Regardless of your level of Top Chef-dom in the kitchen, you’re definitely going to want to include a well-designed set of kitchen knives on your wedding registry. Think of all the dinner parties you’re going to be throwing as newlyweds! Not only does having some reliable knives make kitchen prep more efficient, it also makes the whole cooking process more enjoyable when you have the right tools, such as kitchen knives that are easy and — dare we say fun?!? — to use.
If you’ve ever had the joy of using a really good knife after years of dull knives, you know the sweet relief of effortlessly cutting through something you used to have to practically saw through. To make your lives easier, we’ve taken the time to test a wide breadth of knives so we can report back on our favorites. There’s a set suitable for every registry, for any skill level and every price point, so you can go forth in the kitchen with confidence!
1) Sabatier Self-Sharpening Edgekeeper Pro 12-Piece Forged Triple Rivet Knife Block Set
We love these! Not only are they an amazing price point (under $100?? Unheard of!), they also have a built-in knife sharpener that sharpens the blade any time you pull out or remove a knife (excluding the steak knives). Genius. ($99.99, Amazon)
2) Skandia Talvi 13 Piece Cutlery Block Set
This is one of the chicest knife sets we’ve ever seen — monochromatic beauty, and that white-washed block...wowza! Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they slice through even the toughest of meats and root veggies like a charm. ($149.99, Hampton Forge)
3) Prime by Chicago Cutlery Block Set
Another beautifully-designed set of knives (all black, and sleeker than your average!), these have ergonomic handles that “respond to the contour of your hands” — aka the knife equivalent of a memory foam mattress. ($349.99, World Kitchen)
4) Shun Classic 9-Piece Knife Block Set
These top-of-the-line knives are classically crafted by Japan’s leading blade manufacturer and every knife is handmade through a process that involves at least 100 steps to complete. Perhaps not for the casual, occasional cook. ($799.95, Williams-Sonoma)
5) Coltellerie Berti Compendio 7 piece Knife Set
For serious chef (or chef wannabes) only, these knives are the product of some cutting-edge technology, allowing for a lighter blade than a forged knife and a convex shape that keeps the edge of the knives sharper, longer. ($1,060, Horne)