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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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$78.95

Professional KnifeHigh TechnologyCarbon Fibre compositeStainless steel AlloyNot Dishwasher safeMade in France

Boker Tree Brand
$344.94 $299.95

Made in Solingen, Germany, this Paring Knife knife is made of Stainless Damascus Steel and Bog Oak Wood Handle. This Full Tang Bla...de B����ker Tree Brand Knives BOKER TREE BRAND 131479DAM PARING KITCHEN , BO131479DAM PARING KITCHEN PURE is Jans Anso Design . 788857029282 read more

Wusthof
$59.95

Open Stock Knives: Home & Garden > Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Tools & Utensils > Kitchen Knives: Wusthof Clas...sic 3.5 Serrated Paring Knife - Add this serrated paring knife to your cutlery collection. High-carbon, no-stain serrated blade is ideal for... read more

Cost Plus World Market
$12.99

Handcrafted of high-carbon stainless steel with ergonomic handles, this paring knife and peeler are hand finished in Switzerland b...y Victorinox, makers of the celebrated Swiss army knife. This professional-quality set makes short work of fruits,... 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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Kai USA
$10.95

The Pure Komachi HD Photo Tomato Knife is perfect for slicing through tomatoes without putting pressure on the fruit-often tearing... the delicate skin and squashing the insides. The forked end of the knife is perfect for picking up tomato slices to plate or serve. The Pure Komachi HD Photo Knives burst with full-color high-resolution photography! Pure Komachi HD Photo series images are beautiful, durable and a real eye-catcher. Images won't fade and are scratch resistant. But all that fun-loving color has a serious purpose too. The color-coding makes it easy to choose the right knife for the job. It also helps guard against cross-contaminating food; for instance, by using the knife you've just used to cut meat on the vegetables. The high-definition color photos are achieved by bonding food-safe, FDA-approved non-stick coating to high-carbon stainless-steel blades. This non-stick coating resists corrosion, makes cleaning simple and helps the knife glide through food with ease, aiding in food-release. Blades are hand-sharpened on a whetstone to achieve their ultra-sharp 16-degree blade angle. The color-matched handles are light-weight and ergonomically contoured for a comfortable, fatigue-reducing grip, while color-matched sheathes protect knife blades when not in use. Incredibly sharp and decidedly attention-getting, Pure Komachi HD Photo knives make a delightful addition to any kitchen. read more

PepperMate
$14.95

Ever start cutting a beautiful looking vegetable with the intention of making perfect thin slices? Most of the time it never turns... out being as easy or as good looking as we thought it would it be. Knives are a beautiful tool but not every knife is meant for every task. Enter the superior chef vegetable knife, a knife built to get those thin vegetable slices you only see on TV. Made of stainless steel and wrapped with a comfortable durable grip the vegetable knife is a great choice for a modern kitchen.Features: - Large Serrated Blade - Stainless Steel Construction - Comfortable Grip with Built in Eyelet - Dishwasher SafeSuperior Chef by Peppermate is a series of high quality kitchen tools meant to add some function to the modern kitchen. Each product was hand selected, tested, cleaned, tested again and finally approved for this 2015 line. The superior chef is an ideal choice for gourmet cooking at home. read more

Ginsu
$79.99

This version of the Essential Series 14-piece set from Ginsu provides you with another blade specialized for particular types of c...uts. How many times have you tried to cut a tomato but end up losing the seeds and the rest of the insides on your cutting board? Included in this Essential Series 14-piece set is a 5" tomato knife specially designed with a serrated edge to make smooth, sharp cuts through a tomato's tough skin without flattening it. The result is perfectly uniform slices of hearty tomato, each and every time. The pronged tip lets you easily grab a slice and serve. The small change in the set's knife lineup doesn't mean the knife quality has changed! You'll still find Ginsu's patented serrated edge to help cut through food cleanly without tearing, and with the body of the blade being made from durable stainless steel, maintenance and sharpening are at an all-time low! A universal design lets right and left handed people comfortably use each blade without strain. read more

Deglon
$46.76

It contains an ergonomic handle for comfort and precision. A rounded shape to fit the palm. A slot for the thumb close to the blad...e for a better cutting experience. 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 Choice
$260.00 $189.99

This revolutionary knife sharpener is designed for both ceramic and steel blades and provides astonishing sharp edges for kitchen,... household, fish filet, pocket and serrated knives. three-stage, advanced diamond abrasive technology sharpens knives quickly Diamond UltraFlex finishing stage provides a super sharp, microscopically flawless and durable edge repairs chipped edges on ceramic knives and restores a razor sharp, factory grade edge, quickly precision flexible spring guides for accurate control of blade's sharpening angle and easy use 12.38x5.25x4.25" metal/plastic wipe clean assembled in America of imported parts read more

