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Are You Looking for Darth Vader Gifts for Star Wars Fans?

Well, look no further. I’ve got you covered with these fun kitchen gadgets, gizmos, small appliances, and tools with a Darth Vader or Imperial theme. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a Star Wars lover you know, save yourself more shopping hassle and take a look at these.

Darth Vader waffle maker for Star Wars fans

Death Star Waffle Iron for Star Wars and Imperial fans

Darth Vader helmut mask toaster from Star Wars fame

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Dreaded Waffle Iron for Star Wars Imperial Fans

dreaded waffle iron of the Death Star from Star Wars

Nothing is more impressive and dreaded than that big round menace of Moff Tarkin, and now you can destroy it with butter and syrup-drenched waffles made to order.

For me, it’s quite a toss-up. Do I want to eat the Death Star or Darth Vader’s head? How about both?

You can get them both — or your favorite — and chomp down on Imperial waffles. It’s the #1 New Release in Waffle Irons right now on Amazon, so check them out before other fans get there first.

Be sure to check out the Darth Vader Helmet Waffle Iron, too.

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Compact Darth Helmet Toaster for Devoted Fans of Star Wars Sith

compact toaster displaying a Star Wars Sith Lord helmet

If you love Star Wars and are looking for a new look in compact toasters, this Darth Helmet is sure to catch your fancy.

You can adjust all the usual settings and it has the features you’d expect in those boring countertop models. It even marks your toast with the branded logo!

I like the sturdy construction and the powerful glare of his helmet. If you like Vader, you’ll love having him menacing your friends from his special spot on your counter.

Be sure to check out the Dark Lord of the Sith Waffle Maker, too!

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Are You Looking For R2-D2 Gifts for Star Wars Fans?

Well, look no further. I’ve got you covered with these fun kitchen gadgets, gizmos, and tools with an R2-D2 theme. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a Star Wars lover you know, save yourself more shopping hassle and take a look at these.

R2-D2-measuring-cup

R2-D2 Kitchen Timer

R2-D2 Droid Salt and Pepper Shakers

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2016 Gift Guide for Cooks – Unique Gifts For Men Who Cook

Men Who Cook - Cooking Is a Team Sport
Why Can’t Cooking Be a Team Sport? We’re Guys!
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If you’re looking for gift ideas for men who love to cook, you’ve got to take a look at our 2018 holiday gift guide for cooks.

We’ve got a wide range of present ideas for the men in your life who like to cook. Whether you’re looking for a budget gift for a friend, last minute Christmas gifts, or small gifts for that special guy, we’ve got a gift guide section for gifts under $50, gifts under $20, and gifts under $10.

We also have a variety of must-have kitchen gadgets and gizmos to tickle the fancy of cooks who happen to be of the male persuasion. Of course, you don’t have to buy these just for men. They make great Christmas gift ideas for ladies as well. Whether you’re a guy or gal, they’re great.

So if you’re looking for unique ideas, we’ve got gift guide sections for small gifts, fun gifts, gifts for bakers, gifts for grillers, gifts for guys who entertain, and some really spiffy more expensive gifts for special Christmas gifts for your husband, fiance, brother, dad, or boyfriend.

Are you in a hurry? Check out these kitchen gadgets for men at Amazon.

How To Figure Out What Your Guy Cook Wants For Christmas

Finding cooking gift ideas for men, whether they treat it as a hobby or a vocation, can be tricky. How do you find the best gifts for his Christmas present, especially if he’s one of those men who have everything?

One sneaky thing you can do is to start watching him in the kitchen. Make a note of his favorite recipes or specialties.

What tools is he missing to make those dishes easier to make? Is one of his current tools wearing out? When he’s cooking, is he irritated with wrong sizes or types of pots, pans, mixing bowls, or utensils?

If you know more than one guy who cooks, ask each of them what their favorite kitchen tools are, and why. Ask them what they hate and wish they had to make things easier. Somewhere in there is the perfect gift.

