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Today we're slicing through the essentials of every well-equipped kitchen—knife block sets.

Not only is a knife block set an aesthetically pleasing kitchen accessory, but it covers all the basics to help you execute well in the kitchen.

These decorative wooden blocks, come with a variety of different knives to help you chop vegetables, slice through sourdough and trim steak fat with ease.

Let’s Cut Through

To help you choose the best knife block set for your needs, we tested different sets and evaluated them based on performance, durability and design. Here are the best sets to display on your kitchen counter.

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Choosing a Knife Block Set

Check the Number and Type of Knives

Knife block sets can come with anywhere from three to 20 knives, and the one you choose will depend on your cooking needs and skillset. Most often, knife block sets will include the following cutlery: 

  • Paring knife: A small knife with a short blade that’s used for peeling, trimming and slicing fruits and vegetables.

  • Serrated knives: These have a blade with serrations, or small saw-like teeth along the cutting edge. Serrated knives are often used for slicing bread and soft fruits or vegetables. "The teeth are perfect for thin slices of ripe tomatoes and peaches," Beal says.

  • Boning knife: Its narrow, sharp blade is great for poultry and, depending on the length, for skinning fish fillets, Beal says.

  • Chef’s knives of various sizes and shapes: These can include the curved European-style knives, as well as a more blunted end, almost cleaver-like, Japanese knives, Beal says.

  • Utility knives: Smaller than chef's knives but bigger than paring knives. They can be used for various miscellaneous kitchen tasks.

  • Steak knives: These are used at the dining table for cutting cooked meat.

  • Kitchen shears: These are kitchen knives that separate into two parts for ease of cleaning

❓️ FAQ’s ❓️ 

How Do the Knives Perform?

Sharp knives are essential for seamless and safe cutting.

Consider the ergonomics of the knives—your knife should feel comfortable and light in your hand. Additionally, you’ll want to ensure the quality of construction in both the blade and the hilt (or grip) and try testing your knives on different types of foods. 

What Are the Materials?

Knife blocks are typically made out of wood, which is highly durable. As for the knives, all-steel is the best way to go, whether you're buying Western or Japanese knives.

We recommend focusing on the quality of the cutlery and the style or design of the block to make sure that it matches the design aesthetic.

Is It Easy to Use and Clean?

When it comes to ease of use, always look for an ergonomic handle that feels secure in your hand.

Knife blocks are relatively easy to clean. You simply insert the knives into their respective slots. To keep the knife block set clean, regularly wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove dust and debris.

While some knives may be dishwasher-safe, washing them by hand is your best bet to extend their life. 

Is It a Good Overall Value?

Knife block sets are usually a great value because you get a variety of different knives in bundle pricing.

Now our point of view, “If you don’t have hearty bread in your home, maybe a heavy-duty bread knife doesn’t make sense, but a long, lightweight offset serrated knife does make sense for slicing cake layers,"


Thank you for joining us for this detailed exploration of knife block sets.

We hope this guide helps you cut through the clutter and select the perfect set to elevate your culinary adventures.

Until next time, stay sharp and enjoy slicing


The Kitchen Crew