The Huffington Post Tells You Which 3 Knives are Essential for the Kitchen

So you’ve decided that cooking at home is something you like, and you want to get more serious. Yay! We’re glad you’re here. We’ve looked deep into your new-cook-soul and can see what you are freaking out about the most: how many knives do you really need in your kitchen to be a great home cook? We’re sure you’re seeing visions of cheese knives and fish knives and mezzalunas — cut it out (puns!).

The truth is you really only need three knives to get started. With these three tools, a little conviction to avoid those silly single-purpose slicers you see everywhere nowadays and a lot of practice, you’ll take your knife skills and your cooking from novice to expert in no time.

Without further ado, the only three knives your kitchen really needs:

1. An 8″ Chef’s Knife: We like to avoid cliches whenever possible, but we’ll confess to calling our chef’s knives our babies every once in a while. It is very important that you like this knife. You and this knife will do most of the kitchen work together. You’ll start to get used to the weight of it in your hand, so that if you pick up someone else’s knife, it will feel unfamiliar. This is is the knife you’ll use for chopping vegetables, herbs, slicing steak, carving chicken, whacking coconuts, you name it.

As your resident kitchen cutlery nerds, we’ll confess to dropping a pretty penny on our chef’s knives. Among us we wield a Global, a Shun and occasionally a Wusthof. These all have their own benefits. Japanese knives stay incredibly sharp and precise. The Austrian Wusthof carries unparalleled weight and is great for cracking coconuts and butchering meat. If you’re not ready for this kind of commitment yet, which is totally understandable, you can get a perfectly good Cuisinart starter knife to practice on for a fraction of the cost.

Some people will say that this is really the only knife you must have. But we’ll continue on to our two others, because we’re anything but austere when it comes to kitchen tools.

See which other 2 knives you need here.