Anyone who is married to their kitchen like I am knows that for any self respecting cook, a good set of knives is indispensable. Knives are that one tool that you cannot just select from a distance. There is a particular feel that comes with getting that perfect knife…how it feels in the hand. Get a good knife and cooking feels like heaven. Get a good set of knives, and you’ll feel like you’ve just hit the jackpot.
In my kitchen, I can compromise on other tools, but only the best knives will do. This is where I spare no costs to get the best quality working for me. For that reason, I have been a fan of Shun knives for as long as I remember. The high end workmanship involved in crafting their knives, from the handles, to the blades, to the bamboo blocks used to hold the knives in place, these knives speak sheer perfection.
Since I work with a variety of ingredients, my pick for best set would definitely be the classic 7-piece essential block set. Many reasons come to mind. First of all, these are Shun knives! The handle has a great feel in my hands, the blades are sharp and sturdy enough for the job required of them and the overall look is great. Secondly, the pieces included in the 7-piece essential perfectly cover the needs for a basic home kitchen. The obvious pieces required in any kitchen- the Chef’s knife, a good paring knife, a utility knife- come with the package. Additionally, there is a bread knife for those days when I need to fill my home with the aromas of home baking as well as herb shears, which I use when I need to add a touch of fresh parsley or coriander to finish off a meal. To keep all the knives sharp, the classic essentials set includes a honing steel, and everything is kept in place in a bamboo block.
One of my favorite things about the Shun classic 7-piece essentials block set is their implicit acknowledgement that a kitchen needs to start from somewhere and grow. They do this elegantly by including a block with several extra slots- knowing that at one time or other, I will definitely need to add a specialty knife or 5 to the initial set, without the added inconvenience of requiring another knife block. That, right there, is a stroke of genius, and is the main reason why I would gladly recommend the Shun classic 7-piece essentials block set to anyone starting out their kitchen. Or just anyone not very impressed with the current knives residing there.