Santoku Knife – Ultimate Analysis

As Auzzie man reviews would say “Here’s me santoku knife critical analysis” It’s all well and good me sitting here behind my keyboard telling you what great value for money these products are, so in order to do a better level of service to you all, I propose that I just show you.

I collected the data surrounding a few brands of Santoku knives and put them into my a python DataFrame so I could perform some great statistical analysis.

Shut Up Already, Show Me A Graph!

graph cost per inch

You can see from the image above, you can see that Dalstrong has a really long line. Thats due to the cost of the product based on its physical size. As it’s a standard 7 inches, it costs over £100 which makes the line so long. The Economy score is a measure of how much the blades cost per inch.

So technically, Shan Zu is the most cost effective purchase standing in at £1.71 per inch. heres the rest of the knives and their respective values:

  1. Shan Zu – £1.71 per inch
  2. Mercer Culinary – £2.27 per inch
  3. Master Class – £2.34
  4. Sabatier – £2.85 per inch
  5. Joseph Joseph – £2.91 per inch
  6. Rustler – £3 per inch
  7. Mosfiata – £3.50 per inch
  8. Euna – £3.86 per inch
  9. Nanfang Brothers – £4.28 per inch
  10. Sunnecko – £4.28 per inch
  11. Orient – £5.57 per inch
  12. Victorinox – £6.17 per inch
  13. Zelite Infinity – £6.85 per inch
  14. Koi Artisan – £7 per inch
  15. Wusthof – £11.94 per inch
  16. Dalstrong – £17.14 per inch

Deeper Dive Into The Results

Does this mean that Shan Zu is the best knife? If you’re on a shoestring budget and you need something to stand in and do the work then of course it’ll do the job.

Continuing on with the analysis, i decided to take the average star rating into account to see if that affects the order of the santoku knives I’ve listed.

In order to work that out I’ve used this calculation:

(Knife Size * Knife Price) / Average Stars.

The idea behind this calculation is that we already have found the cost per inch of each knife. The lower the star rating, the lower the score will be, it should give a better idea as to which knife the customers really prefer.

Average Star Rating Calculation

affordability chart

There doesn’t seem to be much change at the expensive end of the results.

The cheaper end of the results has changed though. The first graph shows that the order of the best value for money knives went as follows:

  1. Shan Zu
  2. Mercer Culinary
  3. Master Class
  4. Sabatier
  5. Joseph Joseph
  6. Rustler

These 6 are the cheapest and best value for money only based on the physical properties.

Including the average star rating the order changes to:

  1. Master Class
  2. Shan Zu
  3. Joseph Joseph
  4. Mercer Culinary
  5. Sabatier
  6. Mosfiata

Why has the order changed? What does it mean in terms of affordability?

The order has changed because the trust level of the product, as rated by in average of 5 stars, changes the value. The higher the cost per inch, the lower down the table it moves.

Having something that is slightly more expensive but is trusted better means that you get a better purchase. It seems counter intuitive to buy something cheap for the sake of being cheap.

Maybe if you were to spend and extra £5 then the life span of the santoku knife would expand by more than double.

The Best Value For Money Santoku Knife As It Stands

Using the latest table of 6 santoku knives, I’ll take a break from the analysis and introduce the top 3 santoku knives to show you why you should buy them.

Masterclass Santoku Knife

Sitting in on at the top spot for value for money santoku knives is the Masterclass 4.7 inch santoku.

masterclass santoku knife

Masterclass is a brand serving in all things culinary. They provide a huge range of equipment for cutting, slicing, dicing, grating. The list goes on.

I’m here to talk to you today about the santoku knife in particular though so onwards we go…

At 4.7 inches and its cheap price tag, it’s the blade that topped the ranking when I made the calculation for price per inch. Being a relatively short kitchen knife and the shortest on the list, it’s one of the deciding factors in it coming out on top.

Interestingly enough it also comes with an edge keeper sheath so you can store it in your drawers without the edge of the blade getting nicked or damaged. Some of the relatively more expensive ones don’t have this option as standard.

The blade itself is a hollow-edged, which is usually popular in busy kitchens so that food does not stick to the side when slicing.

As standard it comes with a 25 year guarantee, so if there are any problems you run into construction wise you’re covered!

Also comes in Paring and Chefs knife too.

Shan Zu Santoku Knife

Next up at number 2 is Shan Zu.

shan zu santoku knife

With a name like Shan Zu it might sound odd that these are actually a German manufacturer. To be fair, this should only lend itself even further to your trust levels given the Germanic nature of engineering and making sure that everything they do is perfect.

The handle is triple riveted for maximum balance and precision. Another Santoku knife to feature a hollow wedged blade, not like the one before it though, this one comes in at 7 inches long at 48% more knife.

This knife came in at the top of the affordability before the star rating was added and even came in second place afterwards so this knife itself is going to be one of my top picks.

This is a great knife for a first time buyer erring on the side of caution when it comes to stocking up on the proper utensils you’d need when it comes to making up some pretty tasty grun.

With it’s relatively cheap price tag it means it’s also pretty good as a present too so you’ve got options. Especially if you’ve got a twin.

Shan Zu also sells a few different variations, check these out below.

Joseph Joseph Santoku Knife

At £2.91 the Joseph Joseph elevate santoku knife sits in third place. Not a bad choice for a bronze medal winner.

joseph joseph santoku knife

The elevate technology Joseph Joseph has implemented means that the handle is weighted so the blade wont touch the surface when rested. A nice design in this day and age of health and safety.

Hollow edged blade adds an extra factor to the overall design of the knife so your food doesn’t stick to the edge surface of the blade when cutting.

The handle is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort, providing an extra layer of comfort around the index finger grip so you can apply precise amounts of pressure for whatever you’re knocking up.

Joseph Joseph is a household name in the UK, they are another company that doesn’t just specifically make knives but have a huge array of products that work very well in a kitchen.

This knife also comes with a plastic sheath to keep the edge safe during storage.

User Ratings – Why Are They Important?

If we step back into the analysis, we can start to take a look at real life reviews. The last step of the affordability calculation did include the average ratings, I did this to include a level of trust that other people have put in place. Lets take a look at how the table would look if we went of the ratings alone.

voting graph for all the knives

From the graph above you can see a clear winner based on votes alone.

The Mercer Culinary knife is miles ahead by a factor of over 20. To have an average of 4.5 stars for something that has been rated so many times is actually quite impressive.

User rating are important when considering which product to purchase. If it came down to two things you liked priced the same and one product had a one star rating while the other had a five star rating, i think everyone would be opting to buy the five star rating product.

Thats because real people have taken the time to show their joy/dismay at it.

In this instance the Mercer Culinary Santoku knife is the most voted knife in the list.

Mercer Culinary Santoku Knife

Not quite what you were looking for? Try my page dedicated to Dalstrong Knives

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Get in touch if you’d like me to create something unique for you too.

Japanese Knives – An Uber Guide

Welcome one, welcome all. Here we have everything you’d want to know about Japanese knives.

Not quite what you were looking for? Check out our pages on something else if you’re interested.

Kuhn Rikon

Kuhn Rikon Knives – The Ultimate Guide

Kuhn Rikon knives are part of the parent company Kuhn Rikon, they do make some really good quality things, today though, I’ll be focussing on the knives division and showcasing as many of the knives that they do in one big place.

Let’s get down to it!

How good are Kuhn Rikon Knives I hear you ask? I saw in the blurb you know not of them?

In the culinary world they are a bit of a lesser known brand, but have been in business for nearly a hundred years. Just before the war started.

Kuhn Rikon mix affordability with safety and style. Its got to be said that these will be some of the most colourful things you’re about to see in the kitchen.

Mezzaluna Knife

To kick start the guide off I’d like to make a slight detour from what you might be thinking. If you had chefs knife in mind already then don’t be disappointed.

This bad boy slices up pizzas!

Not a great deal of people know what a mezzaluna knife is and thats essentially what it is, a pizza knife.

The handle is made of tough plastic, so you can give that pizza what it deserves.

The blade is Japanese stainless steel and comes with a safety sheath, for safety obviously.

There is the possibility of getting a cheaper mezzaluna knife, but not by much, if you want a seamless kitchen check out the rest of the guide and start a collection!

Kuhn Rikon Colori+ 3 Piece Knife Set

The Colori+ is a non stick stainless steel set that feature ultra sharp, hand-ground Japanese stainless steel blades. That are meticulously manufactured for the best results.

The colours on sale are red, teal and purple as seen in the image.

kuhn rikon knives

You get pretty much everything you need in a kitchen knife set, a small serrated edge knife, a paring knife and a chefs knife.

All three of these can serve as a basic utility operations kit for those going into kitchen combat.

Kuhn Rikon Funky Fruity Paring Knife

Imagine having a paring knife that you could spot from the other end of the galaxy? It’s not that bright, but you catch the metaphor though right?

These paring knives come in a bunch of fruity flavours and would be a cool addition to a kitchen, perhaps even a present for that wannabe chef you know?

kuhn rikon knives colori+ paring knife

See what I mean? These brightly coloured fruit destroyers will have you slicing up a pear in no time! It’s not like you’ll be able to lose it in a drawer or anything!

Kuhn Rikon Non-Stick Bread And Baguette Knife With Safety Sheath

Self declared as the ultimate bread knife, Kuhn says that this will slice even the thickest of crusts.

I love that word crusts. Makes me think of fresh warm bread with melted butter on, oh its glorious!

It features an easy grip ergonomic handle that helps you maximise leverage and prescision.

Not quite what you were after? Check out our other guide on Japanese Knives

Global Knives

Top Global Knives of 2021 – 5 Awesome Knives

You’re in luck! Today you’ve found the top global knives that I could find for sale.

What drives a chef to be a great user of knives, perhaps by using great knives? If you inquire, what makes a fine meal, well my answer will be again a great knife.

Why would we show you top global knives?

A good quality knife indeed makes a chef comfortable. Trust is all you want, especially while cooking. When you trust your knife that it won’t miss its mark, then everything goes perfect.

Knives all depend on the handgrip of the user, which must fit thoroughly into their hands to work more accurately with it. Chopping, slicing, formally dicing diverse foods requires a proper knife. You may have experience just merrily cutting and hacking at things, but you can’t get any better with cooking if you don’t have better tools.. 

After considerable consultation and much research, we have brought exquisite knives that we call Global Chef knives. The global cook’s knife is a razor sharp knife that can handle any job in your kitchen. Whether you are cutting food or meat, you won’t feel any difference in it. 

Global 35th Anniversary Special Edition Pro Chef’s Knife with 19cm Fluted Blade – Cromova 18 High Carbon Stainless Steel

Global 35th-anniversary special edition pro chef’s knife is one of the best manufacturers of global edition. It is a super sharp blade with a super handle.

top global knives 19cm chef knife

The best thing about the global 35th-anniversary special; edition knife is that it is very lightweight. The lightweight makes it very comfortable in hands. The bevelled to it is very narrow and very acute angle is one of the reasons for its sharpness.

Global 35th-anniversary special edition pro chef’s knives comprise high carbon stainless steel. The 18 high carbon stainless steel makes everything easy. The acute 15cm cutting edge makes sure that it remains sharp. This is one of the best global paring knives that you can get. 


  • The 18 High Carbon Steel provides an aesthetic value to the knife
  • It is very durable and long-lasting


  • Some feedback showed bending, but that is an infrequent case.

Global GF-35 Chef’s Knife, 30 cm

It is a 30 cm long beauty that brings cheffing into the limelight. The Global GF-35 is one of the highly-rated global chef knives, it has a perfect edge.

top global knives chef knife

It’s made with Japanese steel and the size of the Global GF-35 has a great size. This knife makes every slices piece, sliced perfection. 

The Global GF-35 has 18 stainless steel. It is one of the most rigid knives in global manufacturers. The hollow weight handle works perfectly with an excellent grip.

It has a standard global design, so there is no doubt about it. Global GF-35 is a professional knife so buy it for your quick kitchen stuff. 


  • Beautiful, sharp design
  • Rust resistant


  • The handle may create a problem for small hands.

Global GF-33 Chef’s Knife, 21 cm

If you want a perfect knife for every kitchen task, a global GF-33 chef knife is the best alternative you can get. It is not one of those knives which are made for only professionals.

You can easily use it in your home kitchen. The drop-forged blade makes the knife sharp. The Japanese blade takes the global GF-33 knife into the most workable knives. 

top global knives

The global GF-33 knife comprises a 21 Cm blade. It is a perfect size for ordinary use as well as for professional use. Whether you cut meat or vegetables, you won’t feel any difference.

This is one of the ideal choices for many chefs and you will be delighted with the best global chefs knives, the GF-21. 


  • It is a professional and everyday chefs knife
  • Very easy to sharpen


  • The edges can get damaged easily 

Global CM729 Ni Oriental Chef’s Knife, 20 cm

If you want perfectly balanced precision while you use a knife, the Global CM 729 Ni Oriental Chef’s knife is ideal for it. It has sleek, sharp edges with a sharp design that is forged with excellent engineering.

This chef’s knife is a complete joy to use, everything you cut with it will feel like butter. 

global chefknives

Global Ni oriental is an excellent product of the global edition. It feels alive in your hands. It is not that heavy. You can lift it and move it very quickly. It is 210g which is ideal for every experience.

The hollow weighted handle of Global Ni Oriental provides excellent comfort. This Japanese blade will never disappoint you, it’s one of the best Global chefs knives for your kitchen. 


  • Fabulous Japanese design
  • Lightweight


  • It is not for beginners

Global 3 Piece Knife Starter Set (G-2,GS-5,GSF-15)

Are you looking for some essential knives for your home kitchen? Well, there it is. The Global three-piece knife starter set contains global G-2 GS-5 and GSF-15.

This is the all rounder set that you need for your kitchen. As the global always pursues the best quality materials of this set as well. All three knives are of excellent quality which performs very well in every situation. 

top global chef knives 3 set pack

The global G2 is a paring knife that is very handy in many daily routines. You can use it for cutting, slicing and chopping fruits and vegetables without any trouble. The Global GS-5 is the best global vegetable knife.

You can easily cut down any vegetable into perfect pieces. The Global GSF15 is a professional knife used to chop, slice and dice your meats into any shape your imagination can come up with.

All you need is the global three-piece knife starter set for your home. You will never find better global chef knives than the global three-piece knife starter set. 


  • Best home knives set
  • Looks great in the kitchen 


  • The G-2 sometimes bends.


A chef always requires better sharpeners to sharpen their knives. But when you are getting knives that don’t need any sharpeners, you only use them in your kitchen. All these knives that we have mentioned are of top quality. Global chef’s knives always created and forged some excellent quality knives. Many master chefs admire them. If you want for yourself, click on their links and order the best one for yourself. Believe me, and you will enjoy it. 

Chiefly when anyone leads into the kitchen, they invariably look for the knives. After they have a knife, they perhaps start their cooking from it. In particular, you need an excellent knife for your cooking. The Global chef’s knife is recommended by top chefs worldwide for any work like peeling, filleting, dicing, chopping, cubing, slicing. Everything you do with global knives will be like a piece of cake in front of you. 

Today we have brought 5 knives right in front of you. These are the top global chef’s knives of 2021, in my humble opinion. Each of them is ideal for your kitchen so choose the best one according to you.

Not what you were looking for?

Try our page about Dalstrong knives if you fancy something cheaper

You could also have a gander at the Zelite page to see what ranges they have to offer.

Knife Block Sets

Knife Block Sets – 10 Of The Best

I’ve collected some great looking knife block sets. This collection is pretty much in 2 halves not exactly in 2 big chunks, it’s kind of higgedly piggedly but I think the order never really matters.

There’s some cheap ones and then theres the expensive ones. I’m talking about the ones that look like they’ve been made for kitchen warriors about to appear on a Tv chef show.

On a Budget?

Nuovva 5 Piece Acrylic Knife Block With Stainless Steel Knives

Kick starting the budget Knife block sets is the Nuovva 5 Piece set.

The clear acrylic block lets you see the knives in all their glory and the copper finish adds an extra layer of style. If you’ve got some copper pots knocking about then you’re in luck from our number one spot they’ll still look fantastic.

nuovva kitchen knife block set

Heres what you get:

  • Acrylic Knife Block
  • 20 cm Chefs Knife
  • 20 cm Bread Knife
  • 12 cm Vegetable Knife
  • 10 cm Paring Knife

Do you need this knife set? Despite its clearly stylish nature, its pretty much everything you’ll need in a kitchen.

Its is one of the sets at the cheap end and above all there’d be a bit of upkeep and it would need to be considered when buying something like this.

It has every type of knife that would suit anyones needs in deciding which knife block sets to buy.


  • You have to admit, they look pretty cool
  • Cheap, for something to look this good, you’d think they would be more expensive


  • Copper might not be your thing, does come in different colours for betting style matching

In comparison to a budget friendly knifes block set, lets see what one with a hefty price tag would look like.

Global G-636/7B 7 Piece Knife Block Set

Considering its rather complex name Global comes with a serious ask for your money. At over £300 for this set, you’d probably think I joking if I said theres actually another at twice the price.

But I’m not

global kitchen knife block set

So what do you get with this? It’d be fair to say theres more to the story than just a knife and i’ll get round to it.

  • Stainless Steel Knife Block
  • 8 cm Peeling Knife
  • 11 cm Utility Knife
  • 14 cm Vegetable Chopper
  • 15 cm Flexible Utility Knife
  • 21 cm Cooks Knife

So why the price tag? Well Global is a Japanese brand, as history has taught us they are masters at crafting superior blades. Even these days this still bears some resemblance. They pay attention to even the smallest details.

Global knives are used by professional chefs including, Anthony Bourdain, Ludo Lefebvre and Michel Roux Jr so when they’re endorsed by the best, they come with a price.

Then again, they are one of the best.


  • Considering the price tag, these are some finely tuned blades with hundreds of years worth of knife knowledge being used to make each one
  • Fantastic set of knives, some would say they are totally worth the money


  • Expensive for a wannabe chef

I’ll take another budget please Carol

There reference might be lost to some of you but it’s not funny if you have to explain it.


Blackmoor Home 5 Piece Knife Set with Block

On to another budget set, and one that’s usually under £30.

The Blackmoor home 5 piece knife block set as, in the title comes with 5 knives and a cool looking grey marble knife block to match to boot.

blackmoor knife block sets, 5 piece

These stainless steel marble coating makes them non-stick for easy cleaning., it happens to make them lightweight and easy to handle when chopping, slicing or dicing your favourite ingredients.

Just in case you were wondering, they are also dishwasher safe too so it makes cleaning even easier when you let a machine do it for you.

This set comes with:

  • 3 individual 8 inch chefs knives, one for carving, one for bread and one for general use
  • 5 inch paring knife for bigger vegetables
  • 3.5 inch paring knife for finer vegetable and attention to detail tasks
  • Matching knife block

Why would you want to choose a knife block set thats under £30?


  • Cheap, not difficult to justify as a long term purchase
  • Cheap, not difficult to justify replacing or gifting to someone in need of a knife block sets


  • Marble coated blades chip easier therefore reducing overall lifespan quicker.

Let me see a more budget friendly knife block set

A little more discrete than the other knife block sets I’ve shown you so far however not that you’d have anything to be ashamed of by them.

Aicokk Kitchen Knife Set – 6 piece Small Knife Set

Aicokk have a relatively low cost solution for people looking for knife block sets. Stylish, too don’t forget. With a shiny edged lacquered knife block, it sits at an angle with a chrome handle being used a rest.

aicokk kitchen knife block sets

Only recently released it only has 2 ratings at time of writing and both of those ratings are 5 out of 5 stars. A 100% rating is still nothing to sniff at though.

What would make you want these knives in your kitchen though?


  • Cheap, not bank breaking and they would fit in neatly in any kitchen
  • Fantastic gifting material for anyone that thinks they could go for the iron chef title


  • With only a few ratings, the reliability might not be maintained for long

This knife block set would be the top chef knives giftable seal of approval.

Lets double back, I can feel you want to empty your wallet on something flashy

A little less pricey than the Global knife set mentioned earlier but still up to 6 times more expensive than the cheapest one here but let us have a look at some of the features they have.

Nanfang Brothers 9 Piece – Damascus Knife Block set

Nanfang brothers has a offering from the gods to behold.

Check this bad boy out.

nanfang brothers knife block sets

Gotta love a Damascus knife, they do look super gorgeous but don’t let me stop you, here’s another image to feast your eyes on.

Lets talk about what comes with this sweet sweet set.

  • Wooden knife block
  • 8 inch chefs knife, cutting knife, bread knife
  • 7 inch santoku knife
  • 5.5 inch utility knife
  • 3.5 inch paring knife
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Stay sharp knife sharpener

Each produced set comes with a lifetime warranty, they have a customer service mission that they feel they have to complete.

Dr Phibes, an Amazon reviewer and apparently a doctor, says that he had his last Nanfang brothers set for 10 years and only just felt the need to replace it until he just bought the one mentioned, he even goes on to say that it’s a bargain coming in at the price it’s listed for.


  • Superb construction
  • Lifetime guarantee


  • A little expensive for beginners

Onto another on the high life end of the scale. I’ve found another superb looking set that is bound to turn any kitchen into a place of food worship.

Robert Welch Signature Oak Knife Block Set

In the title description for this knife block set there’s also “MULTI AWARD WINNING DESIGN” in massive letters just like I’ve done here.

Robert Welch has created an award winning design that has captured the hearts of critics the world over.

Not only do you get a stunning wooden block but you get some full tang knives that are injection moulded for full strength!

You need to know the different types of knives this otherworldly kitchen set comes with therefore you’ll find below piece by piece.

  • 23 cm carving knife
  • 22cm bread knife
  • 18cm cooks knife
  • 11 cm santoku knife
  • 14 cm kitchen knife
  • Two 10 cm paring knives, Vegetable/Paring


  • Wide array of different utility blades maximises choice
  • Stunning design in both knives and block alike


  • You need to buy a separate sharpener

6 knife block sets down, 4 to go. We’ll skip over them one for one from now on and my next recommendation will be a budget knife block set but this will be one of the more expensive ones on that scale.

Home Hero 17 Piece Kitchen Knives Set

Home hero has a great catalogue of all tings cookery. This particular knife set fits right into the knife block set category

home hero kitchen knife block sets

The home hero knife set comes as standard with a clear acrylic knife block to house all the utensils that comes with your purchase.

All constructed out of stainless steel, everything is coated in a non stick paint to make every edge the best for slicing, dicing or chopping without having to worry about anything else.

The set also comes with a pizza slicer, a peeler, meat scissors and a sharpener.

I did mention that it was on the higher end of the scale but if you look at it mathematically each piece would cost roughly £2.50(ish) when not on sale.

So mathematically, its one of the best budget knife block sets I’ve been able to show you so far.

In this set you’ll find:

  • 6 steak knives
  • Chefs knife
  • Bread knife
  • Carving knife
  • Utility knife
  • Paring knife
  • Cheese knife
  • Pizza knife
  • Meat scissors
  • 2 stage knife sharpener
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Acrylic knife block stand

Since they’ve included the knife sharpener, your set will last even longer!


  • Excellent value for money
  • Well reviewed product by the community


  • Cheap, wont stay sharp for long and needs separate honing steel

These have been available since 2020 and have had over 25,000 reviews with the majority leaving an average 4.7 star rating. Statistically, this a very good value for money purchase.

InciR, an amazon reviewer says:

Excellent value for money. I’m very pleased with my purchase. I have a bit OCD

Actual Amazon review

Dalstrong 18 Piece Knife Block Set – Gladiator Series

I’ve mentioned Dalstrong before, I have a few pieces with some of their products and they’re some of my favourite knives out there. Notably they are some of the more expensive knives but on the flip side, not as expensive as some of the really expensive ones therefore a nice mid range product.

Over 75,000 professional chefs and home cooks alike trust the Dalstrong brand to serve their culinary needs.

All knives are triple riveted for high levels of durability, in fact no expense has been spared when it comes to ergonomic design.

The knife block is made from solid Acacia wood and is designed to be as space saving as possible. It even houses the honing steel sharpener.

Inside this set you’ll find:

  • 9 inch Carving knife
  • 9 inch Bread knife
  • 8.5 inch Kiritsuke chef knife
  • 8 inch Chef knife
  • 7 inch Santoku knife
  • 7 inch Nakiri knife
  • 6 inch Boning knife
  • 6.5 inch Utility knife
  • 6 inch Serrated utility knife
  • 5 inch Steak knives x 6
  • 3.5 inch Paring knife
  • 2.75 inch Birds beak paring knife
  • 10 inch honing steel


  • Superb quality and incredible value for money over the long term
  • Large array of equipment to suit any kind of chef


  • A tad on the expensive side, not exactly a con if you have money to spare

Each edge is painstakingly hand sharpened to 16-18 degrees per side maintaining a strong balance between sharpness and giving maximum resilience.

For my last budget knife block sets offering I give to you a household name.

Morphy Richards Accents 5 Piece Knife Block Set

Morphy Richards is another company on the list that sells a wide variety of goods, they’ve branched out into the kitchen and have remained a staple diet of the UK’s consumer goods for a long while now.

morphy richards 5 piece knife block sets

Simple, stylish and effective is most likely what they are aiming for. Polished stainless steel construction means these knives are durable and ergonomically designed to fit into any home.

The block also come in a number of different colours to suit your home. They have red, translucent black, stainless steel, white and a wood effect block.

Lets check out the nitty gritty:

  • Bread knife
  • Chef knife
  • Slicing knife
  • Utility knife
  • Paring knife

If you’re a smart cookie (and since you’re here i can bet you are) you’ll register the product online to receive 5 years warranty in total. You get one years guarantee as standard


  • Great colour selection of blocks to help fit in with your home lifestyle
  • All made from one piece of steel


  • Requires additional extras to keep them maintained to a high level

We’re nearing the end of the list now and with one final space for the high end brand knife block sets left I’ll make sure it’s a good one.

Wusthof Messerblock 6 Piece Knife Block Set

Wusthof is a powerhouse in the culinary world, they sell a single pair of scissors that costs double what one of the budget sets do. It’s safe to say they know their craft and their target audience well.

I bet you’re thinking “Wow, that is a sexy sexy knife block” and you’d be right to say that too. But at nearly £900 most people would rather spend the money on the latest smartphone than a set of perfectly constructed kitchen knives that will most likely last a lifetime.

Unfortunately i cant read German as the listing is in their native tongue. Not quite sure why it’s on an Amazon uk site but its there for you to look, but not touch.


  • Will last you and your children their lifetimes.
  • Will make people green with envy


  • The price tag
  • The listing is in German.

Not what you were looking for so try these instead:

Dalstrong Knives

Zelite Knives


Zelite Infinity Series – Alpha Royal

Zelite Infinity Series

The Zelite Brand is considered to be a known name in the cooking world and they bring to us the Zelite Infinity Series of Kitchen Knives. With hundreds times more reviews on Amazon than any other manufacturer they truly do go that one step further.

They honestly believe that a knife isn’t just for Christmas as they all come with a 15 year warranty or your money back! Now that’s putting some serious faith into your products.

Many of the knives in this range are actually a lot cheaper than brands such as Dalstrong or Global and also have a price range similar to Wusthof but just have such a huge fan base it’s difficult to ignore.

Introducing Zelite Infinity – Alpha Royal Series

The Zelite Infinity Alpha Royal Series of Kitchen knives is certainly one to behold. They look kind of similar to the Dalstrong Shogun Series but are, as in the name more “Elite” Check out the table below to compare the knives i’ll cover.

NameWeightDimensionsHardnessNo. Of Layers
Utility Knife
141g27 x 2 x 2.6 cm6166
Paring Knife59g20 x 1.6 x 1.2 cm6167
Chefs Knife227g32.9 x 2.4 x 4.5 cm6167
Santoku Knife281g31.8 x 2.4 x 4.5 cm6167
Bread Knife281g32.9 x 2.4 x 4.5 cm6167
Boning Knife141g27 x 2 x 2.6 cm6167

Zelite Infinity Alpha Royal Utility Knife

Setting the new standard for kitchen knives, Zelite have crafted the Petty utility knife, adding any style and refinement to any kitchen.

The petty knife is similar in style to a paring knife but more a traditonal style Japanese knife, slightly larger but commonly used for the same things.

Made from “Ultra Premium Japanese Steel” You’ll understand why these knives come at somewhat of a cost. Bust still not the most expensive knives out there. You do get what you pay for and with this knives superb edge retention, you wont be sharpening every day.

As with all the knives in the Zelite Infinity Series, the handles are triple riveted and are comprised of a military grade material to give you a proper feel of what you’re doing.


  • Superior Quality,
  • One of the cheaper knives in the range


  • May only last up to 4 months before it requires sharpening

Zelite Infinity Alpha Royal Paring Knife

The paring knife, like it’s Japanese cousin the petty utility knife is used for the smaller, more precise tasks in the kitchen.

zelite infinity series paring knife

With it.s short, sharp blade, peeling and getting seeds from peppers is a laughable task in the face of this destroyer of vegetables.

This baby is razor sharp and has a 4 inch spear point on it with a non stick blade to make sure you can get the most done out of your cooking. Made from 66 layers of Damascus steel, its one of the strongest blades in the infinity range.

The Zelite infinity paring knife is liquid nitrogen tempered ensuring long lasting cutting performance.


  • Superior Quality,
  • One of the cheaper knives in the range,
  • Unrivalled accuracy


  • Looks flashy,
  • Could be too small to use for a lot of things

Zelite Infinity Alpha Royal Chefs Knife

Not only will people be wowed by your pretty sweet cooking, they’ll be in awe at the sheer beauty of this zelite infinity chefs knife. The alpha royal series has made this into a very desirable blade indeed.

zelite infinity chefs knife

Made from premium imported AUS-10 Japanese steel, this 67 layered Damascus has a triple riveted handle which is what sets it apart from it’s rivals!

Ergonomically designed with a finger guard, safety is a key feature for this super sharp 8 inch beast!

The zelite infinity series has a flagship knife and this is it. For most of your kitchen tasks this knife can excel, it wont let you down.


  • Superior Quality,
  • Fantastic utility knife for most occasions,
  • Looks amazing


  • Could be an expensive knife for beginners

Zelite Infinity Santoku Knife

Here is another fine example of what this brand can achieve. The zelite infinity santoku knife stands head and shoulders above the rest looks wise, and it performs too!

zelite infinity santoku chefs knife

It has minimal slicing resistance, satisfying heft, full tang & premium materials! Also liquid nitrogen tempered to give it a rock hard finish that also protects from staining.

Although heavier, the added width at the top of the blade means that getting through those tougher things are now no problem, the dimples across the side give it that non stick part to what you would come to expect from the zelite infinity series.


  • Superior Quality,
  • Fantastic utility knife for most occasions,
  • Looks amazing


  • Could be an expensive knife for beginners

Zelite Alpha Royal Bread Knife

The bread knife, how simple a blade that would be overlooked in so many kitchens. But this zelite infinity series bread knife can make light work of even pineapples and tough fruits just like it.

zelite infinity bread knife

So not just for bread.

But if you do like making your own bread or like cooking up fruit salads etc then this is an addition you would be proud to own.

The blade depth is larger than most bread knives you’ll come across, and zelite have made using this one pleasurable experience.

Made from high grade high carbon steel, this bread knife is corrosion resistant so if you are chopping fruits your knife is gonna last.


  • Superior Quality,
  • Fantastic utility knife for most occasions,
  • Looks amazing


  • Could be an expensive knife for beginners

Zelite Infinity Alpha Royal Boning Knife

If you’re a fish lover then the zelite infinity series boning knife will definitely be at hand to step in and give you a hand with things.

zelite infinity boning knife

The boning knife has a much thinner blade than most knives, giving it the ability to slide through meats with bones allowing you to prepare perfect meat every time.

The curved tip of the blade allows for an enhanced single pass cut when dealing with soft meats.

The boning knife has a blade edge of 12-15 degrees giving you the maximum advantage when butchering your meats. This little baby would be perfect to accompany you on a camping trip, for all those who love to forage.


  • Superior Quality,
  • Fantastic value for money,
  • Excellent for fish lovers


  • Suitable for seasoned cooking skills

Why you should have bought these already

The zelite infinity series – alpha royal is a superb looking set of knives. They simply ooze style.

While you will have to pay for them in terms of somewhat steep costs, they will look after you in the kitchen.

These knives have hundreds upon hundreds of 5 star ratings on amazon. Hundreds of people couldn’t be wrong could they?

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Dalstrong Shogun Series – Superb Quality

Dalstrong Shogun Series

The Dalstrong Shogun Series isn’t just a collection of a few knives. There are a vast array of different utility blades available. I’ll cover the  4 top chefs knives we have to offer in this article but if you wish to see the available range for your country then have a click the button below.

Just check out his promotional video from Dalstrong about how professional these knives really are…

NameWeightConstruction TypeDimensionsRockwell Hardness
Dalstrong Chefs Knife272gDamascus 67 Layers42.9 x 11.2 x 2.3 cm62+
Dalstrong Santoku Knife240gDamascus 67 Layers31 x 4.6 x 0.2 cm62+
Dalstrong Small Chefs Knife160gDamascus 66 Layers40.4 x 10 x 3.8cm62+
Dalstrong Paring Knife136gDamascus 66 Layers25.9 x 1.8 x 6.6 cm62+

Dalstrong Shogun Series Chefs Knife

The Dalstrong Shogun Series Chefs Knife is one of the most loved knives on the market, why else would you be searching for it?

dalstrong chefs knife

With a balance that can ensure precise cutting dimensions and a sharpness even a surgeon would be proud of it’s medium cost means it can claim its place as one of the all time greats of the cooking world.


  • Incredibly Sharp,
  • Fantastic Value for Money,
  • Ideal For Anyone


  • Just Wont Cut It With Smaller Jobs,

With this Dalstrong Shogun Series Chefs Knife, it’s all about the versatility of it. Chefs knives are commonly used for the daily kitchen tasks, it’s multi-purpose skills means it’s good at everything you throw at it rather than excelling at any one given task.

FYI don’t go peeling stuff with it, that’s for the Paring Knife…

Dalstrong Shogun Series Santoku Chefs Knife

The Dalstrong Santoku kitchen knife is another firm fan favourite. Designed with dimples it makes for beautiful slices.

dalstrong shogun santoku chefs knife

When is the best time to use a Santoku knife? Anytime vegetables, fruit, fish or boneless meat are involved. Most things can be prepared successfully with a Santoku knife because its wide blade makes even cutting more consistent and easier.

This bad boy is vacuum heat treated Japanese super steel cutting core  ensures extraordinary performance and edge retention. The interior steel is sandwiched between 66 layers of premium high-carbon stainless steel, resulting in exceptional strength, durability and stain resistance.


  • Superior Quality,
  • Another Great All Rounder


  • Not As “Damascus” As Some People Would Like

Dalstrong Shogun Series Small Chefs Knife

There could be a few reasons why you’d want a smaller version of the chef’s knife.

Maybe you have small hands? It could be that you just don’t have the required space for a full sized knife? Maybe not because it’s a present for a child.

The difference in size would help when it comes down to being precise. Being smaller and weighing less it’s an obvious point that it would be easier to handle.

It also looks pretty good with it’s signature tsunami rose pattern and if you’re going for the full set then you’ll need it in your collection.

Wondering what you can use this little wonder for? Well vegetables wont be any match for it and meats certainly wont stand a chance against it’s 67 layered Damascus steel sharpness.

It’s also vacuum heat treated to give it some serious edge retention and stain resistance.


  • Versatile Enough For Beginners,
  • Would Suit As A Starter Knife


  • Requires Good Up Keep

Dalstrong Shogun Series Paring Knife

Another fine example of why bigger isn’t always better.

It’s the finer things in cooking that mean the most sometimes.

dalstrong shogun series paring knife

You will almost definitely use this intricate piece of art for skinning. It’s uses wouldn’t stretch past getting seeds out of peppers or if you’re a sea food lover then de-veining shrimp would be a tough task without one of these.

The dalstrong shogun series paring knife was designed to be as versatile as possible for it’s size and vegetables for chopping fall in it’s presence. Slicing tougher veggies like sweet potato is also a great way to get your moneys worth from this piece of craftsmanship.

Any purchase comes with superior packaging and as with all the shogun series kitchen knives, it comes with and equally nice guard.


  • Brilliant Value For Money,
  • Very Cheap Compared To Chefs Knives,
  • Great Kitchen Knife Starter


  • Just Wont Cut It With Bigger Jobs,
  • May Not Be Suitable To Be In A Kitchen On It’s Own

Dalstrong Shogun Series Bread Knife

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a bread knife is solely limited for the use of slicing up that delicious baked yeast we all love to eat.

But as it happens, the dalstrong shogun series bread knife goes that extra step further. Try a pineapple or butternut squash and see how it fares out.

dalstrong shogun series bread knife

Being serrated it has the unique ability among the knife family to be able to easily tear through a lot of objects with ease. They are designed to be very sharp but instead of crushing food and breaking through that way the blade can cut in both directions in a nice clean fashion.

Being Dalstrong, it’s a great knife to look at. And if you are going for a collection then it will be a great addition.

If you are however looking for that extra bit of help then this is always the way to go.


  • Can Do Certain Jobs Exceptionally Well,
  • Great Design to Stop Knuckle Hitting Level While Slicing


  • Just Wont Cut It With Smaller Jobs,
  • May Not Be Suitable To Be In A Kitchen On It’s Own

All in all Dalstrong is a strong performer, visually stunning features that may not quite match up to a professionals standards but will see a home cooker proud on all fronts and will possibly be the best knife purchase you make if you only choose the one.

Dalstrong Knife Construction

All the knives featured in the shogun series are 66+ layers of Damascus Stainless Steel. This hard, compact amount of steel provides every blade to be hard, durable, and sharp.

Heat Treating them in a vacuum also gives an added layer of protection against bacteria and keeps them easy to clean.

Not dishwasher friendly. It’s not advisable to wash any chef’s knives in the dishwasher anyway so treat them nicely and hand wash.

Keeping The Blade Sharp

As with everything, if you want it to last you do need to look after it. Each knife comes with a blade guard to keep the cutting edge safe while it’s in a drawer. Not just from your wary fingers as you look for some chop sticks. but to save the edge from other things that might chip into it.

Adding a knife sharpener to your kitchen accessories is also a brilliant idea if you want to keep your new little betsie in tip top condition!

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