My Funny Top 5 List of Cooking Tools My Guy Likes

I picked my husband’s brains for this so we’d get the honest truth…

  1. Gadgets and Gizmos: He was quite emphatic about this. Kitchen toys for cooks, in other words.
  2. Durable Tools: Don’t buy your man who cooks even one little flimsy tool. If that spatula, measuring cup, serving or stirring spoon, or any other helpful doodad you buy won’t hold up to World War III, don’t give it to him as a Christmas gift. Might as well get him tacky socks (unless he likes tacky socks, of course).
  3. Big Pots and Pans: Don’t ask me why on this one. I’ve gone round and round with every man I’ve ever been in the kitchen with. None of this “the right pot for the job.” Sure, if you have the right size pots or pans, great. But if you’re going to buy him a special pot or pan, he’ll want the big one. A pot that handles several quarts. A 12 inch deep frying pan or bigger. Better yet, a huge tabletop electric frying pan. No wimpy little pots and pans that don’t have enough room in them to cook for an army.
  4. Useful Kitchen Appliances: If you’re going to pick out appliances for a man who cooks, he’ll want something he’ll actually use. Does he have “man parties” for game night on TV or the weekly card game? Give him an appliance he’ll use. A popcorn popper that does tons of popcorn. An ice-cream maker for gourmet flavored ice-cream. a BIG food processor that will chop half the ingredients in the world in bulk. You get the idea.
  5. Cooking Doodads That Make Him Look Cool: Guys like to show off their expertise. Give him kitchen toys that make him look cool, or sophisticated, or worldly, or whatever makes him shine. Is he the master of grilling marinades? Get him a classy spice grinder for showing off while he makes his marinades. Is he a master mixologist? Find him a big drinks set for serving his master concoctions. Help him show off — in a subtle way, of course.

Best Cooking Gift Ideas For Men for Christmas 2018

So let’s lead off here with the big guns of our gift guide. Here are some of the best gift ideas for your husband, father, brother, grandfather, boyfriend, or other significant guy in your life. And if you’re looking for gifts for the man in your life who has everything, maybe we can help.

Unique Cooking Gift Ideas for Men Who Have Everything

Does Your Guy Grill? Best Gift for Grillers

Ivation Long Range Wireless Digital Thermometer Set
The Ivation Long Range Wireless Digital Thermometer Set is truly the top-of-the-line grill thermometer. This digital meat thermometer is not only for monitoring smoker and grill temperatures, it can also serve as an oven thermometer or meat thermometer in general.

It’s the perfect kitchen gadget gift for the cook on your Christmas list. Not only is it multi-functional for your practical man, but it has a backlit LCD monitor and wireless communications, making it useful at night and from inside to monitor your outside grill or smoker.

Talk about something men drool over. It’ll even monitor things from over 300 feet away and will both beep and flash when it needs to give warning. It has a count-up and countdown timer, as well. There’s an alarm that sounds when temperatures fall too low or raise too high.

Best of all for guys, there’s a belt clip and a stand that can be used as a hanger. This grill monitor and meat probe is the ultimate in geek gadgets for him. If your special guy grills, he’ll love this all-in-one probe and temperature monitor. It’s the #1 Seller on Amazon with tons of excellent ratings.

Does Your Guy Entertain? Best Gift for Guys Who Entertain Friends

If you are buying a Christmas present for a man who likes to entertain, you might find these gift ideas to his liking. Casual fun or drinks for the boss both could be covered with these options for your shopping list.

Margaritaville DM900 Battery-Powered Frozen-Concoction Maker
Margaritaville DM900 Battery-Powered Frozen-Concoction Maker
ISI Gourmet Whip 1 Quart PLUS with 3 Decorator Tips
ISI Gourmet Whip 1 Quart PLUS with 3 Decorator Tips
Waring Pro IC70 Professional Stainless Steel Large-Capacity Ice Crusher
Waring Pro IC70 Professional Stainless Steel Large-Capacity Ice Crusher (#1 at Amazon)
Margaritaville DM0500 Bahamas 36-Ounce Frozen-Concoction Maker
Margaritaville DM0500 Bahamas 36-Ounce Frozen-Concoction Maker
Margaritaville DM2000 Premium Frozen Concoction Maker
Margaritaville DM2000 Premium Frozen Concoction Maker

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Christmas Gifts For Men Who Love Baking

Best Gifts for Men Who Like To Bake

Does the man in your life love baking best? Here by popular reader demand are some Christmas gift ideas for bakers to consider for his baking toolkit.

