The 9 Most Important Knives to Have in Your Kitchen

We like a slicer knife for entertaining, or simply any time we're cooking for more than two people. "Unlike shorter chef’s knives and pointed, flexible carving knives, slicing knives are long and straight for smooth, even slicing," says Cooks Illustrated. "They have rounded tips so as to be less threatening for tableside serving." Eleven-inch blades are preferred, but there are versions that go up to 15 inches. Victorinox, Mercer Renaissance, and Wüsthof make great slicers.