After years of bumbling with random knives of varying quality, I finally decided to make an investment in a good set of knives for the kitchen. While there are any number of knives on the market, I opted for a block set of J.A. Henckels knives. I certainly have not regretted my decision.
There are lots of Henckels' sets available. Some include a complete set of steak knives, others feature stainless steel handles. I opted for the moderate-sized set without steak knives. The hardwood block doesn't take up a ton of counter top real estate, and the set includes a pair of kitchen shears, a 5-inch serrated knife, a smaller paring knife, a peeling knife, a chef's knife, a meat fork, butcher's knife, and sharpening rod.
The blades are easy to sharpen using a honing stone. I've never used the sharpening rod included with the set. The black handles are comfortable and durable, and I only hand-wash the knives. While they can be placed in the dishwasher, I prefer not to do so.
J.A. Henckels is a well-known brand of quality cutlery that will work well for just about any kitchen. The price is moderate (there are far more expensive sets on the market), but the cost is well worth it for those who do a good deal of cooking.
Henckels Knives and Block