Wilton 2109-0309 Ultimate Professional Cake Decorating Set
Sorry for the purple color, guys! But truthfully, if the special guy in your life is a baker, he’ll probably forgive you because this 3-level tool caddy in the Wilton Ultimate Professional Cake Decorating Set is the ultimate Wilton cake decorating set. Every essential tool from the best in baking (Wilton) and a cool caddy for organizing it all, too.

With 177 different pieces, including tips, couplers, icing bags and colors, cake levelers and spatulas, shape cutters, and smoothers, your baker will love this extensive set of baking tools.

More Christmas Gift Ideas for Bakers

Wilton 2105-4923 24-Cavity Silicone Brownie Squares Baking Mold
Wilton 24-Cavity Silicone Brownie Squares Baking Mold
Linden Sweden Baker's 4-Tier Adjustable Metal Cooling Rack
Linden Sweden Baker’s 4-Tier Adjustable Metal Cooling Rack
Norpro 6-Count Nonstick Donut Pan
Norpro 6-Count Nonstick Donut Pan

Special Expensive Gifts For Your Husband, Brother, Boyfriend, or Dad

Everyone likes to find that perfect gift idea for a loved one in your life. But where do you start, especially when you’re shopping for a man who has everything? Here are a few gift ideas you might not have considered.

Expensive Gifts For Your Special Cook

Bosch Universal Plus Stand Mixer With Cookie Paddles and Dough Hook

Bosch Universal Plus Stand Mixer
The Bosch Universal Plus Stand Mixer is a workhorse of a stand mixer for all the tough tasks a man could put it to. This high-quality, heavy duty stand mixer from Bosch is a durable, flexible workhorse. It’s a high-speed mixer and has a high-capacity 6.5 Quart work bowl with a lid. With 800W of power and 4 speeds, plus a manual pulse, it can handle all of the mixing needs of a serious cook or baker.

It can do up to 15 pounds of dough, and is exceptionally good at dough making, even with wet dough. With the cookie paddles, bowl scraper, and dough hook, your special guy will be able to do just about any baking task with this mixer. And there are other available attachments at Amazon like the Bosch blender, food processor, meat grinder, and slicer/shredder, so the Bosch can handle a lot of other tasks with the attachments.

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Quite a few people looking for a workhorse stand mixer have changed from KitchenAid to Bosch Universal Plus Stand Mixers and have been quite happy with them.

Perfex Crank Pepper Mill and Salt Mill

Perfex Crank Pepper Mill, 4.5-Inch
The Perfex Crank Pepper Mill, 4.5-Inch is a durable, high-quality pepper mill, and a matching Perfex Crank Salt Mill is also available. I mention them separately here because you can purchase them separately at a slightly lower price than together.

Both mills have a pull-out chute for easy refilling, and they’ll look classy on the counter or table. The adjustable grinding mechanism can be set to anything from coarse to fine grinding. These Pepper and Salt Mills have been around for quite a while and aren’t flimsy like some newer items.

The Most Important Thing About Men Who Cook

When thinking about Christmas gifts for men, think like a guy.

Women like presentation. MEN want success. Give them kitchen toys to make them happy, not a pretty serving platter.

More High Quality Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets for Your Cook

If you’re looking for some durable, extra-high quality kitchen appliances to surprise the guy who cooks in your life, check these out. Picking out a Christmas gift that matches his particular cooking interests will make him drool over his new kitchen toy.

I’ve picked the best gifts for cooks from different categories of kitchen appliances on Amazon. They all have high ratings and satisfied customer reviews. Get one of these useful gifts for your cook for Christmas before they’re snapped up and out of stock.

New Star 38408 Commercial Grade French Fry Cutter, Complete Combo Set
New Star 38408 Commercial Grade French Fry Cutter, Complete Combo Set
Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker
Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker
Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill
Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill
Breville BOV800XL The Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ
Breville BOV800XL The Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ
Blendtec Total Blender, WildSide Jar
Blendtec Total Blender, WildSide Jar (Almost 3Qts)
Motta 7540 Barista Kit Deluxe Set
Motta 7540 Barista Kit Deluxe Set

Christmas Gifts for Men If You Have a Budget

But not every man on your list needs expensive kitchen gadget gifts. If you’re looking for some Christmas gift ideas and you have a budget to keep, I’ve made some selections in the lower dollar ranges for your brother, friend, or co-worker who likes to cook.

