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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.

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.

 

Get Great Combat and Tactical Gifts Shipped by Christmas!

We’ve already shown you some holiday gift ideas for tactical knife lovers, but now we’ve got eight more combat gifts that may be just right for the tactical knife fanatic on your shopping list. Take advantage of some of the best deals we have to offer on combat and tactical gear from great knife brands like Kershaw, Cold Steel, Zero Tolerance, and more! With only 13 shopping days ’til Christmas, you’ll want to add this gear to your cart before it’s too late.

 

Kershaw Emerson CQC Series Folding Knives

Kershaw’s CQC series translates Ernest Emerson’s fiercely tactical designs into production models everybody can afford, which makes them great options for stocking stuffers this year. We’ve got every CQC model you need, including tactical kits with pens and unsharpened trainers. The hardest part about buying one of these knives will be choosing which of the five blade profiles you want.

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.

 

Henckels TWIN Professional “S” 7 Piece Block Set

Henckels TWIN Professional "S" 7 Piece Block Set

Zwilling J.A. Henckels is one of the premier kitchen knife manufacturers in the world and a couple times a year they do a seasonal sale of some very popular items. For the final quarter of 2012, their 7 piece block set in the TWIN Professional “S” Series is on sale for 1/3 the MSRP – a deal that cannot be overlooked. The TWIN Professional “S” knives are among the top recommended lines for both home cooks and professionals and will definitely last decades if cared for properly. Slice up things in your kitchen and make cooking way more fun with an awesome set of kitchen knives from Henckels. Available at www.knifecenter.com.

More about the TWIN Professional “S” Series:

Just Launched KitchenKnives.com

KitchenKnives.com

KnifeCenter.com is proud to announce the launch of a specialty site for home and kitchen products, KitchenKnives.com. The new site aims to combine a boutique atmosphere with quality service and low prices. There are refined search options, knife categories, and recommended products to make your shopping experience easier and more enjoyable. As a bonus for a limited time, all orders will receive free shipping!

Wusthof Gourmet 6 Piece In-Drawer Set and Sharpener $149.95

Wusthof Gourmet 6 Piece In-Drawer Set and Sharpener $149.95

Wusthof Cutlery, makers of  premium-quality knives, are now offering a new 6-piece in-drawer set! Perfect for anyone from culinary professionals to home cooking enthusiasts, this knife set is a great way to get Wusthof quality at a great price!

Wusthof Gourmet knives offer full-tang blades (on all knives longer than 12cm) manufactured from a single piece of steel for a very sharp, easy-to-maintain edge. The synthetic handles are riveted for a seamless, hygienic fit. This set includes an 8″ cook’s knife, 8″ bread knife, 5″ tomato knife, 4.5″ utility knife, and a 3″ paring knife.

Also included are a 2-stage pull-through knife sharpener and a wooden in-drawer knife tray (perfect for maximizing counter space in a small kitchen). This set makes an awesome gift-take a look today at www.knifecenter.com!

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New Sentry Solutions

Sentry Solutions

Sentry Solutions is the brand we at the KnifeCenter use to keep our knives in tip-top shape and these new products from them are even easier and more effective to use! Check out the full listing of Sentry products at www.knifecenter.com

Check out what Sentry Solutions has to say:

Schrade La Cuisine 7 Piece Clear Acrylic Kitchen Block Set

Schrade La Cuisine 7 Piece Clear Acrylic Kitchen Block Set
Schrade La Cuisine 7 Piece Clear Acrylic Kitchen Block Set
Schrade releases one of the all-time great deals on a kitchen block sets! This, Schrade La Cuisine set is at one of the lowest prices we have seen on a decent quality set and it has a great plexiglass block. We sell a lot of sets with plexiglass blocks because they just make sense. You can actually see what knife it is that your drawing out of the block before you pull it out! $46.95 is a pretty good price on this set. You can see them at www.knifecenter.com
Schrade’s description is as follows:

Blade Show 2011

The Blade Show 2011.