Kuhn Rikon
$11.41

The versatile Colori+ Chef's Knife, with secure-grip handle, is an all-around favorite for dicing, chopping and mincing. Perfect f...or slicing meat, vegetables, fruit, cheese and more. The Japanese stainless steel blade ensures a sharp edge and long-lasting performance. The silicone based nonstick coating prevents food from sticking to the blade, making each cut easier and neater. The matching sheath is great for safe storage and keeping the blade sharp. read more

Chef's Choice
$179.95

Featuring an elegant design with three sharpening stages and precision knife guides, it will easily sharpen virtually all kitchen,... household, fish fillet and pocket knives-ceramic or metal. The Model 700 is the ultimate, affordable, in home solution for sharpening ceramic knives with a precision that equals the highest quality factory edges! Using advanced diamond abrasive technology and precision guides, it will remove most chipped edges and restore a professional and superior factory grade edge that is razor sharp. How It Works: Incorporating multi-stages, highly precise angle controls and the advanced Diamond Hone technology that has made Chef's Choice sharpeners world renowned and the choice of leading chefs worldwide, the Model 700 sharpener creates an arch-shaped edge that is widely recognized for astonishing sharpness and durability. This arch-edge structure is known to be stronger and longer lasting than hollow ground or conventional "V" type edges. To sharpen steel knives of any alloy, Stages 1 and 3 are used. To sharpen ceramic knives, Stages 2 and 3 are used. The initial stages are specifically designed to sharpen and hone the edge while the subsequent stage polishes the edge for a super sharp, precision edge geometry that is longer-lasting. read more

Friedr Dick
$116.19

Fully forged knife with injection molded handle. Color coded handles for HACCP Cross Contamination Regulations

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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$149.95

Fresh, crunchy breads, even cutting the birthday cake - the serrated edge does it all. Innovative handle design for outstanding ha...ptics Double bolster with synthetic handle provides perfect balance Fully forged from one solid piece of high-carbon, stain-resistant steel triple riveted handle The We'STHOF name, TRIDENT-Logo and city of Solingen as proudly etched onto every blade Lifetime warranty Made in Germany read more

$99.95

Del Ben top of the line fully forged knives with stag horn handle. These knives will not pass unnoticed and will make a statement ...in any tableEqually beautiful as sharp. Prominent handles with blades fabricated with passion for smith's art by a special manual forging technique, whereby temperatures of 950'C (1742' F) are appliedFull length: 14-in (35 cm) Blade length: 9-in (22.5 cm)Manufactured in Italy read more

$89.95

Pure Black knives are forged from one piece of chromium stainless steel so their handles morph effortlessly into their bladesThe s...traightforward design and special black coating make the knives very hygienic, easy to cleanThe matte surface ensures a good gripDimensions: 10-in blade, Total knife blade: 15-in (37.4 cm)Hand wash recommendedFDA approvedDesigned by 2011 read more

Boker Tree Brand
$156.34 $135.95

Made in Solingen, Germany, this Kitchen Bread Knife knife is made of VG-10 Stainless Damascus Steel and Black Olive Wood Handle. T...his Damascus Steel Blade B_ker Tree Brand Knives BOKER TREE BRAND 130423DAM , BO130423DAM BREAD KITCH BLK is 14 1/8 inches. This knife is presented with Black Padded Presentation Box and Boker Damascus Certificate. 788857015780 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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Montana Knife
$10.49

Restaurant and foodservice professionals demand cutlery that offers exceptional performance while meeting food preparation safety ...requirements. Knives and accessories produced by MONTANA KNIFE are designed to meet those needs. MONTANA KNIFE uses the best German grade high carbon molybdenum stainless steel in their blades. The metal is heat treated to a 54 - 56 Rockwell hardness and will hold a razor sharp edge. The handles are made from polypropylene are designed to allow a firm non-slip grip. All knives and accessories are dishwasher safe. Each item is National Sanitary Foundation(NSF) certified as safe for use in food preparation. This boning knife has a blade length of 6" and features a comfortable non-slip white polypropylene handle. The overall dimensions are 11.5" in length x .875" in handle width x 1.75" in height. It's long thin blade works great for stripping meat from bones. Item 7303 read more

