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Kitchen Knives Buying Guide

A good set of knives is like a good tool set for the kitchen. You'll want the basic knives and a few extras for everyday use. Knives are the backbone of food prep, so be sure yours are sharp and easily accessible for a productive time of slicing and dicing.

Types of Kitchen Knives

Types of Kitchen Knives

Knowing your knife choices is important before buying. Do an inventory of all your knives to determine what you're missing and where you need to fill in. Each knife has a role in your cutlery set, so here's a brief tutorial.

Paring Knife

Typically the smallest knife in a collection, a paring knife has a 3- to 4-inch blade. It's ideal for peeling and coring foods such as apples.

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Paring & Peeling Knives - The shorter blade of the Global Sai Paring Knife ensures quick movement and steady control for prepping ...fresh produce from apples to zucchini. Distinctively hammered so foods release easier, Sai paring knives are engineered in the tradition of authentic Japanese cutlery and perfected to razor-edge sharpness. Handcrafted of triple-layered CROMOVA 18 stainless-steel and 18/8 steel, the acute-edge blade is ice-tempered and hardened to Rockwell C56-58 degrees. Highly-resistant to stains, rust and corrosion, the blade retains its exceptionally-sharp edge longer than traditional stainless-steel knives.Unprecedented in the history of Japanese blade performance, the Global Sai paring knife is carefully weighted to ensure perfect balance. Patterned to precision standards of the Samurai sword originating in Japan, the smooth contour, seamless design exceeds the demands of the most discriminating chefs. The Japanese paring knife includes tip-to-end bolster and the ergonomic trademark-dimpled hand - Specifications Material: chromium molybdenum vanadium stainless-steel (CROMOVA 18) and 18/8 stainless-steel Made in Japan Model: SAI-S01 3 1/2 blade (8 1/2L w/handle) x 3/4W Weight: 3 oz. Use and Care Hand wash with a wet cloth and dishwashing detergent and rinse thoroughly. Dry immediately, from back of knife to blade. To preserve blade, store cutlery in a knife block or in-drawer storage tray. read more

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Paring & Peeling Knives - The Global Sai Paring Knife makes it effortless to peel, core, deseed and create detailed garnishes and ...hors d'oeuvres -- all with fine control and razor-sharp accuracy. Distinctively hand-hammered thin ground blade so foods release easier, the 4 paring knife is engineered in the tradition of authentic Japanese cutlery. Handcrafted of triple-layered CROMOVA 18 stainless-steel and 18/8 steel, the acute-edge blade is ice-tempered and hardened to Rockwell C56-58 degrees. Highly-resistant to stains, rust and corrosion, the blade retains its exceptionally-sharp edge longer than traditional stainless-steel knives.Unprecedented in the history of Japanese blade performance, the folded steel paring knife is carefully weighted to ensure perfect balance. Patterned to precision standards of the Samurai sword originating in Japan, the smooth contour, seamless design exceeds the demands of the most discriminating chefs. The Global Sai paring knife includes tip-to-end bolster and the ergonomic - Specifications Material: chromium molybdenum vanadium stainless-steel (CROMOVA 18) and 18/8 stainless-steel Made in Japan Model: SAI-S02 4 blade (9L w/handle) x 1W Weight: 4 oz. Use and Care Hand wash with a wet cloth and dishwashing detergent and rinse thoroughly. Dry immediately, from back of knife to blade. To preserve blade, store cutlery in a knife block or in-drawer storage tray. read more

