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Knives Buying Guide

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
$49.95 $59.95
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The Classic Ikon series builds on the Wüsthof fine cutlery tradition with new thinner blades, refined ergonomic handles, and reces...sed bolsters that allow full sharpening to the heel. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Wüsthof® Classic Ikon Paring Knife. 3.5" Forged of high-carbon steel Blade has a 14 degree edge angle Triple-riveted polypropylene handle Hand wash Made in Germany read more

Wusthof
$39.95 $59.95
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Add to your cutlery collection with this paring knife. Forged blade is tempered and hardened steel with a long-lasting, V-ground e...dge. Full tang adds weight and balance. High-carbon, no-stain blade is easy to sharpen. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Wüsthof® Classic Paring Knife. 3.5" Forged of tempered and hardened steel Long-lasting, V-ground edge Full tang High-impact, triple riveted synthetic handle High-carbon, no-stain blade Blade has a 14 degree edge angle Easy to sharpen Hand wash Made in Germany read more

Wusthof
$39.95 $49.95
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Add this serrated paring knife to your cutlery collection. High-carbon, no-stain serrated blade is ideal for fruits and vegetables... with tough skins, paring without damaging soft interiors. Forged blade is tempered and hardened steel with a long-lasting, V-ground edge. Full tang adds weight and balance. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Wüsthof® Classic 3.5" Serrated Paring Knife. 8"H Forged of tempered and hardened steel Long-lasting, V-ground edge Full tang High-impact, triple riveted synthetic handle High-carbon, no-stain blade Blade has a 14 degree edge angle Easy to sharpen Hand wash Made in Germany Overall DimensionsHeight: 8" BladeHeight: 3.5" read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$119.95 $150.00
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The Zwilling JA Henckels Miyabi Kaizen 4.5 inch paring knife is a super-sharp paring knife with an edge that will stay sharp for a...n incredible amount of time. This longer paring knife has a hard VG10 steel core that helps the razor-sharp edge stay sharp for much longer than other knives. It's also got a great-looking Damascus pattern on the blade because it's clad with 64 layers of stainless steel. This together with the black Micarta handle make for a beautiful knife that will go perfectly in any 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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Shun
$99.95 $125.00
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The Shun Classic Tomato Knife is a wonderful serrated knife, designed for slicing tomatoes but well suited to many slicing tasks. ...The 6" Shun classic serrated blade will slice all vegetables nicely, especially more delicate items. Similar in shape to a standard utility knife with a narrow blade and pointed tip, the Tomato Knife is versatile and a great tool when preparing sandwiches or salads. Heirlooms, romas, beefsteak and even cherry tomatoes can be cut perfectly and effortlessly with the Shun Classic 6 inch Tomato Knife. Only cutlery of unparalleled appearance and uncompromising performance receives the mark of Shun. Shun Classic Series contain knives of traditional Japanese shape and craftsmanship in modern, innovative designs. Obtained by pounding 16 layers of high carbon stainless steel, the natural pattern of Damascus steel on the blade enhances the knives? beauty and utility, making cleaner, faster cuts that do not compromise the flavor of the food. Composed of VG-10 stainless steel core clad between SUS410 stainless steel, Shun Classic Series knives remain strong and sharp, requiring infrequent sharpening. Bolstered in stainless steel to each blade is a solid, ebony black Pakkawood handle in an ergonomic D-shape. The Pakkawood handles are comfortable to hold and beautiful to behold. The Shun Classic Series of cutlery is Shun's quintessential line that embodies the power of Shun in subtle simplicity. Each Classic blade, from the smallest to the largest, has the Shun logo emblazoned onto the blade's side. Blade measures 6 inches. Shun Classic knives are made in Japan. Limited Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty. read more

Wusthof

The serrated edge of the Wusthof Classic 5" Tomato Knife slices through even the ripest tomato as thinly as you want without crush...ing. The forked tip is great for picking up slices and serving them. This tool also perfectly slices cucumbers, dinner rolls, bagels, French loaves, and citrus.German-engineered, top-quality Wusthof cutleryTriple-riveted full-tang constructionPerfect heft and balance for comfort and ease of useThe bolster (widening at the base of the blade) provides superior comfort and balancePrecision-forged from a single piece of high-carbon, no-stain surgical steelSharpener recommended before or after every useLifetime manufacturers warrantyHand wash onlyMade in Germany read more

