Best All-Around Knife Set
The best knife set should include just enough but no more than the necessary number of blades for a working kitchen. In addition to the three main knives listed above, it's our opinion that the best kitchen knife set should include a Santoku knife, a pair of kitchen shears and a few steak knives.
The Santoku knife is the Japanese interpretation of the Western chef's knife. The spine of a Santoku knife curves down to meet its straight blade at the tip. The sides just above the blade are scalloped to prevent food sticking. The combined feel and command of the Santoku knife are an improvement over the chef’s knife in certain slicing and chopping actions, which explains its popularity with celebrity chefs on various cooking shows.
A good pair of kitchen shears rounds out a quality knife set simply because they're so useful, and steak knives are a bonus since you won't have to search elsewhere for a good set.