No serious chef is without a KitchenAid mixer in the kitchen. Seriously, just watch any cookery prog on TV. The design is instantly recognisable and the solid build quality truly legendary.

So you’d expect a range of knives from KitchenAid to stand out and these certainly do, especially in the wonderful cast metal block stand that resembles the head of a mixer. You can’t help but smile at that idea.

The ice-tempered stainless steel blades are promised to stay sharper for longer and the ergonomically triple-riveted handles are the perfect weight to make the knives easy to work with.

The complete range includes a Chefs Knife, Slicing Knife, Scalloped Bread Knife, Filet Knife, one serrated and one none serrated Utility Knife, Boning Knife, Paring Knife and Peeling Knife as well as Kitchen Sears and a diamond coated Sharpener.

The 7-piece set (RRP £429) is available in Candy Apple, Onyx Black and Frosted Pearl to complement existing appliances, whilst the 5-piece set (prices start from RRP £234.95) is also available in a natural wood collection including Acacia Wood and Dark Ash.

The blocks can be purchased separately in the three colours, plus the two natural wood varieties.  Each block comes with a Paring Knife (prices start from RRP £119.95).

KitchenAid has also introduced a Steak Knife Set, available as a 4-piece set (RRP £119.95) or 6-piece set (RRP £159.95), housed in an Acacia Wood block that lays flat for convenient storage.

All products are available at and from independent cookshops nationwide.