The 15 Best Kitchen Knife Sets To Choose From Right Now

A good set of knives is an essential component in every kitchen’s arsenal of tools and accessories. But what does “good” actually mean in this case? It’s definitely a subjective matter but even so it’s not very difficult to isolate a few key characteristics to focus on when comparing two or more products. In any case, it’s about time you made an upgrade, don’t you think?

Check out below the best kitchen knife sets you can choose from right now, pick the one that suits you best and go for it.

1.A different color for each task – 12-Piece Knife Set

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This colorful 12-piece knife set immediately stands out. It includes 6 knives and 6 knife covers, with a different color for each pair. It’s quirky set but don’t let this suggest that it makes up in looks for what it lacks in functionality. The knives have high-quality stainless steel blades, ergonomic handles and are built to last. The funky colors are not just for looks. They mark the non-stick coating on each knife which makes dicing easy and enjoyable. The set includes the following types: an 8” chef’s knife, an 8” slicing knife, an 8” serrated bread knife, a 7” santoku knife, a 6.5” utility knife and a 3.5” paring knife.

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Color Collection 12-Piece Knife Set
Color Collection 12-Piece Knife Set

What I really like about the different colors is that they make it easy to identify the knife needed just by looking at the handle (when they're all stored in a knife block for example).

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2. An impressive 18-piece set

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They say there’s power in numbers and you could say that it applies to knife sets too. This is an 18-piece set and before you decide that it’s too much for you just have a look at what it includes: an 8” chef’s knife, a 7” santoku knife, an 8” slicing knife, an 8” bread knife, a 5.5” utility knife, a 6” boning knife, a 3.5” paring knife and 8 4.5” steak knives plus 8” kitchen shears and an 8” knife sharpener. They’re all stored in a compact wood block that you can keep on the counter. As you can see, this is a very complete set. It includes all the basic types of knives as well as some basic accessories. The exception is the set of steak knives which is not usually included but which is very useful.

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Premium 18-Piece Kitchen Knife Block Set
Premium 18-Piece Kitchen Knife Block Set

All the knives have high-quality stainless steel blades with ergonomic handles.

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3. All metal – Swedish Sandvik Steel Forged

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Many people consider all-metal knives to be superior to those with wooden handles and usually they’re not wrong. This type of design makes the knives extra durable and gives them a professional appearance. If you’re a fan of all that, check out this 17-piece knife set from Gangshan. It was developed in collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller. The knives are full tang forged from high alloy Swedish Sandvik 14C28N steel. This 17-piece set includes the following: an 8” chef’s knife, an 8” brad knife, a 6” boning knife, a 5” serrated utility knife, a 5” tomato knife, a 3.5” paring knife, a 2.75” peeling knife, an 8” boning knife, 9” shears, 6 5” steak knives and an elegant walnut block to hold them all. 

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Swedish Sandvik Steel Forged
Swedish Sandvik Steel Forged

The patented design puts emphasis on the all-metal structure as well as the ergonomic handle which has a beautiful matte finish.

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4. The basic set with High-Carbon Stainless-Steel Blades

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If you’re looking for a good set of knives that includes all the basic pieces and doesn’t cost a fortune, this is it. Design-wise there’s not much that sets these knives apart from other typical sets. It’s not a revolutionary product by any means nor does it try to be. Of course, that doesn’t diminish its positive characteristics in any way. The set includes the following: an 8” chef’s knife, an 8” slicing knife, an 8” bread knife, a 5.5” utility knife, a 3.5” peeling knife, 6 4.5” steak knives, kitchen shears, a sharpener and a pine wood block.

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14-Piece Kitchen Knife Set with High-Carbon Stainless-Steel Blades
14-Piece Kitchen Knife Set with High-Carbon Stainless-Steel Blades

All the knives have high-carbon stainless steel blades and triple-rivet handles.