Rosle
$26.59 $32.58
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The stainless steel blade with its scalloped edge is superb for vegetables with firm skins such as tomatoes or peppers. The two pr...ongs at the blade tip are handy for serving or presentation.Features Features: Material: Stainless steel Round easy-grip handle Hanging hook Dual pronged Dimensions: Overall Length - End to End: 9.4 Inches read more

Wusthof
$39.95 $50.00
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Features:Perfect balance for effortless cutting Manufacturer provides lifetime warranty Easy care synthetic handles designed for c...omfortable grip Dishwasher not recommended Fork tip blade used for slicing and serving tomatoes and cheese Serrated edge slices even the ripest tomato as thin as you like Forked tip is great for serving Gourmet collection Dimensions: Overall Width - Side to Side: 0.75 Inches Overall Length - End to End: 9 Inches Overall Product Weight: 0.1 Pounds 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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Shun
$179.95 $225.00
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The epitome of cutlery, the Shun Premier 8 inch Chef's Knife is everything a knife should be. With a Damascus steel blade that has... been sharpened to a single-bevel edge, the chef's knife can cut through just about anything. Slicing, dicing, chopping, and mincing, the blade has a granton edge so even moist foods won't stick to the blade. A hand-hammered design is featured on the side of the blade which brings an ancient look and feel to the knife. The handle features a natural wood-grain design of dark Pakkawood in a D-shape so it is comfortable to hold because it contours better to hands. The Shun Premier 8 inch Chef's Knife will make a statement in any kitchen, so it's best to put it on display. The Shun Premier Collection harkens back to traditional craftsmanship of Japanese blades, including swords and knives. All blades are constructed of layers of Damascus steel for a sturdy blade that takes a sharp edge easily and retains it. The knives are sharpened to a single-bevel and fashioned extremely thin for precise cuts. A granton edge creates a semblance of a non-stick surface by allowing air between the blade and food so chefs can cut swifter and smoother. The side of the blade features a hand-hammered appearance (called Tsuchime in Japanese) for a look that resembles ancient blades constructed by hand. The signature Shun emblem is emblazoned on the blade and the base end-cap. Stainless bolsters hold each blade in perfect balance to the contoured handle. Made of dark Pakkawood the handle is given a D-shape for a more natural feel in the hand. The exposed wood-grain adds to the old world charm of the Premier knives. Shun has paid attention to every detail of every blade in the Premier Collection assuring each deserves to be called Premier. Blade measures 8 inches. read more

Wusthof
$79.95 $139.95
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The Classic Ikon series builds on the Wüsthof fine cutlery tradition with new thinner blades, refined ergonomic handles, and reces...sed bolsters that allow full sharpening to the heel. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Wüsthof® Classic Ikon Hollow Ground Santoku Knife. 5" 5"D Forged of high-carbon steel Blade has a 10 degree edge angle Triple-riveted polypropylene handle Hand wash Made in Germany BladeDepth: 5" read more

Wusthof
$59.95 $80.00
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Add to your cutlery collection with this santoku knife. With its distinctive scalloped blade, the santoku is a Japanese chef's kni...fe translating "three great things: slicing, dicing and mincing." Laser-cut stamped blade is tempered and hardened steel with a long-lasting, V-ground edge. Full tang adds weight and balance. Synthetic handle is triple-riveted. High-carbon, no-stain blade is easy to sharpen. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Wusthof® Gourmet Hollow Ground Santoku Knife. 5" Tempered and hardened steel Long-lasting, V-ground edge Blade has a 10-degree edge angle Full tang Triple-riveted synthetic handle High-carbon, no-stain laser-cut stamped blade Easy to sharpen Hand wash Made in Germany ShankHeight: 5" HandleHeight: 4" Overall DimensionsHeight: 9" read more

