How to Put Together the Best Knife Set

Today, we’re going to be taking a look at kitchen knives and helping you to build your perfect kitchen knife collection. Let’s do this!

First off, you’ll want to decide whether you want to build your kitchen collection one at a time, or as a block set. Block sets can get you a lower price per blade, but the advantage of doing things piecemeal is that you can get the exact assortment of knives that suits your hands and your cooking style. There are a ton of different blade types and options to choose from, but to keep things simple, we’re going to focus on some of the more common types you’ll want to look at.

We’ll be picking and choosing knives from a variety of different brands and series to show you what it would be like to customize your own knife set. If you like the style of any of these knives and would prefer all your kitchen knives to match, all of these knives are available in block sets at the Knife Center, as well.

The first knife you’ll want to consider will be the centerpiece of your culinary blade kit, the workhorse that is going to get the bulk of your work done. A popular option is the German-style Chef knife. From cutting meat to slicing veggies, there isn’t much you can’t do with a good chef knife at your side.

A popular alternative to the traditional Chef knife is the Eastern-inspired Santoku. Typically a little shorter than the German Chef knives, the sheepsfoot blade is designed for versatility. Generally speaking, while both styles are almost interchangeable, German-style Chef knives tend to be better optimized at rocking motions and slicing meat. The Santoku will usually be nicer when it comes push cuts and chopping vegetables.

No matter which you choose, you’ll probably want something with a blade in the 7-8 inch range. This is large enough to tackle most jobs you’ll need in a home kitchen but is still agile and easy to use. Wusthof and Henckels are by far the recognized leaders of the German style, while Shun and Miyabi carry the torch for the Asian style.

 

 

This Wusthof Classic Ikon 8” Chef Knife is one of our favorite German Chef knives, which takes the classic forged triple-rivet look and turns up the style. It has a natural feeling handle and is made with nice, tough stainless steel. The edge might not be the longest lasting out there, but it is durable and easy to maintain. Some Chef knives come with a full bolster here at the heel of the knife, but the Ikon does not. The edge comes all the way which is going to ensure it can make full contact with your cutting board, especially after it has been resharpened a few times.

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The Latest Edition of the Knife Center Catalog is Here!

With over 1,800 pages containing more than 700 brands, the 2019 KnifeCenter Printed Catalog is the ultimate reference for all the greatest cutlery and accessories, offering thousands of products that haven’t even made it on to our website yet.

 

Customers have time and again told us that this is the best thing we sell. You’ll get hours of enjoyment as you leaf through our sections on the hottest knife brands, including Spyderco, CRKT, Cold Steel, Zero Tolerance, Kershaw, and hundreds more. And there are more than just knives. From one piece multi-tools to sharpeners, camping and survival gear, shaving supplies, and more, it is all here in this definitive guide that no enthusiast should be without.

The best part about this catalog is the element of discovery. While shopping on the web is direct and efficient, it is often hard to stumble upon new and exciting things. With every turn of these pages, you’ll find awesome gear that you didn’t even know you wanted.

From Swiss Army Knives to machetes to kitchen gear, give us a call or visit our website for availability and the latest prices, which come in significantly lower than the full retail prices listed in the catalog.

You might be asking why an internet company like Knife Center wants you to have this paper catalog, but the answer is simple: these pages represent a knife industry bible and there is no other resource like it. Nowhere else will you find as many knives, accessories, and cool gear all collected into one, easy to read place.

The Newest 2018 Custom and Mid-Tech Knives

2018 may be coming to an end, but there are some industry-leading knife makers out there who are still putting out incredible custom and mid-tech knives before the New Year. Not only did we pick up some new automatics from Pro-Tech Knives, but we also have a custom tactical beard comb from none other than Tony Marfione that is a fidgeter’s dream. Let’s kick off the list with one of the coolest knife collaborations we’ve seen in a while…

 

Jake Hoback/Snecx Collaboration Buster

The design genius Tan from Snecx Design Lab is one of the most interesting makers in our industry as he has no formal background in knives. He was just a guy in search of the perfect knife three years ago who set out to make his own, never knowing that he would be collaborating with some of the best in the business so quickly. The Buster is amazing and a must-have in your collection – we’ll just leave it at that.

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The Best Last-Minute Gift Ideas

There’s still time! We can get some great Christmas gifts to you that will really “WOW” your friends and family. Be sure to take a look at our holiday shipping calendar for details so you can choose the right shipping option at checkout.

If you’re experiencing the freak out associated with last minute shopping, we’ve got you covered. We have a ton of amazing products that are  and ready to ship. We’ve featured some of our favorite last-minute gift ideas below!

 

Nail Nippers

 

Stop browsing and start buying – these Concord Executive Nail and Toe Clippers are only $32.95. Buy now!

