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Alternatively, you can purchase individual knives for a more personalized or specialized set.

Kitchen knife set materials

Stainless steel is the most common blade material. It’s long-lasting and easy to sharpen and clean. Higher-end and professional knives are made with high-carbon stainless steel or Damascus steel. In most cases, you’ll have to make a choice about the material of the handle.

Hardwood is a popular choice for its classic look and comfortable grip, but stainless steel and titanium handles are also popular and can provide good balance.

Forged or stamped

Kitchen knives are either forged or stamped, and there’s little debate over the superior manufacturing process.

Stamped knives are less expensive and have two parts at the minimum: the blade and the handle. This makes them weaker than forged blades, and the point where the blade meets the handle can easily collect food. It’s even possible for stamped knives to break,which c an be very dangerous and lead to injury.

Forged knives are made from a single piece of metal, with the blade joining the handle at a point called the “bolster.” The bolster allows the blade to curve to meet the handle, so there are no crevices to capture food. In addition, forged knives are often better weighted and offer more control while you work.