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Cutlery Sets - Razor-sharp Wusthof Gourmet paring knife set includes the blade styles every chef needs for efficient prep. Precisi...on blades from the world's experts equip your kitchen with the cutlery preferred in international kitchens. Each blade is laser-cut from a single piece of German high-carbon, rust-free steel to exacting standards. Double-riveted for strength and longevity. Ergonomic handle provides a comfortable grip. Hand wash. Lifetime manufacturer warranty.The 3-inch clip point paring knife for expert peeling, dicing, mincing and slicing. Perfect to dice or slice green peppers, onions and red potatoes. Peel, pit and slice peaches for pies or preserves. Razor-sharp cutting edge with clipped tip to shape broccoli and cauliflower florets with minimal pressure and create gourmet appetizers. This knife cuts precise slits in pastry and bread dough.The 2.25-inch bird's beak paring knife performs the up-close work with smaller fruits and vegetables. Shaped like a bird's beak, the curved blade o - Specifications Model: 9727-1 Materials: German laser-cut, high-carbon steel blade and synthetic handle Made in Solingen, Germany Lifetime manufacturer warranty 3 Clip Point Paring Knife Size: 3 L blade (7 L w/handle) Weight: 1.2-oz. 2.25 Bird's Beak Paring Knife Size: 2.25 L blade (6 1/2 L w/handle) Weight: 1.2-oz. 3 Serrated Paring Knife Size: 3 L blade (7 L w/handle) Weight: 1.2-oz. Care and Use Hand washing is recommended. In the dishwasher, your Wusthof knives may bang against other cutlery or pots and pans and nick the blade Clean knife with a wet cloth and dishwashing detergent. Dry immediately, from the back of knife to the blade No metal is completely stain-free. To prevent slight tarnishing, be sure to remove acidic foods (lemon, mustard, ketchup, etc.) from the blade after use. If blade should show some signs of staining, clean with a nonabrasive metal polish To prevent irreparable blad read more

J.A. Henckels
$32.99
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Find cutlery open stock and sets at Target.com! The classic series from j.a. Henckels international is designed for uncompromising... cooks who demand the best from their cutlery. since 1895, j.a. Henckels has provided top-performing cutlery at a remarkable value for those chefs that are looking to take their prep skills to the next level. european-engineered and forged in from a single piece of german steel, the classic series offers the ultimate in durability and a lifetime of top performance. this 4" paring knife will excel at tackling the most delicate hand and detail work in the kitchen. read more

Tomato Knife

Ideal for slicing juicy, ripe tomatoes, this serrated utility knife can also be used for cutting other soft fruits.

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BergHOFF
$26.00 $36.95
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BergHOFF Neo Tomato Knife Features: -Material: Stainless steel.-Offers great balance and control.-Heavy bolsters for secure grippi...ng.-Neo collection.-Product Type: Tomato knife.-Construction: Forged.-Collection: Neo.-Color: Silver.-Handle Color:... read more

Ginsu

Ginsu Essential Series 5" Tomato Knife This tomato Knife performs as accurately as fine edged professional cutlery and never needs... sharpening! Features: -Stainless steel blade never needs sharpening for left or right handed use.-Symmetrically cut.-2... read more

Chroma
$65.77 $79.95
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Chroma Type 301 5" Tomato Knife Features: -Ideally, the knife should be sharpened daily (for professional cooks) or about every si...x months (for hobby cooks), and by the same person each time. Each person has an individual angle at which he or she... read more

Wusthof
$39.95 $50.00
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Wusthof Gourmet 5" Tomato Knife Founded in 1814, WUSTHOF has held a time-honored tradition of crafting high-quality knives in its ...Solingen, Germany, factories. Each blade is forged from high-carbon stainless steel before being hand-buffed and polished.... read more

Chef's Knife

The most intimidating of a knife set, a chef's knife is an all-purpose tool for slicing and dicing. Chef's knives come in blade lengths ranging from 6 to 12 inches.

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CHEFS
$29.95
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Find cutlery open stock and sets at Target.com! Chefs ceramic 6" chef's knife with stainless-steel handle combines the sharp cutti...ng edge of ceramic and strength of stainless-steel. . Precision-cutting ceramic knife with the sharpness and smooth release for ultra-efficient prep provides the firm, balanced handling control of ergonomic stainless-steel handle. With a sharp edge comparable to the precision of stainless-steel, this 3" paring knife is lightweight to slice and chop smoothly, and minimize hand fatigue. Maintain a smooth, defined sharp-cutting edge longer, without sharpening. Long-life ceramic 6" chef's knife is the multi-use cutlery tool. Chops, minces,... read more

