What are the 3 most important knives in a kitchen?

The three most important knives in a kitchen are likely the chef's knife, the paring knife, and the utility knife.

  1. Chef's knife:  about 8 inches in length and features a wide, sharp blade that narrows to a pointed tip.
  2. Paring knife: a smaller knife with a sharp point that is used for peeling, trimming, and slicing small fruits and vegetables, is about 3-4 inches long.
  3. Utility knife: a medium-sized knife with a sharp, straight edge that is used for slicing and trimming larger fruits and vegetables, as well as cutting through meats and poultry, is about 6 inches long.

Having these three knives in a kitchen will cover most of your basic cutting needs.