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Buyer’s Guide to Finding the Best Kitchen Knife Block Sets

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Hello everyone,

Today I will be providing information on the best kitchen knife set. There are so many sets out on the market, it can be hard and overwhelming to know which knife set to choose.

Granted some people will just grab the cheapest set, I argue that selecting a solid, and cost-effective kitchen knife set can make a difference when cooking.

I will cover information about how big the knife sets are, what style of knives come in it, quality of the knives, and overall feedback on the sets.

The Complete Buyer’s Guide to Choosing an Awesome Kitchen Knife Set

Below you will find our list of the kitchen knife sets that I will be reviewing (there is not particular order to which one is better, but just general thoughts, concerns and feedback on each set):

Cuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Block Set$$4.4/5
Chicago Cutlery Fusion Forged 18-Piece Knife Block Set$$$4.5/5
Oster Baldwyn 22-Piece Cutlery Block Set$$4.0/5
J.A. Henckels International Statement 15 Piece Block Set$$$4.5/5
Chicago Cutlery 14-Piece Damen Block Set$$4.3/5

1. Cuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Block Set

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Up first is the Cuisinart 15-piece block set; it’s clean, affordable and have a sleek design.

The knives are crafted from stainless steel, which tend to be rust resistant, however there have been several mentions of them rusting easily. (I will note, like any knife, please do not leave your knives in water or wash them in the dishwasher, this will most likely cause them to rust.) With that said, sometimes you will get a faulty knife but Cuisinart has a lifetime warranty.

The blade’s overall design is good. Sturdy because the knives are bolstered and they feel well balanced. They also tend to hold their edge fairly well, but do require monthly maintenance. (You can read here for more info on the best knife sharpener.)

Lastly, it’s handle fits comfortably for most, but if you tend to have bigger hands then it might feel small, but not it’s definitely not en-cumbersome. For the price you are paying you get 15 solid knives, so you can’t really ask for much more.

2. Chicago Cutlery Fusion Forged 18-Piece Block Set

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Up next is the Chicago Cutlery fusion forged block set. I think it is the most appealing set out of the group, and it comes with 17 knives and a sharpening rod.

All of the knives are fusion forged (which is a process of applying high temperatures, with hyrdostatic pressure and high-shear plastic deformation: essentially these three processes combine to form the metal into a knife) giving the knives very straight edges and a good rating of hardness so they won’t be brittle. The knives are all created from high-carbon stainless steel, which gives them improved rust and wear resistance compared to regular stainless steel. They also sharpen easily and maintain an edge very well.

Their handles are well crafted because they have black comfort-grip poly handles. It feels snug in your hand and won’t slip away when wet. There isn’t much more to say about the handles besides that they are sized to fit almost all hand sizes. However I will mention that some people have complained and show pictures of the handles completely snapping off: Chicago Cutlery has a full lifetime warranty which covers this issue. But it seems like the odds of that happens are very, very slim.

Overall, this is a very good kitchen knife set. Solid blade quality and a sleek design easily places it as one of the best kitchen knife sets.

3. Oster Baldwyn 22-Piece Cutlery Block Set

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Next on the list is the Oster Baldwyn 22-piece block set, they are simplistic, and good for the price you pay, but they are not the best.

You do get 22 pieces with this set, including scissors and a sharpening rod. The sharpening rod isn’t too bad, but I would suggest getting a different one, as I don’t think it is that great of a sharpening rod.

The blades come sharpened right out of the box, but they don’t seem to hold an edge for a long period of time. It’s a bummer that they don’t hold an edge very well, but then again it’s a kitchen knife set of 22 pieces for under $50, so you get what you pay for.

The handles are okay, could definitely use improvement. The major fault in the handles is that they some how collect water, literally water will pool in the handles thus causing the knives to rust.

Overall, this is an inexpensive set for anyone who just needs a lot of knives. However I wouldn’t suggest this for people who need knives that are top quality.

4. J.A. Henckels International Statement 15-Piece Block Set

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Next on the chopping block is the J.A. Henckels block set; it is a very good kitchen knife set, but I am not sure if I am quite sold on the price point.

The major upside to these knives is that they all come sharpened and the blades are stainless steel, which makes them easy to resharpen. However it would be better if they were high-carbon, but these knives do have adequate rust and wear resistance.

The handles are ergonomically shaped and feel nice in your hands. They fit most people really well, but may feel a little big for people with small hands. They are also full tang, so no worries about your blade falling out of the handle.

Overall, this is a very good kitchen knife block set, but maybe waiting for a sale would be best. On a final note, a few people reviewed that the knives came with cracked handles; but Amazon and J.A. Henckels have good return policies.

5. Chicago Cutlery 14-Piece Damen Block Set

Last on the list, but certainly not least is the Chicago Cutlery 14-piece Damen block set. Just like most of Chicago Cutlery’s knives, they are covered by their full lifetime warranty. It’s a very nice looking set and the block has a sleek finish to it.

The knives are forged from high-carbon stainless steel, which is a definite plus. As mentioned earlier, high-carbon blades are more rust resistant and maintain an edge longer than regular stainless steel. They come sharpened out of box, so no need to sharpen them when you receive them.

The handles are not my favorite since they are fairly straight and don’t have any grooves in them. But they are made with triple compressed stainless steel rivets which secure the blade to the handle, so no water will collect in the handle and the blade won’t fall out of it.

Overall this is a pretty set of knives that could add a little flare to your kitchen. They are cost effective and easy to maintain. This is definitely near the top of being the best kitchen knife set.

Overall Thoughts

All of these kitchen knife block sets make a good argument for being the best, but I personally think the Chicago Cutlery Fusion Forged block set earns the top spot. The reason is because:

  1. Come with 17 knives and a good sharpening rod
  2. The knives are expertly crafted from high-carbon stainless steel
  3. Have a full lifetime warranty
  4. Have comfort-grip poly handles that are slip-resistant

With that said, I hope you enjoyed this post and please leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts!


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