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$39.95
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Find cutlery open stock and sets at Target.com! Chefs ceramic 6.5" santoku knife with stainless-steel handle combines the sharp cu...tting edge of ceramic and strength of stainless-steel. . Precision-cutting ceramic knife with the sharpness and smooth release for ultra-efficient prep provides the firm, balanced handling control of ergonomic stainless-steel handle. With a sharp edge comparable to the precision of stainless-steel, this 3" paring knife is lightweight to slice and chop smoothly, and minimize hand fatigue. Maintain a smooth, defined sharp-cutting edge longer, without sharpening. The 6 1/2" hollow-edge santoku provides the straight balanced control to... read more

Wusthof

Make food preparation go more quickly with the Wusthof 8-in. Gourmet Chef's Knife, which brings a new level of precision and conve...nience to your basic everyday kitchen tasks. The classic design and handy size of this chef's knife make it an essential tool for tasks such as chopping vegetables, mincing herbs, slicing roast beef and dicing onions. You can even use it to cut effortlessly through thicker-skinned vegetables or those with moderately tough rinds, disjoint meat or julienne potatoes. Made in Germany by Wusthof, a brand that has been making precision knives for over 190 years, this high-quality knife will fit right in with your existing collection, and you can store it in a knife block or on a magnetic knife strip close to your food preparation area. The blade on this knife is laser-cut from a single piece of high-carbon steel, so it stays strong and sharp even when you use it every day, and it is well balanced to make cutting easier. The synthetic handle is triple riveted to keep the blade stable, which prevents twisting or shifting of the blade while you are cutting hard or thick foods. A gentle contouring of the handle ensures comfort, and the knife is lightweight enough to grasp for hours, so your hand won't get fatigued during large cutting jobs. This piece comes with a lifetime warranty, and it should be hand washed using a mild cleanser to retain the sharpness of the blade. Features: 8-inch laser-cut blade High-carbon stainless steel construction Triple riveted synthetic handle Made in Germany Lifetime warranty read more

Global
$134.95 $219.00
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Chef's Knives - This Japanese steel chef's knife is the must-own tool for the kitchen. Constructed of the finest-grade molybdenum ...vanadium stainless-steel, this Global knife ensures precision-cutting performance. With a blade that is ground thinner, this chef's knife is engineered in the tradition of authentic Japanese cutlery, and perfected to razor-edge sharpness. Handmade by skilled artisans to exacting standards, the blade is crafted of CROMOVA 18 stainless-steel, ice-tempered and hardened to Rockwell C56-58 degrees. The extreme sharp edge and lightweight design of this Japanese knife ensure quick, precise chopping, dicing and mincing of fruits and vegetables. This chef's knife chops larger vegetables, cubes melons or meats with smooth even-cutting performance. Slices meat for grilling or paper-thin onion slices for sandwiches. The superior acute-edge blade of this Japanese knife is highly-resistant to stains, rust and corrosion, retaining the exceptionally-sharp edge longer than traditional stain - Specifications Materials: molybdenum vanadium stainless-steel and stainless-steel Made in Japan Limited lifetime manufacturer warranty 8 chef's knife Model: G-2 8" blade (12 3/4" w/handle) Weight: 6.4-oz. 10 chef's knife Model: G-16 10" blade (14 3/4" w/handle) Weight: 9.8-oz. Care and Use Hand wash Clean with a wet cloth and dishwashing detergent. Dry immediately, from back of knife to blade To preserve blade, store cutlery in a knife block or in-drawer storage tray read more

Serrated or Bread Knife

Featuring a serrated blade, this knife is designed to easily cut through the hard crust of European-style bread without squashing the loaf.

