Haven't posted here in a while! So, right now, there's a Zwilling JA Henckles sale right now on Gilt Groupe. Several sets are sold out already, but I was able to get the 15-piece Twin Gourmet block set for $150 (it's $490 retail).
Which brings me to my question...
As a 20something who's just starting to build a kitchen for myself, good cutlery is one thing I've been seriously lacking. Just to have knives, I bought a cheap set from Marshalls or Ross, and they're just... blunt, and so difficult to use. I found one Henckles paring knife at a TJ Maxx one time (for $10!) and it made cooking so much easier for me... I use it for things I shouldn't use a paring knife for, just because those other knives aren't up to the task.
So, do you think this is a good starter set for someone like me, who's ready to toss out the cheapo knives but not quite ready for a pro-grade set? It's my understanding that their Gourmet line is more affordable than their Cuisine line, so I feel comfortable about this purchase as a nice way to segue into having nice things in my kitchen without going overboard :)
Here's what I got in the set --
TWIN Gourmet Block Set:
*One paring/utility knife, blade measures 4 inches in length
*One serrated paring knife, blade measures 5 inches in length
*One bread knife, blade measures 8 inches in length
*One chef's knife, blade measures 8 inches in length
*Eight steak knives, blades measure 4 1/2 inches in length
*One set of kitchen shears, measures 10 1/4 inches in length by 3 3/4 inches in width
*One sharpening steel, measures 9 inches in length
*One hardwood knife storage block, measures 10 inches in length by 5 1/4 inches in width by 9 inches in height
Does that sound like a good way to start?