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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. The chef?s knife is one of the most used knives in the kitchen and is perfect for chopping, slicing and mincing. Blade is made 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. 8? chef?s knife: 8?-long blade; 4 3/4?-long handle; 5 1/4 oz. 10? chef?s knife: 10?-long blade; 5?-long handle; 6 1/2 oz. Handcrafted in Japan. read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$139.95 $150.00
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The ultimate slicer for everything from crusty artisan loaves to soft, buttery brioche, this precision knife has a unique scallope...d blade for top performance. The large and small scallops work together to ensure efficient slicing?without tearing and with fewer crumbs. The extra-long blade allows you to slice even the widest European-style loaves. The blade?s width raises the handle off the cutting board, leaving plenty of room for knuckle clearance as you slice cleanly through the bottom crust. A special arched bolster, designed by architect Matteo Thun, promotes a perfect thumb grip to ensure unrivaled comfort. Knife is precision forged using Zwilling?s Sigmaforge process, resulting in an exceptionally hard yet flexible blade. Zwilling?s Friodur ice-hardening technique results in a harder, sharper blade that is corrosion resistant and highly elastic. Precise lasers are used to ensure each blade?s edge is at the optimal cutting angle for maximum sharpness. Arched bolster perfectly supports the thumb for ultimate comfort, safety and precise handling. Also allows the full length of the edge to be sharpened, from tip to end. The sleek ABS resin handle is triple riveted to the blade and contoured for a secure, comfortable grip. Made in Germany by Zwilling J.A. Henckels, founded in 1731. read more

Shun
$499.95 $600.00
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The Shun Blue Steel series was developed in partnership with award-winning chef Chris Cosentino, known for his ?nose to tail? phil...osophy of using the whole animal. These traditional Japanese knives feature a core of blue steel?a fine-grained carbon steel favored by professional chefs for its blazing sharpness? that is encased between two layers of stainless steel. This set equips you with three essential knives from the Japanese kitchen?the honesuki, the kiritsuke and a multipurpose utility/butcher knife?for covering a wide range of cutting tasks. Kiritsuke knife: In Japan, using a kiritsuke is a sign of a master chef. A skilled cook can do just about anything with this long-bladed knife, which functions like a chefs knife for all-purpose chopping, thin slicing and mincing. Utility/butcher knife: Excels at breaking down larger pieces of meat into cuts for cooking, and makes quick work of separating meat from bone. The size and shape also makes it an ideal all-purpose utility knife for the kitchen. Honesuki knife: With its triangular blade, the honesuki is used for boning poultry, but it also excels at other meat-trimming tasks, such as frenching a rack of lamb. Japanese san mai construction features carbon steel between two layers of stainless steel, providing the ultra-sharpness of carbon steel with the easier maintenance and added corrosion resistance of stainless steel. Blue steel, hardened to 61 Rockwell, is a super-hard, fine-grained carbon steel known for taking and maintaining an extremely sharp edge (?blue? refers to the paper the raw steel comes wrapped in). Mirror-polished blades have a bead-blasted edge where the two steels meet, showcasing the layered construction. Traditional Japanese hexagonal handles are made of gray PakkaWood. Each knife includes a protective sheath. Knives handcrafted in Japan; sheaths made in China. read more

Michel Bras
$420.00-$465.00 $501.00-$544.00
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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, these santokus have wide blades for greater precision, with a slight curvature for ease of movement. 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, 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

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Made in Japan of an advanced ceramic, the blade of this santoku knife holds its exceptionally sharp edges up to ten times longer t...han steel and won?t react with foods. Remarkably lightweight, its ergonomic design reduces fatigue during repetitive cutting chores. The signature ?sheep?s foot? tip allows for a more linear edge from heel to tip than a typical chef?s knife. It?s ideal for slicing, dicing and mincing. Blade is made from zirconium oxide, a state-of-the-art ceramic that holds a razor-sharp edge far longer than traditional steel. Cuts through fresh produce and boneless meats with remarkable ease and precision. Weighing less than a comparable steel knife, this ceramic knife is very nimble and easy to maneuver. Nonreactive blade won?t discolor foods or affect flavors. Resin handle is contoured for a comfortable grip. 5 1/2"-long blade. Made in China (blade manufactured in Japan). read more

Laguiole En Aubrac

From France?s Laguiole region, famed for its expertly crafted knives, each of these steak knives is the work of a single master cu...tler whose craft begins with shaping the wood and concludes with fitting the blade. Set includes six handmade 4 1/2? steak knives and a wooden storage case. Blades are forged from ultrastrong Sandvick steel. The decorative chasing on the metal spine is the signature of the craftsman who made the knife. Each handle is made of a different wood: apple, walnut, olive, plum, juniper and boxwood. Made in France. read more