If you need a last minute gift or inexpensive stocking stuffer for your boyfriend, fiance, husband, or family member, we’ve got you covered. And if you need a Secret Santa gift for an office party or party with friends, you can find something here for that budget, too.

Cooking Gifts for Men Under $50

If you’re looking for useful kitchen gadgets and reasonably-priced gift ideas under $50 for a cook’s Christmas presents, I recommend the gift ideas below.

I’ve picked the best mid-range gifts for cooks from different categories at Amazon. They all have high ratings and satisfied customer reviews. If your gift recipient is a Star Wars fan, I can just about guarantee he’s never seen R2-D2 like this one below. And if he is a fan, there’s a bunch of related types of kitchen products on Amazon that you can find below this listing in the “also viewed” strip at the bottom if you want to go all-out. Other items like a quality digital scale and a universal grater (I have one and they are quite versatile) can also be great budget gifts for cooks if you are trying to find gifts priced under $50.

Exclusive Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set - Limited Edition
Exclusive Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set – Limited Edition
Ozeri Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale
Ozeri Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale (18 lbs), Tempered Glass in Elegant Black
Universal Grater
Universal Grater

Small Gift Ideas for Cooks Under $20

If you’re looking for inexpensive gift ideas under $20 for Christmas gifts for a cook, I’ve picked the best practical gifts for cooks I could find. They all have high ratings and satisfied customer reviews. These make great smaller gifts for men who enjoy cooking, whether it is a gift exchange at work, a Secret Santa exchange, a special stocking stuffer, or just a useful gift for a cook who you want to get a reasonably-priced present.

My personal favorite is the Bamboo cutting board with the colored removable cutting mats. My husband has been hinting about that one for the last couple of months, so I suspect one is going to end up under our Christmas tree this year. Shush. Don’t tell. And “somebody” keeps pointing out how reasonably priced and cool the “temperature guns” are, too.

Christmas 2015 Update: My special cook got the Bamboo cutting board with removable cutting mats under the tree this year. When it was time to make dinner, he immediately headed off to the kitchen with his cutting board under his arm to chop veggies for our Christmas dinner.

Seville Classics Bamboo Cutting Board with Removable Cutting Mats
Seville Classics Bamboo Cutting Board with Removable Cutting Mats
Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale, Elegant Black
Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale, Elegant Black
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OXO Good Grips Silicone 11-Inch Balloon Whisk
OXO Good Grips Silicone 11-Inch Balloon Whisk
Nubee Temperature Gun Non-contact Infrared Thermometer w/ Laser Sight MAX Display
Nubee Temperature Gun Non-contact Infrared Thermometer w/ Laser Sight MAX Display
BlenderBottle 28-Ounce Sport Mixer
BlenderBottle 28-Ounce Sport Mixer
Premium Silicone Kitchen Utensil Set in Hygienic Solid Coating
Premium Silicone Kitchen Utensil Set in Hygienic Solid Coating

While the Ozeri digital food scale listed in this section is a little less expensive than the professional Ozeri digital kitchen scale in the “Gifts Under $50” gift guide section, it still handles reasonable kitchen weights and is a solid scale. I also highly recommend the silicone kitchen utensils because they are incredibly easy on quality pans and don’t scratch or scuff. They also don’t conduct heat like metal utensils. I swear by mine. And they are heavy-duty enough and comfortable in the hand for men who cook, too, as my husband will attest.

Stocking Stuffers, Gift Exchanges, and Budget Gifts Under $10 for Men Who Cook

If you’re looking for inexpensive stocking stuffers, a gift exchange at work, or Secret Santa gifts for the cook on your Christmas present list, check these out. Your guy cook will likely be quite amused by the Mini Measuring Spoons. I thought they were cute, but my husband immediately suggesting adding them to the list, because, he says, “Most guys never know what a pinch, dash, or smidgen actually is, and with these we’ll look on top of it.”

