Your Cutlery Helper Reviews 13 Cutlery Brands in Selecting the Best Chef Knives, Steak Knives, and Cutlery Sets

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Low, medium, and premium price categories offer selections to fit every budget

Mark Jala, Founder of Cook Talk Love

A good kitchen knife is sharp, holds a good edge, is easily sharpened, and fits the hand like an extension of the hand. That defines a lot of cutlery today.

Your Cutlery Helper busts the myth that the best kitchen knives have to cost a small fortune. Many believe the best knives are forged knives which weigh and cost a lot. Mark Jala, founder of Your Cutlery Helper, breaks each myth with dependable research on 13 popular cutlery brands, and selecting the best cutlery at several price points.

“There are excellent kitchen knives at every price point. It is correct that the more artistic cutlery is forged and higher priced, but those elements don’t define quality kitchen knives,” says Mr. Jala. “A good kitchen knife is sharp, holds a good edge, is easily sharpened, and fits the hand like an extension of the hand. That defines a lot of cutlery today.”

Last month Mr. Jala announced 4 new cutlery trends for 2012:
1.    New colors for handles
2.    Increased popularity of machined blades
3.    New handle designs
4.    Budget conscious product lines

In selecting the best chef knives, Mr. Jala is happy to announce the Victorinox Fibrox and Dexter Russell V-Lo 8-inch chef knives as the best in the low priced category. Mr. Jala says “For $30, any kitchen can have an excellent chef knife that will last a very long time.”

In the medium price range for best steak knives, Mr. Jala selects the Mundial 5100 series as one of the winners: “For around $22 each, you can have an excellent serrated edge steak knife with a handle color of black, white, or red.”

One of the most outrageously artistic and beautiful block knife sets is the Shun Ken Onion cutlery set and winner in the premium price category. “The Shun Ken Onion product line is both a very functional kitchen knife and a museum piece at the same time. With the Damascus style ripple appearance of the blade and black Pakkawood ergonomic handle, it is a clear winner at around $700 for a 7-piece block set,” Mr. Jala says.

Regardless of budget any home can have quality cutlery. Mr. Jala explains: “You have to decide on 3 things when deciding what cutlery is best for you:
1.    Do you want lighter or heavier knives?
2.    What price range fits your budget?
3.    What color of handles do you prefer
Once you decide on those 3 issues, the selection becomes a lot easier to manage. Your Cutlery Helper makes it easy to select kitchen knives based on those criteria."

Mark Jala, the founder of Your Cutlery Helper, also blogs about cooking and relationships that can be nourished during family meals at, and is writing his first book. He is also the founder of the Home Cooking Academy, offering online cooking classes, and the cookware website Your Cookware Helper.

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