These attractive knives and cutting board were developed by Our Place co-founder Shiza Shahid to address what's wrong with knives on the market today. When Shahid was learning to cook, she remembers being overwhelmed by 20-piece knife sets that were too expensive and included unneeded knives. And the knives themselves were poorly crafted, imbalanced and had quick-to-dull blades. So Shahid created a tight edit of the three indispensable knives you need: an Everyday Chef's Knife ($70), a Serrated Slicing Knife ($40) and a Precise Paring Knife ($60). Each blade is premium German steel and all are "full tang," meaning the steel extends all the way to the back of the base inside the handle, ensuring better balance and durability.
And listen up, all you social media cooking showoffs—the knives come in the cookware's Spice, Steam, Char and Blue Salt colors. Plus, the handles have a patent-pending grip that actually guide you on correct finger placement. That's because Shahid and her design team learned that home cooks' knife skills are so poor because they don't know how to hold a knife. So between the creatively designed knife handles and an instruction booklet with additional tips, users will be a top chef in no time.
The cutting board ($95) is equally high-quality. Crafted in American black walnut wood, it has a groove on its edge to collect juices and a second side that is completely flat, to use as a serving tray. The wood is self-healing, so it doesn't get beat-up looking and it hides stains so that it retains its handsome appearance.
Buy all three knives ($145) and save $25; get the knives and the cutting board ($230) and save $35. It's an investment in your future kitchen serenity, one satisfying slice at a time.