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The kitchen is the first room in the house to get all the wedding registry love. We're sure you're excited to fill your kitchen up with all the essentials—new plates without any chips, pretty serving dishes that aren't hand-me-downs from mom, awesome pots and pans that will last a lifetime. But chances are, you're probably forgetting the most important item: Cutlery. That's right, the knives you add to your registry can make or break your kitchen—good knives make all the difference in the prep work for cooking, and a dull or short-lasting set just won't do the trick. Kitchen registering can be overwhelming, but the cutlery part doesn't have to be. Here, a few reasons why cutlery is a must wedding-registry item and how to pick the right piece for you.
They come in a set
Cutlery sets, like Calphalon's Contemporary Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set (above) come with multiple pieces—including the must-have chef's knife, a paring knife and a Santouk knife—tucked in a high-quality knife block. The easy-to-grip blades are high carbon, no-stain German steel that sharpens easily and maintains an edge longer. And the knives are labeled so you'll never find yourself reaching for the wrong one when in the middle of a culinary masterpiece. ($199.99, Calphalon)
Sometimes you just need one
Many chefs will tell you that you only need one knife to really cut it in the kitchen. If you don't want to register for a complete set, one single really good knife is a must. Find one that combines the versatility of a cleaver and chef's knife made for chopping and slicing.
Don't forget steak knives
A cutlery set isn't just about the kitchen knives.When it comes to registering, don't forget to include a nice set of steak knives. If your block doesn't include them—or doesn't include enough&mddash;steak knives are a must-add for romantic dinners and parties where meat is on the menu.
It's a gift for him too
If your hubby-to-be is the chef in the kitchen, he'll appreciate being able to register for a quality set of knives. Getting your fiancé involved in registering is always a plus, so why not make the cutlery, and other kitchen utensils, his domain.