hey /ck/, I wanted to make a complete set of cooking knives for someone, but I don't really know what knives you actually need, because I don't do a lot of cooking. when I do, I just use a chef knife for basically everything.
I see sets like this and I always wonder if people actually use all these different knives?
Cook's knife. Carving knife. Bread knife. Maybe a paring knife.
That's all you really need. Don't buy them in a set, unless it's just some sort of bundle deal being offered by a quality brand. You usually get better knives for the same price when you buy them separately.
I've posted them over on /k/ before. I'm on a different computer right now though, so don't have any pictures.
that's what I was figuring. so they'd probably be happy with just a chef knife, carving knife, bread knife, paring knife, and cleaver? or should I also make some steak knives or something?
People who buy sets of knives start out using the chef's knife, move on to the next one when it gets dull, or they otherwise don't know what the honing steel is for, and then keep moving down the line until they're using steak knives to cut shit with.
Buy whoever a decent chef's knife and maybe a book on techniques, and how to take care of it.
Knife sets are for shotgun wedding gifts.
Santoku knife(三徳包丁) is an all‐purpose knife in Japan
This is perfectly enough for home cooking
Chef's knife, butcher knife, paring knife, cleaver are the main ones. A good 8 inch chef's knife can do most tasks. I occasionally user my 6 inch knives, but they stay in the block more often than not. If you like fresh bread you need a good serrated bread knife too, nothing replaces.
The henkel kitchen scissors and streak knives are very nice too. The only fillet knife that came in my set was the one with the curved blade, never seen it before and only use it for grapefruit.
The Japanese chef knife is the gyuto, which is basically a sexier French knife.
The santoku was designed for home cooks who buy nothing but packaged cuts of meat at the grocery store.
Before the gyuto they had a million and one specialised knives for meat, vegetables, and even down to specific types of fish.