Norpro 3080 Mini Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
Norpro 3080 Mini Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons, Set includes (tad, dash, pinch, smidgen and a drop)
Norpro 792 Oil and Vinegar Cruets, 2-Piece
Norpro 792 Oil and Vinegar Cruets, 2-Piece
Weber 6492 Original Instant-Read Thermometer
Weber 6492 Original Instant-Read Thermometer
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If you like the idea of the Oxo Good Grips Silicone utensils — and I do love them for our household of cooks — here is a link to more of them on Amazon.

Funny Cooking Gifts for Men Who Cook

No Christmas gift ideas list can be complete without something funny for the male cooks in your life who appreciate a good gag or fun gift.

Since “Kiss the Cook” aprons are such fun to wear but more common as gifts, I thought I’d see what aprons I could come up with that were a little different, but still quirky and fun to wear and to give. And since getting guys into the kitchen is always a sign of a “super man” I had to include one Superman apron to give as a present if you’re so inclined.

Your Opinion Wasn't In The Recipe apron
Your Opinion Wasn’t In The Recipe Apron

Cute and Sexy Superman Cooking Apron
Cute and Sexy Superman Cooking Apron
Bakers Loaf On The Job
Bakers Loaf On The Job
Get Out Of My Kitchen! apron
Get Out Of My Kitchen! Apron
All This - And I Can Cook apron
“All This … And I Can Cook” apron
Real Men Don't Use Recipes Apron
Real Men Don’t Use Recipes Apron

There are tons more cooking aprons available on Amazon. If you click through to Amazon, you can certainly browse an extensive collection there to find one that perfectly fits the men in your life that you are looking for gifts for. It was impossible to showcase aprons for every possibility. But there are many, many more available, and Amazon’s search feature is excellent.

Last Minute Things To Keep In Mind About Buying For Men Who Cook

Even though men and women both enjoy cooking, never forget that men do it differently.

They aren’t women in sweatshirts and jeans, gals! Men often cook with a different style, cook for different reasons, and — most importantly — cook with different stuff!

Whenever my husband and I go to the kitchen stores, we inevitably meet up at the register with totally different stuff in our arms. He has gadgets and gizmos and tools I’d never pick, and vice versa. You’ve got to know your guy!

So happy shopping, and hopefully our holiday gift guide for men who love to cook will help you make the cooks in your life happy this Christmas.

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Top 5 Carving Knife and Fork Sets For Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Dinners

Carving Knife and Fork Sets are generally not included in even the best knife sets or knife blocks, and are often the top choice among home cooks for a Christmas gift, wedding present, birthday present, or holiday or Easter dinner ensemble.

And when the holiday season approaches, with Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas dinners on the horizon, many of us turn thoughts to having a good carving knife set to carve the perfect turkey, ham, prime rib, or roast for our holiday dinner.

And to be honest, I strongly recommend a carving set rather than just a carver. An effective carving knife really needs a well-designed meat fork to balance out the carving chore. I’ve even heard of people buying a carving knife set just to get a great meat fork.

How Did We Choose Our Top 5 Carving Knife Sets?

In order to find you the best carving knife and meat carving fork, we’ve sorted through a large number of brands, knife lines, and characteristics to find you the best carver sets. We gave prominence not based on price or brand recognition, but for the quality construction needed to make a long-lasting knife set, the best balanced knife and fork, the knife set’s overall functionality, and most importantly, the sharpness and slicing capability in the knife.

So let’s get to it — Our Top 5 Carving Knife and Fork Sets

#1 Choice — Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Ground Carving Set

Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Ground Carving Set
The Wusthof Classic Carving Set is our top rated carving set for a few reasons. It provides the best mix of brand, quality, price, and sharpness that we found among all of our candidates for best carving set.

Wusthof’s manufacturing process for the Classic line is among the best rated in the world, with solid test results in competition and side by side reviews. It beats out even the Shun lines for sharpness, with the edges ground to 14 degrees on both sides, compared to a slightly less 16 degrees for the Shun carving knife set.

Ranked #3 in Carving Knives at Amazon, with a 5.0 Star Rating on 17 reviews, we aren’t the only ones to like this carving set.

