Cutlery should be treated just like any other investment, with proper research into the available options, so you know exactly what you are buying. If you buy some top quality cutlery there is no reason it shouldn’t last you a life time. There is an endless supply of information on the Internet about cutlery, such as articles like this one, so take the time to get a feel for the market.
When looking at cutlery sets, bear in mind that you ideally want to have a minimum of three types of knives. A chef’s knife comes in handy for all sorts of tasks and is essential, and you also want a utility knife and a slicer.
Cutlery sets vary greatly, so as you can imagine the pricing follows suit. There is no point buying a cutlery set that comes with items which you’ve coped without until now, as they most likely won’t get used much. Just get what you need, or what you’ve always wanted, but not stuff that you think would be nice to have but won’t get put to good use. Remember that you can always update your cutlery set as you go, so it might be a good idea to start off with a basic set and then build on it from there.
Since knife quality and reliability is so important, run a few Google searches and see what brands get the best reviews in terms of value for money, functionality and durability. If you are looking at knives in person, make sure you ask to hold the knives so as to get a feel for them. It may be that the handle is too heavy and you are concerned this will cause fatigue.
The big factor affecting the price of your cutlery is what it is made from. Stainless steel is by far the most common type of cutlery in use today, but we all know that silverware is a lot more attractive. Take the time again to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each, some people even go for both. They will use the steel cutlery on a daily basis, and keep their silverware stored away for when entertaining guests. Not only is budget a factor at play here, but so is personal preference. It may be that you don’t like the shiny look of silver cutlery, or it may just be that you really don’t want to have to properly hand wash it and dry it each time you use it in order to prolong its longevity.
Whatever you do, just don’t rush it. You wouldn’t rush into buying an oven for your kitchen, so don’t rush into buying cutlery!