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5.The Shogun Series X Knife Set

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If you’re willing to invest in a good but expensive knife set, there’s are plenty of options to choose from. The Shogun Series X set from Dalstrong is one of them. It was designed to deliver premium quality as well as a beautiful and eye-catching design. The knives have Japanese high-carbon AUS-10V super steel blades with super sharp edges. They’re hand-polished at 8-12° per side using the traditional 3-step Honbazuke method and nitrogen-cooled. It’s also notable that they’re made from 67 layers of stainless steel which makes them very durable and also ensures resistance to stains. The set includes an 8” chef’s knife, a 7” santoku knife, a 6” utility knife, an 8” break knife . and a 3.75” paring knife plus a stylish block made from premium acacia wood which has a unique and modern design. 

Japanese Super Steel
Shogun Series X Knife Set
Shogun Series X Knife Set

The handles have ergonomic designs and are triple-riveted for added strength and durability.

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6.Minimalist tempered glass block – 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set

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Although it can sometimes be useful to have various different types of knives handy, usually a 6-piece set is more than enough for most kitchen-related tasks. This set is a really great example in that sense. It includes an 8” chef’s knife, an 8” break knife, a 6” boning knife, a 5” utility knife, a 3.5” paring knife and a a knife holder. Special importance was given in this case to the knife holder, hence the unusual design. This piece is made from clear tempered glass (with a steel frame) which makes it not only eye-catching but also very practical. You can easily identify each knife at a glance and that’s very convenient. Of course, the knives themselves are high-quality and well-designed, featuring a full tang that runs the entire length of the handle, ergonomic shapes and blades resistant to corrosion, rust and discoloration.

Tempered Glass Block
Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set
Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set

Ergonomic Santoprene handle offers superior comfort and a non-slip grip, even with wet hands.

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7.TWIN Signature knives

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This knife set has a nice classic feel to it which helps to make it extra versatile. This particular version includes 11 pieces which we feel is what most kitchens need. There’s also a 7-piece set if you want to keep only the basics and a 19-piece set which comes with an extra 8 steak knives. This is what you get in the 11-piece knife set, the one that we’re checking out right now: an 8” chef’s knife, a 7” santoku knife, a 6” utility knife, a 5” serrated utility knife, a 4.5” vegetable knife, a 4” paring knife and a 2.75” bird’s beak peeling knife. All the knives feature high-carbon, stainless steel blades with laser-cut edges.

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TWIN Signature Knife Block Set
TWIN Signature Knife Block Set

They have traditional-style polymer handles with three rivets and ergonomic shapes.

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8.Built-in ceramic sharpeners

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It’s not enough for a knife to have a good design, an ergonomic handle or to be of high-quality materials. At the end of the day, none of it matters if the blade is dull. Not having to worry about that and knowing that all your knives are sharp and ready to go is a great feeling. That’s exactly what this Calphalon knife set offers. It’s all possible thanks to the built-in ceramic sharpeners. These are integrated into the knife block and only for the straight-edge knives. this ensures that they automatically sharpen the blades with every use. As far as everything else is concerned, this set includes 12 pieces: an 8” chef’s knife, a 6” serrated utility knife, a 5” santoku knife, a 4.5” parer, kitchen shears, 6 steak knives and of course the sharpening knife block that we just mentioned.

Sharpin Technology
Self-Sharpening Cutlery Knife Block Set With Sharpin Technology
Self-Sharpening Cutlery Knife Block Set With Sharpin Technology

The handles are labeled so you can easily identify each knife.

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9.A classic 8-piece set with room for more

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Although this is only an 8-piece knife set, there’s actually plenty of room for extra knives in all the extra slots. This allows you to potentially enlarge your collection without having to get a different knife block to accommodate all the extra pieces. The included knives have high-carbon, stainless steel blades and ergonomic handles with 3 rivets each for added durability.

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WÜSTHOF CLASSIC IKON Eight Piece Knife Block Set
WÜSTHOF CLASSIC IKON Eight Piece Knife Block Set

They come with a 15 slot knife block made from walnut wood.

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10.Elegance and quality – perfectly balanced

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The first thing that comes to mind when looking at this knife set is the word “elegance”. It has a simple overall design with masculine undertones and it’s all complemented by high-quality materials. This is a 15-piece knife set which includes an 8” chef’s knife, an 8” slicing knife, an 8” santoku knife, an 8” break knife, a 5” utility knife, a 3.5” paring knife, a sharpener, kitchen scissors and 6 4.5” steak knives. They’re all stored in beautiful wooden block.

