That was a really good question - thank you for making me think
The replies have given some really good information, especially re brands.
I'd just like to add - you need to actually hold the knife before you buy it, if at all possible, so you can decide if the weight and balance are right for you.
This should be no problem if you go to a good shop,
Also - before you go to buy - decide exactly what you want the knives to do.
For example, a "paring knife" or a "vegetable knife" - and these terms seem to be interchangeable with "all-purpose" knife: these can be different for different people. DH and I use entirely different knives for all our preparation and cooking!
The length of the blade can be important as well, especially combined with what you want the knife to do.
Also remember, as well as ceramic, there are "plastic" knives particularly for cutting lettuce and salad leaves.
And I would definitely agree with some other replies - different boards for different purposes. A wooden board is lovely - but you have to give it a good scrub between uses. And also watch what you use for cleaning it.
The sets of boards - I think there are usually 5 boards, with different colours of rims - are usually hygienic, and easy to use/clean.
I have to admit the my "good" wooden board gets kept for a cold meat platter, or something similar, rather than everyday use - I really can't be bothered with all the scrubbing needed for wood.
But that is a very personal choice.
Good luck with finding the right tools for you.
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