Post # 1
Has anybody gotten the Cooks brand knife set? I am pretty sure they are the JCPenney brand. There are only 2 reviews on the website, one is 5 star and the oter is a 1 star! So obviously of no help at all! The FI and I like the way they look and they are good price, but wanted to see if anyone else has gotten these knives!
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
If I’m looking at the right set, all I can say is that I would be hesitant to buy more than 1 cooking knife or 4 steak knives for that price. There’s no way those knives are going to be quality at that pricepoint. Buying knives like this is ensuring you’ll need to replace the set in a few years. I’d rather invest in the actual knives you need one at a time from high quality lines so that you can keep the knives for decades or even your whole lifetime. Do you really need a boning knife? I cook all the time and I really only use a large chef’s knife, a large santoku, a bread knife (because we often bake our own bread), and a paring knife. Everything else is pretty non-essential.
Post # 4
Yes, I agree with @mrsSonthebeach: You need a high quality chef’s knife, santoku, bread knife and paring knife
I am INFATUATED with my Shun brand knives. I’ve been using them for over 6 years.
Post # 5
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
Ditto @mrsSonthebeach: ‘s comments. Spending more money on fewer knives is a better investment. You can really get away with a chef’s knife, paring knife, and bread knife or similar serrated knife for pretty much any home cooking. I would register for really good quality individual knives (I like Shun or Wusthof, Henckels is lovely, Global makes some good knives… it all depends on how they feel in your hand though) and then a decent set of steak knives separately. Also since good knives are insanely expensive, you’re probably more likely to actually receive individual knives unless you have super generous people who want to spend $1-3k on a knife set.
Bonus knife shopping tip: Go to William Sonoma and ask to test out knives. They usually have stuff you can cut up with them to get an idea of how the knife feels and is weighted in your hand. Also depending on which salesperson you get and when you go you may walk out with some fun knife-skill tips. I would shop around before registering at W-S though because they can be pricier than necessary.
Post # 6
Knives are one of the things I strongly feel that one should invest in because if you take care of them they will last a lifetime and beyond. Plus, there is a HUGE difference in the performance and feel of good knives versus cheap ones. I agree with the PPs.
I have this set from Williams-Sonoma plus a 6″ chef knife that was a gift, and the tomato knife. It was cheaper to buy the set for the knives I wanted rather than buying them open-stock, plus you get the block, shears (very useful), and a honing steel. When we bought them there was an extra gift of a sharpener and cutting board.
If you don’t want to buy/register for a set, my priority would be:
5-6″ chef or santoku
8″ chef knife
Post # 7
We just bought a fantastic knife set from Macy’s for $69.99, regularly priced $149. We think it may have been a mistake b/c in the store it was $99 but they price matched the online price.
Anyway, we LOVE it. We tested a few others by Martha Stewart and all were great. We just liked the look of these. It has 8 steak knives, honing steel, shears, chef’s knife, serrated knife, paring knife, 2 santoku knives and a few others I’m forgetting.
Maybe these might work for you.
Post # 8
@the boss of you: +1 for Shun, they’re awesome
Post # 9
I’m bookmarking this for future reference.
I only have a relatively cheap set of knives (from when I relocated to another city and had to buy all kitchen equiptment, glassware, crockery, cookware, cutlery, bakeware etc from scratch. This was when I had my first job, so naturally couldn’t spend that much.
The cheap knives I have are all getting really blunt now (two years later) hence going to start replacing with nicer ones, before I harm myself again by having to use excess force with them.
Adding some to my birthday wish list to give to DH 🙂 I’ve taken up cooking / baking in a serious way since Christmas, and there is a possibility I may be a SAHW soon, so I’ll have time to indulge in the hobby a bit more!