Reasons We Like This Wusthof Carving Knife and Fork:

  • This carving knife is designed with a Granton edge, often referred to as a hollow-ground edge. This adds slight scalloped bubbles in the knife’s edge, preventing food from catching on the knife, which can provide a smoother slice than other blade types.
  • Wusthof has designed a carving knife that reviewers claim has near perfect heft and balance, making your carving task easier and less of a strain on your hand and arm. And the fork is 6″ long and slightly curved, which improves your handling of the meat after slicing.
  • With its extremely sharp edge, your turkey slices will be extremely thin while the blade maintains enough heft to handle larger cuts of meat just as easily.

Who Should Buy This Wusthof 2-Piece Set?

Thanks to the slightly lower price compared to other similar options, this fits the budget a bit better than some, and its features give you an exceptional carving set.

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And if you would like a presentation box in order to give a carving knife set as a gift, you could take a look at the Wusthof Classic Ikon Creme Hollow Edge set, which comes with a gorgeous Walnut case. You can also find this Classic Ikon carving set with black handles here.

Classic Ikon Hollow Edge in CremeClassic Ikon Hollow Edge in black

#2 Choice — Shun DMS200 Classic 2-Piece Boxed Carving Set

Shun DMS200 Classic 2-Piece Boxed Carving Set
The Shun Classic 2-Piece Boxed Carving Set is our solid #2 rated set. While not quite as sharp as the Wusthof carving knives, this Shun knife set is a quality offering. Like the Wusthof set, it has an 8-inch carving knife with a 2-prong carving fork. I also like the presentation and look of this set, with its Damascus-style finish and beautiful presentation box.

As a Christmas gift or wedding present, this Shun carving set has a lot to offer with the presentation and storage box.

Shun has done a solid job designing this boxed set, with a comfortable D-shaped handle and the Damascus look to the blade without the rusting problems experienced by a true Damascus steel blade. And if you prefer the lighter Shun knives over the heft of a Wusthof blade, this carving knife is probably the sharpest you’ll find compared to most European knife sets.

Like the Wusthof Hollow-Ground Set above, this Shun set has a 4.0 Rating on Amazon, although with only 5 reviews as yet it may rank upwards soon based on the reviews I’m seeing.

Reasons We Like This Shun Carving Knife and Fork:

  • The Damascus style blade reduces drag on the knife’s slicing performance by creating microscopic air pockets built in during the cladding process. Combined with the knife’s sharpness, you’ll get an excellent carving slice.
  • I think the presentation and foam insert storage box here is a plus. Storing a carving knife set properly requires a little something extra — a storage box, knife sheaths or guards, or a knife block that can handle the size of the carving knife and meat fork.

Who Should Buy This Shun Classic Boxed Carving Set?

While I do love that box, it prices this set a lot higher than the comparable Wusthof sets in our Top 5 Carving Sets list. But if you are shopping for a gift, the Shun knife and meat fork here may be the best fit for you, and it is an equally solid offering.

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And if you would prefer a longer carving knife, you can take a look at the Shun Premier 2-Piece Boxed Carving Set (rating 4.9 at Amazon), which costs a little more, but gives you the same performance and presentation with its 9.5-inch carving knife.

#3 Choice — Zwilling J.A. Henckels Four Star 2-Piece Carving Set

J.A. Henckels Zwilling Four Star 2-Piece Carving Set
You may wonder why I’d choose the Four Star 2-Piece Carving Set instead of a Four Star II set for our #3 choice in top carving knife and fork sets. Basically it comes down to two things: better reviewer ratings and a far more reasonable price for what you get.

Like the Wusthof Classic, this Henckels carving set doesn’t include a storage box, but given its slightly more “budget” pricing, that makes sense. If what you really want is a reasonably-priced set, the J.A. Henckels carving knife set is worth considering.

Manufactured in Germany, using the same kind of excellent blade steel as Wusthof knives, Zwilling uses their SigmaForge and Friodur ice hardening to produce an excellent knife set. With bonded handles, full tang knives, and laser-controlled sharpening, this is a well-made carving knife and meat fork. With a 4.8 rating on Amazon, it’s definitely worth a look.

Reasons We Like This J.A. Henckels Carving Knife and Fork:

  • If you like the German knives and their construction, ergonomic handles, and balance for your kitchen knives, but prefer a lighter blade like the Shun set, you’ll appreciate this knife and fork.
  • The Henckels carving knife produces wonderfully thin slices, but the real find here is the meat fork. With its length and design, you’ll love moving your turkey from sliced bird to serving plate.

