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Knives are among the most important items in your kitchen toolkit. You’ll want the basic knives for everyday use, plus a few extras for your specific needs. Knives are the backbone of food prep, so be sure yours are sharp and easily accessible for productive slicing and dicing.

Types of Kitchen Knives

Types of Kitchen Knives

Knowing your knife choices is important. Do an inventory of all your knives to determine what you’ve got and what you’re missing. 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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Wusthof
$50.00 $39.95

In order to create this handsome, high-performing paring knife made exclusively for Crate and Barrel, the cutlery experts at Wusth...of turned to Berlin-based designer Bjoern Berger. Inspired by the ways in which home cooks are being reconnected with food... read more

Good Cook
$3.99 $2.97

Highlights:Set Of 4Material : Stainless SteelProduct Type : Paring KnifeColor Family : Silver/BlackSharp stainless steel blade wit...h contoured plastic handlesDishwasher Safe : YesGood Cook tools and gadgets read more

Kyocera
$19.95

Advanced ceramic construction rethinks the kitchen knife to keep the razor-sharp edge a minimum of 10 times longer than other cutl...ery including steel. Japan's original, proprietary ceramic cutlery transfers no metal ions to foods, preventing browning... read more

$37.77

Type: Knives Brand Name: MYVIT Material: Ceramic Feature: Eco-Friendly,Stocked Certification: CE / EU,CIQ,EEC,FDA,LFGB,SGS Knife T...ype: Paring Knives Model Number: BL001 handle color: red, purple yellow black blue pink green grey blade color: ceramic knife black blade material : Zirconia is_customized: Yes 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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Deglon
$24.49 $23.00

Deglon's 8-inch offset tomato knife is simply marvelous. In the 1930's jean Deglon created halfround teeth and his famous bread kn...ife. An idea which started a trend. Thanks to a specific machining process, this knife's blade offers an extraordinary quality of cut and efficiency that is acknowledged throughout the world. It features superior balance, a high quality cutting edge, a black wood handle that's attached to the tang with 2 rivets. It has a long life cutting edge and it's dishwasher safe. Made in thiers, france, the cradle of the french knife making industry. Deglon started making their knives in thiers in 1921 and they're still there. The art of the master cutlery maker has been handed down from one Deglon generation to the next. Their products are meticulously designed and manufactured with the utmost attention to detail and precision. Deglon's utensils are useful, practical, sturdy and innovative. At Deglon, every knife is created with the utmost attention to functionality and detail; Deglon makes precise, beautiful, and reliable tools. They stand behind all of their products. Each knife comes with a life time guarantee against any fault of fabrication (within the bounds of a normal use of the tool). read more

Global
$72.99

Lightweight, seamless and perfectly balanced, this premium knife boasts an elegant, one-piece design made of ice-tempered CROMOVA ...18 stainless steel. Cutlery also features a thin, razor-sharp blade that keeps its edge well and is easy to maintain. read more

Kai USA
$15.00 $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

Ginsu
$14.49

Slice through tomato skins while keeping the flesh intact with this tomato knife from Ginzu. Featuring a razor-sharp stainless ste...el bade with patented dual serrations, this knife applies even pressure to ensure smooth, easy, and hassle-free tomato... read more

Chef’s knife

The workhorse of a knife set, a chef’s knife is an all-purpose knife for cutting and chopping. Chef’s knives come in blade lengths ranging from 6 to 12 inches.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$23.30 $21.50

The Better Homes and Gardens 7" Santoku Knife is ideal for chopping, dicing, slicing and mincing. This knife is crafted of stain-p...roof, high-carbon German steel for more skillful all-around cutting. It knife features full-tang forged construction for great balance and has a contoured textured handle for a comfortable slip resistant grip. The Granton edge flutes make paper thin slices and prevents food from sticking to the blade. The curved blade on the high-carbon steel knife helps the rocking motion used for chopping, and the wide blade works well for scooping sliced food off a cutting board and for crushing garlic. While this full-tang knife is dishwasher-safe, it is recommended that you hand wash and immediately dry the knife to preserve its finish. read more