Williams-Sonoma
$920.00 $1,069.00
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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, these versatile steak knives echoe the design of the traditional Laguiole knife of France. Set includes three 4? steak knives. 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 (#7), 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

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The town of Scarperia has been a center of Italian knife-making since the 18th century. Consigli has maintained the traditional, a...rtisanal methods of oil tempering and quenching their blades to produce the finest knives. This set offers a complete range of knives for the home kitchen, with handles and block made from gorgeous olivewood. Stainless-steel blades with triple-riveted olivewood handles. Full tang and bolster forged using artisanal methods. Olivewood handles and block are dried and oiled for maximum durability. Block features a striking sloped façade. Made in Italy. Set includes: 9" chef?s knife. 9" bread knife. 10" slicer. 9" carving knife. 6" boning knife. 4 1/2" utility knife. 7" carving fork. 8" honing steel. Olivewood block. Please note: Storage block is counted as an individual piece. read more

Sabatier
$62.00-$79.95
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Legendary for their precise blades and impeccable craftsmanship, true Sabatier knives are considered to be those made by a select ...group of French manufacturers whose origins date back to the 19th century. Our Sabatier knives have been made by family-owned Therias et l?Econome in Thiers, France since 1819. Their blades exhibit world-class strength, durability and edge retention. The curved, relatively broad blade of the chef?s knife is perfect for chopping firm vegetables, mincing herbs, slicing fruit and much more. Fully forged for superior durability and balance. The Sabatier knife?s signature narrow, pointed blade-shape encourages precision and control. Z50C13 stainless-steel blade is strong yet flexible and holds a razor-sharp edge. Comfortable, moisture-resistant synthetic ABS handles offer a sure grip. Blade, bolster and tang are all made from a single piece of steel for greater strength and control. Rounded bolsters contribute to a great hand feel and facilitate a variety of cutting grips. Full-tang construction provides optimum balance and a rock-solid feel. Based in Thiers, France, Therias et l?Econome has been making knives for more than 190 years. 8" chef?s knife: 8"-long blade; 4 3/4"-long handle; 7 oz. 10" chef?s knife: 10"-long blade; 5"-long handle; 9 oz. read more

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Made in Japan of an advanced ceramic, the blade of this full-sized chef?s knife holds its exceptionally sharp edge up to ten times... longer than steel and won?t react with foods. The knife?s remarkably lightweight, ergonomic design reduces fatigue during repetitive chopping, mincing and dicing. Its long 7? blade makes it a versatile performer for larger cutting tasks. Blade is made from zirconium oxide, a state-of-the-art ceramic that holds a razor-sharp edge far longer than traditional steel. Cuts through fresh produce and boneless meats with remarkable ease and precision. Weighing less than a comparable steel knife, this ceramic knife is very nimble and easy to maneuver. Nonreactive blade wont discolor foods or affect flavors. Resin handle is contoured for a comfortable grip. 7? blade. Made in China (blade manufactured in Japan). read more

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$179.95 $199.95
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Get the best of Kyocera Revolution cutlery in one essential set. The knives feature blades made of an advanced ceramic that holds ...an exceptionally sharp edge up to ten times longer than steel and wont react with foods. The remarkably lightweight, ergonomic designs reduce fatigue during repetitive chopping, mincing and dicing. Set includes four essential knives plus a bamboo storage block. Blades are made from zirconium oxide, a state-of-the-art ceramic that holds a razor-sharp edge far longer than traditional steel. Ceramic knives weigh far less than a comparable steel cutlery and are very nimble and easy to maneuver. Nonreactive blades wont discolor foods or affect flavors. Resin handles are contoured for a comfortable grip. 3" paring knife: Compact size and sharp point make this knife perfect for smaller tasks, such as peeling fruits and mincing vegetables. 4 ½ utility knife: Offers all the control of a paring knife plus a bit more length for bigger jobs?perfect for peeling, trimming and slicing. 5 1/2" santoku: The signature ?sheep?s foot? tip allows for a more linear edge from heel to tip than a typical chef?s knife?ideal for slicing, dicing and mincing. 6" chef?s knife: All-purpose knife for chopping, mincing and slicing. read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$179.95 $224.00
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Forged in Solingen, Germany, Professional "S" knives are designed to meet the challenges of professionals as well home cooks. The ...pieces combine a classically contoured design with refined construction standards that ensure superior sharpness, strength and durability. This elegant set is composed of the essential cutlery for carving a turkey or slicing a roast. Knife?s razor-sharp blade simplifies cutting portions of uniform thickness. Companion fork holds the meat in place as you carve and to transfer the carved meat from a serving platter to dinner plates. Precision forged using Zwilling?s Sigmaforge process, resulting in an exceptionally hard yet flexible blade. Zwilling?s Fridour ice-hardening technique produces a harder, sharper blade that is exceptionally durable, corrosion resistant and highly elastic. Precise lasers are used to ensure each blade?s edge is at the optimal cutting angle for maximum sharpness and cutting ease. Full tang ensures good balance (a solid piece of steel extends from the tip of the knife to the end of the handle). Contoured for a secure, comfortable grip, the sleek ABS resin handles are triple riveted to the blades. Crafted in the famous cutlery center of Solingen, Germany. Two-piece set includes 8" carving knife and matching fork. read more