Pfeilring Germany
$63.32

Pfeilring's classic pro series features polypropylene triple-riveted handles with a full tang and are perfectly balanced for great... handling Ÿthe boning knifes distinctive tapered tip makes it easy to separate meat from bone without puncturing the flesh unnecessarily , ŸŸŸŸ- Precision-forged from high carbon German steel. Ÿ- Skillfully honed cutting edge . - ŸMade in Solingen, Germany - the city of blades. Ÿ- Corrosion-resistant . Ÿ- Hand wash recommended . read more

Mac Knife
$114.95

This is a traditional Japanese-style boning knife/cleaver is best used for chicken or fish. The thick blade allows to cut through ...joints or small fish bones. Mac knives are Known as some of the sharpest knives, They have razor-like edges for effortless slicing, they are hard so they stay sharp longer, One slice with MAC knives and you will experience for yourself a new definition of sharpness, nicely balanced and are a good value. read more

Mac Knife
$42.95

This boning knife has an oversized handle that allows standard grip or reverse grip. The blade's shape allows you to easily work a...round bones. Comes with sheath. 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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Shun
$164.95

Handcrafted by expert artisans in Seki City, Japan. Shun Premier santokus feature a core of proprietary VG-MAX super steel clad on... both sides with 34 layers of Damascus stainless steel. All knives are hammered by hand with a technique known as tsuchime to a beautiful finish that reduces drag when cutting, preventing food from sticking to the blade. Ultra-thin blade edges retain a lasting and razor-sharp edge for precision on the cutting board. Free sharpening on all Shun cutlery for as long as you own it. Click for details read more

Global
$124.95

With a versatile, does-it-all design and robust one-piece construction, this sleek, modern santoku is a flexible addition to any c...ook’s collection. A common sight in commercial kitchens and designed to meet the exacting standards of professional chefs, Global knives pair handcrafted quality with cutting-edge materials and construction techniques. Each Global knife features a precisely balanced, lightweight design that reduces hand fatigue and ensures perfect control at the cutting board.Web only. read more

Miyabi
$169.95

The Miyabi Kaizen collection combines advanced ice-hardening techniques with the artistry of traditional Japanese craftsmanship. T...he knives are carefully crafted with a vg10 “super steel” core that is surrounded by a graceful Damascus pattern that exposes the meticulously forged 65-layer steel construction. Blades go through a Cryodur four-step ice-hardening process for superior strength, flexibility and corrosion resistance. The edges are then hand-finished by master craftsmen using a traditional three-step honbazuke blade-honing technique for a lasting edge. The resulting blades are optimally sharpened to precise angles for outstanding edge retention.Ultra-durable black micarta handles feature mosaic pins, eye-catching red accents and logo end caps. Made in Japan. read more

Miyabi
$279.95

Authentically Japanese in design, each knife features 101 layers of steel—50 layers clad on each side of the Cryodur-hardened SG...2 microcarbide steel core—forming a delicate Damascus pattern with a Rockwell hardness of 63. Each blade in the Birchwood collection is hand-honed using a traditional three-step honbazuke process. It’s sharpened twice on whetstones with custom grits, followed by mirror polishing on a leather wheel. The genuine hamon edge—a visible line where flexible outer layers and incredibly hard core layer meet—is reminiscent of legendary Japanese swords. A hamon edge is a sign of superior craftsmanship. The D-shape of the natural Masur birch handle creates a comfortable grip and ensures tireless cutting, even with frequent use. Handle features an intricate mosaic center pin, red detailing, and engraved endcap. This elegant, efficient santoku knife works well with a forward and backward stroke or straight-down chop. The name translates roughly as “three uses”—it’s for slicing fish, cutting meat, and chopping vegetables. 7?"blade. Hand wash. Sharpen with Miyabi sharpening stones. Limited lifetime warranty. Made in Japan. Catalog, website and select stores.. 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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$179.95

Blade made of stainless steel; plates on throughout the top of the knife; HandcarvedBlade length: 4-1/3-in; knife length: 9-inLagu...iole, f. Neron, Maitre artisan, laser etched on each knifeColor: Pale Horn handleFrance, laser etched on shoulder; made in France read more

$89.95

Set composed by 2 steak knivesPure Black knives are forged from one piece of chromium stainless steel so their handles morph effor...tlessly into their bladesThe straightforward design and special black coating make the knives very hygienic, easy to cleanSerrated blade, ultra sharp The black matte surface ensures a good gripDimensions: Total knife length: 9.6-in Hand wash recommendedGift packDesigned by 2011 read more

