Knives. Never underestimate the value of a great knife! Just one good knife can make your life so much easier!! Knives are an investment. The good ones are not cheap, but they should last your entire life, so don't hesitate! People always ask about brand. There are a lot of really good brands. I use Whustohof, but that doesn't mean there are not other good ones out there. Do a little research. You should get the ones you feel most comfortable with. If you only have money for one knife this is the one I would get:
It is a 7" Santuku knife. This knife will chop veggies, fruit, meat, anything! This is my "go to" knife! They run around $100 to $150, but make a world of difference!
Now if you would like to invest in a nice block set, these are the ones you will use most:
This is a bread knife. So necessary!
This is a carving knife and does wonders when you need to slice or carve anything!
This is a tomato knife. It's serrated to cut through the delicate skin of a tomato. You will find so many uses for this knife!
This is a paring knife and is great for anything! It's often called the "extension of the hand". It is fabulous for fruits, veggies and anything small.
Now keeping your knives sharp is a very important thing too! Sharp knives are actually safer! A dull knife can slip and well, that usually ends with a trip to the hospital in my house. If you buy a starter knife block, a sharpener is usually included. It looks like this:
You want to take a dry knife and glide it back and forth on the edge. This will increase the longevity of your knives and of course keep them sharp!
There are lots of other knives out there with all sorts of functions, but these should get your collection started and from here you can keep on building!