Top 10 Best Beginner Knife Sets 2020

Best Beginner Knife Set
You do not really need a Chef Knife to slice your meat but you can use it as well

Who needs a Beginer Knife Set?
If you move out or start to study in a new city you face the same problem. You have to start from scratch with everything in the kitchen. Or you want to upgrade the old and dull knives that you collect over the years in the drawer to something good.
I discussed this with a few friends last time when I was over at Irene and Tom’s place for a cooking party. And it looks like there is not really such a thing a the best beginner knife set. We were about split in half on buying the knifes individual to have the best beginner knife set. Or we really go and get a set and let the manufacturer decide what is best. I argued that it needs some knowledge if you want to choose your individual knives for a beginner’s set. You can not be a beginner since you will not know what to get.
So I went ahead and made this post about the Best Beginners Knife Sets out there. Remember – whenever you feel that you might need a better knife – you can always upgrade that individual knife in the set.

Most knives on this page are not super cheap. They are rather very good quality for what you spend on them. But to my own surprise, we found a few sets for our Best Beginner Knife Sets page under 100$. If you look for cheap knives I made another post for you! Knives below 10$ and Top 10 Kitchen Knives and Kitchen Knife Blocks for under 100$.

Mundial 5100 Series Black 3-Piece Knife Starter Set

Mundial 5100 Series 3-Piece Knife Starter Set

The Mundial 3-piece full tang cutlery set includes the most used knives in the kitchen. But instead of a Chef knife, they include a Santoku knife. The serrated utility knife is great for slicing softer foods. Think tomatoes, onions, cucumbers or bagels for example. Of course, you can use it carrots or beets as well.
The Santoku knife ideal for chopping, dicing and slicing any size or type of food. Mundial made the Santoku blade with a series of air pockets in the blade. This is a Granton edge and ensures smoother, thinner slices as well as preventing food from sticking to the blade while cutting.
The knives are fully forged from high-carbon chrome-molybdenum stainless steel and feature a durable polyacetal handle in the traditional three-rivet style. They are well balanced and the handle feels good in the hand. It is fun to work with these knives.

Included in the Set:

  • 3-1/2-inch Paring Knife
  • 6-inch serrated Utility Knife
  • 7-inch Santoku Knife with Granton edge

Each knife also undergoes Mundial’s computerized blade grinding and polishing process to create a precise taper from tip to bolster. But that is not all – every Mundial knife is also hand sharpened and individually tested before they leave the factory.

Victorinox Fibrox Pro Knife Set

Victorinox Fibrox Pro Knife Set

Most of you know the iconic Swiss Army Knife from Victorinox but the company makes way more knives. Some of you might know them under the former importer’s name “Forschner” but know they called only Victorinox.
The knives are designed to handle both small and large kitchen tasks. Crafted with high carbon stainless steel, each knife is conical ground and ice tempered to ensure long-lasting sharpness. Designed with a bolster less edge that allows for easier sharpening. And you can use the entire blade for chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing.
The handle is similar to its Fibrox Pro line. It is textured with a non-slip grip even when wet. The knives are weighted and balanced for easy handling. The Utility Knife and Chef Knive have long, sloping curved blades that “rocks” for effortless mincing and chopping. That is if you like that kind of working with the knife – you do not have to.

Included in this set:

  • 8-inch Chef Knife
  • 10.25-inch Bread Knife
  • 6-inch Utility Knife
  • 4-inch Paring Knife

The handle is dishwasher safe but we highly recommend washing all your knives by hand! The knives meet the strict National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) standards for public health protection.

Cangshan Y2 Series Knife Block Set

Cangshan Y2 Series Knife Block Set

Cangshan uses high-alloy X50Cr15MoV German Steel with HRC 58 +/- 2 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale for his Y2 knife series. Every Cangshan blade goes through an ultra-precise 6 stage heat treatment. This ensures that the blades stay sharp for a long time and are easy to resharpen. The blades are sharpened to a 16-degree edge. The full tang knife comes with a tip on the end of the handle. Together with the bolster, this ensures the best balance for the knives. There is nothing better than a well-balanced knife to work with.

