Whether you’re an accomplished chef looking to add to your collection, or a budding cook plumping for whole knife set, having the right set of knives in your kitchen is essential. But just where do you start to choose the best kitchen knives for you? They all seem strong, sharp, and up to the job, but which ones are a cut above the rest? Do you choose a full tang, fully forged knife, a ceramic blade or a standard stainless-steel blade with a comfy plastic handle?
Selecting the right knives and kitchen knives sets for your kitchen won’t just mean chopping and slicing your way to food preparation perfection, it means investing in the kind of quality, trustworthy equipment which – if properly cared for – could last you a lifetime.
In our cupboards at Lakeland you’ll find a fantastic selection of steak knives, kitchen knife sets, knife blocks and everything else you could possibly need for effective slicing and dicing.
Types of Knives
Once you’ve decided on the material you then need to choose the type of knife. Perhaps you’re less comfortable using a bigger blade for your slicing and dicing tasks and prefer to use a paring knife for your intricate work, or you’re looking for a sharply tapered carving knife – perfectly designed to cut thin, uniform slices of meat for your next Sunday roast. The good news is whether you’re after a super-versatile, general purpose chef’s knife, a serrated bread knife for slicing up crusty loaves, an everyday utility knife, a steak knife for a fab fillet steak, or a Santoku Knife for precision cutting, at Lakeland you can easily cherry-pick to fill the gaps in your collection. Or go for a knife set packed with all the core knives every cook should have in their arsenal.
A cut above the rest
Featuring top quality steel and cutting-edge designs from famous brands like Robert Welch and Global, and made-in-the-UK Forest and Forge, we stock some of the finest kitchen knives and kitchen knife sets on the market, with each knife carefully constructed to be comfortably used for each specific food preparation task.
From safe, stylish budget options, including Lakeland exclusives, to top-of the-range precision blades to bring perfection to your chopping, slicing, cleaving or paring, we’ve got knives to suit every budget and skill level.
Caring for your knives
Once you have the perfect kitchen knife, you’ll be amazed at the precision chopping you can perform. However, when you’re using your kitchen knives every day, they’ll gradually become blunt and the blades will dull – increasing the risk of the knife slipping off your food rather than effectively cutting through it. Thankfully, using the right sharpener or whetstone regularly will ensure your knife cuts safely and provides premium performance for years to come.
Stainless steel blades might be rust-resistant, but this doesn’t mean they are fully rustproof – so regularly leaving them overnight in the dishwasher or dripping on your drying back means they’ll eventually develop rust spots. To prevent this happening, always try to wash your knives by hand and dry them straight afterwards, before popping them in a knife block for safe storage.
What kitchen knives do I need?
If you are still unsure which knife is best suited to your needs, why not read our informative knife buying guide which includes information on blade types, knife techniques and how to effectively sharpen and care for your knives.