The 9 Most Important Knives to Have in Your Kitchen

You will want a matching set of four or six of these to place beside each person's plate when serving, well, steak. But these things are so handy in a pinch for other types of cutting, so vegetarians might want these too. They come in serrated and smooth edges, and we prefer smooth for easier sharpening. The best steak knives slice cleanly through raw to well-done meat on ceramic plates. No cutting board required. Victorinox's Swiss Army, Shun Shima, Chicago Cutlery, Laguiole, and Wüsthof are some favorites.

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