I’ve worked with a lot knife sets but these two have made a lasting impression on me. Even though I’ve used them, I have yet to purchase a knife set for myself. I find it hard to conclude which one is the best. Today, I will just recommend both of them as the best knife sets to buy. The knife sets that I’m talking about is the Shun Classic 7-Piece Block Set and the Wusthof Classic 7-Piece Knife Block Set. The Shun comes with a Bamboo block while the Wusthof comes with an Oak block.
The Japanese Knife Set
The Shun set gives you an 8-inch chef’s knife, a 9-inch bread knife, a 3 1/2-inch paring knife, a 6-inch utility knife, a sharpening steel and a pair of Taskmaster shears. The bamboo block that it comes with has 11 slots which gives you four empty slots left to fill in. These knives are made out of premium Japanese stainless steel which are then cladded with 32 layers of stainless alloy. This does not only make the knives sharp and strong, it gives a Damascus finish to it.
If you’re used to German knives, you might find that this knife’s blade is thinner but it doesn’t stop from slicing through poultry like butter. The round PakkaWood handle is very easy to grip on. Even though it’s shiny, it does not slip out of your hands easily. (More on Shun here)
The German Knife Set
The Wusthof also comes with few types of knives. The only differences is an 8-inch bread knife and the 13-slot storage block so you have more slots to fill in your knives. Wusthof has been making forged full tang knives for a long time and these knives are known to last a long time.
The blade is razor sharp that I’ve accidentally cut myself a few times. Moreover, the whole knife is very well-balanced. I really like that they added a full bolster to it as it adds more weight. Imagine slicing through butternut squash effortlessly. Another thing I really like about this knife set is that, the handle is very comfortable to grip on. I’ve even peeled through a sack of potatoes with the paring knife without suffering.
Either of these knife set will be an asset to your kitchen as at the end of the day, the choice depends on how you feel with the knife.