You may feel that the best kitchen knives are needed to enhance your cooking skills, but the German knives and Japanese knives at the highest end cost an arm and a leg, so why not start with a set of the best budget kitchen knives? The Forschner Victorinox kitchen knives may not be as durable or as solid as the Wusthofs, but they are only about half the price, and have been reviewed as some of the best knives by Cooks’ Illustrated.

A basic set of Forschner Victorinox kitchen knives costs less than $200! At this price, the Victorinox knives are great value for their sharpness and balance. They may be stamped blades, but they are thin and lightweight, perfect for people who lack hand strength.

Victorinox 8-Piece Knife Block Set

They are neither fancy nor beautiful, and they certainly don’t have that high quality feel that makes people go ooh and ahh, but these knives are practical, sharp, balanced and comfortable to hold. This 8-piece set has a chef knife, a boning knife, a paring knife, a slicing knife, a bread knife, kitchen shears, sharpening steel and a hardwood block.

All the knives in this set come sharp, and the steel is sufficient to keep them sharp with a little bit of honing once in a while. The handles are made of Fibrox, which is not slippery and provides a good hold for both big and small hands. The shears cut well, but they don’t come apart, so you’ll have to wash them as they are.

Victorinox 4-Piece Knife Set

If you can dispense with the knife block, I highly recommend getting this set at half the price of the 8-piece set. This set has the four most used knives in the kitchen, the chef, the utility, the paring and the bread knife. I think these are enough for anyone just starting to cook or building up their own kitchen.

Users have commented that these knives are so sharp you could cut yourself easily, so watch it when you are picking food off the blade. The blade tends to attract food like potatoes because it is polished like a mirror.

Victorinox 40520 Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

This Forschner Victorinox 40520 chef’s knife was featured in Cooks as the best overall chef knife some years ago. This 8-inch knife is as sharp as a razor and takes only a couple strokes of the steel to maintain its edge.

The curvature of the blade is angled just right for rocking it on the chopping board. Big hands have no problem holding the rather long grip, while small hands will find it easier to control the knife by gripping slightly forward. The whole knife is balanced, light and easy to use for chopping, slicing and dicing.

What’s more, all Victorinox kitchen knives have a lifetime guarantee, which is more than what anybody could hope for at this price.

Victorinox 46892 Fibrox 3-Piece Chef’s Knife Set

This Victorinox 46892 Fibrox 3-Piece Chef’s Knife Set is made up of an 8-inch slicer, 10-inch chef’s knife and 4-inch paring knife. I’ll say that this 3-piece set is a multi-taking, versatile set that allows you to tackle almost anything; from meat to fruits and vegetables. If you choose to buy this set, you’re in good hands as the knives are made from the highest quality steel blades and sharpened to perfection.

I’ll describe the functions and advantages of having each of these 3 knives:

1. The 8-inch slicer is best for carving turkey and roasts.
Basically, this is the knife to cut those meats during family dinners. Also ideal for large gatherings where you have a to prepare or carve specialty meat. You’ll appreciate this knife like I do if you constantly have to prepare meals for ladies night out every fortnightly!

2. 10-inch chef’s knife is most useful for all your food preparation tasks
Name it and the chef’s knife will handle it. From dicing to chopping and mincing, you’ll find that the chef’s knife in Victorinox 46892 Fibrox 3-Piece Chef’s Knife Set is indispensable. A note though, you ought to wash this knife set by hand and not put them in the dishwasher. I use the chef’s knife interchangeably with my other brand knife and am well pleased with the results it produces.

3. The 4-inch paring knife
This knife will be most suitable for cutting and peeling vegetables (and fruits). I’ll usually use this in preparing fruit salad and during those times when I feel like munching on an apple. You will also find this useful as you cut up fruits into smaller pieces for children. A must-have for all you mums out there (because we should encourage our kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, right?).

Sally Renatra “SallyMaria” (Amazon reviewer) said this:
“They have excellent weight, good balance, and the grip feels ergonomic. While priced at the low end for good knives, you feel you are using the Mercedes of knives.”

Victorinox 47521 10-Inch Chef’s Knife

The best thing about Victorinox knife is that the blades rarely require sharpening. Even if you find that they do, the carbon steel has undergone a special tempering that allows you to restore the knife to its original sharpness through simple sharpening. Victorinox 47521 10-Inch Chef’s Knife is designed in the best way possible for hygiene purposes (by having minimal crevices on the handle) and meant to be slip-resistant.

This is a lightweight knife, making it especially suitable for those with larger hands. You can also do repeated chopping jobs without feeling the tiredness on your wrist. The edge is bolsterless, enabling you to use the entire blade (unlike other knives).