Wusthof
$149.95 $190.00
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Add to your cutlery collection with this extra-wide chef's knife. Forged blade is tempered and hardened steel with a long-lasting,... V-ground edge. Full tang adds weight and balance. High-carbon, no-stain blade is easy to sharpen. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Wüsthof® Classic Extra-Wide Chef's Knife. 8" 8"D Forged of tempered and hardened steel Long-lasting, V-ground edge Full tang High-impact, triple riveted synthetic handle High-carbon, no-stain blade Blade has a 14 degree edge angle Easy to sharpen Hand wash Made in Germany BladeDepth: 8" 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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Wusthof
$54.95 $70.00
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Add to your cutlery collection with this bread knife. Laser-cut stamped blade is tempered and hardened steel with a long-lasting, ...V-ground edge. Full tang adds weight and balance. Synthetic handle is triple-riveted. High-carbon, no-stain blade is easy to sharpen. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Wüsthof® Gourmet Bread Knife. 8" 8"D Tempered and hardened steel Long-lasting, V-ground edge Blade has a 14 degree edge angle Full tang Triple-riveted synthetic handle High-carbon, no-stain laser-cut stamped blade Easy to sharpen Hand wash Made in Germany BladeDepth: 8" read more

Wusthof
$109.95 $140.00
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From one of the most respected names in cutlery, this scallop-edged bread knife features double serrations for exceptionally clean..., smooth and precise cuts of breads, roasted meats, or delicate produce. Slice artisanal breads with less crumbs and minimal compression or create perfect slices of ripe tomato without tearing the skin. High-impact synthetic handle is comfortable to hold and more durable and sanitary than wood. Strong, long-lasting blade will hold its edge and maintain its shape. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Wüsthof® Classic Double Serrated Bread Knife. 9"H Tempered and hardened steel Blade has a 14 degree edge angle Synthetic handle Hand wash Made in Germany BladeDepth: 9" read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$89.95 $115.00
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Use the Zwilling JA Henckels Four Star 8 inch scalloped bread knife to effortlessly and evenly slice through crusty breads. The se...rrated or scalloped edge of this German-made knife helps you cut through bread crusts without smashing the soft bread inside. This bread knife can also be used to slice other foods with hard outside edges, such as salami and pepperoni. A lifetime guarantee from JA Henckels makes this knife a great value. 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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Michel Bras
$375.00 $413.00
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World-renowned French chef Michel Bras believes cooking, like any art, requires the finest tools. Created in Japan in collaboratio...n with Kai, the producer of Shun knives, this knife features the optimal blade width for the precision tasks of boning and trimming meats and poultry. Unique blade design takes into consideration the movement of the bone while cutting. Hand assembled to exacting specifications. Matte-finish blade is composed of three stainless-steel layers: a hardened VG-10 core sandwiched between two layers of more flexible steel for increased durability and resistance. Blade is coated in titanium to enhance its antioxidation properties. Etched with a unique serial number and Brass signature emblem of cistre, the delicate Alpine fennel that grows in the hills above his Aubrac restaurant. For quick identification, the handle is inscribed with the knife item number (#8), signifying the blades form and function. Black PakkaWood handle is designed in the traditional Japanese chestnut shape, to sit comfortably in the hand. Comes in a maple sheath with a magnetized interior that holds the blade snugly in place for safe drawer storage. read more

Williams-Sonoma

Since the 1600s, the Saladini family has been making knives in the town of Scarperia, a famed Italian center of cutlery production.... This boning knife features a fully forged blade with a sharp tip and narrow shape?ideal for removing bones from meat, chicken and fish. The handle is carved from elegant, lightweight ox horn polished to a lustrous sheen. Fully forged stainless-steel blade. Lightweight ox horn handle is carved from the densest part of the horn for superior strength and a beautiful grain. Handle color will vary. 6 1/2" blade; 5" handle; 4.5 oz. Handcrafted in Italy by Saladini, cutlery makers since the 17th century. read more

