Schmidt Brothers, 15-piece Downtown Block

Two things about the knives from New York-based Schmidt Brothers: (1) they offer high quality and longevity for an unusually affordable price; (2) the downtown block is a very cool and unique holding block that uses acrylic magnets embedded inside the wood to hold the knives in place. This 15-piece set was done in collaboration with West Elm and is a great buy. (Thanks, Ben!)

Schmidt Brothers also has a 15-piece, bonded teak set on Amazon with the same Downtown Block.