Ditch unnecessary knives so that you’ll have the breathing room to get creative and enjoy cooking all the more. 

Updated: August 16, 2017
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1. Shun Fuji paring knife, $220
The dense wooden handle has ridges on both sides for supreme grip and comfort, key for extended paring jobs.

  • Budget Option: Victorinox Fibrox Pro
    Dishwasher-safe, this 3 1/4-inch paring knife performs as well as many pricier models. $8

2. Zwilling Pro wide 6-inch chef’s knife, $80
The 6-inch length makes it light and easy to handle, the broad curve lets it rock smoothly, and extra width helps to scoop chopped items.

3. Wusthof Classic double-serrated 9-inch bread knife, $109
Ingenious double serration slices items like crusty bread and crispy phyllo dough cleanly with a minimum of crumbs.