SLICE AND DICE
A set of good knives is a must-have in any kitchen. Professionals and serious home chefs accumulate individual knives for specific tasks and might spend over $100 on each one. For home cooks setting up a household or populating a wedding registry, there are inexpensive sets that encompass everything from a paring knife to a cleaver. Knife sets usually come in a wooden block and contain a pair of kitchen shears and a sharpening steel along with knives that can slice, dice, chop, and bone. While upscale cutlery collections made of German or Japanese steel can cost upward of $500, Cheapism.com has picked the best knife sets for $100 or less that can meet the cooking needs of most households. This roundup also includes three high-quality choices under $300, a ceramic set, and a carbon steel option that should last a lifetime.
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