I love myself a quick bowl of fried rice when I get sudden hunger pangs. Last week, my wife tells me we need to put in some more effort and money into the knives we buy as she cooked me a bowl of scrumptious rice. “The junk blades from the local market just aren’t good enough,” she said.
I am a firm believer that “a happy wife, means a happy life.” Things could have escalated because she likes to bring up the fact that I review household products for a living, whenever a household product gives her a hard time. Fortunately, I dodged that bullet and immediately offered to help. So, I set out to learn about some of the best knives available in India and made notes for my next Indianscience masterpiece.
- Best Kitchen Knives (2021)
- 1. Best Overall: AmazonBasic HL-005987
- 2. Best Runner Up: AGARO Galaxy
- 3. Best in Segment: Amazon Solimo Premium
- 4. Best from Prestige: Prestige 99579
- 5. Best with Soft Grip: Cartini Godrej
- 6. Best with Ultra-Sharp Edge: Victorinox Kitchen Knife
- 7. Best Under-Budget: Kai Hocho
- 8. Best for Durability: Renberg Ultra
- 9. Cheapest Option: Pigeon 495
- Frequently Asked Questions
Best Kitchen Knives (2021)
Knives don’t come with a long spec sheet or a bunch of fancy features. It’s a purpose-oriented tool that does the job it is designed for. The options do make the ultimate choice overwhelming, but I’m going to take care of that for you.
Before we move on to the list of the best knives, consider the following to ensure you purchase your ideal knife:
- Handle: Contoured handles are ideally what you should look for. You want sufficient control over the knife while you’re using it, the lack of which can result in frustration and reduce your kitchen productivity.
- Weight: Okay, this is a little tricky. This depends on what you think is heavy, which may be subjective. The key here is to find the sweet spot. A very heavy knife is going to tire out your wrist, while a very lightweight knife may not offer a lot of control.
- Pieces included: Most products on this list are knife sets, while only a few are single multipurpose table knives. If you have been working in the kitchen for a good number of years, you may have nailed it down to specific names as to what knives you want. If you don’t belong to this group, stick to a single multipurpose table knife or a 2 to 3-piece set.
Alright, let’s get dicing.
1. Best Overall: AmazonBasic HL-005987
Amazon’s Premium 9-piece knife set is a solid candidate that deserves the top spot on this list. It has a lot going for it, so let’s see what it does for us in the kitchen.
The AmazonBasics HL-005987 knives sport precision-honed blades that offer prolonged sharpness regardless of what it pierces through on your kitchen counter. When the blade does lose its sheen down the road, you can pull out the blade sharpener included in the package to sharpen the knife’s blades and recalibrate its efficiency.
If you’re a knife-ninja like my wife, you probably like a good balance of weight and control over the knife—something the AmazonBasics premium knife set has perfected. The knives have an ergonomic design that offers a decent grip and you’re unlikely to pull the blade out unless you make a voluntary effort since the handle has a triple-riveted construction. Washing these knives is breezy too—all you need is some hot water and a pinch of detergent, and you’re set.
In the box, you get the following knives: 8-inch chef’s knife, 7-inch Santoku knife, 8-inch slicing knife, 8-inch bread knife, 6-inch boning knife, 5-inch utility knife, 3.5-inch paring knife, 8-inch sharpener, and a rubber-wood storage block.
You do end up paying a hefty price for these knives, but they’re worth the money. However, it’s possible that a lot of households won’t need some of the knives included in the set. For them, we have other sets in the list that can help them trim the price to an extent.
- An extensive collection: 7 knives, 1 sharpener, and a storage block
- Precision-formed blades
- Blades are made of high-quality stainless steel
- Triple-riveted handles
- Pricing may be a little high for some buyers
2. Best Runner Up: AGARO Galaxy
AGARO products are known for hitting the sweet spot between price and quality. The AGARO Galaxy 9-piece knives set is no different.
It includes 7 knives: chef’s knife, bread knife, slicing knife, utility knife, steak knife, Santoku knife, and a paring knife. The remaining 2 pieces in the set are the sharpener and wooden block.
The blades are made of standard quality food-grade stainless steel that’s sharp enough to cut through your veggies with minimal effort. The triple-riveted bolster handles have a full-tang design and are amply durable.
Overall, the knives are fine and dandy. I have had them in the past but they do seem overly prone to rusting. Oiling them doesn’t help much either. This could have been caused by a number of factors, though.
If you want a decently priced knife set, the AGARO Galaxy 9-piece is a good choice on any day. They’re well-designed, weigh much lesser than comparable sets, and are satisfactorily durable.
- 7 knives to serve all your kitchen needs
- Sharp blades and triple-riveted handles
- Ergonomically designed and lightweight
- Priced attractively
- Prone to rusting
3. Best in Segment: Amazon Solimo Premium
The Solimo Premium is again an Amazon product that costs significantly less than the previous product. However, a lower price means there is something going out of the package. What is it? Let’s dig deeper.
