Top 10 Best Cutlery Knife Sets 2020

We got many emails from people that moved to a new place and are looking for the best cutlery knife sets. But is there such a thing as the Best Cutlery Knife Set? One thing is sure – there are many good Cutlery Knife Blocks on the market so this post should give you some ideas. Please take a look at our Top 10 Beginner Knife Sets as well.

J.A. Henckels International Forged Premio 19-piece Knife Set

J.A. Henckels International Forged Premio 19-piece Knife Set

This Zwilling J.A. Henckels International Forged Premio knife set is highly durable with extremely balanced blades. It comes in an 18-slot wood knife block with Cherry finish. The knives in this set (except the steak knives which are stamped) feature a fully forged blade. They are full tang and have a triple-riveted handle. I do like the stainless steel end cap with the Henckels Logo on it. The Chef knife is really good balanced and so are the other knives. You will enjoy working with them every day you use one tool of this set.
The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Premio Set has very good edge retention and it is quite easy to re-sharpen.

Included in this set:

  • 3-inch Paring Knife
  • 3-inch Hollow Edge Paring Knife
  • 5-inch Serrated Utility Knife
  • 5.5-inch Boning Knife
  • 6-inch Utility Knife
  • 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
  • 8-inch Bread Knife
  • 8-inch Chef’s Knife
  • Eight 4.5-inch Serrated Steak Knives
  • 9-inch Sharpening Steel
  • Kitchen Shears
  • 18-slot Wood Knife Block with Cherry Finish

Zwilling offers a lifetime warranty for the set.

Cangshan Z Series 17-Piece Knife Block Set

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The Cangshan Z Series 17-piece Knife Block Set combines some of the best from the East and the West. The bolster less design encourages a professional pinch grip. It also allows the blade to be sharpened from heel to tip and provides improved cutting precision, and safety.
The handcrafted full-tang knives are forged from tight-grained, X50Cr15MoV German Steel. This ensures good durability, stain resistance, and very good edge retention. Each blade goes through a 6 stage heat treatment ensuring every blade maintains its strength. The knives are sharpened to a 16-degree angle per side. They come with an HRC 58 +/- 2 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale. The knives are hand polished and hand sharpened. The set is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). Cangshan gives a Lifetime Warranty against manufacturer defects.

Included in this Set:

  • 8-inch Chef Knife
  • 8-inch Bread Knife
  • 7-inch Santoku Knife
  • 6-inch Boning Knife
  • 5-inch serrated Utility Knife
  • 5-inch Tomato Knife
  • 3.5-inch Paring Knife
  • 2.75-inch Peeling Knife
  • 6×5-inch Steak Knife
  • 8-inch honing steel
  • Forged 9″ Shears
  • Walnut block

Wüsthof Gourmet 16 Piece Set

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The Wüsthof Gourmet 16 Piece Set is the second set from Solingen in Germany that made it to our Best Cutlery Knife Sets list. The laser-cut blades are quite lightweight which makes it easy to work with them for a long time but they still offer great performance. The final buffing of these full-tang knives is done by hand. The tripel riveted seamlessly molded handle is made from a highly durable synthetic material – Polyoxymethylene (POM). POM has a tighter molecular structure to resist fading and discoloration compared to other synthetic materials used for handles.
I do like the spreader that comes with this set. You can cut your Bagle and spread your favorite topping with only one tool.

Included in this Set:

  • 2.5-inch Spear Point Paring Knife
  • 2.75-inch Trimming Knife
  • 2.25-inch Peeling Knife
  • 4.5-inch Utility Knife
  • four 4.5-inch Steak Knives
  • 5-inch Spreader
  • 5-inch Santoku
  • 8-inch Bread Knife
  • 8-inch Cook’s Knife
  • 9-inch Hooning Steel
  • Come-Apart Kitchen Shears
  • 15-Slot Block

DALSTRONG Gladiator Series 18-Piece Colossal Knife Set

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The Dalstrong Gladiator Series Colossal Knife Set Block does look very different from the other knife blocks. Usually, the knife blocks are square but this one is wide. This way it is easier to grab the knife you need when working in the kitchen. I do like it!
The Gladiator Series blades are precision-forged from a single piece of high-carbon ThyssenKrupp German steel. This steel ensures an ultra-sharp edge with excellent wear and stain resistance. The full-tang knives are hand polished and have a 56+ Rockwell hardness and the edge is 14-16 degrees per side. The knives have a black Pakkawood handle imported from Spain. A traditional design with triple rivets ensures that the handle will last a very long time.

Included in this Set:

  • 9-inch Carving Knife
  • 9-inch Bread Knife
  • 8.5-Inch Kiritsuke Chef Knife
  • 8-inch Chef Knife
  • 7-inch Santoku Knife
  • 7-inch Nakiri Knife
  • 6-inch Boning Knife
  • 6.5-inch Utility Knife
  • 6-inch Serrated Utility Knife
  • Six 5-inch Straight Edge Steak Knives
  • 3.5-inch Paring Knife
  • 2.75-inch Bird’s Beak Paring Knife
  • 10-inch Gladiator Series Honing Steel
  • Walnut Wood Block

OXO Good Grips 17 Piece Knife Block Set

OXO Good Grips 17 Piece Knife Block Set

The OXO Good Grips 17 Piece Knife Block Set features knives with a fully forged blade, bolster and tang for superior balance, strength, and durability. OXO uses German stainless steel with high carbon content for long-lasting sharpness and edge retention. OXO thought hard about the handles for this knife line. Of course, a good knife should feel like an extension of the hand. The contoured handle and rounded bolster are quite nice and make the knives easy to control.