2 reasons why I like this knife:

1. Its large grip makes it really comfortable to hold

You know how certain knives can seem a tad bit uncomfortable to hold? Well, you won’t have that problem with this knife. I’s like to say that it’s really important to work with kitchen tools that you feel comfortable and familiar with. Firstly, this helps to prevent kitchen accidents and secondly, you can work faster and more efficiently given the familiarity.

2. It gives my money its worth through excellent design

The fuss-free handling, together with extra sharp edges, allows me to do my kitchen job confidently. I won’t have to resharpen the knife repeatedly plus it cuts almost anything with ease. The Victorinox 47521 10-Inch Chef’s Knife is trusty and sturdy. The lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects reflects a tremendous sense of reliability and credibility in the brand name Victorinox.

Dennis Pitchford (Amazon reviewer) asks:

“Can you find a better knife out there? Yes, but you’ll have to pay upwards of $100 (and sometime MUCH more) for it. In my book, the price/performance ratio of this knife warrant 5 stars.”

If you know someone who’d appreciate a bigger grip on knife handle, feel free to recommend this knife to him/her.

Victorinox 47529 Fibrox 7-Inch Granton Edge Santoku Knife

The Victorinox 47529 Fibrox 7-Inch Granton Edge Santoku Knife is one of the best choices of Santoku knife. What’s a Santoku knife? Basically it combines the essential features of a chef’s knife while allowing superior cutting power through its ergonomically designed handle and blade. I like it very much because whenever I want to have paper thin slices of Serrano ham, this is the knife I’ll use. Cutting is also easier with this knife because food doesn’t stick to the blade.

I’d like to highlight 3 features of this knife;

1. Experience minimal resistance while cutting
In fact, cutting through so many types of food repeatedly requires you to exert pressure on your wrist. A good knife helps to reduce the stress of your pressure points (wrist and fingers) while allowing you to accomplish cutting in a much shorter time. The Santoku knife with a smart blade design, has been laser tested to provide optimal cutting power.

2. Ideal for cutting bread and pastry
If you’re a fan of bread and pastry, then this knife will serve you well as its scalloped-edge blade can cut through crust perfectly. I’ve used this knife many times while preparing toasted bread and pies. It works wonders, really. You’ll no longer feel frustrated like how you used to when using a bad knife for cutting.

3. Ideal addition to your extensive knife collection
The Victorinox 47529 Fibrox 7-Inch Granton Edge Santoku Knife will fit perfectly into your existing knife collection. It is a specialty knife and is usually added after you’ve had a complete set of knives. Even if you don’t you can consider getting this knife set because it has the functionality of a chef’s knife.

B. Inoue “MiyagiSenpai” (Amazon reviewer) said:
“Even though I prefer the chef’s knife version of this line, the santoku is probably the best one I’ve ever used. You won’t be sorry that you bought this blade.”

Victorinox 12-Inch Granton Edge Slicing Knife with Fibrox Handle

The Victorinox 12-Inch Granton Edge Slicing Knife with Fibrox Handle is easy to use and maintain. You’ll need a slicer or slicing knife for occasions where you need to cut slices from meat, roasts, and seafood. A great knife should work equally well (if not better) than electric knife. Some people prefer electric knife but in my opinion, this knife works better than most!

I don’t have to saw the turkey multiple times using this knife. Due to its design with long, straight edge, the cutting surface is maximized and I can tell that the blade sustains sharpness even after use many times. Of course, I’d hand wash this knife to prevent damage that can be inflicted by the dishwasher. You should do the same for all the knives, unless stated otherwise.

If you’ve previously used Victorinox knives, you’ll know that they stand out for superior quality.

Here are 2 most outstanding qualities of the Victorinox 12-Inch Granton Edge Slicing Knife with Fibrox Handle:

1. Clean cuts on meat and no “ugly ridges”

A good slice-through should produce a clean cut with minimal ridges. If you currently own a slicing knife but have to saw through the meat multiple times just to get it cut, there are two reasons to this: your knife isn’t sharp enough or you’re just using a bad knife. With the Victorinox 12-Inch Granton Edge Slicing Knife with Fibrox Handle, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to carve through meat and other items.

2. Easy to use and clean

Like what the manufacturer claimed, it’s best not to put knives in dishwasher unless stated otherwise. Even so, the knife is really easy to clean and wipes clean with a cloth. Rest assured that the knife is designed in an efficient way to reduce bacteria from being trapped. Hygiene of kitchen utensils should always be the topmost priority in preparing dishes. No compromise there.

Glyde Hannah (Amazon Verified Purchase) was indeed happy with her purchase because she said:

“I bought this knife on the basis of a review in Cook’s Illustrated. You can spend more, or less, but I don’t think you can buy a better slicer.”