As with the cleaver above, these knives follow the idea that you don't always want to use your best blades. Maybe you're packing knives for a picnic or potluck where you're worried about sticky-fingered friends. Or you're stocking your newly dormitoried college kid's pantry with some essentials. Or you just don't want to spend a lot on knives right now. With most cheap knives, you get what you pay for, but these Kiwi-brand blades from Thailand, ten bucks a pop (and that's for the big ones; paring knives are even cheaper), are pretty amazing. They can get razor sharp and stay that way for a while, then take well to resharpening. They're also feather-light, good for home cooks that find some of the fancier brands of knives too heavy for their hands. Kiwi Knives on Amazon.