That is what I tell my daughters. There are food processors of course, but kitchen knife retains the juices which unfortunately get squeezed out and warmed up in food processor. At least I am never satisfied with chopping in food processor. Another reason I prefer a kitchen knife is because the knives serve more than one purpose. Have you ever heard a food processor being used to crushing a couple of garlic pods or chopping small quantities of herbs? Or for that matter bread or filleting fish? So for me it has always been kitchen knives.
I am also guilty of collecting a few. When we went abroad, a couple of my relatives had asked for good kitchen knife sets. I bought two sets in the course of two years, but by the time we returned, they had already received knife sets from other people. Effectively, I am left with three sets, including my old set. I have used all the three though I could have given them to others.
Based on my experience, the first set I would recommend of these would be of course the Wusthof Gourmet 7 piece set. Honestly, I purchased this because I thought it was the right price product for the person I had in mind. I never thought it would stand there permanently on my kitchen counter. The paring knife in this has a blade of 3 inches, whereas the utility knife in this has a blade of 4.5 inches. I like longer bread knife, and 8 inches blade was just what the doctor ordered apparently. The 8 inch blade of its cook’s knife was something I was indifferent to at the time of purchase, but have realized why it makes sense. I liked the fact that all these knives can be set easily in a wooden block, along with a pair of kitchen shears, and a sharpening steel. There are two more slots and I am looking at some knives that will fit those.
The second set that I had bought was a bit expensive, because it was for a distant relative from whom we had received some favors. It is a 12 piece set again from Wusthof. It includes an additional paring knife of 2.5 inches, and four steak knives each with a blade of 4.5 inches. It seems to be more functional, though I would have liked a peeler instead of the additional paring knife.