The set includes:

  • 8-inch Chef’s Knife
  • 7-inch Santoku Knife
  • 8-inch Bread Knife
  • 5-inch serrated Utility Knife
  • 3.5-inch Paring Knife
  • Acacia wood Knife Block

Please do wash these knives only by hand and never in a dishwasher! The knives meet the strict National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) standards for public health protection.

Global Knife 3 Piece Set

Global Knife 3 Piece Set

Global knives are the first choice if you look for flexible blades. The molybdenum/vanadium Cromova 18 high carbon stainless steel blades are really thin. But still very hard – rating at 56-58 Rockwell. It is a very different experience compared to German-style blades. The handles have stainless steel molded dimples for a safe grip. The whole knife is from one piece of metal. What really sets this knife apart is the handle that is filled with the right amount of sand to create the perfect balance. Wait there is one more thing! The edges of the blades are ground straight to a point rather than beveled (like most of the usual knives) this way you can sharpen the knives really good. Think razorblade!

Included in this Set:

  • 7-Inch Hollow Edge Asian Chef’s Knife
  • 5-Inch Prep Knife
  • 3.5-Inch Paring Knife

Made in Japan with a lifetime warranty

Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set

Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set

Mercer Culinary uses a high carbon, no-stain German X50 Cr Mo V15 cutlery steel which resists rust, corrosion, and discoloration. The knives are forged for strength and durability with a full tang that runs the entire length of the handle for superior balance. The blades are finished with a taper-ground edge. This allows for easy honing and long-lasting sharpness. It will also increase your efficiency when cutting and chopping.
Most people do like the ergonomic Santoprene handles. They offer a comfortable and non-slip grip, even with wet hands.

My wife likes that you can see the knife you need in the glass block – every time you have the knife you want. This comes with a small disadvantage – you might have to clean the glass from time to time.


The set includes:

  • 8-Inch Chef Knife
  • 8-Inch Bread Knife
  • 6-Inch Boning Knife
  • 5-Inch Utility Knife
  • 5-Inch Paring Knife
  • Glass Knife Holder

Mercer Culinary gives a limited lifetime warranty for their knives. They should be washed by hand and not in a dishwasher! The knives meet the strict National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) standards for public health protection.

Rada Cutlery Kitchen Knife Starter Sets

Rada Cutlery came up with a nice idea. They combined some of their very good knives in two Beginner Knife Sets. Get these sets for yourself or as a gift for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. You can not go wrong with the Rada Cutlery Starter Knives Gift Set’s. For the blades, Rada uses high carbon surgical-quality stainless steel. Before the knives get packed they are hand sharpened. The handles are made from brushed cast aluminum. They are quite thick so they feel good in the hand.

If you are looking for heavy knives these sets are not for you! The knives in these sets are rather lightweight. But that is what my wife likes while I would go for a heavy knife she takes a lightweight one every time. Of course, it is less tiring for her to work with a light knife.

Rada Cutlery Knives are Made in the USA since 1948.

Rada Cutlery Starter Knives Gift Set 1

Rada Cutlery S38 Stainless Steel Kitchen Knives Starter Gift Set

This is the first Rada Cutlery Set to complete Set 2.

The set includes:

  • 7-inch Slicer Knife
  • 6.25-Inch Cook’s Knife
  • 6-inch Bread Knife
  • 4.375-Inch Super Parer Knife
  • 5-Inch Tomato Slicer Knife
  • 1.75-Inch Vegetable Peeler Knife
  • 3.25-Inch Regular Paring Knife

Rada products are covered by the Rada lifetime guarantee. These knives are not dishwasher safe. Please clean them by hand only or get the set with the black resin handles!

Rada Cutlery Starter Knives Gift Set 2

Rada Cutlery Starter Knives Gift Set

This is the second Rada Cutlery Set to complete Set 1.

The set includes:

  • 7-inch Serrated Slicer
  • 5.375-inch Stubby Butcher Knife
  • 4.75-inch Cook’s Utility Knife
  • 4.875-inch Utility/Steak Knife
  • 3.25-inch Heavy Duty Paring Knife
  • 2.375-inch Granny Paring Knife
  • 5.25-inch Cheese Knife

Rada products are covered by the Rada lifetime guarantee. These knives are not dishwasher safe. Please clean them by hand only or get the set with the black resin handles!

