You don’t need a jillion knives – in fact just one good knife could take care of most anything you need to do. But to me a basic starter set if you’re just getting going would look like this (from top to bottom):
Sometimes called a ‘cook’s knife’, this is generally considered the workhorse of the kitchen. With the right one (meaning one you find comfortable) you could do everything from buttering a piece of toast…to chopping parsley…to cutting chicken.
You’d never cut an onion with a serrated knife, but nothing beats it for slicing through a loaf of bread without squishing it flat. And don’t even get me started about how well it deals with a beautifully soft tomato.
Size does matter and sometimes a large knife is just the wrong knife for the job. And whether it’s peeling or super close up work, this little guy will do it easily and comfortably.