Next time you're shopping for kitchen knives -- or if you're considering them for a gift -- skip the huge knife sets and start shopping for single knives.
That's because many experts, including chef Cat Cora of the Food Network's "Kitchen Accomplished," say most people don't need seven or eight different kitchen knives -- a single top-quality chef's knife can handle most kitchen tasks. An 8-inch chef's knife, reviews agree, is the most important knife in your collection of cutlery. A paring knife and a serrated bread knife are also helpful, and santoku knives are gradually replacing chef's knives for light-duty work in many kitchens. All are reviewed in our kitchen knives update.