Ask any professional chef if they were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one tool and they’d would probably pick a chef’s knife. I would have to agree but beyond the chef’s knife, I have just 3 other knives that complete my collection.
So many folks buy sets and I think it’s psychological as they are looking at the number of knives versus what they will really use! Often times sets can be the same price or close to the same price as the individual knives I am recommending. So, use my tips as a guide or validation for what you already own. Shop around and maybe stick with one brand or not but, at any rate, investing in good knives will change your experience in the kitchen.
Not looking to completely replace what you already own? Then consider just starting with one. Or if you are happy with what you already own, then make sure your blades are sharp, not only for crafting your meals, but for safety! A dull knife is a dangerous knife, so I am very disciplined about keeping my knives sharp. Luckily, I found a local source the Ace Hardware in Landrum. A fellow named Pete keeps my knives super sharp and does them in a flash.