Shun
$199.95 $250.00
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From our premium Kaji line by Shun, this boning knife is handcrafted in Japan and designed to work around bone, flesh and sinew to... deliver maximum yield. The strong, razor-sharp blade is created through a blend of new technology and centuries-old handcrafting traditions. Blade is constructed with a core of SG-2 powdered steel clad in a true Damascus layer of forged nickel and stainless steel. Inspired by centuries-old samurai sword?making techniques, the blades construction creates a supersharp cutting edge. Slim, pointed blade provides excellent control for precision cutting tasks. Handle is made of moisture-resistant, resin-infused PakkaWood, shaped for comfort and control. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level safety standards for professional kitchens. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Williams-Sonoma

The town of Scarperia has been a center of knife-making since the 18th century. Consigli has maintained the traditional, artisanal... methods of oil tempering and quenching their blades to produce the finest knives. Narrow blade curves inward for maximum control when removing meat and poultry from the bone. Stainless steel blades with triple-riveted olivewood handles. Full tang and bolster forged using artisanal methods. Olivewood handle is dried and oiled for maximum durability. 6" blade. Made in Italy. 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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Shun

The Shun Premier collection is distinguished by hand-hammered blades and walnut-colored PakkaWood handles that evoke the artistry ...of traditional hand-forged knives. This sumo santoku knife has the extra heft needed for bigger jobs like cutting through whole chickens or large blocks of cheese. Two stacked rows of hollow grounds resist sticking when slicing, and the broad blade is great for scooping up chopped ingredients from the cutting board. Hefty double-wide blade delivers the focused power to tackle larger jobs than a standard santoku. Two rows of indentations along the blade reduce friction and keep slices from sticking. Blade features a core of VG-Max ?super steel? clad on each side with 16 microthin layers of high-carbon stainless steel. The striking hand-hammered finish (tsuchime in Japanese) reduces drag when cutting and helps to quickly release food from the blade. Walnut-finish PakkaWood handle has a two-position design, providing a trigger grip for pull cuts and the perfect balance point for a pinch grip. Stainless-steel end cap embossed with the Shun logo adds stability, strength and wide weight distribution from end to end. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level standards of professional kitchens. Handcrafted in Japan. read more

Shun
$199.95 $438.00
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Our exclusive Shun Hiro collection features high-performance Eastern-style knives designed for speed, agility and balance as well ...as striking beauty. A cutting core of ultra premium SG-2 steel gives them a super sharp, lasting edge, and hammered blades help keep foods from sticking for fast, efficient use. Handcrafted in Japan, this santoku combines the benefits of a chef?s knife and a cleaver and is indispensable for chopping, slicing and dicing. Eastern-inspired design with extremely thin, lightweight blade for fast and agile performance. The blades core of SG-2 powdered steel is clad on each side with Damascus steel composed of 32 alternating layers of nickel and stainless steel, for a total of 65 layers. SG-2 is an extremely fine-grained, dense and hard steel, which enables it to take and hold an exquisitely fine edge with long-lasting sharpness. The hammered pattern (tsuchime in Japanese) helps the blade pass easily through food without sticking. Contoured, ambidextrous handle is designed for ultimate comfort and control. Handle is dark charcoal-colored PakkaWood with crimson striations and an inlaid mosaic Samurai family crest. Mirror-polished nickel silver bolster and end cap. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level standards of commercial kitchens. 7"-long blade; 4 3/4"-long handle; 7.6 oz. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Masahiro

Widely considered to be one of the three most presitigious knife makers in all of Japan, the Masahiro Company creates knives with ...professional-level performance in mind. Each blade is crafted of Masahiro?s proprietary steel, which undergoes a multi-stage process of quenching, sub-zero treating and tempering to achieve the optimum balance of strength and flexibility. The blade is ground asymmetrically, allowing for a thinner cutting edge and unmatched sharpness. Ideal for slicing and chopping fresh produce and meat. Special indentations along the blade?s sides reduce sticking and allow cut food to release more easily. Blade is forged of Masahiro?s proprietary MBS-26 high-carbon steel with a Rockwell rating of 59 HRC, representing the ideal mix of hardness and flexibility for a kitchen knife. Edge is ground at 80% on the right and 20% on the left to allow for a thinner, sharper edge than standard symmetrically ground blades. Mirror-polished by hand for a beautiful finish. Full-tang construction adds balance and control. Lightweight yet durable resin handle is hygienic and moisture resistant. 7" blade; 4 3/4" handle; 5.2 oz. Made in Japan. read more

