Kitchen Knife Sets: Essential knives for the kitchen

A well-equipped kitchen requires a thoughtfully selected collection of knives, ensuring efficiency without creating confusion or clutter. With the abundance of options available, determining the essential knives for your kitchen can be a daunting task.

Here are the four primary kitchen knives that Redroot Blades makes for the aspiring home chef. We make many more styles, but these for are considered the must-haves while building your knife collection. 

1. Chef's Knife:
Undoubtedly the centerpiece of any kitchen, the chef's knife is a versatile workhorse capable of all the primary cutting tasks. With its deep blade and long, flat cutting edge, the chef's knife facilitates chopping, slicing, dicing, and mincing various ingredients effortlessly on a cutting board. 

Look for a chef's knife with a blade length ranging from 6 to 10 inches— although this length is smaller than traditional chef’s knives of the past, they're often more appropriate for the smaller kitchens and families of today. Redroot's Western Chef's Knife has a 7" blade. 

All other knives are designed to compliment the chef’s knife, specializing in tasks that necessitate unique geometry. The next three knives on this list fit well in a home kitchen and this concept is the basis of our Western Kitchen Collection

kitchen knife set. Handmade, custom knives. Chef's knife, petty knife, paring knife, mini-chef's knife.

( Custom knife set. LtoR: Paring, Petty, Mini-Chef, Chef )

2. Paring Knife:
The paring knife is an indispensable tool for delicate and precise work in the kitchen. With a blade length of 3.75 inches, this knife excels at peeling fruits and vegetables, as well as trimming and shaping with meticulous precision. Its nimble design makes it ideal for tasks that require attention to detail. Check out our Western Paring knifes HERE.

3. Petty Knife:
The petty knife serves as a bridge between the Mini-Chef and paring knife. With a blade length typically ranging from 5 to 6 inches, the petty knife offers versatility and maneuverability, but with a deeper blade compared to the paring knife—for easier work on a cutting board. It is well-suited for handling medium-sized fruits, slicing sandwiches, and performing a wide range of everyday kitchen tasks where Its pointed tip and thinness are beneficial. 

If you'd like to learn more about the differences between the petty, paring, and kitchen utility knives, check out this article.

4. Mini-Chef’s Knife:
For those seeking a smaller alternative to the common chef's knife sizes, the mini-chef is an excellent choice. With a blade length of 5 1/2 inches, this knife provides enhanced precision and control while retaining most of the function of its larger counterpart. It excels with all the typical chef's knife tasks, but has a lighter and more maneuverable feel. The main trade off of being lighter and shorter than the chef's knife is that it can limit the size of your chopping task, in both dimension and volume.


Kitchen knife set. Essential knives for the home kitchen. Redroot blades.
(LtoR: Mini-Chef, Chef, Paring, Mini-Chef)


When building a kitchen knife set, knowing where it start is vital to elevating your culinary skills and ensuring efficient work in the kitchen. Redroot Blades offers many different styles of kitchen knives, but the four above are the essential knives to start with when building your collection. 

We have listings for individual, one-of-a-kind knives on the website, but also offer custom knife sets as well as individual custom work. For more on custom options, or to inquire about full sets of kitchen knives, check out the made-to-order page HERE.

As always, prioritize safety when handling knives, acquainting yourself with proper knife techniques such as the pinch grip and utilizing a cutting board to minimize the risk of accidents.

Feel free to write to us with questions about our work, your goals in the kitchen, or for more info on our products. Email us through the contact form


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