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Knife Selections

NO, these aren't $300 Japanese knives. If you think you need to spend that much, I'd suggest otherwise. On the other hand, if you want suggestions for reliable, sturdy knives that work well, I've got you covered. I usually advise against a pre-packaged full set, because often you get knives that aren't necessarily useful. Most chefs, including me, advise against storing knives in a block.

8" Chef's Knife

You don't have to spend hundreds on a good knife. This model is not too heavy, easy to keep sharp, and an excellent value. It's big enough to get the job done, but not so huge it's unwieldy.
Paring Knife

The 3 essential knives are a Chef's knife, a bread knife, and one of these paring knives. Flexible enough to do detail work, and sturdy enough to cut through tough foods.
9" Bread Knife

You don't need to spend too much on a bread knife, since it can't be sharpened at home, and you'll only use this knife on bread, cake and pastry
4-Piece Knife Set

This is a very good set of perfectly adequate knives. If you get this, you won't need to add another knife to your collection... but you may want to get a cheap cleaver.
3-piece Paring Set

This is such a nice set of paring knives, I gave one to everyone in my family. It's very useful to have a small serrated knife for delicate things like strawberries and tomatoes.
Honing Steel

No matter what knives you buy, you need a steel. This one is a very affordable choice, and does a good job for daily honing.
New West - PETTY
PETTY New West Knife Works
Chef JoAnna's Favorite Knife!
New West Knifeworks

My favorite! My at-home knife, the 1st one I reach for, every time I cook. I love it so much I won't take it to work! (ask me for my discount code)
Detachable Kitchen Shears

The most important feature is that the blades separate for thorough and easy cleaning. No chicken cooties can get stuck in these scissors! I appreciate the tiny serrated blades, they cut through anything. The herb stripper removes fresh thyme from the stems.
Offset Bread Knife

The shape of this offset knife keeps your knuckles off the cutting board, It's great for crusty or soft breads, sandwiches, flaky pastry, and any cake from angelfood to pound cake..
Starter Mandoline

This is your entry-level mandoline. Consistent slices, thin enough for potato chips Not only is it a bargain, it's easy to clean and small enough to store in a drawer. Preset sizes; Straight blade only.
Upgrade Mandoline

An inexpensive alternative to a professional stainless-steel mandoline, this makes it possible to quickly, uniformly, and safely slice and julienne vegetables and fruit. Preset sizes; Straight + Batonnet + Julienne.
Best Mandoline

This 100% stainless steel Bron mandoline is the one you'll find in pro kitchens. Fully adjustable thickness; Straight + Batonnet + Julienne, plus wavy cuts. Mine has endured 15 yrs of use and it's still perfect.
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