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Serrated Knives - Distinctively hand-hammered Global Sai Bread Knife cleanly and quickly slices through a variety breads from bagu...ettes and boules and sourdough and spelt. The razor-sharp serrated edge effortlessly cuts thick and thin crusts and everything in between without tearing the soft interiors. With a thin ground blade, the Global bread knife is engineered in the tradition of authentic Japanese cutlery. Handcrafted of triple-layered CROMOVA 18 stainless-steel and 18/8 steel, the acute-edge blade is ice-tempered and hardened to Rockwell C56-58 degrees. Highly-resistant to stains, rust and corrosion, the blade retains its exceptionally-sharp edge longer than traditional stainless-steel knives.Unprecedented in the history of Japanese blade performance, the Global Sai bread knife is carefully weighted to ensure perfect balance. Patterned to precision standards of the Samurai sword originating in Japan, the smooth contour, seamless design exceeds the demands of the most discriminating chefs. The Japa - Specifications Material: chromium molybdenum vanadium stainless-steel (CROMOVA 18) and 18/8 stainless-steel Made in Japan Model: SAI-05 9 blade (15L w/handle) x 1 1/4W Weight: 8 oz. Use and Care Hand wash with a wet cloth and dishwashing detergent and rinse thoroughly. Dry immediately, from back of knife to blade. To preserve blade, store cutlery in a knife block or in-drawer storage tray. read more

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Established in France in 1993 by Francis Gelb, Sabre Paris is renowned for the vast assortment of printed mix-and-match designs in... its library. All items are made in France. High-grade acrylic. Dishwasher safe to a maximum of 130f; air dry setting. Avoid abrasive sponges and strong detergents. 2-3 weeks read more

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Established in France in 1993 by Francis Gelb, Sabre Paris is renowned for the vast assortment of printed mix-and-match designs in... its library. All items are made in France. High-grade acrylic. Dishwasher safe to a maximum of 130f; air dry setting. Avoid abrasive sponges and strong detergents. 2-3 weeks read more

Boning Knife

A boning knife is best suited for cutting around and removing the bone in a cut of meat.

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Wusthof

Deboning cooked and uncooked meats is easy when you're armed with this Wusthof 6-in. Gourmet Boning Knife. This knife is a quintes...sential must-have for anyone who frequently cooks meat, since it is specially designed for separating meat and bone more efficiently than any other type of knife. Its 6-inch blade is made from high-carbon German-engineered stainless steel that will make quick work of even the toughest deboning tasks. This deboning knife is a key tool for the cook, and it is perfectly balanced and shaped for effortless cutting and control while you work. It has a specially shaped slender blade that allows you to quickly pierce the flesh and then follow it closely to the bone's contour. When working around joints in meat, the tapered, pointed blade is particularly useful, since it allows for easier cutting. It is equipped with a synthetic handle for durability, strength and added functional appeal. The handle has a traditional design with an ergonomic update that makes it more comfortable to use, and it is triple riveted to add resilience and strength to the design. This deboning knife is manufactured in Germany, and it comes with a lifetime warranty to protect your purchase from defects. Features: Specially designed slender blade works to efficiently separate meat from bone in both cooked and uncooked meats Ideally shaped and balanced for effortlessly safe cutting every time Precision-stamped knife has a triple-riveted ergonomic handle design for ease of use and comfort while tackling deboning tasks of all sizes read more

Wusthof

Speed up meal preparation with the Wusthof 5-in. Gourmet Boning Knife. This lightweight German-made knife makes it easy to remove ...bones and skin from meat, poultry and fish, so you can prepare everything from a boneless pork shoulder to skinless fish fillets quickly and efficiently. The convenient size and contoured handle make the knife easy to hold and maneuver, even when you're handling oddly shaped cuts of meat. The full-tang blade is triple riveted into the handle for added stability when you have to tilt or turn the blade to get under a hard-to-reach bone. The stamped blade is made of high-carbon stainless steel, so it won't react with foods or retain odors, and it holds up well to frequent use. This knife comes with a manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty that guarantees against defects, so you can feel confident adding it to your permanent collection. Best Used For: In addition to removing bones from chicken, duck, steaks and fish, we also love using this boning knife to slice off skin and cartilage during the preparation stage. It's ideal for separating the thin layer of skin from the meat of a pork or lamb loin, and we even occasionally use it to slice and remove the pits from mangoes. Features: Thin design lets you cut close to the bone to minimize wasteTriple-riveted handle prevents the blade from twisting or shifting during useThe blade is cut from a single piece of steel to ensure strength read more