Shun

The Shun Sora santoku knife is perhaps Shun's most popular knife shape and a very versatile knife. The Shun Sora santoku has a 7-i...nch blade, great for most chopping tasks. A santoku knife excels and chopping vegetables while the hollow edges on the blade help reduce sticking (especially on something like potatoes). A great all-purpose knife you'll use again and again. Shun's new Sora knife line (Sora means sky) is a great new addition to the Shun line of quality Japanese kitchen knives but at the most affordable price of the Shun knife lines. Shun Sora's innovative composite blade technology allows Shun to produce these handcrafted Japanese knives at a more approachable price. Shun Sora cutting edge is Japanese san mai contruction with a VG-10 super steel cutting core clad with a layer of stainless steel on both sides of the blade Upper portion of the blade is mirror-polished Japanese stainless steel 420J stainless steel offers excellent stain resistance Cutting edge laser-cut and permanently braze welded to the blade with beautiful Japanese wavy pattern Subtle copper-colored highlights over Japanese wave pattern Textured TPE handle has good grip properties, is well balanced and easy to maintain Shun stainless steel logo in handle Handmade in Japan 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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Wusthof
$19.95 $25.00
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Add to your cutlery collection with this steak knife. Stamped blade is tempered and hardened steel with a long-lasting, V-ground e...dge. Full tang adds weight and balance. Synthetic handle is triple-riveted. High-carbon, no-stain blade is easy to sharpen. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Wüsthof® Gourmet Steak Knife. 4.5" Tempered and hardened steel Long-lasting, V-ground edge Blade has a 14 degree edge angle Full tang Triple-riveted synthetic handle High-carbon, no-stain laser-cut stamped blade Easy to sharpen Hand wash Made in Germany read more

Wusthof
$299.95 $500.00
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The Classic Ikon series builds on the Wüsthof fine cutlery tradition with new thinner blades, refined ergonomic handles, and reces...sed bolsters that allow full sharpening to the heel. Steak knife combines a sharp curved blade and great grip. Includes walnut storage case. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Set of four Wüsthof® Classic Ikon steak knives. 4.5" 4.5"D Forged of high-carbon steel Triple-riveted polypropylene handles Walnut storage case Hand wash Made in Germany 4 4.5" Steak KnivesDepth: 4.5" BoxWidth: 10" Depth: 4.625" Height: 1.5" read more

Robert Welch
$24.95 $36.00
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Designed and engineered by Robert Welch Designs in the English Cotswolds, this Signature steak knife offers the home chef a unique... value with a new hybrid of European and Asian cutting-edge technologies. Rated in the top 1% of all brand knives by CATRA (Cutlery and Allied Trades Research Association) for their initial sharpness and edge retention, Signature knives have won major international design awards including the "Highest Possible Grade Achieved" by the Craft Guild of Chefs. Fully forged and robotically engineered, Signature knives feature German stainless steel blades ? in this case designed especially for great control when slicing meat. Engineered using World Edge Geometry?, blades are honed, hardened and tempered to razor sharpness with a precision 15-degree edge angle that cuts and slices effortlessly; full-tang blades extend the entire length from tip to heel for strength, durability and balance. Black synthetic Dupont? handle with a signature "RW" stainless steel logo is moulded precisely and angled to feel as if it's custom-fit to the hand. Robert Welch® and other Wedding Registry offersRobert Welch® Signature Steak Knife. 5"H Award-winning design by Robert Welch Designs, England Unique hybrid of European and Asian cutting-edge technologies German stainless steel full-tang blade is taper-ground to a 15-degree Asian edge angle Small blade provides precise control for peeling or dicing fruits and vegetables Ergonomic Dupont? synthetic handle Easy to sharpen Hand wash only Lifetime Warranty Made in Taiwan BladeDepth: 5" Warranty AvailableView the manufacturer's warranty (PDF) read more