Sky Light Kitchen Knives Set

Sky Light Kitchen Knives Set


The blades on the Sky Light knives are composed of a single piece of fully forged premium no-stain German X50CrMoV15 steel. The high carbon content allows the knives to be sharpened easily, maintaining the edge while resisting stains and discoloration. After tampering the knives are nitrogen cooled for enhanced hardness, flexibility and corrosion resistance.
The full tang construction provides added strength and balance while slicing, chopping, and dicing. And the triple rivets in the hight polymer handle ensures a long-lasting kitchen tool.
The knives are hand-polished with a 15°angle per side. The blades are double-sided, so all the 3 knives are suitable for right or left-handed users.

Included in the set:

  • 8-inch Chef Knife
  • 6-inch Utility Knife
  • 4-inch Paring Knife

Sky Light provides a lifetime warranty against material and workmanship.

15-Piece Emojoy Knife Set with Rose Wood Block

Emojoy Knife Set

The first thing you will notice if you look at the 15-Piece Emojoy Knife Set are the beautiful triple-rivet Pakkawood handles, the forged bolster and full exposed tang. I love the looks! But these knives do not only look good. They are made from German X50Cr15 high-Carbon stainless steel for precise cuts (HRC 55 +/- 2 on the Rockwell scale). The strong bolster helps with stability and the knife is easy to control.
I like the shear of this knife set. They have a clasp design and a groove in the blade. If you want to cut a bone it will help you since it can not slide away anymore.
One thing I do not like about that set: The Steak Knives are not the same quality as the other knives in this set. But they are still good enough to cut your food!

What is in the box:

  • 8” Chef Knife
  • 8” Slicing Knife
  • 8” Santoku Knife
  • 8” Bread Knife
  • 5” Utility Knife
  • 3.5” Paring Knife
  • Kitchen Scissors
  • Knife Sharpener
  • 6 4.5” Steak Knives
  • Wood Knife Block

The set comes with a full money-back guarantee from EMOJOY.
The knives should never go in a dishwasher!

Chicago Cutlery 14-Piece Damen Knife Set

Chicago Cutlery 14-Piece Damen Knife Set

Chicago Cutlery called this set the Damen collection and they say it is Asian-inspired. If you look at the handles you can see what they mean. The Damen collection features high-carbon stainless steel forged blades with a triple rivet polymer handle. The full tang adds strength, balance, and control for better cutting. This is a nice beginner set that is attractively priced.

  • 7.75-inch Chef Knife
  • 7.75-inch Bread Knife
  • 4.5-inch Utility Knife
  • Two 3.5-inch Parers
  • Six 4.5-inch Steak Knife
  • Sharpening Steel
  • Shears
  • Pine Wood Block

The one thing that I do not like is the sharpener and the shear with the plastic handles. They mess up the nice look of the block. But that might just be me and it does not mess with the good quality of the knives.
The Damen line is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

McCook 14 Piece Knife Set

McCook 14 Piece Knife Set

Another interesting knife block set made from one piece of metal. The McCook MC29 German Stainless Steel Knife Set with a built-in in-slot sharpener in the block. McCook has its own taper grind edge technology which provides a very good sharpness for precise cutting. With the build-in sharpener, they are easy to re-sharpen. The handle is quite ergonomically and it provides a safe grip. The knives are well balanced and you really can work with them.
All the knives are FDA approved.

Included in this set:

  • 8-inch Chef Knife
  • 8-inch Slicing Knife
  • 5-inch Santoku Knife
  • 5.5-inch serrated Utility Knife
  • 5-inch Utility Knife
  • 3.5-inch Paring Knife
  • Six 4.5-inch Steak Knife
  • All-purpose Kitchen Shears
  • Knife Block with built-in sharpener

McCook offers a 45 days free exchange or money-back guarantee. Remember – the knives should never go into the dishwasher.

This sets almost made it into the Best Beginner Knife Sets

But only just! Still good quality for the price. If you really have to turn every penny but want a knife set – take a look at those sets. And remember: You still can replace each knife in the set with a better one when you have enough money.

Chicago Cutlery Essentials 5-Piece Knife Set

Chicago Cutlery Essentials Knife Block Set

The Chicago Cutlery Essentials 5 Knife Set comes with stainless steel blades that are sharpened for precision cutting. Triple-riveted, contoured handles are easy to grip making it easy to cut everything from fruits and veggies to cheeses and meats. Full metal tang provides added strength, balance, and control for precise cutting, with added safety and stability.

