The one tool that pretty much everyone needs in the kitchen is a knife.
Or two or three, really. It's nice to have a small knife for paring and a large one for heftier slicing and chopping tasks.
A mid-sized knife is nice for basic cutting, when a chef's knife is too big or too wide for the task.
And although it's not strictly necessary, I think it's nice to have at least one knife with a serrated edge for cutting tomatoes and similar foods.
That sounds like a lot of knifes, which could be expensive, right?
But not everyone needs super-expensive knives. I mean, you can spend a thousand dollars on a hand-made knife. Or, you can pay your mortgage.
And there are some people who really don't need knives that are in the sort-of expensive range. Like people who are just starting out and have tons of other things to buy.
Or people who are living in dorms or who have room mates who might not take great care of the kitchen tools.
Or people who don't cook a lot and only need basics.
Or they'd be great knives for your picnic basket or vacation home or maybe you'd take one to work for sandwich and salad cutting at your desk.
The coated knives from Kuhn Rikon are perfect for all those folks. They're good knives, but not expensive. they're coated so they're easy to clean. They're different colors, so you can ask someone to hand you the red knife or the blue knife and you know you'll get the right one. They come with sheaths, so you can safely store them in a drawer.
The set I got came with a larger slicing/chef knife, a small serrated knife, and a mid-sized thinner utility knife. I've been using this set for a while to test them, and they've been fine. Unlike some other alleged non-stick knives I have, these slide easily through food. They're sharp enough for cutting carrots and slicing meat and the serrated knife is nice for tomatoes.
I haven't tried sharpening them yet, but I don't see any reason why you couldn't. Depending on how you go about it, it could mess with the coating on the very edge of the knife, but I don't think that's a big deal. Knives are for using, not for displaying.
Who's it for: People who want good but not expensive knives.
Pros: Decent knives for the price.
Cons: These aren't the knives you'd buy for a budding sushi master.
Wishes: For the price, you really couldn't ask for more.
Source: I received this from the manufacturer for the purpose of a review.