Kyocera
$49.95

Advanced ceramic construction rethinks the kitchen knife, keeping its razor-sharp edge at least 10 times longer than other cutlery... including steel. From Japan's original manufacturer of advanced ceramics, this proprietary cutlery transfers no metal... read more

Victorinox
$54.00 $44.95

Manufactured by Victorinox Swiss Army in Switzerland, this high-performance santoku knife can handle nearly every kitchen task ima...ginable. Features a conically ground blade for maximum sharpness, knife has a comfortable handle, superior weight and... read more

Victorinox
$54.00 $44.95

Manufactured by Victorinox Swiss Army in Switzerland, this high-performance chef's knife can handle nearly every kitchen task imag...inable. Features a conically ground blade for maximum sharpness, knife has a comfortable handle, superior weight and... read more

Serrated/Bread knife

With 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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Schmidt Brothers
$49.95

New York designers the Schmidt Brothers envisioned our simply elegant take on classic German cutlery. High-carbon, high-quality Ge...rman steel blades are perfectly polished and attached to unpolished steel handles with a contrasting black scorched finish... read more

Wusthof
$106.00 $84.95

In order to create this handsome, high-performing bread knife made exclusively for Crate and Barrel, the cutlery experts at Wustho...f turned to Berlin-based designer Bjoern Berger. Inspired by the ways in which home cooks are being reconnected with food... read more

Shun
$182.00 $144.95

This amazing razor-sharp knife is created in Seki City, Japan's 700-year-old center for samurai swords. The "ripple" Damascus rust...-free finish is achieved by forging 34 layers of steel on each side. Flexible, stick-resistant blade is stamped,... read more

Wusthof
$190.00 $149.95

The Classic Ikon series builds on the Wusthof fine cutlery tradition with new thinner blades, refined ergonomic handles, and reces...sed bolsters that allow full sharpening to the heel. View all Wusthof products Wusthof and other Wedding Registry offers •... read more

Boning knife

A boning knife has a narrow blade and a sharp, pointed tip for cutting around and removing bones in meat.

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Pfeilring Germany
$57.57 $54.69

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
$48.25 $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

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

Ginsu
$14.39

Cut through chicken legs or slice hard bread with the symmetric serrations and stainless steel design of this Ginsu boning knife. ...An ergonomic handle ensures safe, stable use when preparing meals. Type: Boning Knife Product Features: Ergo Handles... read more

Santoku knife

A santoku knife is a Japanese-style knife with a thinner blade than a chef’s knife that cuts easily through denser vegetables. A key feature is the blade’s scalloped Granton edge pattern, which helps release thin slices after cutting.

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Pfeilring Germany
$95.95

ŸPfeilring's classic pro series features polypropylene triple-riveted handles with a full tang and are perfectly balanced for grea...t handling. The santokus curved blade helps facilitate the rocking motion used for chopping and the width is perfect for crushing garlic or scooping sliced food off a cutting board. Dimples on the blade create air pockets that reduce drag when cutting and prevent food from sticking, ŸŸŸŸ- Precision-forged from high carbon German steel. Ÿ- Skillfully honed cutting edge. Ÿ- Made in Solingen, Germany . Ÿ- Corrosion-resistant . Ÿ- Hand wash recommended . read more

Twice
$89.99

This hardy set is the perfect super sharp cutlery for everyday chopping. Casa Neuhaus set includes a 5 inch Santoku knife and 7 in...ch Chef's knife. All of Casa Neuhaus knives are black blade ceramics with stainless steel handle. Unlike white ceramic... read more

Twice
$89.99

This hardy set is the perfect super sharp cutlery for everyday chopping. Casa Neuhaus set includes a 5 inch Santoku knife and 7 in...ch Chef's knife. All of Casa Neuhaus knives are black blade ceramics with stainless steel handle. Unlike white ceramic... read more

Twice
$51.99

Casa Neuhaus 5 inch Santoku knife is our latest new addition carefully developed with 'Granton edge' release pattern (dimples) on ...the blade, that not only adds style, but helps to release thin slices and sticky food after slicing. This well balanced... read more

Steak knife

A set of steak knives -- sharp, usually serrated table knives for diners to use on cuts of meat -- is essential. If you regularly entertain for more than six people, a set of a dozen steak knives will be useful.