Wusthof
$79.95 $120.00
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The sleekest steak knives combine the renowned quality and craftsmanship of Wüsthof with a contemporary stainless design that's th...e ultimate in utility. Eight knives with linear, polished handles and laser-cut, high-carbon stainless steel serrated blades nestle in a handsome wood presentation box with rosewood finish. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Set of eight Wüsthof® steak knives. 4.5" High-carbon stainless steel Laser-cut serrated blades Rosewood-colored chest Hand wash Made in Germany ShankHeight: 4.5" 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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Wusthof
$369.95 $695.00
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The Classic Ikon series builds on the Wüsthof fine cutlery tradition with thinner blades, refined ergonomic handles, and recessed ...bolsters that allow full sharpening to the heel. Precision forged knives feature tempered and hardened high-carbon steel blades with a long-lasting V-ground edge that's easy to sharpen. Perfectly balanced, triple-riveted synthetic handles are more sanitary than wood. Acacia block has a great countertop presence. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Wüsthof® Classic Ikon 7-Piece Acacia Knife Block Set: 3.5" paring knife, 6" utility knife, 8" cook's knife, 8" bread knife, kitchen shears, sharpening steel and acacia knife block. Forged of high-carbon steel Blades have a 14 degree edge angle Triple-riveted polypropylene handle Hand wash Made in Germany 17 Slot Acacia Knife BlockWidth: 4.5" Depth: 11" Height: 8.5" Warranty AvailableView the manufacturer's warranty (PDF) read more

Wusthof
$299.95 $500.00
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The Classic Ikon series builds on the Wüsthof fine cutlery tradition with new thinner blades, refined ergonomic handles, and reces...sed bolsters that allow full sharpening to the heel. Steak knife combines a sharp curved blade and great grip. Includes walnut storage case. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Set of four Wüsthof® Classic Ikon steak knives. 4.5" 4.5"D Forged of high-carbon steel Triple-riveted polypropylene handles Walnut storage case Hand wash Made in Germany 4 4.5" Steak KnivesDepth: 4.5" BoxWidth: 10" Depth: 4.625" Height: 1.5" read more

Wusthof
$79.95 $120.00
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The sleekest steak knives combine the renowned quality and craftsmanship of Wüsthof with a contemporary stainless design that's th...e ultimate in utility. Eight knives with linear, polished handles and laser-cut, high-carbon stainless steel serrated blades nestle in a handsome wood presentation box with rosewood finish. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Set of eight Wüsthof® steak knives. 4.5" High-carbon stainless steel Laser-cut serrated blades Rosewood-colored chest Hand wash Made in Germany ShankHeight: 4.5" read more

Crate & Barrel

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 developed at 2750 degrees Fahrenheit. The specially weighted handles and patented Schmidt Brothers curve provide ideal hand position and leverage to control and guide the knife. Steak knife set is nested in a presentation box for gift giving and storage.Set of fourSchmidt Brothers® Carbon6 Steak Knives. 9.65"D Designed by the Schmidt brothers High-carbon German steel blade Blade has a 18 degree edge angle Weighted stainless-steel handle Easy care, no oiling required Hand wash Made in China Overall DimensionsDepth: 9.65" 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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Wusthof
$369.95 $695.00
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The Classic Ikon series builds on the Wüsthof fine cutlery tradition with thinner blades, refined ergonomic handles, and recessed ...bolsters that allow full sharpening to the heel. Precision forged knives feature tempered and hardened high-carbon steel blades with a long-lasting V-ground edge that's easy to sharpen. Perfectly balanced, triple-riveted synthetic handles are more sanitary than wood. Acacia block has a great countertop presence. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Wüsthof® Classic Ikon 7-Piece Acacia Knife Block Set: 3.5" paring knife, 6" utility knife, 8" cook's knife, 8" bread knife, kitchen shears, sharpening steel and acacia knife block. Forged of high-carbon steel Blades have a 14 degree edge angle Triple-riveted polypropylene handle Hand wash Made in Germany 17 Slot Acacia Knife BlockWidth: 4.5" Depth: 11" Height: 8.5" Warranty AvailableView the manufacturer's warranty (PDF) read more