Wusthof

Make quick and efficient work of deboning fish, poultry and other meats with this Wusthof 6-In. Classic Flexible Boning Knife. Thi...s knife features an extremely narrow blade that is most often chosen by professional chefs for deboning smaller items, like fish, as well as larger cuts of meat, like leg of lamb. It has a flexible design that makes it simple to maneuver around small bones without worrying about breaking them. This knife features precision-forged blades that are crafted from stain-resistant high-carbon stainless steel alloy with a special edge that is simple to sharpen and that remains sharp for a long time, even with heavy use. The design of the knife's bolster prevents your hand from slipping for enhanced safety during use. The handle of the knife is virtually indestructible, since it is made from composite material that has been buffed by hand to give it a smooth finish and that resists discoloration and fading. The handle has been triple riveted for added resilience and strength during use, and the knife is made with a full tang for superior balance in your hand. Made in Germany using premium materials, this knife comes with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer for added peace of mind. Features: Hand forged by German craftsmen for superior construction that will stand up to the test of time Use of laser technology allows perfect edges that are 30 percent sharper for precision performance Blades made from high-carbon stainless steel for durability and long life Great for deboning fish and poultry read more

Shun

Easily remove bones from any cut of meat with the Shun 6-inch Classic Boning and Fillet Knife. Known for excellent edge retention ...and ease of sharpening, this model has a VG-Max inner core made with extra chromium and carbon for enhanced strength, durability and corrosion resistance. This core is covered with 34 layers of Damascus stainless steel on each side. Once it is ground and finished, it reveals its pattern of layers, which is not only beautiful but also provides improved resistance to staining and less friction while cutting. The handle of this 6-inch knife is crafted from PakkaWood?? and features an ebony finish. It has a thin blade with a 16-degree cutting angle on each side that provides more flexibility for cutting small, delicate shapes or for removing bones. This Shun Classic knife is an excellent choice to add to your collection, and it's precision-forged to give you years of reliable performance.Features: Proprietary VG-MAX core clad in 34 layers of Damascus stainless steel on each side Flat ground with a cutting angle of 16 degrees on either side for delicate work D-shaped ebony-finish PakkaWood handles for a comfortable grip Boning and fillet knife with full composite tang for stability Made in Japan Limited lifetime warranty read more

Santoku Knife

A santoku knife is a Japanese-style knife with a thinner blade than a chef's knife and cuts easily through some of the denser vegetables. A key feature is the blade's Granton edge pattern (scalloped) that adds to its style and helps release thin slices after cutting.

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Calphalon

Cut through prep time with Calphalon's 5-inch Katana Series Santoku knife, which features 33 layers of VG-1 Japanese steel in a st...ylish Damscus-style blade. read more

Calphalon

Hand-forged from premium quality high-carbon, no-stain German steel, Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery features a sleek, ergonomicall...y contoured grip handle. A full-tang design provides better balance and superior strength. In addition, the name of each knife is etched into the end of its handle, so there's never a doubt which knife you're pulling out of the block. Contemporary Cutlery is backed by a lifetime warranty.Features:Knife Construction: Crafted from high-carbon, no-stain German steel with Molybdenum and Vanadium. Tempered, heat-hardened to 1000??C, HRC 54-56 (Hardness Rockwell "C" scale; a standard measurement of hardness). Fully tapered from cutting edge to spine and from tip to heel for superior strength.Key Performance: Balance of knives, strength and durability of blades. Blades' ability to be honed and maintain its edge. Knife identification on butt of handle.Blade: Fully forged blade. Full tang for balance and strength.Bolster: One piece of metal for blade, bolster and tang.Handle: Full tang - first ever ergonomically designed handle which shows the full tang. Crafted from fiberglass-reinforced polyresin - won't split, crack or harbor micro-organisms. Patented knife identification etched on the butt of handle. read more