 

Nail nippers are another gift that everyone needs, be it on their keychain or by their bedside. We carry the highest quality nail clippers that are going to guarantee a clean snip every time. If you’re looking for some premium, durable options that will stay sharp, Concord Gentleman’s Accessories has you covered. DOVO, absolutely the best grooming company out there, also has great clipper sets that can be attached to your keychain and cuticle cutters that will keep your nail beds tidy. If you’ve finished up most of your shopping but need a handful of stocking stuffers to divvy up, you can’t go wrong with any of these quality nail nipper sets.

 

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Free Shipping – This Weekend Only!

For a limited time only, KnifeCenter will offer free shipping on all non-oversized, in-stock, ready-to-ship orders. From premium EDC knives to the best fixed blades to awesome gift options, we’ve got a huge selection of items – just use promo code SANTA at checkout and reap the rewards!

 

2018 New York Custom Knife Show Haul – Part Two

Here it is, the long-awaited part two to our NYCKS haul that we posted last week! This time, we’ve got custom and mid-tech designs from Custom Knife Factory, Andrew Demko, and many more – check out the list and let us know in the comments which knife is number one on your Christmas wish list this year.

 

Ken Steigerwalt Custom Art Knives

 

The intersection of beauty and precision is where Ken Steigerwalt does his best work, a true representation of where art and knives meet. From the material combinations to the fit and finish, there isn’t a single seam out of place. The Art Deco features faceted mother of pearl handle scales paired with a Heimskringla Damasteel tanto blade. The real star, however, is the Doug Ponzio Turkish Mosaic Damascus steel on the Wing, with redwood burl scales and scalloped Robert Eggerling Damascus bolsters providing the foundation for the stunning pattern on the blade.

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These Knife Accessories Make Awesome Holiday Gifts!

If you already have a well-stocked EDC rotation or you know your friends’ pockets and packs are full up on folders and fixed blades, it’s time to expand into accessories. Most knife enthusiasts prefer to spend most of their spare change on knives, but why not pick up a little something extra that will make your carrying experience better? From cool lanyards to customized hardware to decorated clips, KnifeCenter has pretty much everything you need to deck out your knife with style.

With hundreds of options, we can’t go into each and every one, but we’ve chosen our favorite knife accessories for you that we think would definitely be a welcome addition to anyone’s collection.

 

GD Skulls USA Bead Series

 

 

Genadijs Dmitrijevs specializes in handmade beads of the highest quality 925 silver and bronze. They’re much heftier than many other skull beads on the market because of their premium materials and construction. The real reason you should pick up one of these beads? Look at them! They’re super cool and there’s a huge collection of different options – everything from gas masked skulls to pirates to cowboys. Adding one of these to your lanyard will not only take your knife to the next level aesthetically, but it’ll make it easier to withdraw your knife from your pocket – a true win-win.

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2018 New York Custom Knife Show Haul – Part One

There’s always a high that you get from being at a custom knife show that doesn’t wear off for a couple of weeks, especially when we get back and get to photograph and handle all the incredible custom knives we picked up. The New York Custom Knife Show was awesome and full of great pieces that we just have to show off – let us know your favorites in the comments!

 

Peter Rassenti Custom Snafu 2.0 Flippers

Peter Rassenti’s signature Snafu 2.0 Flippers are amazing pieces from top to bottom. These knives are plenty strong and incredibly thin thanks to Peter’s trademark integral handle construction that uses a single piece of titanium for maximum strength. The 3.75” clip point blade offers plenty of reach, and we’ve got versions with CTS-XHP steel and Chad Nichols XHP-Core Damascus to go with the artfully machined single-piece frames.

 

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Two HUGE Sales – Best Kitchen Knife Sale EVER!

The Black Friday deals continue with two huge sales. Last year you guys loved Black Ops Friday so much that we did it again, this time with over 1,400+ items now up to 65% off! You’ll find some of the best knife brands in the business in this selection of items, so don’t wait to snatch up some gifts for yourself and your friends.

 

 

Not feeling the combat and tactical vibe? Take advantage of the best kitchen knife sale we’ve ever had, instead! Henckels and Wüsthof are the top brands of cutlery from Germany, and the other kitchen brands here will definitely help you cross names off your gift lists this year.

 

$99.95 for Shun’s Best Chef’s Knife – Only Four Days Left!

Good things come to those who don’t wait to jump on sweet Black Friday deals – and you only have until 11:59 PM ET on November 26th to snatch up one of Shun’s best knives, the 8″ Classic Chef’s Knife, for only $99.95!

 

 

For anyone curating their knife block or looking to upgrade their kitchen cutlery, the only right way to do it is to add this knife. This all-purpose kitchen knife is the perfect length for preparing fruits, veggies and meats, and the wide blade will keep your knuckles off the cutting board during long chopping sessions. With its curved belly, this Chef’s knife can be gently rocked through fresh herbs and spices to produce a very fine mince. Shun’s Classic lineup features thinner blades, which makes this model super light and less tiring to use compared to European-style Chef’s knives.

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