Japanese knife sets

We often get questions about knife "sets" from customers who are perhaps more familiar with those big sets of 14 knives in a block you get from a home store and it's an interesting one to look at from that perspective so here's a few things to consider if you're looking towards some Japanese knives.

1. "Types" over "Sets"

For most people, an all-rounder (santoku/bunka/gyuto), small utility (petty) and nakiri (veg knife) will cover 99% of the jobs in a kitchen comfortably.

(Pictured above - Masakage Yuki L-R: Petty, Bunka, Gyuto 240mm and Nakiri)

2. Versatility

Most people start with the all rounder for maximum versatility if you're buying one knife and then add to their collection over time and according to needs

3. Variety

There are many different types of Japanese knives and in different profiles, grinds, steels and finishes and it's up to you if you want to build your collection from one range, one maker, one type of finish or steel or you want to try lots.

There's no right or wrong way to do it and you can experiment and find your perfect match.

4. Availability

Be flexible - if you're thinking more in terms of types of knives over sets, it's definitely easier to find something that's available. It's not always easy for us to stock full ranges and at any given time some blacksmiths have more than a year lead time for knives.

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