If you were to walk down the aisle of a local retail store you will see a number of kitchen cutlery items on sale. Some of these cutlery sets may even be priced shockingly cheap. But, should price be a guiding factor in selecting a reliable cutlery set or individual kitchen knife?
While price should most definitely be a concern it should never come at the expense of quality. Now, there are a number of different “faces” of what constitutes quality but it can be broken down into two main components: the blade and the handle.
The blade of any kitchen knife must be durable and made of a quality material like stainless steel. Make sure that the cutlery can be easily sharpened over time. If you are truly looking for a quality set, determine whether the knives were fully forged. This is a sign of true craftsmanship. Cheaply made knives rarely have these blade qualities.
It is also important to look at the handle quality in addition to the blade. The handle should be easy to grip and comfortable when held in the hand. If you can, test the cutlery handles by pretending to cut a steak with one of the steak knives. Then hold the carving knife or serrated bread knife and mimic the corresponding motions. Does the handle feel comfortable? Does it seem to slip from your hand? These could be signs that the knife set is not right for your needs.