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Shun
$300.00 $199.95

The beautiful ebony pakkawood handles of these exceptional steak knives are contoured for comfort and tapered toward the blade for... precise cutting control. The blades' razor-sharp blades provide excellent cutting performance and have a mirror-polished... read more

Schmidt Brothers
$89.95

New York designers the Schmidt Brothers envisioned our simply elegant take on classic German cutlery. High-carbon, high-quality Ge...rman steel is perfectly polished and attached to unpolished steel handles with a contrasting black scorched finish... read more

Schmidt Brothers
$129.95

A beautiful ash stain lends a modern look to this set of pakka wood steak knives, crafted of fully forged German stainless steel b...lades. The knives are presented in a handsome wood box.View all Schmidt Brothers products • Fully forged 100% German... read more

Wusthof
$320.00 $199.95

From one of the most respected names in cutlery, these classic steak knives feature strong, long-lasting blades that will hold the...ir edge and maintain their shape. High-impact synthetic handles are comfortable to hold and more durable and sanitary than... read more

Other knives

Depending on how, and how often, you use your basic knives, consider adding in specialized blades, such as cake knives, bread knives, and carving knives, as well as additional paring knives.

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Henckels
$109.99

JA Henckels International cutlery features ergonomic handles with stainless steel end caps. This 14-c. set includes: 3.5'' paring ...knife, 5'' utility knife, 6'' sandwich knife, 8'' bread knife, 8'' chef's knife, 6 steak knives, shears, and wood block.,... read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$129.10

Better Homes and Gardens 14-Piece Forged Cutlery Block Set:1-Pc. 4" Chef's Paring Knife: All-purpose knife for peeling fruits and ...vegetables or paring, slicing, dicing and chopping smaller foods6-Pc. 5" Steak Knives: Commonly used at the table for dining1-Pc. 6" Utility Knife: Multi-purpose knife appropriate for many kitchen tasks1-Pc. 7" Santoku Knife: Ideal for chopping, dicing and slicing1-Pc. 8" Chef's Knife: Commonly used for cleaning, mincing and chopping1-Pc. 8" Slicer: Delivers perfect and even slices of poultry, beef or ham1-Pc. Sharpening Steel: Used to hone the knife edges1-Pc. Kitchen Shears: Great for snipping herbs and other kitchen tasks1-Pc. 13-Slot hardwood counter block: Provides safe and attractive storage for items within the Forged Cutlery SetStain-free, high-carbon German steel for superior cutting performanceIce-hardened and fully tapered blades provide unrivaled strength and durabilityFull-tang, forged construction delivers exceptional balanceContoured polycarbonate handles deliver a firm and comfortable gripDishwasher-safe. However, to preserve the beauty and cutting performance of the Kitchen Knives Set, hand washing is recommended.Lifetime WarrantyForged Cutlery Set model number: 80008/533 read more

Shun
$300.00 $199.95

The beautiful ebony pakkawood handles of these exceptional steak knives are contoured for comfort and tapered toward the blade for... precise cutting control. The blades' razor-sharp blades provide excellent cutting performance and have a mirror-polished... read more

Wusthof
$412.00 $199.95

One of the most trusted names in cutlery, Wusthof offers the perfect knife for every cutting, chopping and slicing job. The expans...ive Gourmet collection combines all the knives you'll need plus a honing steel and sheers stored neatly in a custom... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When buying kitchen knives, think about how much you use your current knives and whether you have a favorite knife you always go back to. If you have a favorite that gets heavy use, you’ll likely want more of the same style, but in varying sizes. If you’re planning to make a significant investment in knives, 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, add to it with different sizes or types of knives as needed. Buying knives “a la carte” is a great way to shop and will expose you to how each product performs, so the 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 either by stamping or forging. When stamped, the blades are punched from a sheet of steel. Forged knives are made by heating a thick piece of steel and pounding it 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 to ensure it’s well suited to your grip.

Durability

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

Storage

Many cutlery sets come with a wood block for storing the knives. As you buy individual knives, make sure you get blade guards to protect them -- and you -- from mishaps. Guards are available in rubberized, plastic, and polypropylene materials.

Price

Price generally indicates quality. Because the process of forging is more involved and the edge of the knife will typically stay sharp 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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Better Homes and Gardens
$17.91 $17.16

The Better Homes and Gardens 6" utility knife is a multi-purpose tool appropriate for many kitchen tasks. This knife is crafted of... stain-proof, high-carbon German steel for more skillful all-around cutting. The steel has been ice hardened to hold its edge longer and provides durable extended performance when it counts most. The contoured handle on this tool makes it comfortable to hold for extended periods of use. While the Better Homes and Gardens multi-purpose knife is dishwasher safe, it is recommended that you hand wash and immediately dry the knife to preserve its finish over years of hard use. If you are looking for a good all around kitchen companion for cooking, this item fits the bill. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$23.30 $21.50

The Better Homes and Gardens 7" Santoku Knife is ideal for chopping, dicing, slicing and mincing. This knife is crafted of stain-p...roof, high-carbon German steel for more skillful all-around cutting. It knife features full-tang forged construction for great balance and has a contoured textured handle for a comfortable slip resistant grip. The Granton edge flutes make paper thin slices and prevents food from sticking to the blade. The curved blade on the high-carbon steel knife helps the rocking motion used for chopping, and the wide blade works well for scooping sliced food off a cutting board and for crushing garlic. While this full-tang knife is dishwasher-safe, it is recommended that you hand wash and immediately dry the knife to preserve its finish. read more

Shun
$300.00 $199.95

The beautiful ebony pakkawood handles of these exceptional steak knives are contoured for comfort and tapered toward the blade for... precise cutting control. The blades' razor-sharp blades provide excellent cutting performance and have a mirror-polished... read more

Wusthof
$412.00 $199.95

One of the most trusted names in cutlery, Wusthof offers the perfect knife for every cutting, chopping and slicing job. The expans...ive Gourmet collection combines all the knives you'll need plus a honing steel and sheers stored neatly in a custom... read more

Victorinox
$240.00 $199.95

Manufactured by Victorinox Swiss Army in Switzerland, these professional-quality knives are made of lighter-weight European steel ...with comfortable, nonslip handles for easier maneuverability. Knives store in a hardwood storage block that swivels for... read more

Wusthof Ikon
$100.00 $59.95

The Classic Ikon series builds on the Wusthof fine cutlery tradition with new thinner blades, refined ergonomic handles, and reces...sed bolsters that allow full sharpening to the heel. View all Wusthof products Wusthof and other Wedding Registry offers •... read more

Wusthof
$320.00 $199.95

From one of the most respected names in cutlery, these classic steak knives feature strong, long-lasting blades that will hold the...ir edge and maintain their shape. High-impact synthetic handles are comfortable to hold and more durable and sanitary than... read more

Wusthof
$106.00 $84.95

In order to create this handsome, high-performing bread knife made exclusively for Crate and Barrel, the cutlery experts at Wustho...f turned to Berlin-based designer Bjoern Berger. Inspired by the ways in which home cooks are being reconnected with food... read more

Wusthof
$215.00 $129.95

In order to create this set of handsome, high-performing steak knives, the cutlery experts at Wusthof turned to Berlin-based desig...ner Bjoern Berger for this exclusive collection. Inspired by the ways in which home cooks are being reconnected with food... read more

Hafele
$476.00 $380.80

20.5" Wide x 31.5" Long Rapid Pull Out Table for Base Cabinets and Drawers Whenever you need extra surface space for cutting, mixi...ng or storing this pull out will easily slide out creating extra space instantly. This system is self-supporting and can be used in a drawer or base cabinet. Once a front panel is screw-mounted onto the front it can match your other cabinets perfectly. Hafele is committed to finding better ways and it shows in their innovative and beautiful line of kitchen products. These products will lead to better organization in your kitchen and the peace of mind that comes with Hafele brand products. Besides quality and beauty, Hafele is committed to reducing their environmental impact, so you can buy these products with confidence in every aspect. Features: Self-supporting cantilever format Drawer front can be screw-mounted on front Install in drawer or between two cabinets Fitting not visible when installed 220 lb. weight capacity Made of plastic-coated melamine Beech telescopic guides Includes housing, guides and front panel 20.5" Wide x 19.25" Deep x 4.75" High Pulls out 31.5" using slatted structure read more

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