Interested in upgrading your knife collection? Don’t be lured into a questionable knife purchase by some random late-night TV commercial; that kind of knife will never help you carve a watermelon into a perfect rose (registration required).

Instead, check out this in-depth post on the bladey blog Only Knives for a tutorial on “The Best Kitchen Knives for Any Budget.” It comes complete with some history and explanation of Japanese versus German knives, plus sidebars on sharpening and maintaining your knives, and a primer on steel.

But the meat of the post, so to speak, are recommendations for knives in price points from $50 to $1,000. The blademaster has a crush on good Japanese knives such as Global and Shun, but if you’re sharp, you’ll make sure to do some research here before investing in the most indispensable tools for any kitchen.

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