Wüsthof® Classic Ikon 7-Piece Acacia Knife Block Set
Kyocera Cutlery
$59.95 $98.00
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With this Kyocera electric ceramic knife sharpener you're able to sharpen your Kyocera ceramic knives at home. This battery-powere...d sharpener from Kyocera uses diamond abrasives and is designed specifically for sharpening Kyocera's revolutionary ceramic knives. It can even remove chips from your Kyocera knives that are up to 0.5 millimeters deep. This Kyocera electric sharpener is also easy to clean because the cover comes right off and is isolated from the grinding mechanism. read more

Kyocera Electric Ceramic Knife Sharpener
Chef's Choice
$149.95 $195.00
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The Chef's Choice Model 130 Professional Sharpening Station was voted best overall knife sharpener by the Wall Street Journal cata...log critic column (May 2007). The Chef's Choice model 130 professional knife sharpener is their top of the line electric knife sharpener. The model 130 profesionally sharpens and steels all types of knives included standard kitchen knives, serrated knives, Japanese knives, sports and more. This Chef's Choice electric knife sharpener has 3 stages to quickly sharpen knives, even neglected ones. The first stage uses diamond abrasives to sharpen the edge. The second stage acts as a miniature steel while the 3rd stage of the knife sharpener has a flexible stropping disk to polish the edge to a very sharp edge. The Chef's Choice model 130 professional sharpening station comes with a limited 3 year warranty from Chef's Choice. Also available in a brushed metal body version. read more

Chef'sChoice Model 130 Electric Knife Sharpener
Chef's Choice
$79.95 $105.00
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This professional electric sharpener safely and quickly gives kitchen and sports knives an incredibly sharp, longer-lasting edge w...ith no guesswork. Patented 3-stage process, 100% diamond abrasives and foolproof magnetic guides create razor-sharp edges. Sharpens the entire edge of kitchen, fishing, hunting and pocketknives. Safe for quality knives. Acclaimed worldwide by serious cooks and renowned chefs. Two-year limited warranty. Made in U.S.A. read more

Chef'sChoice Model 110 Knife Sharpener (White)
Shun
$179.95 $225.00
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The epitome of cutlery, the Shun Premier 8 inch Chef's Knife is everything a knife should be. With a Damascus steel blade that has... been sharpened to a single-bevel edge, the chef's knife can cut through just about anything. Slicing, dicing, chopping, and mincing, the blade has a granton edge so even moist foods won't stick to the blade. A hand-hammered design is featured on the side of the blade which brings an ancient look and feel to the knife. The handle features a natural wood-grain design of dark Pakkawood in a D-shape so it is comfortable to hold because it contours better to hands. The Shun Premier 8 inch Chef's Knife will make a statement in any kitchen, so it's best to put it on display. The Shun Premier Collection harkens back to traditional craftsmanship of Japanese blades, including swords and knives. All blades are constructed of layers of Damascus steel for a sturdy blade that takes a sharp edge easily and retains it. The knives are sharpened to a single-bevel and fashioned extremely thin for precise cuts. A granton edge creates a semblance of a non-stick surface by allowing air between the blade and food so chefs can cut swifter and smoother. The side of the blade features a hand-hammered appearance (called Tsuchime in Japanese) for a look that resembles ancient blades constructed by hand. The signature Shun emblem is emblazoned on the blade and the base end-cap. Stainless bolsters hold each blade in perfect balance to the contoured handle. Made of dark Pakkawood the handle is given a D-shape for a more natural feel in the hand. The exposed wood-grain adds to the old world charm of the Premier knives. Shun has paid attention to every detail of every blade in the Premier Collection assuring each deserves to be called Premier. Blade measures 8 inches. read more