German Stainless Steel
15-Piece Kitchen Knife Set with Block Wooden
15-Piece Kitchen Knife Set with Block Wooden

The knives have X50Cr15 superior high-Carbon stainless steel blades and are resistant to rust and stains. 

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11.All-black knife set

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If you’re looking for a set of knives that look as cool as they feel, this is it. This is a set of 13 professional knives stored inside a clear acrylic stand that lets you showcase them and easily identify the knife that you need at a glance every single time. The set includes all types of knives for all purposes: there’s a carving knife, a utility knife, a cheese knife, a pizza knife, the usual chef’s knife, a break knife, a paring knife and a set of steak knives. They’re all made from stainless steel and are coated with nonstick paint. They have ergonomic handles and they’re rust and stain-resistant.

Acrylic Stand
Stainless Steel Knife Set with Block
Stainless Steel Knife Set with Block

In addition to these you also get peeler scissors and a knife sharpener.

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12.A complete 18-piece stainless steel set

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With 18 pieces in total, this really is a complete set. It includes all the knife types usually needed in the kitchen and more. They all have high-carbon stainless steel blades which in some cases are complemented by poly handles with a nice rubbery texture that ensures a comfortable grip. They’re resistant to stains, rust and pitting thanks to the high carbon concentration. The set includes the following pieces: a 3.25” paring knife, a 3” peeling knife, a 5” utility knife, a 7.75” chef’s knife, an 8” slicing knife, a 5” santoku knife, a 7” santoku knife, an 8” sharpening tool and 8 4.25” steak knives.

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Cutlery Fusion 18pc Block Set
Cutlery Fusion 18pc Block Set

The steak knives and sharpener have stainless steel handles.

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13.15-piece dishwasher-safe knife set

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It’s quite important these days for pretty much any kitchen utensil to be dishwasher-safe. That makes cleaning easy and makes the utensils in question very convenient. You get to enjoy that convenience with this 15-piece stainless steel knife set. It includes a series of six steak knives, kitchen scissors, a sharpening tool plus a selection of basic kitchen knives of different types and sizes. They’re all stored in a beautiful knife block with a simple and modern design and a black finish. The knives have stainless steel handles for added durability and strength.

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15-Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Block Set
15-Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Block Set

They're ergonomic and their blades are designed to narrow gradually to a very sharp, fine edge.

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14.Multicolor resin set

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Multicolor knife sets such as this one are nice because they add a fresh and cheerful vibe to the kitchen. They’re also practical and convenient by making it easy to identify each type of knife just by color and from a distance. In this case each knife has a matching blade cover which is really great in more than one way: it makes the knives portable and allows you to store the knife inside a drawer without worrying you’ll cut your hand in the blade when retrieving it. The set includes the following pieces: an 8” chef’s knife, an 8” break knife, an 8” slicing knife, a 5.5” serrated utility knife, a 3.5” paring knife and a matching cover for each one. The blades are made from stainless-steel with a resin coating.

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Resin Cutlery Knife Set
Resin Cutlery Knife Set

The handles offer a comfortable grip and have ergonomic designs. They're also perfectly balanced.

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15. Shadow Black Series

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If you’re into minimalist and contemporary designs with sculptural forms then you’re going to love this knife set. It’s all black and that gives it a very sleek look. The design is defined by sharp lines and angles which give it an aggressive and masculine vibe without taking it to the extreme. This knife set is designed to stand out and to become a statement about your style and your kitchen in general. Each knife is crafted from a single piece of stainless steel and is hand-polished. They all have fiber-resin and military-grade G10 handles with a unique geometry but also an ergonomic design.

Treated Steel
Shadow Black Series
Shadow Black Series

Each knife with a matching black sheath which reinforces the unique design even more.

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Conclusion

Different types of knives are best at different types of tasks and different sets suit different types of kitchens and users. We’re confident that this selection includes something for everyone and we hope it made it a bit easier for you to figure out what it is that you’re actually looking for. After all, finding the best kitchen knife set for your kitchen should be a pleasant and easy task..