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Raise your hand if you received a new kitchen knife as a gift for the holidays! No? Oh, sorry, didn’t mean to rub it in. But regardless if Santa slid a shiny Henckels under the tree or not, this does not mean knife shopping shouldn't be in your future — upgrading to help you get ready for the cold winter ahead (read: serious time in the home kitchen). After all, it’s a great time for post-holiday sales too. But where to begin? Here’s a little guide to help you sort out the basics. The best place to start is to invest in a good chef’s and utility knife, and then work your way into more specialized steels for serrating, boning and tomato-ing.

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