Trying to whip up dinner with a dull knife is like trying to ride your bike with a flat tire—you’ll get there, but it’s unnecessarily difficult (and probably dangerous). We always thought we had to spend a small fortune to get good quality knives, so we’d resigned ourselves to sadly staring at the shiny case of cutlery in Williams-Sonoma (the Schwinns of the knife world).

Then a friend told us about Victorinox’s Fibrox line. For less than $35, you can get a superb knife for chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing to your heart’s content. The 8-inch chef’s knife is our personal fave—it’s the perfect size for everything from veggies to meat. And it comes with a lifetime warranty, so you don’t ever have to worry about being stranded.