For this price, you really can not expect too much. But if you sharpen these knives after every few uses you really can work with them.

Includes in this set:

  • 3-1/2-inch Paring Knife
  • 4-3/4-inch Utility Knife
  • 5-inch Partoku Knife
  • 6-inch Chef Knife
  • 4-slot Wooden Block

Chicago Cutlery’s Essentials 5-Piece Knife Set comes with a full lifetime warranty. Hand washing is recommended.

AmazonBasics Premium 18-Piece Knife Block Set

AmazonBasics Premium 18-Piece Knife Block Set

The AmazonBasic Premium Set is made from professional-quality stainless steel with precision-honed blades. The eight steak knives feature micro-serrated edges that never require sharpening.
Each knife has an ergonomically designed handle to help ensure a secure, comfortable grip, as well as a full bolster to help keep fingers a safe distance from the blade. The handles feature a triple-riveted construction with a full tang. The full tang and bolster help to balance the knives quite well. This way it is easy to work with them.
One thing I like about this set is the two different options you have working with the big knife. The Chef knife has a curved blade suitable for rocking motions. And the Santoku a more straight blade that works better if you do up and down chopping.

Included in this set:

  • 8-inch Chef Knife
  • 7-inch Santoku Knife
  • 8-inch Slicing Knife
  • 8-inch bread Knife
  • 5.5-inch Utility Knife
  • 6-inch Boning Knife
  • 3.5-inch paring Knife
  • 8 x 4.5-inch Steak Knives
  • 8-inch Kitchen shears
  • 8-inch Sharpener
  • Wood Block

Chicago Cutlery Essentials Stainless Steel Knife Block Set

Chicago Cutlery Essentials Stainless Steel Knife Block Set

What you will notice right away is the absence of a traditional Chef knife in this set. But you get two Santoku knives. The Chicago Cutlery Essentials 15 Piece Knife Set comes with stainless steel blades that are sharpened for precision cutting. They feature a 25 Degree Taper Grind edge which ensures very good sharpness for precise cutting right out of the box and makes the knives easier to re-sharpen Triple-riveted, contoured handles are easy to grip making it easy to cut everything from fruits and veggies to cheeses and meats. Full metal tang provides added strength, balance, and control for precise cutting, with added safety and stability.

Includes in this set:

  • 3-inch Peeling Knife
  • 3-1/2-inch Paring Knife
  • 4-1/2-inch serrated Fruit Knife
  • 4-3/4-inch serrated Utility Knife
  • 5-Inch Santoku Knife
  • 7-inch Santoku Knife
  • 8-inch Scallop Bread Knife
  • Kitchen Shears
  • six serrated Steak Knives
  • Wood Block

Chicago Cutlery’s Essentials 15-Piece Knife Set comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defect. Hand washing is recommended.

AmazonBasics 14-Piece Kitchen Knife Block Set

AmazonBasics 14-Piece Kitchen Knife Set

The AmazonBasics 14-Piece Kitchen Knife Block Set features high-carbon stainless-steel blades with sharp edges. You have to sharpen the blades a bit more often with the included blade sharpener to maintain a sharp edge for safe and efficient use.
Each knife in the set comes equipped with an ergonomically designed, triple-riveted POM (plastic over-molded) handle for a secure, comfortable grip and enhanced control. Each knife’s triple-riveted construction securely attaches the handle to the stainless-steel tang, which runs from the blade through the end of the handle. The knives are quite light so they are easy to work with.

Keep the price in mind – for the money you pay this set is a steal!

The set includes:

  • 8-inch Chef’s Knife
  • 8-inch Slicing Knife
  • 8-inch Bread Knife
  • 5.5-inch Utility Knife
  • 3.5-inch Paring Knife
  • 6 x 4.5-inch Steak Knives
  • 8-inch Kitchen Shears
  • 8-inch Sharpener
  • Pinewood Block
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Ivan

I'm Ivan - living and recently working in Southern California as a sous chef at various leading hotel chains. I’ve been fascinated by knives since my childhood in the Rocky Mountains. My career has made me passionate about all aspects of knives and I love sharing what I discover.

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