Who Should Buy This J.A. Henckels Zwilling Four Star 2-Piece Carving Set?

I wanted to provide at least one somewhat budget-minded option that still offers an excellent carver and fork. I think this was the best of those options, and it appears that the meat fork may be an even better find than some of the other choices here.

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#4 Choice — Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Carving Set

Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Carving Set
The Wusthof Classic Carving Set is the straight-edge blade version of our top rated carving set. Like its friend chosen as the best-rated carving knife set, it provides the solid quality of the Wusthof Classic line and best blade sharpness that we found among all the sets we reviewed.

While it only shows a 4.6 Star Rating on 11 reviews, its rating really is skewed by a 2-Star review. Apparently the reviewer was unhappy that they got the wrong knife set in their order too close to Thanksgiving. And rather than return it, they gave the carving set (that they kept) a 2 star rating. My feeling is that this distorts the rating downward to some degree as they had no complaints about the knife set in general.

Reasons We Like This Wusthof Straight-Edge Carving Knife and Fork:

  • The carver is designed with a straight edge. Often a straight edge blade provides an extremely smooth slicing experience with most meats because it doesn’t catch on meat fibers.
  • Wusthof’s carving knives, like pretty much all the reviews I’ve seen on the Classic line, are lauded by reviewers as nearly perfect in their heft and balance. And this carving fork, like our #1 choice, is 6″ long and slightly curved to improve meat handling.

Who Should Buy This Wusthof 2-Piece Straight-Edge Set?

Like the Hollow-Ground version, this is your best option for a seriously sharp carving knife and useful meat fork. It’s a little more expensive than the Hollow-Edge, which is why I ranked it lower in this list.

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And if you’d like to have a presentation box for a gift or for storing your knives, you can take a look at the Wusthof Classic Ikon Creme Hollow Edge set, which comes with a gorgeous Walnut case. The Classic Ikon line is somewhat more expensive, but it still falls in line with the Shun line carving knives and their presentation boxes while being slightly sharper.

#5 Choice — Zwilling Pro 2 Piece Carving Set

Zwilling Pro 2 Piece Carving Set
The Zwilling Pro Carving Set is our #5 choice for top carving sets. Other than price, the reason it rates #5 is simply the lack of good reviews. With only 6 reviews, the 4.8 Star rating is just a tad uncertain, but nearly 85% of the reviews are 5 Star and the others are all 4 Star, so I’d trust the overall rating myself.

This Pro set has the same solid German manufacturing as the #3 Four Star set, and has a forged blade, contoured and arched bolster and ergonomic handle for comfortable use.

Reasons We Like This Zwilling Pro 2 Piece Carving Set:

  • The 8″ slicing knife has a straight edge for smooth slicing with most meats because it doesn’t catch on meat fibers. Henckels blades tend to need additional honing to keep their sharpness, so I recommend solid honing before tackling your holiday dinner turkey, roast, or ham.
  • German manufacturing tends towards knives with solid heft and handling, and this knife is no exception. If you prefer a lighter carving knife that is still well-balanced and a little thicker than Shun knives, this may be the best brand for you.

Who Should Buy This Zwilling Pro 2-Piece Carving Knife and Fork?

With a mid-range price, German quality, and solid performance, I think this is an excellent choice if you want a German carving set that is a little lighter-weight than the Wusthof lines.

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Our Recommendations and Why

All of these carving knife and meat fork sets are top-rated carving sets to consider for yourself or as a gift. I can say that the Wusthof brand knives seem to have the most reviewers where people mention buying for one person and then buying again and again as gifts.

If you like the solid heft and balance of the German knife offerings, combined with the incredible sharpness of the Wusthof Classic line, I’d definitely suggest either the Classic Hollow-Ground or Straight Edge 2-Piece Carving Set.

If your main purpose here is to find a carving knife set for a gift, I’d go with either the Shun Classic or Premier Sets, or take a close look at the Wusthof Classic Ikon carving set.

Lastly, if you are looking for a lighter-weight carving set, you’d probably be most interested in the Zwilling Carving Knife Sets (Four Star or Pro) on the budget end or the Shun Carving Sets on the higher end of the budget scale.