As an American I’ve been a huge fan of gravy since birth, which means it’s never too early to start looking ahead to Thanksgiving. This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re going to take a look at a range of carving kits that are going to make quick work of your holiday roast, and make a great gift this holiday season.

Every one of these kits comes with a carving knife and carving fork, with full-tang designs making them sturdy and durable. We’ve assembled a broad selection here that covers a wide range of prices, so we’ll be diving in at the least expensive and working our way up. First we have Messermeister’s Park Plaza kit. This German-made set features an eight inch blade on the knife, a seven inch fork, and triple-riveted polymer handles. While the fork is forged, the knife here is stamped steel which results in a blade that is lower cost but still high quality.

Next up is Wusthof’s Gourmet carving kit. This set is very similar to Messermeister’s with nearly identical handle build, though both pieces here are stamped steel. This is also an eight inch knife, but only a six inch fork.

Our next entry is something a little different from the rest of the assortment. This Mercer Genesis kit includes an eight inch carving knife, six inch curved fork, and a sturdy pair of kitchen shears. From here on out, all the knives we’ll be looking at are forged rather than stamped, resulting in a higher quality, more durable blade. This Mercer knife and fork have a nice soft rubber grip that feels really secure. They’re packaged in a professional storage roll, which I recommend strapping to your thigh and carrying with you at all times in case a turkey dinner breaks out.

Now here’s another Messermeister kit, their Meridian Elite. The seven inch carving fork is much the same as the Park Plaza, but this kit boasts a massive ten inch blade on the carving knife, which has been fully cambered. The handle on this particular knife is my favorite of the lot, as there’s a really pleasing ergonomic shape to it.

Almost as comfortable is the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Four Star Two kit. This is my second favorite of the knives as far as handling, thanks to the high-impact propylene handle and superior balance. Fork is six and a half inches long in this kit.

Our next kit comes from Claude Dozorme, one of the oldest knife-making houses in France. These ones are way too classy for any of MY family gatherings, but they’re absolutely perfect for a more elegant dinner setting. Manufactured in Thiers, France and bearing the distinctive bee on the spine, this is without question the most attractive set in the bunch. The vallernia handles have a really unique shape with a curvature that makes them extremely comfortable to use. This is an eight inch knife with an eight inch fork, and the two come in an attractive wooden gift box.

Finally we have one of Wusthof’s high end sets, the Classic Ikon. This kit has an eight inch carving knife and a six inch fork. Again a tremendous balance, and the handles on these have a nice seamless finish that makes them very hygienic.

As you can see here, we’ve got more than enough variety in carving sets to suit any conceivable Thanksgiving gathering, and what we’ve looked at today is just a small selection of what is available. To see the full range, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit