Whether you’re a home chef, hunter or DIYer with a drywall project, the right knife can make all the difference. Looking to improve your meal prep time? A quality paring knife or chef knife can help. Removing carpet or vinyl flooring? A sturdy utility knife with replacement blades will make it easier. When selecting new knives, look for quality, durability and strength. You’ll also want a knife that you can handle comfortably.
Knives with single-steel construction are high quality options that are built to last, and the best ones will have good balance and a solid hilt. Knives with carbon steel blades are durable, but the blades can rust. While less durable, knives with stainless steel blades are more economical and will not rust. The blade may be the business end of the knife, but the type of handle is also an important consideration. Handles vary by the type of knife, and can be made of wood, plastic, resin or another type of durable material.