Choosing the right cutlery knife set can be a challenge because they all look good in the packaging and anything new always seems nicer than what you already own. The issue of how to select the correct kitchen knife and cutlery sets is actually more complex than you might imagine. One good place to begin is to do your research ahead of time and review the top brands. Most manufacturers have websites which detail their range of products as well as lay out the features and benefits of their line.
A cynic might say that the manufacturer’s websites are simply advertising and that may or may not be the case but there is a way to get past the hype. Look online at the websites of the housewares stores and other places where you would actually buy your cutlery and read the reviews and ratings written by people who have bought the very items you may be considering. They will tell you in plain language what they like or don’t like about an item.
Knife construction is critical because a knife needs to be easy to grasp and easy to clean. Any sort of irregularities can harbor germs and bacteria so loose handles and sunken rivets should be avoided. The knife blade should run the full length of the handle to ensure it will not break or snap. You also need to consider how you will use your knives and if you plan on using a knife sharpener.
Some brands offer knives which do not require sharpening – these always sharp knifes can actually be damaged by sharpening so it’s important to keep them segregated from your other cutlery. A separate knife block or magnetic knife strip might be a worthwhile investment.