Well, for starters, the Solimo 3-piece set comes with, as the name gives it away, 3 pieces. The product uses high-carbon stainless-steel blades with ultra-sharp edges and triple-riveted handles.
The 3-piece set includes: a chef’s knife, a Santoku knife, and a sharpener. The Santoku knife has a 7-inch blade and 4.8-inch handle which offers good control as you mince, slice, and dice your veggies. Santokus are supposed to make long-lasting kitchen work simpler and are best when lightweight. However, the one included in the Solimo 3-piece set does feel marginally heavier. The chef’s knife is a tad larger with an 8-inch blade and a 5-inch handle for pros who know what they’re doing and need larger kitchen toys.
That’s pretty much it with the Solimo 3-piece set, which makes sense given it costs significantly less than the AmazonBasics HL-005987 9-piece set. This is perfect for novice chefs who are learning a few kitchen tricks and is a perfect precursor to investing in a more expensive knife set. It also works perfectly for seasoned housewives who know their way around the recipe book.
- Includes pieces needed for regular culinary creations
- Features high-carbon stainless steel blades
- Comes with a sharpener for an on-the-go efficiency boost
- Triple-riveted handles
- Marginally heavier Santoku knife
4. Best from Prestige: Prestige 99579
Prestige is an age-old resident of Indian kitchens. So much so, that even children are familiar with the brand. To expand its product portfolio, the brand now manufactures knives for Indian kitchens.
The Prestige 99579 set comprises 5 knives that are housed in a wooden box. The blades could have been sharper out of the box, but using the sharpener takes care of this issue right away. The handles are contoured for superior ergonomics and also help avoid accidents.
The rusting problem we talked about with the AGARO knife set is specifically eliminated here. Prestige claims that the blades are rust-free and also sustain their sharpness for longer.
So, in the set, you get 5 knives (paring, utility, cook’s, chef’s, and vegetable), a peeler, and a wooden block. Notice something different? The sets we discussed thus far lack a peeler, which Prestige has included in its Tru-Edge set.
There’s no questioning the quality given that this is a Prestige product. For the price it charges, it offers generous utility. Whether you’re buying this for your restaurant or household kitchen, you’ll get all the knives you need in the set built with superior quality materials.
- 5 knives and a peeler included in the set
- Contoured blades that offer a solid grip and avoid accidents
- No rusting issue and long-lasting sharpness on the blades
- Pleasantly lightweight
- Blades could have been sharper out of the box
5. Best with Soft Grip: Cartini Godrej
Another brand that every household recognizes has decided to put its sharp tools on Indian kitchen counters. The Godrej Cartini 4-piece is an all-knives set and doesn’t feature a sharpener, peeler, or wooden block.
The knives feature a 2-color design with a purple patch near the center where the blade protrudes out of the handle, and a fully black-colored handle. The set consists of 4 pieces: salad knife, kitchen cleaver, kitchen knife, and cook’s carving knife.
The blades are, as is common among other knives, made of stainless steel, and handles are made of polypropylene.
The Godrej Cartini is a straightforward offering from an excellent, vintage brand. While it doesn’t feature a triple-riveted handle or a Santoku knife, it serves household needs just fine.
- Godrej product
- Durable build
- Super sharp blades
- Exquisite appearance
- No sharpener
6. Best with Ultra-Sharp Edge: Victorinox Kitchen Knife
The Victorinox kitchen knife set is priced at the lower end of the scale, but don’t be fooled—it packs in astonishingly powerful blades.
The set contains 2 Swiss-made knives: a kitchen knife and a multipurpose table knife. The kitchen knife is a potent kitchen tool flaunting an 8cm long straight edge and a pointed tip. The multipurpose table knife is an 11cm long tool with a wavy edge and ergonomic handle that cuts right through your soft-skinned fruits and veggies.
The stainless steel blade is made with 100% recycled alloy mix which confers excellent durability on both knives. The use of martensitic steel in the blades makes it resistant to common knife-nemesis like rust and stains. What’s more, you can clean these dishwasher-safe knives under running water effortlessly.
The polypropylene –made handles are slip-resistant and have an ergonomic design that offers a solid grip and balance. The brand’s confidence radiates from the fact that it offers a two-year guarantee against defects in material and workmanship. That definitely earns the Victorinox knives a couple of points.
While not many may have heard of Victorinox, it has over a century’s experience under its belt. If you want a basic set for your household, the Victorinox knife set will help you trim down the unnecessary spending by excluding knife pieces that you probably won’t need.
- 2-year guarantee against defects in material and workmanship
- A sharpener is not included
7. Best Under-Budget: Kai Hocho
Kai has been around for over 110 years and exclusively manufactures sharpness and stainless steel-related products in categories like kitchenware (knives), grooming (razors), and medical devices.
