My wife is looking to buy me a decent knife set for Xmas for a price range under $200. I'm looking for some ideas of sets to look at. I would like ideas of the best allround value when it comes to the knifes especially keeping sharp. I would also like not to have to buy another set in a couple years as I have with my current Chicago Cutlery. I prefer a somewhat heavy knife with larger handles. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Hello and welcome to DC. When buying knives I usually research all the different types and as far as money goes you get what you pay for. $200 sounds like a reasonable price for a set of knives and good luck with your research.
Check out our knife forum. There's a lot of good info there. One of the things you will find there is a recommendation to skip a set and go fro 3-4 key knives that will take care of your basic needs. You can always add more later.
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If you are set on a whole set, Costco sells a nice Henckels in a block for $169. Take a look on Amazon for good buys. Shipping is usually free and there may be a $25 discount for purchases over $125. You could get 3 VERY good knives for that price. Add a serrated bread knife at a cheaper price and some Victorinox paring knives and you have quality knives that will really serve--in my opinion.