$179.95

Serrated blade made of stainless steel; Plates on throughout the top of the knifeBlade length: 4-1/3-in; Knife length: 9-inLaguiol...e, F. Neron, Maitre Artisan, laser etched on each knifeColor: Red HandleFrance, laser etched on shoulder; Made in France read more

$179.95

Blade made of stainless steel; plates on throughout the top of the knife; HandcarvedBlade length: 4-1/3-in; knife length: 9-inLagu...iole, f. Neron, Maitre artisan, laser etched on each knifeColor: Black marble handleFrance, laser etched on shoulder; made in France 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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The AccuSharp Diamond Rod Sharpener is an unbreakable diamond-coated steel rod used to sharpen all kinds of knives, including serr...ated edges. The retractable rod is engineered with a cone-shaped end for use on serrations and tight spaces. The... read more

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DIA-SHARP® Continuous diamond surface sharpening stones provide cutting edge performance and are recognized for their superior qua...lity particular to all DMT products. read more

Chefs Choice
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The Chef's Choice professional knife sharpener has two stages to combine the strength and durability of the double-bevel edge with... the flawless, ultra-sharp 15-degree edge technology to give your knives ultimate sharpness and effortless cutting ability. converts traditional 20-degree factory edges of European and American household knives into high performance 15-degree edges ideal for sharpening contemporary double-bevel and traditional single-bevel Asian-style knives sharpens both straight edge and serrated blades advanced spring guides provide accurate control of the sharpening angle and is easy to use 100% diamond abrasives for sharpening and honing-guaranteed to never detemper advanced flexible stropping/polishing disks for a super sharp, microscopically flawless polished edge AC. Plastic/steel. Measures 10.6x6.6x6.5"H. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Assembled in America of imported parts. read more

Edge Craft
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Quickly and easily sharpen virtually all quality cutlery including American, European or Asian style household knives with the mul...ti-stage Chef'sChoice AngleSelect" electric knife sharpener by EdgeCraft. sharpen and hone fine edge or serrated blades on virtually any type of knife restore and recreate a 15 angle on your Asian style knives and a 20 angle on your European and American style cutlery 100% diamond abrasives and patented flexible stropping/polishing discs create a "gothic arch" edge for incredible sharpness and durability Electric knife sharpener is constructed of plastic/steel/copper/zinc/diamond. Wipe clean. Engineered and assembled in the USA. read more

Edge Craft
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Sharpen any knife in the house in seconds with the Chef'sChoice EdgeSelect professional electric knife sharpener by EdgeCraft. con...ical 100% diamond coated discs in stages 1 and 2 give fine edge and serrated knives an unprecedented sharpness and durability the revolutionary stropping/polishing disc in stage 3 delivers a flawless, highly polished fine edge high precision angle control lets you customize the sharpness Electric sharpener is constructed of plastic/copper/steel/zinc/diamond. Wipe clean. Engineered and assembled in the USA. read more

Edge Craft
$190.00 $159.99

Sharpen any knife in the house in seconds with the Chef'sChoice EdgeSelect professional electric knife sharpener by EdgeCraft. con...ical 100% diamond coated discs in stages 1 and 2 give fine edge and serrated knives an unprecedented sharpness and durability the revolutionary stropping/polishing disc in stage 3 delivers a flawless, highly polished fine edge high precision angle control lets you customize the sharpness Electric sharpener is constructed of plastic/copper/steel/zinc/diamond. Wipe clean. Engineered and assembled in the USA. read more

Edge Craft
$190.00 $159.99

Sharpen any knife in the house in seconds with the Chef'sChoice EdgeSelect professional electric knife sharpener by EdgeCraft. con...ical 100% diamond coated discs in stages 1 and 2 give fine edge and serrated knives an unprecedented sharpness and durability the revolutionary stropping/polishing disc in stage 3 delivers a flawless, highly polished fine edge high precision angle control lets you customize the sharpness Electric sharpener is constructed of plastic/copper/steel/zinc/diamond. Wipe clean. Engineered and assembled in the USA. read more

Edge Craft
$125.00 $109.99

Keep the blades of all household scissors super sharp with the Chef'sChoice ScissorPro electric scissor sharpener by EdgeCraft. 2-...stage 100% diamond abrasives and built-in precision angle guides for professional quality edges quickly and easily sharpens a wide variety of household scissors from delicate embroidery scissors to knife-edge shears, even poultry shears can be used for left- or right-handed scissors no disassembly of scissors required Electric scissor sharpener is constructed of plastic/copper/stainless steel/steel/diamond. Engineered and assembled in the USA. read more

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