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Generic Starter Kit?

Discussion in 'The Kitchen Knife' started by Tony, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Is there such an animal as a generic starter kit for the knife novice? To clarify, I am looking for a decent quality set of very basic kitchen knives including a set of six or so "steak" knives in an "all-in-one" kit. Like the ones that appear to be set in their own "butcher block"/holder. I hope this makes sense. All suggestions are welcome along with pricing advice and a healthy dose of chastising if warranted. :D
  2. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member


    This is a tough question. Most of the "sets" are overly complex and have too many knives and less than optimal ones included.
    If you want to keep them in a block you can always source one and purchase one knife at a time, build your own toolkit as your cooking skills and needs are revealed and develop. There are a couple knives that are in almost everyones kit, such as a chefs knife, parer, etc. These are a good place to start building.

    A few things would be helpful to know such as what tasks do you see them to be used on, what is the plan to sharpen them, who will be using them, can you be sure they will not end up in the dishwasher and the hard question what is the budget.

    Many of our members have started with just a couple knives and slowly upgraded and filled out their kits.
  3. Thanks, Jim.

    Sagacious advice. I think I will keep reading and researching here until I am ready to go down the rabbit hole by starting with a couple of 'standard' knives(chef, parer, etc.).
  4. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  5. marc4pt0

    marc4pt0 Founding Member

    I think this would make a good starting point:

    -Chef Knife (gyuto), around 8" to 9" (210mm to 230mm)
    -Paring knife for small tasks, including in hand tasks that don't require a cutting board
    -Slicer (suji), around the same length range as the chef knife above
    -Bread Knife, nothing too big. In fact the smaller ones are better. Look for a Wusthof Ikon series 5" serrated. These are great for bread cutting in the home kitchen where space can be a premium. Plus they're great for tomato slices and sandwich cutting. I've had one readily available in my home kitchen for 7+ years. They're great, and durable. It's stood the tet of time and abuse from my wife as well, thus far.
    -Knife block- that's really a personal choice, subject to aesthetic appeal. You'll know what you need there.
    -Cutting board- this is just as important a decision as your knife selection. I say go with a quality, thick end grain board, as big as your space can afford. It's a purchase that will reward you for years to come.

    If you buy quality items here, they should last you a life time and then become family heirlooms to be passed down with love and cherished pride.

    Good luck, and enjoy the journey!

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