Wusthof

The Wusthof 7-in. Classic Santoku Knife delivers exceptional quality, making it an essential component of any well-equipped kitche...n. This Japanese knife is traditionally used for slicing fish and seafood for sushi and sashimi. Thanks to its precisely angled blade, it's capable of making paper-thin slices of virtually any ingredient. Use it for beef carpaccio, beef for a Philly cheesesteak, pepperoni for a pizza or belly pork for a Chinese delicacy. If you have smaller hands, you'll likely prefer this style of knife over a chef's knife or a cleaver. It's perfect for slicing and dicing veggies and potatoes. You can even use it to finely mince garlic, ginger and herbs. The blade features shallow indentations, known as a Granton edge. These indentations allow the food you're cutting to slide right off the blade without sticking. Each Wusthof knife has been hand-forged by skilled craftsmen, so you can count on professional-level quality. The company uses state-of-the-art computer technology to sharpen the blade. With their perfect angles, these blades stay sharp even with frequent use. This santoku knife features a full tang, meaning that the blade runs the entire length of the handle. Full-tang knives are renowned for their durability and precision. Because the handle is riveted to the blade, the knife responds well to each of your movements, allowing you to chop, slice and dice like the pros. Features: Shallow indentations keep foods from sticking to the knife Precisely sharpened blade stays sharp for a long time, even if you use the knife frequently Hand-forged by skilled craftsmen Constructed from high-carbon stainless steel, so the blade is exceptionally hard and strong Fits comfortably in your hand read more

Kyocera Cutlery

Cement your master chef status when you lord over your culinary domain wielding the Kyocera 5.5-in. Santoku Knife. This all-purpos...e knife's advanced ceramic blade isn't just impressively sharp; it will hold its edge more than 10 times longer than other comparable models on the market-even those made from high-carbon steel. Sleek, lightweight construction and the perfect balance between blade and handle keeps fatigue at bay as you chop your way through piles of stir-fry ingredients or enough potatoes and freshly shucked corn to prep a veritable vat of chowder. We love the many advantages of Kyocera's proprietary Zirconia 206 ceramic, including its ability to resist rust and wear and tear, its impressively sharp edge and the blade's unparalleled purity that won't react with foods to alter appearance, smell or flavor. If we had to recommend one knife that's perfect for both a new cook stocking their first kitchen and a seasoned pro searching for the ideal everyday knife, this versatile and expertly crafted piece of cutlery would be at the top of the list. Features: Razor-sharp blade retains its edgePure ion-free composition will never taint or discolor foodRust-resistant blade won't deteriorate when washed or wetLightweight and perfectly balanced for easy maneuverabilityMade from Kycoera's proprietary Zirconia 206 ceramic for a sharper, more durable bladeLifetime warranty ensures years of worry-free useLifetime complimentary sharpening restores knives to factory condition for the price of shipping and handling read more

Steak Knife

A set of steak knives rounds out the list of essential kitchen knives. If you typically entertain more than six people, then a set of a dozen steak knives will be useful.

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Wusthof
$119.95 $235.00
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Get the same Wusthof quality in your steak knives. Enjoy the benefits of the Wusthof reputation for long-lasting blades that hold ...their edge and maintain their shape. Triple-riveted handles with visible full tang add weight and balance and are more comfortable and hygienic than wood. This exclusive nine-piece set includes eight laser-cut stamped knives and rubberwood knife block that tucks neatly in a drawer, freeing up precious counter space. More Wusthof available via special order. Please contact your local store. -Tempered and hardened steel -Synthetic handle -Rubberwood knife block -Hand wash -Made in Germany read more

Crate & Barrel

Scandinavian-inspired forms with a clean satin finish and sharp serrated blades. A great addition to our Foster flatware pattern, ...as well as other patterns. -Designed by Robert Welch -18/10 stainless steel -Dishwasher-safe -Made in Vietnam read more

