is a little better than some of the other Japanese style paring knives.

- Good quality. Comfortable handle. Very nice looking knife.

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Honorable Mention

- Tojiro DP 3.5 Inch Paring Knife(47 dollars USD)
- Zelite Infinity 4 Inch Paring Knife(60 dollars USD)
- Shun Classic 3.5 Inch Paring Knife(80 dollars USD)
- Henckels International or Twin Four Star Paring Knife(20-30 dollars USD)
- MAC Professional Series 3.25 Inch Paring Knife(60 dollars USD)

All of these are good paring knives.

The only question is how much you want to spend and whether you care if it matches your chef's knife.

Keep in mind...paring knives often get sharpened a lot and often get replaced every 2-5 years.

Which is why price played a bigger factor in recommending these knives than it did the chef's knives.

A good chef's knife is supposed to last a lifetime if taken care of properly.
Since moving to Hong Kong, I appreciate the cleaver a lot more. Very handy in the kitchen.

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(03-11-2016 10:20 PM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]the japanese knives look sooo much better than the victorinox. aesthetics you can't teach it!

I actually agree...I like the Japanese knives as well.

The Victorinox is kind of ugly.

In it's defense...the Victorinox does come in a rosewood handle version that looks much nicer.
(03-11-2016 10:46 PM)Winnson Wrote: [ -> ]Since moving to Hong Kong, I appreciate the cleaver a lot more. Very handy in the kitchen.

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Great knife. I got this as #4 on the list of knives to buy.
i'm probably going to get the TOJIRO. it looks nice
Bread Knife

This is third on the list. If you add this to the chef's knife and paring knife, you'll have everything you need to get started.

- Uses are basically cutting bread and tomatoes.

- Are also used to cut fruit with tough skin like whole pineapples.

- Unlike a chef's knife, you don't have to spend a lot of money on a bread knife. A cheap one will usually do the trick.

- 8 inches is the most popular size...but 10-11 is recommended.

1. Victorinox 10.25 Inch Wavy Bread Knife(35 dollars USD)

- Affordable. Plenty of clearance for larger items(10.25 inches).

- The bread knife doesn't have to be and usually isn't very fancy looking so the Victorinox is a great choice here.

- The rosewood handle version looks nice. But it's also a little more expensive(50 dollars USD).

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2. Tojiro 270mm F-687 Bread Slicer(60 dollars USD)

- Excellent bread knife. Looks pretty nice. Expensive but not too expensive.

- A slight step up from the Victorinox.

- Do you need one this expensive? Probably not. But it's very good and cheaper than a Wusthof or Shun.

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MAC Superior 10.5 Inch Bread Knife(90 dollars USD)

- Great bread knife. You don't need better than this. If you got the money, you'll love it.

- You don't really need to have one this expensive.

- If it fits into your budget after getting the chef's knife you want...why not?

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4. Any cheap bread knife from the store with a generic white or black handle.

- If it means being able to get a better chef's knife or paring knife...just get a generic bread knife for now.

- A cheap one will probably get the job done okay.

Honorable Mention

- Wusthof Classic 10 Inch Bread Knife(115-120 dollars USD)
- Shun Classic 9 Inch Bread Knife(120 dollars USD)
- J.A. Henckels International 8 Inch Bread Knife(30 dollars USD)

The Henckels is a good price but only 8 inches. If that's the size you're looking for, it's a very good value.

Wusthof? Shun? Great bread knives. Highly recommended. But the price can't really be justified over the Tojiro or MAC.

But buy them if you have the extra money and want something to match your Wushof Classin or Shun Classic Chef's Knife.
(03-11-2016 11:07 PM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]i'm probably going to get the TOJIRO. it looks nice

That's the one I'm getting as well. It's a good looking knife. Razor sharp. Made in Japan. High quality steel.

The Shun is better...but not by much.
Utility Knife - The Chinese Cleaver or Nakiri Knife

- Not essential if you have a chef's knife, since the chef knife will perform the same functions and more.

- A nice addition for certain tasks.

- Good knuckle clearance.

- Although not necessary right away, a Chinese cleaver or Nakiri knife is a great compliment to the chef's knife.

- Unlike the Chinese cleaver, which is used for both meat and vegetables, the Nakiri knife is a bit slimmer and meant only for vegetables.

Chinese Cleaver

1. Anything with good reviews and in the 15-30 dollar price range.

- These should get the job done.

- The Chinese cleaver is meant for tough jobs and will get beat up.

- Look for anything in this price range with good reviews.

- Although you don't have to, if you do want to spend a little more...Dexter-Russell, Henckels, and ZHEN Japanese(VG-10 Steel) are all decent picks.

- Anything more expensive than those(Global, Shun) are really spending too much.

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The Nakiri Knife

- Similar in style to the Chinese cleaver but not meant for cutting meat.

- Japanese style vegetable knife. Translated, Nakiri knife actually means "knife for cutting greens" or "knife for cutting vegetables".

- Like the Chinese cleaver, good knuckle clearance.

- Your chef's knife will do what the Nakiri knife does...but this is a lot of fun to have as a compliment.

We're going to go right to our #1 pick here.

1. Tojiro DP F-502 Nakiri Knife(40-50 dollars USD)

- Sharp as a razor. Very nice and not too expensive. Good looking knife.

- Does a great job cutting vegetables and cool to have because it's not a knife most people have in their kitchen.

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You can find less expensive and more expensive brands but the Tojiro F-502 is the clear recommendation and best value for your money here.

Global, Wusthof, Shun and most other brands all make good Nakiri knives.

It's just a matter of how much you want to spend.
Ways To Store Your New Knives

Traditional Knife Block

- This is always going to be popular. An easy way to store your new knives.

- Affordable

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Magnetic Knife Block

- Very sharp looking. A great way to show off your knives.

- A little more expensive than the other methods.

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Magnetic Knife Strip

- Save counter space.

- Less expensive.

- Looks great if you have a good spot on the wall to put it.

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Odd Man Out - The Santoku Knife

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Some might ask...why no Santoku knife?

It's a very popular knife right now. And I'll admit, it's a very cool looking knife.

Here's the problem: It doesn't know if it wants to be a chef's knife or a vegetable knife.

...a cool knife with a bit of an identity crisis.

So it's not going to be recommended over a Chef's Knife...although a good one does most tasks just about as well.

And, if you already have or are planning to get a chef's knife, you're better off complementing it with a cleaver or nakiri knife.

That being said, if you love the looks of the Sanoku knife, you can get one instead of a chef's knife.

Santoku Knife
Paring Knife
Bread Knife

It would replace the Chef's Knife in your knife collection.

The recommendation here is to get a good chef's knife to begin and then add the Santoku knife later on as a luxury knife.

Both great knives.

The Chef Knife is bigger and is usually preferred as the go-to-knife.

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