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Each knife requires a different grip, and one way to hone your skills as a home cook is to acquaint yourself with these various grips—you can chop an onion, but can you peel an apple? Slice a tomato? Core an avocado? The best knife sets contain a variety of knives: chef’s knife, bread knife, serrated knife, paring knife, steak knife, and kitchen shears. Here are our favorite knife sets, ranging in budget but all high-quality and super sharp.

Everything You Need

This option comes with all your basics, plus a sharpening rod, kitchen shears, and six steak knives. Cuisinart

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This standard knife set is for the no-muss, no-fuss crowd. High-carbon, stainless-steel blades mean these knives are strong and sturdy, but lightweight and comfortable to use. Even more, they’re super easy to clean (yep, that’s right: dishwasher safe).

Practical Design

These are sturdily equipped with single-piece blades and break-resistant handles. J.A. Henckels

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Another option for stainless-steel fans, this knife set comes with an elegant wooden block for storage—so you can keep it on your kitchen counter and feel good about it. The triple-rivet black handles, in addition to offering that classic look, provide a nice grip for controlled, easy chopping.

Stylish Set-Up

This attractive collection is for the people who know exactly what they want: high-quality blades and nothing more. Mercer Culinary

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For something a little fancier and minimalist, go for this six-piece set from Mercer Culinary. These German steel blades have taper-ground edges, which means they’ll stay sharper longer. Show them off, too: These beauties come with a standing magnetic board so you can display them out in the open where they belong.

These sharp objects can handle any cut of beef. Sky Light

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Never underestimate a good, sharp steak knife at the dinner table. The smooth, non-serrated blades on these German-steel knives ensure clean, even slices—without shredding your meat to pieces.

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