Also referred to as a cook's knife, this is the one to choose if you can only have one kitchen knife. Experts say a chef's knife can handle most kitchen tasks all by itself. Since this knife is the kitchen workhorse, it's crucial to find one that feels good in your hand, with the right weight and balance and a comfortable handle. It should be sharp enough to disjoint a chicken or thinly slice a tomato without crushing it. While 8-inches is the most common size, if you have smaller or larger hands, you may be more comfortable with a 6- or -10-in chef's knife instead.Santoku Knife
The santoku knife is similar to a chef's knife but with a shorter, thinner blade and a straighter edge. It also has indentations in the blade that help keep starchy foods, like potatoes, from sticking as they're sliced. Santuko knives are particularly well-suited to dealing with vegetables, and we read many reviews from vegetarians who say santuko-style is their go-to knife. Paring Knives
Small enough to fit easily in your hand paring knives are used for more intricate work that requires greater control, such as peeling or coring fruit, cutting up small items like berries or herbs, and removing eyes from potatoes. Typical blade lengths range from 2.5 to 4 inches, but most experts say the perfect size for most people is 3.25 inches. People with larger hands often like the 4-inch option, however.Serrated Bread Knives
Although they may be called bread knives, these are not just for slicing bread. The best bread knife, experts say, is 10 inches long so that it can handle even the largest loves of crusty, artisan bread with one swipe. However, these knives can also be used for slicing tomatoes, watermelon and cakes. Some serrated knives are made in smaller sizes that aren't as useful for cutting larger loaves of bread, but many reviewers say they still cut smaller loaves well and are more versatile for other tasks. Knife Sets
If you're stocking a kitchen for the first time or just want a good selection of knives that match, you'll want to consider a knife set. Owners say they love having a dedicated place to store their knives and many display the included bock as part of their kitchen decor. In addition, there are some very high-quality knife sets that would cost far more if you purchased the same knives individually. Steak Knives
Even if you never use a knife for food prep, you'll probably always need a sharp knife to cut food at meals. And, in spite of the name, they're not just for meat. A matched set of good steak knives also adds some class to your table layout when you have guests.