I have all kinds of knives in the kitchen some fancy, professional ect but these are the ones that get used the most in the kitchen around here,
Oh them are just some Old Hickories that you find on evey street corner you say, Au contraire Capitain. The top two are a matching pair of 10" and 12" inch in a hard to find and no longer made Simitar pattern, Breaking knives design that follows the contour of your cutting stroke for less fatigue, or so they say. Tough to find these in this condition without bellies in the blade as they went to work, The next are 8" and 10" inch chef's knife pattern also no longer made. Mushrooms, bell peppers and onions tremble at the mere sight of them. Handy handy.
All of them except the large breaker are stamped Shapleigh Hammer Forged 1843. Some are stamped 1843-1934. I doubt if that means they were made then. Its probably when Shapleigh's Hardware started and sold to Ontario Knife, the current makers. These were the old famous Keen Cutter and Diamond edge knife and tool guys. They used to be the largest hardware in the U.S. W of the Mississippi selling guns, knives, woodwork and farm tools ect. Not sure when that hardware went out of business but I just though I would put together a set of like kinds, ALL have 1095 steel, not the hardest stuff in the world but will get as sharp or sharper than the best tool steels around, scary edged or what 1095 is most famous for, And it don't take half the day to tune one up which is nice for daily use.
All of them will slice ham so thin your In-Laws will never come back.
The steak knives are a set of Laguiole's made in France with olive wood handles. We bought these things 20 years ago and still look and work like the day they were made and they get used constantly. Can't be beat for the price.
And the last 3 I had to include because they are the reigning KIngs as far as getting used the most in our kitchen, My danged old common Rapala/Martinii Finland fillet knives, Noting fancy, just the handiest dang things in the kitchen that every one a;ways reaches for, I finally gave up and donated them to the cause and got me another set for my fish duties.
These are my knives that get used the most in the kitchen,