Sometimes, a butter knife just won’t cut it.
A full knife set may seem like overkill, especially if you’ve been beating on the same old blade for the past few years, but the truth is a set of sharp, high-quality knives will have more of an impact on the way you cook than anything else you could buy. This seven-piece set comes with straight, serrated, and hollow blades, and a pair of shears and a steel for sharpening. The oak block makes storage easy, and adds a touch of “I know what I’m doing” to any kitchen—even if you don’t.(surlatable.com; $500)