Included in this Set:

  • 3.5-inch Paring Knife
  • 5-inch Serrated Utility Knife
  • 4.5-inch Santoku Knife
  • 6.5-inch Santoku Knife
  • 8-inch Slicing Knife
  • 8-inch Bread Knife
  • 8-inch Chef Knife
  • Honing Steel
  • Kitchen Shears

McCook MC25 14 Pieces Kitchen Knife Set

McCook MC25 Kitchen Knife Set

The McCook 14 Pieces Kitchen Knife Set comes with a knife block that has a built-in sharpener. McCook uses high carbon stainless steel for the knives. They use their taper grind edge technology to make the blades sharp for precise cutting. With the built-in sharpener in the knife block, they are easy to re-sharpen. The knives are full tang which makes them very stable. The grip has a nice ergonomic design so it fits good in the hand.
All the knives are FDA approved and the set comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee from McCook.

Included in the 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 serrated Steak Knife
  • Kitchen Shears
  • Knife block with built-in sharpener

Chicago Cutlery Fusion 18-Piece Block Set

Chicago Cutlery Fusion 18-Piece Block Set

Chicago Cutlery decided for their cutlery knife set to use two different materials for the handle. The working knives of the Chicago Cutlery Fusion 18-Piece Block Set have a black polyester handle. The Steak knives have a steel handle. The black Asian-influenced, cushion-grip handles provide a sturdy, non-slip grip.
For the blades, Chicago Cutlery uses it’s signature 26-Degree taper grind edge technology. It provides very good sharpness for precise cutting and is easy to re-sharpen. They are forged from high-carbon stainless steel with metal bolsters for added balance and safe handling.

Included in this Set:

  • 3.25-inch Parer
  • 3-inch Peeler
  • 5-inch Utility Knife
  • 8 4.25-inch Steak knives
  • 7.75-inch Chef Knife
  • 8-inch Slicer
  • 7.75-inch Bread Knife
  • 5-inch Partoku Knife
  • 7-inch Santoku Knife
  • 8-inch stainless Sharpening Steel

Calphalon Classic Self-Sharpening 15-Piece Knife Block Set

Calphalon Cutlery Classic Stainless Sharping Cutlery Block Set

This nice set from Calphalon is forged from high-carbon stainless steel and features a full tang and bolster. The Steak Knives are stamped.
The knife block is designed with Calphalon’s “SharpIN Technology”. This are built-in ceramic sharpeners that automatically sharpen knives each time you pull them out or stick them back in the block.

Calphalon Cutlery Classic Stainless 5in Santoku Knife

The Calphalon Classic 15-Piece Knife Block Set has another interesting detail the other cutlery knife sets on this page do not have. Each of the big knife handles is labeled for easy identification in the knife block! No more guesswork when choosing the right knife. Here you see the handle of the 5-inch Santoku knife. I do like that.

Included in the Set:

  • 8-inch Chef’s Knife
  • 8-inch Bread Knife
  • 6-inch Utility Knife
  • 7-inch Santoku Knife
  • 3.5-inch Paring Knife
  • 8 Steak Knives
  • Kitchen Shears
  • Rubberwood Self-sharpening Block

Emojoy 15-Piece Knife Set

Emojoy 15-Piece Knife Set

The Emojoy 15-Piece Knife Block Set stands out with the blue handles.
Emojoy uses X50Cr15 High Carbon stainless steel for the blades. The knives have a strong and durable bolster that increases stability and gives you better control. The ABS handle feels good in the hand while using the knives. The Oakwood block keeps your knives safe and does not need a lot of space on your kitchen counter.

Included in the Set:

  • 8-inch Chef Knife
  • 8-inch Slicing Knife
  • 8-inch Santoku Knife
  • 8-inch Bread Knife
  • 5-inch Utility Knife
  • 3.5-inch Paring Knife
  • Kitchen Scissors
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Six 4.5-inch Steak Knives

Alltripal Premium 18-Piece Kitchen Knife Set

Alltripal Premium 18-Piece Kitchen Knife Set

The Alltripal Premium 18-Piece Kitchen Knife Set is proof that you do not have to spend an arm and a leg for a good Cutlery Knife Set!
For this set Alltripal uses German X50Cr15 high carbon stainless steel. The full-tang knives are very sharp and stay sharp for long. Triple rivetted Pakkawood handles ensure a good grip. I like the feeling of wood but some people do not like the extra effort that comes with a wood handle. After use, you should clean your knife and wipe it dry. This way the handles will last forever.
Alltripal gives a 30 days return and a 1-year quality warranty.

Included in this Set:

  • Chef Knife
  • Bread Knife
  • Slicing Knife
  • Santoku Knife
  • Utility Knife
  • Fruit Knife
  • Peeling Knife
  • Boning Knife;
  • Paring Knife
  • Six Steak Knives
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Knife Block
  • Kitchen Scissor
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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.