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Best Knife Set For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Knife Set at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
How do we pick these products? We spend many hours doing unbiased research to only give you the highest rated products at the best price. We first come up with a list of features, which you can see below, that we feel the majority of people will need. We then look for the highest quality products with these features and only show you the top five with the best value. Our mission is to provide you with the best five options based only on the facts. Don't see the product you were thinking about getting? Click here to calculate it's frugal score.
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Ginsu Chikara Stainless Steel with Bamboo BlockChicago Cutlery with Block and In-Block SharpenerOzeri Elite Chef Black CeramicProfessional Eclipse With Heavy Duty Zip up CarryRada Cutlery Starter Set
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Satisfaction Guarantee
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Lifetime Guarantee
Size
8-Piece
18-Piece
3-Piece
9-Piece
7-Piece
Storage
Bamboo Block
Wood Block
Zip-Up Carrying Case
Box Storage
Features Needed
Can Be Sarpened
Comfortable Grip
Solid Piece
Well-Balanced
Features Not Needed
Ceramic
Heat and Water Proof Handle
High-Carbon Stainless Steel
Light Weight
Non-Stainless Steel
Sharpener Included
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

Anyone who plans to spend any time in the kitchen aside from nuking a few frozen meals will need to have a good knife set. And, though there are an abundance of options to choose from, many will not offer optimum results. Some sets - flashy as they might be - cannot slice a tomato worth squat while other, sharper sets encourage bacterial growth.

When choosing the best knife set for your money, you should look at a number of different features. First and foremost, you should make sure that the knives you purchase are comfortable for extended use. Unfortunately, many knives that feature a "comfort grip" do so by adding soft woods like bamboo to the handles. Though these knives look and feel nice, over time this wood can break down leaving extra room for bacterial growth. That's why we have only chosen knives that have wear-resistant features like brushed aluminum and steel handles. 

Also of importance are knifes with good balance. This means that you should be able to balance the knife on your finger at the center, or bolster, of the knife. When knifes are well-balanced, the chopping motion becomes effortless and causes considerably less strain for the user over an extend period of time.

We have also chosen knives that are made of a solid piece of material (which increases the stability of the piece and typically represents a higher quality product) and all blades are forged (as opposed to stamped) thus increasing both sharpness and longevity of the piece.

Of course, there are also features that you may not need in a knife, but would still consider beneficial. One such feature is the ability to re-sharpen your knives once they have begun to dull. Some sets come complete with sharpeners while others have to be purchased separately. 

The material your knives are made out of is also important, though not always necessary to pay attention to. Most commonly, knifes are made out of non-stainless steal which may still rust if improperly cared for, or  high-carbon stainless steal that withstands rust and holds its edge better. Thirdly are ceramic knives that can be sharpened to scalpel-quality and will not rust. These knives are also popular because of their inability to leach dangerous metals into food. Ceramic knives do chip, however, so great care should be used during food preparation and storage.

Many knife sets also offer a two-in-one feature in which one knife claims to be a Chef's knife and bread knife at the same time. These knives should be avoided because the dual-purpose actually lessens the knife's effectiveness all-around. Instead, chose a set with separate knives for each purpose. Serrated knives should be used for cutting baked goods only just like a quality Chef's knife will be designed to chop in a rocking motion. 

Knife sets will come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and may include anywhere from just a few essential knives to a whole slew of options designed for chopping, slicing and precision cutting. Some sets even include steak knives to be used in place settings. Whatever knife set you choose, consider your desired quantity prior to your purchase. 

Of course, if you plan on purchasing a quality set of knives, you will need to take care of them once they arrive. To do so, make sure you use only wooden or hard plastic cutting boards (which will help preserve your knife's edge) and hand-wash your knives immediately after each use. Never leave your knives in standing water and dry thoroughly after each use to prevent rust and decrease the chance of bacterial growth.

It is also important to store your knives in a safe location. Some sets come with their own storage options such as a butcher block or zipper case, but others will not. If your knives do not come with their own storage, you can purchase a magnetic strip or butcher block separately. The point is, make sure your knives are stored in a safe location away from potential accidents, because they will be sharp and nothing ruins a big family meal faster than a trip to the emergency room.

To ensure that you purchase only the best quality of knives for your money, we have included only the best name brands, including Chicago Cultery, Ginsu, and Eclipse. Over and over again, these brands have delivered only the best quality knives for the money, and consumers continually recommend these brands to friends.

We have also left out brands that are notorious for their dull blades and weak knife composition. Brands like Farberware that seem to break often and cannot hold an edge were purposefully left out of our list and we encourage our guests to avoid them, too.

Having a quality knife is essential to ensuring your food preparation go smoothly. Not only will good knives reduce the risk of injury, but they will also last many years as your food preparation gets more advanced. Take the time to consider your food preparation needs prior to making your knife set purchase so that you can make sure you've got all of the essentials at your fingertips. Use our list of favorite knife sets to help you decide.

Features You Need
Can Be Sarpened, Comfortable Grip, Solid Piece, Well-Balanced
Features You Don't Need
Ceramic, Heat and Water Proof Handle, High-Carbon Stainless Steel, Light Weight, Non-Stainless Steel, Sharpener Included
What You Should Pay
Between $35.99 - $99.99
Top Of The Line Price
Over $2,000.00