Best Budget Kitchen Knives Set

Ginsu 7108 ChikaraI know some of us don’t cook very often, but enjoy cooking when we are free. When cooking is for pleasure, we shouldn’t have to deal with low quality knives. On the other hand, it doesn’t mean that we want to spend a lot on kitchen knives that we only use once in awhile.

Good Kitchen Knives Set Under $100

We don’t often come across a good set of kitchen knives that is priced below $100, and that is why I highly recommend the Ginsu Chikara 8-piece kitchen knives set as the best cheap kitchen knives you can get.

The price of this kitchen knives set surprised me as I wasn’t expecting such a nice looking set of Japanese forged knives to be so cheap. Forged kitchen knives are often expensive. In fact, this set of kitchen knives is also recommended by ConsumerReports.com and won the Housewares Design Award.

The blades of the knives are stainless steel, which is probably the main reason they’re inexpensive. Stainless steel may not be as hard as carbon steel, which makes these knives less easy to sharpen to a factory edge, so you will have to hone them more often on the included honing steel. A knife sharpener will help when the knives are too blunt to be honed.

Beautiful Japanese Craftsmanship

These kitchen knives are Japanese knives so you can expect a beautiful make. The balance of the knives is great and you can feel some heft in the knives. There are no imperfections in the handles; they don’t look cheaply made at all.
You can also expect a Santoku knife in this kitchen knife set. If you’re used to a Western utility knife, the Santoku may take a bit of getting used to, but it essentially works just like a utility or multipurpose knife. I love the serrated knife which cuts easily through thin tomato skins and slabs of meat.

Maintenance for Stainless Steel Knives

For stainless steel kitchen knives like these Ginsu knives, make sure that you wash each knife immediately after use. This is because stainless steel discolor easily with liquids on it, so you wouldn’t want them to sit around and get stains from meat juices. I always hand wash my knives and wipe them dry with a clean kitchen towel before storing them.

One thing I didn’t like about this knife set is that the kitchen shears don’t come apart for washing. Although food doesn’t get between the joint, it’s hard to dry it completely and I’m afraid eventually it’ll rust around the joint.

The Verdict?

I highly recommend the Ginsu Chikara 8-pc set for those who are looking for a decent set of kitchen knives to start with. They are good for their price and will last if you keep them well!

If you are looking for a more premium set of Japanese knives, look at my Japanese kitchen knives reviews or go to my Kitchen Knife Reviews page for more.

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