The Kai Hocho knives is an entry-level offering from Kai that includes two same pieces of knife with a black handle, non-serrated edges, and a pointed tip. The blade’s length is 112mm, while the full knife is 232mm long—which is perfect for hitting the appropriate spot in terms of balance and control.
These are simple knives but are no less effective than any other set on the list. The lower price may cause some buyers to believe that these lack the fancy qualities stated in the other sets. While this may be true, the Kai knives get the job done extremely well.
If you want to spend as little as you can and still have your veggies and fruits cut with minimal effort, the Kai knife set is the way to go.
- Excellent in terms of balance and control
- Ergonomic handle design
- As effective as knives in expensive sets
- Does not come with a sharpener
- Edges are non-serrated
8. Best for Durability: Renberg Ultra
Contrary to other products on the list, the Renberg Ultra knife is not a set but just a single chef’s knife. At first look, it looks like something out of Gordon Ramsey’s kitchen. The knife’s quality is excellent, but offerings are straightforward.
Unlike knives in other sets, the Renberg Ultra chef’s knife comes with a hardened blade that lasts far longer. To top it off, the blades are marble coated, further adding to the tool’s durability.
The black knife has a 20cm long blade, which is more than adequate for a household kitchen. The blade is super sharp, and will not go blunt for at least the first month. When it does, though, sharpening will work wonderfully. That being said, a sharpener does not accompany the knife.
If you’re looking for a standalone knife, and don’t need any of the more professionally-used knives, this could just be your next kitchen companion.
- Hardened blade
- The blade is marble coated
- Super sharp blade
- Looks stylish
- A bit pricey
9. Cheapest Option: Pigeon 495
Pigeon is a popular Indian brand that is commonly known for its pressure cookers and gas stoves. However, it also manufactures knives, and good ones too!
Okay, so here are the knives you get with Pigeon’s 495 3-piece knife set: chef’s knife, utility knife, and a paring knife. The blades, of course, are stainless steel and handles are contoured for a firm grip.
The knives have a hollow ground edge that makes cutting through your veggies and juicy fruits a breeze. That being said, I do wish the handle was just a tad bit longer. The blade is 8 inches while the handle is 5 inches—just an inch more on the handle would have offered a much better grip for bigger hands like mine.
Nevertheless, I do appreciate that Pigeon is offering 3 pieces at such a tiny price tag. The quality of the materials is average at best, but it works fine if you want a spare knife in your kitchen.
- 3 pieces at the price of 1
- Stainless steel, rust-free blade
- Hollow ground edge
- Contoured handles
- Short handle
Frequently Asked Questions
Well, it depends. If you’re just starting out in the kitchen, you probably only need a single all-purpose knife. Just like your first car wouldn’t be a Lamborghini, your first knife set doesn’t have to feature a whole bunch of knives, the names of which are alien to you.
However, if you’re a seasoned chef or housewife looking for more appropriate tools to help you with your culinary pursuits, you’ll benefit from having a variety of knives, all of which serve a different purpose.
Most knives now use big fonts to advertise that they are dishwasher-safe. Sure, you could stick them into the dishwasher and save yourself a couple of seconds of labor, but the blade is going to bear the brunt of your pro-convenience approach.
I am not saying seeking convenience is bad, that’s what you’re spending money for. But performance tends to suffer when you put your knives in a dishwasher. You shouldn’t submerge the knife in water for long either. Just use a mild detergent and wash the knife under warm running water, and they should be good as new!
This is a common issue that you’re going to face at some point. If you’re thinking why stainless steel is rusting away like a subpar metal, it is an uncommon occurrence that results from extended exposure to moisture. However, the remedy is easy.
You could either use a combination of baking soda and water to get the rust off or just soak the knives in white vinegar for five minutes and then scrub the rust off.
I attest! You should never compromise in the kitchen. Also, when your wife says we need a knife—obviously you search the whole internet and do your due diligence before finally settling on a knife. You may be facing similar perplexity. So, let me make life a little easier for you.
If you’re an Amazon fan (I’m sure), your best bet is to add the AmazonBasic HL-005987 9-piece to your cart without blinking an eye. Shoot, if you don’t mind the slightly heavier Santoku knife, the Solimo knife set is another equally appealing set.
To hit a lower price point, scan through Prestige’s 99579 knife set that features 5 knives AND a peeler. If you don’t mind the exclusion of a sharpener, the Victorinox knife set is another decent offering from an international brand. For budget-light buyers, I’d definitely recommend the Renberg Ultra Knife.
Based on what’s your current kitchen status (speaking knife wise), you may settle with a single multi-purpose knife or bring home an orchestra of sharp tools for your scrumptious recipes. Gauge these products in terms of budget, and I wish you happy cooking!
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