Quality knives are key. Having a dozen variations in a bulky, blocky 12-piece set is not.
For those who haven't spent years studying the culinary arts from a Parisian restaurateur, Misen's Essentials Set, which features a Chef's Knife and Paring Knife at an honest, direct-to-consumer price, is all you really need to cook up a storm in style.
Both are made of premium Japanese AUS-8 stainless steel for a sharper, longer-lasting edge and compete in terms of quality with the premium-level options you see on chain store shelves.
Plus, at just $95 for the set, you won't find a better deal in town. Get to it...