Nothing makes a cooking project easier than a good set of kitchen knives -- not only does it make the prep work faster and easier, but by using the proper tool, you minimize the nicks and cuts that come with any cooking task. You don't have to be a professional chef to profit from the use of a good kitchen cutlery set.
This cutlery set, from Chicago Cutlery Fusion, offers 18 pieces; the blades are forged from high carbon, stainless steel and they feature comfortable poly handles that make their use a pleasure. The cutlery set includes blades ranging in length from 8" -- on the slicer -- to a 3" peeling utensil. The lifetime warranty covers all the items, including the sharpening steel and the bamboo storage block.
Ginsu ("but wait, there's more...") Knives are much more sophisticated than some of those offered on late-night TV; this 8 Piece Chikara Kitchen Cutlery Set sports a full tang along the length of the high carbon, stainless steel blade. The set includes kitchen shears and a sharpening rod, along with knives ranging in length and purpose from a 3 1/2" paring knife to an 8" chef's knife. The Ginsu folks believe enough in their product to offer a limited lifetime warranty; limited in that you're not covered for use in hacking branches from the trees in your back yard. Seems only fair.
Mundial has been in the kitchen cutlery business since the mid-1980's. This knife set -- the Mundial Cutlery 16 Piece Kitchen Set -- has been around, and continually improved, for almost that long. The 5100 Series is built around fine, German, high carbon stainless steel material. The rivets keep the solid walnut handles firmly in place, so the blades don't wiggle around. The lifetime warranty covers the prep knives, steak knives, and the scissors. Nice.