Knife sets are an imperative part of any cook's kitchen. A set of knives is incredibly useful for accomplishing every cutting task in the kitchen, from specialized needs to general utility uses. Complete knife sets can be purchased in a knife block, or several knives may be purchased together as a set without a storage option. Knives commonly found in larger knife sets which come in blocks include pairing knives, utility knives, bread knives, chef's or cook's knives, kitchen shears and a sharpening steel. Many block knife sets also include a set of four steak knives.