Are Japanese knives right for you? Find out with this set on sale

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If you've been thinking about replacing your kitchen knives, consider Japanese-style versions. What's wrong with those German knives you've had since your wedding shower? Nothing, but each knife style serves different purposes and you may find that a Japanese design makes more sense for you, based on what you cook the most.

Not sure you're ready to make the switch? Perhaps this deal will sway you — we just found a stellar 8-piece Seido set on sale for $100 (plus $4 shipping), down from $399. That's a savings of 74 percent!

$59 $129 at Joyus

Which style is right for you: Japanese or German?

Japanese and German knives each have their pros.

Japanese knives:

• Are made of forged steel

• Have a higher carbon content for strength

• Feature a sharper angle of 15 degrees compared to the typical Western blade of 25 degrees

• Are lightweight, for easy maneuverability and less fatigue

• Are ideal for more delicate meal prep, like anything involving fish, tomatoes or non-root vegetables

German knives:

• Are incredibly sturdy and durable, making them great for difficult tasks that require extra force, such as chopping butternut squash or negotiating a big ribeye. They're the type of knives that let you push down into the food to cut it, whereas Japanese knives require more of an actual slicing or gliding motion.

• Require more frequent sharpening, as the type of steel they're made with is prone to dulling more quickly

Why Seido knives?

For over a thousand years, Japanese metal crafting has been regarded as one of the superior ways to make a blade. Today, a tradition that once made great swords has evolved into creating exceptional knives, including the Seido Japanese Master Chef Knife Set.

Designed to stay sharp while maintaining strength, Seido knives are a cut above the rest — although they do come with a lifetime warranty for peace of mind. They're crafted for comfort, with a sloped bolster that allows for proper balance and a gorgeous wooden handle.

Shoppers have rated the Seido knife set 5 out of 5 stars on the brand's website. Says one fan: "I'm a chef with 16 years of experience. I've used many knives and I must say Seido knives are simply fantastic! Definitely hands down, the best quality knives out there at an honest price."

Home chefs looking to step up their recipe game in the kitchen can find the strength they need at the affordability they want with this set of Japanese-inspired knives.

These premium knives are handcrafted in the Japanese tradition by blacksmiths who have 200 years' experience! The set includes:

• 8" chef's knife — for general needs, including cutting meat and veggies

• 8" slicing knife — for slicing thin cuts of vegetables, fruit and meat

• 8" bread knife — for cutting clean slices of bread or split bagels with this serrated blade

• 7" cleaver — for prepping bone-in meat

• 7" Santoku — sticky vegetables are no match for the thin blade and Granton edge that enhances performance and releases food effortlessly

• 5" Santoku — a smaller version of the 7" Santoku, you can slice, dice and chop with ease

• 6" boning knife — for precise preparation of fish or bone-in meat

• 3.5" paring knife — for small slices and cuts

Want to see the knives in action? Check out this video. But chop chop! Add this set to your cart right now while it's an incredible 74 percent off.

$59 $129 at Joyus

Prices subject to change.

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