GraciousStyle

Flatware and cutlery in many styles. Choose from durable 18/10 stainless steel, elegant silverplate or luxurious sterling silver. ...For casual settings we have fun colored acrylic handles. Designers including Vera Wang, Couzon, Ercuis and more. Download read more

GraciousStyle

Flatware and cutlery in many styles. Choose from durable 18/10 stainless steel, elegant silverplate or luxurious sterling silver. ...For casual settings we have fun colored acrylic handles. Designers including Vera Wang, Couzon, Ercuis and more. Download read more

Other Knives

Cake knives, bread knives, carving knives, and additional paring knives are all valuable additions to think about for your kitchen, depending on how much you use your basics.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When buying kitchen knives, think about how much you use your knives and whether you have a favorite. If you have one knife you go back to, that likely means you need more of the same in varying sizes. If you're planning to make a significant investment in knives, you'll want to be sure to maintain them with proper cleaning, storage, and sharpening.

Selection

Buying a cutlery set with the basics is a good starting point. Once you're familiar with all the knives in the set, adding to it with different sizes or types of knives is a good idea. Buying knives a la carte is a great way to shop and will expose you to how each product performs, so next time you buy you can stick with a brand that works well for you.

Steel

High-carbon stainless-steel blades are a must when choosing knives. The quality of steel will go up with price.

Blades

Knife blades are made using one of two methods: stamping or forging. Stamped blades are punched from a sheet of steel, while forged knives are made using a technique of heating a thick steel piece and pounding it with a hammer into shape.

Handles

Choose knives that feel balanced and comfortable in your hand. Beveled, curved, or rounded handles all have a different feel, so make sure you hold a knife before buying so it's well suited for your grip.

Durability

The overall construction of the knife will dictate its durability. If the blade is full tang, extending from the tip to the end of the handle, it increases the overall durability of the knife.

Storage

Many cutlery sets come with a wood block for storing the knives in the set. As you buy individual knives, a blade guard to protect it and you from mishaps is an important item to add to your purchase. Guards are available in rubberized, plastic, and polypropylene materials.

Price

The price of a knife generally reflects what you are getting. Because the process of forging is more involved and the edge of the knife will typically hold longer, forged knives are generally more expensive than stamped knives. The material of the handle is usually reflected in the price as well.

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Wusthof
$119.95 $235.00
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Get the same Wusthof quality in your steak knives. Enjoy the benefits of the Wusthof reputation for long-lasting blades that hold ...their edge and maintain their shape. Triple-riveted handles with visible full tang add weight and balance and are more comfortable and hygienic than wood. This exclusive nine-piece set includes eight laser-cut stamped knives and rubberwood knife block that tucks neatly in a drawer, freeing up precious counter space. More Wusthof available via special order. Please contact your local store. -Tempered and hardened steel -Synthetic handle -Rubberwood knife block -Hand wash -Made in Germany read more

Wsthof  Gourmet In-Drawer Steak Knife Set
Crate & Barrel
$34.97 $49.95
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Stylish round cutting board with convenient handle and leather hanging loop goes from kitchen prep to table presentation. Each boa...rd is crafted of unfinished teak certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a nonprofit organization that encourages responsible management of the world's forests. Beautiful blonde wood will develop a warm patina with regular use. Some of the wood is repurposed from the production of Crate and Barrel furniture. -Pressed FSC unfinished teak -Hand wash -Not microwave-, freezer- or oven-safe -Occasional use of foodsafe teak/wood oil recommended -Made in Indonesia read more

FSC Teak Round Cutting Board
Chef's Choice
$169.95 $220.00
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Sharpeners & Steels - This 3-stage electric knife sharpener is fast and easy to use. Works on smooth, serrated, Asian and sporting... knives. The angle guides keep you within a perfect 15-20 degree angle, so there's no guesswork. Stage 1 at a 15% angle for Asian knives and Stage 2 at 20% for American and European knives hones cutlery to hairsplitting sharpness with diamond coated disks. Revolutional Stage 3 stropping/polishing disk finishes the job with a flawless edge. Lubricant-free so it's a joy to sharpen knives. 3 year limited warranty. Compact for easy storage. - Specifications 9 3/4" L x 4 1/4" W x 4" H read more

