Every home cook needs a few quality knives.
My go-to knives come from Shun. I have an embarrassing amount of them, but for your average person, I think a good chef’s knife, paring knife, kitchen shears and a serrated knife can do just about any job. Fun extras include a blunt nose nakiri for vegetables (primarily); a santoku (basically an all-purpose chef’s knife); cleaver; boning knife; and a slicer. It’s also worth mentioning Shun’s sister brand, kai, here– a more economical knife brand that’s great quality. This post contains affiliate links, but opinions are all mine.