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Knife Block Sets

Nine pieces of matching cutlery, plus a block for easy storage? It could be a bargain—or a rip off.

What You Need To Know

We can’t help but be skeptical about knife block sets. As with cookware sets, their biggest selling point has always been the number of pieces the manufacturer can cram into the package, not the usefulness or quality of the blades themselves. Most collections are loaded not only with superfluous pieces but also with ones that are impractical or even useless. In the test kitchen, we’...