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A knife set makes an excellent gift for a chef or is an easy to way acquire everything you need all at once. They include an assortment of knives and either a carrying case or block in which to store them. Be sure to look at what is actually in the set and how it is stored to make sure you get what is needed. Starter sets and carving sets are the most common type of knife set. The starter sets usually include two or three pieces of the most common, versatile knives, like chef's, paring and utility. Carving sets usually come with a slicing knife and matching fork. Obviously, larger sets include more knives and often a sharpener and some scissors. Whether you need a block or case to store the knives depends on who is using them. Caterers and traveling chefs will want an easily portable case. Those who will be working in one place will need a block.