Wusthof’s Grand Prix II six-piece Knife Block Set is a good starter block that’s a little short of essential tools. The knives are high
quality and built in a well-tested pattern, but the set is missing both favorites and necessities.
If you start out with this set you’ll soon be wanting more options, because the main knife here is a general purpose cook’s knife that is very versatile but not quite as handy at any one task as is a specialty blade. The cook’s knife will always be needed, with a strong forged blade that’s tough enough for prying joints of meat apart and chopping through frozen food, but a little too short for slicing roasts or large poultry.
The serrated utility knife is a popular choice if you do a lot of sandwich prep and need to slice a tomato or onion now and then, but for higher volume work, like making a stir fry, it will feel awkward. Again, it’s a knife you’ll always find handy, but other styles may suit your cooking tasks better.
Two paring knives and a sharpening steel complete the tool assortment, all fitting neatly into the solid hardwood nine-slot block. Three extra slots allow only a little room for expansion. Adding a serrated bread knife, santoku, and carving knife fills out the set nicely and makes a much more efficient knife assortment.