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Should I Get A Chef's Knife or A Block of Knives?

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June 5, 2020

Quality kitchen knives are crucial to your kitchen. Many wonder whether they should buy one nice chef's knife or a block of knives. It's a good question. In short, I think the answer is both. Read more to hear why!

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This is a very common question for people investing in their kitchens.

Whether you’re newly married, newly single and moving into a new place, or you’ve been in a relationship for years, people who are beginning to stock their kitchens are often trying to decide: do I get one nice chef’s knife or the block of knives?

I’d like to weigh in on the dilemma to help you out.

The short answer is: get both if you can.

Here’s the longer answer starting with the block of knives.

The Good Ole Block of Knives

Photo via J.A. Henckels Elan Series Knife Set, 10-piece
Photo via J.A. Henckels Elan Series Knife Set, 10-piece

You might be thinking, “of course I should get the block of knives. Just look at how many I get for such a cheap price!”

True. You do get quite a few knives for a good price. But that should tell you something about the quality of the knives: they’re generally not great. They will start off sharp, but just give them a couple weeks and you'll really notice the difference. All of this is largely true unless you’re looking at the set that’s hundreds of dollars, then the quality will likely match the price.

But since most of us probably aren’t ready to sink hundreds of dollars into a block of knives, should you still buy them?

I think one of the best reasons for buying the block of knives is that you’ll get a set of steak knives for your guests, you’ll get a bread knife that you won’t use often (and therefore the quality will last longer), and you’ll get a chef’s knife or two that you can use for cutting veggies and fruits where the cuts are not as important.

Something like this might be a great place to start:

For probably any block of knives in this price range, you’ll find that the quality is great in the beginning, and lessens over time.

That’s why I think it’s crucial to invest in a quality, stand-alone chef’s knife.

Choosing the Chef’s Knife

There are hundreds of options out there. And as with anything that comes with hundreds of options, deciding on which to purchase can be difficult.

When I learned to cook from one of my mentors, he would always use this knife which is fair priced and extremely quality. So, it's the knife I got as a wedding present.

In fact, it was my mentor who purchased it for me.

The Global Chef’s Knife.

GLOBAL 8" Chef's Knife & Reviews - Cutlery & Knives - Kitchen - Photo via Macy's
GLOBAL 8" Chef's Knife & Reviews - Cutlery & Knives - Kitchen - Photo via Macy's

This knife is weighted well, balanced all the way through, and made from fine stainless steel. It's incredible important to dry this knife off completely when you're done using it. Letting it air dry with water still on it can actually damage the knife.

For its price, I think this is one of the best.

I don’t like to assume, but I'm going to take a guess and say you’re probably not doing Gordon Ramsey-level preparation. Therefore, you don’t need the very best there is. The Global Chef Knife is great for the person in the kitchen who’s serious about cooking, but ain’t doing it for a living.

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced cook, there’s nothing worse than a dull knife. Not only does it make the cooking process far less enjoyable, but it can also be hazardous because of the force they require to actually cut through food.

A sharp knife, while dangerous for its sharpness, will yield the cuts you want. The dull knife is both dangerous and yields poor cuts.

The Global Chef’s Knife does sweet potatoes like it does mushrooms; salmon like it does butter.

Interested in more enjoyable and efficient cooking? I highly recommend this knife. And perhaps you should act now as it's nearly 50% off at the time of posting this!

Do a lot of hosting, have a big family, or want a little variety so you don’t have to dull out your nice knife too fast? I recommend a block of knives too. (I also recommend a knife sharpener but I’ll save that for a future post.)

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