Ladies and gentlemen, these knife blocks are a scam. They often come with many knives you probably won’t ever use. In reality, you only need 3 essential knives.
All you need to do for maintenance is make sure you bring it to be professionally sharpened, and to do some knife honing.
Pairing knives are smaller knives used for more delicate jobs. Cutting fruits and small vegetables are good uses for it. I would recommend the 4″ Victorinox Pairing Knife.
Bread knives are special with the serrated edge. If you used a chef knife to cut bread, you will crush the bread. With the serrated edge, it catches the bread to cut it smoothly. Also you can use it to cut other fragile fruits like tomatoes.
As you get more advanced you can buy other knives such as a Santouku knife, boning knife, or a cleaver. But with these 3 knives you will be able to cook about 95% of the recipes out there.
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