Should I Buy Knives Separately or Together in a Block?

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Q: I'm going to college soon and looking to buy my own knives. Should I buy a knife block with knives or buy the knives separately from the block? I'm looking to spend around $100 total. The three knives I use the most are a paring knife, a chef's knife, and a bread knife.

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Editor: Heejung, I definitely think you should use your money to buy just the three knives you use the most, rather than a block set. With a good chef's knife, a bread knife and a paring knife, you will have 99.9% of your cutting needs covered in the kitchen. Here are some recommendations:

Readers, what do you think? Do you recommend buying knives separately or in sets?

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