Amazon has got this J.A. Henckels International Forged Synergy 7-Piece Knife Set for just $49.05 with free shipping. We got a Henckels knife set for a wedding present and we're still using it, twelve years later. A good set of knives is one of the most important kitchen tools.
This set received 4 out of 5 stars over 16 reviews. Here's an excerpt from one:
I recently purchased this set for everyday kitchen use and cooking. I am an amature when it comes to cooking, but I do love to cook and try new things in the kitchen. My goal was to have a quality knife set. I settled on these for two main reasons: 1) the reputation of J.A. Henckels 2) they were forged. Granted they are still made in China, but they are a nice entry level into the forged knives for the price. As a matter of fact you can't pass up the price. I have seen the same knife set on other sites for an additional $150 plus. I have only had them for a week or so, but they rock! Very Sharp! The scissors are awesome (always wanted some kitchen scissors!) The other knives are the right tools for the everyday chef. The paring knife is a little small, but works well. I am NOT washing these in the machine; hand wash, immediate dry and back to the block. The handles are well balenced and each knife has some weight to it to help with the cutting, the blades do not bend, (nor should they being forged. I did not go to the next set up which included steak knives, which I did not need. For the price, you can NOT beat the quality, the variety they offer nor the reputation from J.A. I have no negatives at this point.A quick search revealed the identical set on Wayfair for $99.99. Hurry up and get this set at $49.05 before Amazon does one of their infamous price hikes.