8" Chef's Knife - Shun Premier
Wusthof
$19.95 $25.00
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Precision sharpening for European-style Wüsthof® knives hones both fine angled and serrated blades. Easy-operation sharpener is pr...e-set to a 14-degree angle to restore the originally factory edge with a coarse carbide slot for sharpening and a fine ceramic slot for honing. Use of this sharpener with other brand knives is not recommended and could cause damage.Wüsthof® 2 Stage Knife Sharpener. 8"Wx1.75"Dx3.5"H Plastic, carbide and ceramic For use with Wüsthof® knives only Hand wash Made in China Overall DimensionsWidth: 8" Depth: 1.75" Height: 3.5" read more

Wüsthof® 2 Stage Knife Sharpener
Wusthof
$19.95 $25.00
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Add to your cutlery collection with this steak knife. Stamped blade is tempered and hardened steel with a long-lasting, V-ground e...dge. Full tang adds weight and balance. Synthetic handle is triple-riveted. High-carbon, no-stain blade is easy to sharpen. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Wüsthof® Gourmet Steak Knife. 4.5" Tempered and hardened steel Long-lasting, V-ground edge Blade has a 14 degree edge angle Full tang Triple-riveted synthetic handle High-carbon, no-stain laser-cut stamped blade Easy to sharpen Hand wash Made in Germany read more

Wüsthof® Gourmet 4.5" Steak Knife
Wusthof
$79.95 $139.95
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The Classic Ikon series builds on the Wüsthof fine cutlery tradition with new thinner blades, refined ergonomic handles, and reces...sed bolsters that allow full sharpening to the heel. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Wüsthof® Classic Ikon Hollow Ground Santoku Knife. 5" 5"D Forged of high-carbon steel Blade has a 10 degree edge angle Triple-riveted polypropylene handle Hand wash Made in Germany BladeDepth: 5" read more

Wüsthof® Classic Ikon 5" Hollow Ground Santoku Knife
Wusthof
$299.95 $500.00
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The Classic Ikon series builds on the Wüsthof fine cutlery tradition with new thinner blades, refined ergonomic handles, and reces...sed bolsters that allow full sharpening to the heel. Steak knife combines a sharp curved blade and great grip. Includes walnut storage case. More Wüsthof® available via special order. Please contact your local store.Set of four Wüsthof® Classic Ikon steak knives. 4.5" 4.5"D Forged of high-carbon steel Triple-riveted polypropylene handles Walnut storage case Hand wash Made in Germany 4 4.5" Steak KnivesDepth: 4.5" BoxWidth: 10" Depth: 4.625" Height: 1.5" read more

Set of 4 Wüsthof® Classic Ikon Steak Knives
Robert Welch
$24.95 $36.00
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Designed and engineered by Robert Welch Designs in the English Cotswolds, this Signature steak knife offers the home chef a unique... value with a new hybrid of European and Asian cutting-edge technologies. Rated in the top 1% of all brand knives by CATRA (Cutlery and Allied Trades Research Association) for their initial sharpness and edge retention, Signature knives have won major international design awards including the "Highest Possible Grade Achieved" by the Craft Guild of Chefs. Fully forged and robotically engineered, Signature knives feature German stainless steel blades ? in this case designed especially for great control when slicing meat. Engineered using World Edge Geometry?, blades are honed, hardened and tempered to razor sharpness with a precision 15-degree edge angle that cuts and slices effortlessly; full-tang blades extend the entire length from tip to heel for strength, durability and balance. Black synthetic Dupont? handle with a signature "RW" stainless steel logo is moulded precisely and angled to feel as if it's custom-fit to the hand. Robert Welch® and other Wedding Registry offersRobert Welch® Signature Steak Knife. 5"H Award-winning design by Robert Welch Designs, England Unique hybrid of European and Asian cutting-edge technologies German stainless steel full-tang blade is taper-ground to a 15-degree Asian edge angle Small blade provides precise control for peeling or dicing fruits and vegetables Ergonomic Dupont? synthetic handle Easy to sharpen Hand wash only Lifetime Warranty Made in Taiwan BladeDepth: 5" Warranty AvailableView the manufacturer's warranty (PDF) read more

Robert Welch® Signature 5" Steak Knife
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