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Food and Drink

The 10 Best carving sets

Want to carve the Sunday roast with the minimum of waste and time? We look at the knives and forks that can do the job

1. Zwilling

Prepare for serious battles over who gets to carve the Sunday roast with this superior set. The 20cm knife is forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel and an ice-hardened blade, which means it makes carving an effortless delight and works in perfect harmony with the 18cm fork.

£156, shop-uk.zwilling.com

2. Jamie Oliver

Fed up of your meat rolling about on the board as you try to cut it? The curved prongs on this fork solve the problem by keeping the joint secure, while the stainless-steel blade with ABS handles glides through your roast.

£25, tesco.com

3. Stellar James Martin

Designed by television chef James Martin, this Molybdenum steel carving set boasts razor-sharp blades and anti-slip handles It's well balanced and dishwasher safe and there's also a lifetime guarantee, despite it being under £20.

£19.94, hartsofstur.com

4. Robert Welch

Robert Welch's award-winning knives are popular among many top chefs and this extra-strength, dishwasher-safe set is no exception. The long, curved blade means it's ideal for cutting fine, delicate slices of meat, poultry and fish in a single stroke, while the fork holds meat nice and steady.

£90, robertwelch.com

5. Kuhn Rikon

Bring a bit of colour to the Sunday dinner table with this cheery set, which features a knife with a 23cm blade and a fork with 14cm prongs. Also available in black, it is durable, with comfortable handles. A great budget option, it's also dishwasher safe.

£21.50, qvcuk.com

6. Donald Russell

Donald Russell is an award-winning and royal-warrant-holding online butcher, so it knows a thing or two about cutting meat. This set is professional carvery standard, with a razor-sharp forged stainless-steel blade and well-balanced riveted handles.

£49, donaldrussell.com

7. Sophie Conran for Arthur Price Rivelin

Rivelin is a cutlery collection by Sophie Conran, and there's a nice little story behind it. That is, the handles are dramatically curved and shaped to feel like smooth pebbles that have been worn by the rushing Rivelin river as it sweeps through the Pennines. The carving set is both elegant and practical.

£39, johnlewis.com

8. Sabatier Professional

These knives are produced using a design that dates back more than 150 years. Produced from high-quality, taper-ground stainless steel, the blade is difficult to blunt, but easy to sharpen. Snap them up quickly while they're on sale.

£49.99, bakewellcookshop.com

9. Lakeland

You'll need to buy this carving knife and fork separately, but it's worth the hassle. Fully forged from a single piece of hardened stainless steel, there are no weak points, which makes the set ideal for slicing into a nice tasty Sunday joint.

Knife £16.99, fork £15.99, lakeland.co.uk

10. Kai Shun

These are just about the best tools on the planet to have to hand when it comes to carving meat. Inspired by the centuries-old art of Samurai sword-forging, the Japanese crafters have created a blade with unrivalled sharpness that will create delicate and even slices, not to mention minimum waste, time after time.

£292.50, richmondcookshop.co.uk