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J.A. Henckels

Graphite 8" Chef's Knife (+ 13-pc set)

Don't buy knife sets. Please.

This is the modern iteration of the knife set I grew up with and have seen on countless countertops.

Henckels have made a super budget set, yet somehow it's still overpriced. Part of that is due to the fact that you don't need all these knives, but most buyers don't know that — which is where the problem lies.

To be clear, most cooks don't need more than 1-2 knives: specifically a chef's knife and something serrated, probably a bread knife. Much better versions of both of these can be had for much less than the price of this set and would provide a huge improvement in value to the point that sets like these should be considered predatory.

  • Comes with 12 other knives.
  • The knives it comes with are as awful as it is.
  • Maybe worse.