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So I've narrowed my choices down to 3 sets.  I'd like to hear some thoughts.  I think I've read every topic under the subject of knives.  At first I was only going to order a 8" Chef and a 4" paring, based on most folks advice.  But for not much more I can gather a few more, that I'd probably buy in the long run.

1.  Coupled with a 20% off coupon this one can be had for less than $140.  I can't find many reviews, but I like the feel.

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/zwilling-reg-j-a-henckels-five-star-8-piece-knife-block-set/1047049598?skuId=47049598&product_id=47049598&adpos=1o1&creative=159972113936&device=t&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=COnI9cO-1NACFdY6gQodqvYFzA

2. Coupled with another 20% off this one is about $100 more.  Lots of reviews and felt great.

http://www.cutleryandmore.com/zwilling-ja-henckels-pro/knife-block-set-p135469

3.  Lastly the most expensive of the 3 @ about $150 more and less knives.  Great reviews and felt great also.

http://www.cutleryandmore.com/wusthof-classic-ikon/starter-knife-block-set-p120290

2/3 can be added to easily....

Look forward to comments.....

 

 

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go with what feels best in your hand.  You can always add to the set as you go.  Appearance alone, I like the third the best with the acacia block.  They look great and if they felt best, then those are your knives.

Remember, good knives will last a lifetime if you keep them sharp and they feel good in the hand.

 

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I agree with Bosco and John. How the knife feels in you hand is key. While the description in sets 1 & 2 don't mention it I would want shears that come apart as mentioned in set 3. Also like Bosco mentions if you are going to invest in high quality knives you need to invest in a quality sharpener.

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Get the ones that feel best, and the best quality steel you're willing to pay for. I'm also in the camp of just getting the knives you'll use, without necessarily getting a set. I believe one or two really good knives are way more valuable than a set.


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I own a set of the Wusthof (#3). The blades are fine, but I've had a problem with the handles cracking. I suppose it would be covered by the lifetime warranty, but I haven't bothered looking into it yet.


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I know they weren't in your list, but check out Cutco. I am sure they are overpriced, but are absolute the best knives I have ever used. I found a couple of sets at auctions and garage sales. (Send in old ones, they send you new ones). Wife got me a couple new ones recently and they are outstanding.

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Excellent decision!!:good:  I've been buying these knives, little by little, adding to my block for over 2 years now.  They are wicked sharp and hold an edge with only minimal maintenance. The bolster is my favorite of any knife I've used.  Now, when I pick up a knife from a different manufacturer, it just doesn't feel quite right in my hand.

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On December 2, 2016 at 2:18 PM, Cgriller64 said:

I agree with Bosco and John. How the knife feels in you hand is key. While the description in sets 1 & 2 don't mention it I would want shears that come apart as mentioned in set 3. Also like Bosco mentions if you are going to invest in high quality knives you need to invest in a quality sharpener.

Cgriller, the cool thing about Shun knives from the Classics on up is that Shun will sharpen them for free once a year as long as you own them. Pretty neat deal actually.

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1 minute ago, keeperovdeflame said:

Cgriller, the cool thing about Shun knives from the Classics on up is that Shun will sharpen them for free once a year as long as you own them. Pretty neat deal actually.

FYI, when I googled this and look at knife forums some users claim millimeters were missing from the blade when returned. 

I am a shun owner and love mine. 

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