Chef'sChoice AngleSelect Knife Sharpener - Black
Chef's Choice
$179.95 $235.00
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Sharpeners & Steels - This 3-stage electric knife sharpener is fast and easy to use. Works on smooth, serrated, Asian and sporting... knives. The angle guides keep you within a perfect 15-20 degree angle, so there's no guesswork. Stage 1 at a 15% angle for Asian knives and Stage 2 at 20% for American and European knives hones cutlery to hairsplitting sharpness with diamond coated disks. Revolutional Stage 3 stropping/polishing disk finishes the job with a flawless edge. Lubricant-free so it's a joy to sharpen knives. 3 year limited warranty. Compact for easy storage. - Specifications 9 3/4" L x 4 1/4" W x 4" H read more

Chef'sChoice AngleSelect Knife Sharpener - Exclusive Platinum
Chef's Choice
$99.99 $134.99
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Chef'sChoice ScissorPro Diamond Hone Sharpener M500. Designed with diamond abrasives and built-in precision angle guides, this pie...ce provides professional quality edges quickly and easily. It sharpens a wide variety of household styles, from delicate embroidery scissors to knife-edge shears and even poultry shears! 7.5-in. x 3.50-in. x 4-in.; 2.75-lbs. White finish 60 watts For left-handed and right-handed scissors No dis-assembly of scissors required read more

Chef'sChoice  ScissorPro Diamond Hone Sharpener M500
Chef's Choice
$169.99 $229.99
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Chef'sChoice Diamond Hone Sharpener AngleSelect M1520. Engineered to provide astonishingly sharp edges using highly precise knife ...guides that automatically position the knife, this piece is essential and easy to use! It features diamond abrasives and patented flexible polishing discs that create a Gothic arch edge structure recognized for incredible sharpness and durability. 10-in. x 4.25-in. x 4.25-in.; 4.15-lbs. Black finish 125 watts Made to restore a 15-degree angle read more

Chef'sChoice  Diamond Hone Sharpener AngleSelect M1520
Chef's Choice
$159.99 $199.99
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Chef'sChoice Diamond Hone Sharpener Model 130. A major breakthrough in sharpening technology, the M130 presents all your sharpenin...g options in one compact appliance. It professionally sharpens, steels or strops all brands and types of knives; straight edge or serrated, kitchen, Asian style, sports and pocket knives in seconds. Three stages make it possible to obtain a better than factory edge quickly and effortlessly. -Stage 1, using 100% diamond abrasives, sharpens the edge -Stage 2 is a super-hardened mini read more

Chef'sChoice  Diamond Hone Sharpener Model 130
Chef's Choice
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Chef'sChoice AngleSelect 15/20 Diamond Hone Hybrid Knife Sharpener M290. The new AngleSelect 15/20 Diamond Hone Hybrid 290 knife s...harpener provides EdgeCraft's most advanced Hybrid technology for the ultimate razor-sharp edges on all of your 15 and 20 class knives. Combining electric and manual sharpening stages, it is ideal for sharpening traditional European/American 20-class household knives, Asian-style and other 15-class knives. From straight edge and serrated blades to light sports knives and pocket knives, this affordable sharpener read more

Chef'sChoice  AngleSelect 15/20 Diamond Hone Hybrid Knife Sharpener M290
Chef's Choice
$129.99 $174.99
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Chef'sChoice Diamond UltraHone Knife Sharpener M112. Give knives a razor-sharp finish with this professional three-stage knife sha...rpener. It incorporates advanced technology to quickly and easily sharpen both fine-edge and serrated knives. Highly precise knife-guiding system automatically positions and stabilizes the knife as you sharpen. Using 100% diamond-coated disks in all three stages, ranging from coarser to finer grits, it can quickly and easily apply the Chef'sChoice trizor gothic arch. This edge structure read more

Chef'sChoice  Diamond UltraHone Knife Sharpener M112
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