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Nothing’s more satisfying than having the perfect tool for the job, right? Ah, the feeling of that crazy-sharp paring knife skinning a peach. Or your fave chef knife conquering an onion in under five minutes.

There are three to eight basic kitchen knives (depending on your needs), and using the right knife for the right job makes for kitchen happiness (our main goal at KitchenKnifeGuru).

Here’s a roll call: chef, paring, bread, slicer, santoku, boning/fillet, cleaver, and more. But we’ll begin with the most important. . .the chef knife.

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