Kitchen knife sets vary in number from six up to 11 or 12 knives. However, an affordable set with more knives in it may mean that blades are not as well made.
Knife sets are commonly sold to customers looking to outfit their kitchens or to give as gifts to friends and family. It may be tempting to pick up a set with the most knives included, but most home cooks only need about four knives. Look for a set containing a quality chef's knife, long serrated knife, 3 to 3 1/2 inch paring knife and 6-inch boning knife. Additional knives in these sets are included to make them more enticing for customers.