Laguiole En Aubrac

These limited-edition steak knives celebrates an American icon, San Franciscos Golden Gate Bridge, built in 1937. From France?s La...guiole region, famed for its expertly crafted knives, each of these steak knives are the work of a single master cutler and includes steel purchased from the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. Arriving in a signature wooden storage case with a bridge blueprint, the piece makes an exceptional gift and collectors item. Set includes four steak knives. Handcrafted from stainless steel with a stylized bee made from steel used in the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. The decorative chasing on the metal spine serves as the signature of the craftsman who made the knife. Blades are forged from ultrastrong Swedish Sandvik steel. Packaged in a signature Golden Gate Bridge wooden storage case and includes a bridge blueprint. 6 3/4" blade, 5 1/4"-long handle; 3.25 oz. Made in Frances Laguiole region, the set includes a certificate of authenticity. read more

Shun
$99.95 $125.00
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This paring knife has a wide blade that proves handy for crushing garlic and transferring finely chopped ingredients to your bowl ...or pot. The size and shape are so versatile, this tool essentially functions as a small utility knife for a range of cutting tasks. VG MAX "super steel" blade is clad on each side with 16 microthin layers of high-carbon steel, creating a variegated look reminiscent of a Damascus-style blade. Exceedingly sharp cutting edge is long lasting and easy to maintain. Durable PakkaWood handle resists moisture and has a D shape, to sit comfortably in the hand. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level standards for professional kitchens. 4 1/4"-long blade. Handcrafted in Japan. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. 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

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

Wusthof
$59.95-$99.95 $75.00-$125.00
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In its seventh-generation of family ownership, Wüsthof has been making some of the finest kitchen cutlery in the world since 1814.... The Gourmet line features precision stainless-steel blades that resist stains and rust and hold an exceedingly sharp edge. Maybe the most used knife in the kitchen, the chef?s knife is a versatile chopper, mincer and slicer. Stamped blade is made of high-carbon stainless steel for top performance and durability. Triple-riveted high-impact plastic handle provides a secure, comfortable grip. Made in Germany. read more

Global
$189.00 $249.00
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Legendary industrial designer Komin Yamada brings a new age of innovation to Global cutlery with Sai?individually hand-hammered kn...ives with one-of-a-kind character. Unifying function and design, this distinctive Japanese bread knife combines an ergonomic handle with a triple-layered steel blade whose serrated edge slices effortlessly through crusty loaves without compressing breads soft interior The first new cutlery line produced by Global in more than 30 years, Sai blends the Japanese company?s tradition of craftsmanship with modern technological advancements. Designer Komin Yamada pairs a user-friendly organic design with anindividually hand-hammered blade that makes each knife unique. The knives combine three layers of steel: a core of patented, ultra-hard Cromova 18 Sanso stainless-steel alloy and two outer layers of more flexible 18/8 steel for added strength and resistance to rust. Professional-quality blades are ice-hardened and tempered to increase hardness, resist corrosion and maintain long-lasting sharpness. Each blade is hand-hammered to create hollow air pockets that reduce drag, allowing the blade to glide through food without sticking. 12.5 degree blade edge is mirror-polished by hand for exceptionally long-lasting sharpness. The perfectly balanced handle has an ergonomic thumb rest for a smooth, efficient cutting motion and steady, comfortable grip. Iconic dots on the knifes hollow handle represent seven traditional Japanese virtues from the Samurai code of honor. 9"-long blade; 6"-long handle; 8.25 oz. Made in Japan. read more

Global
$225.00 $277.00
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Made to the exacting standards of Japanese professional chefs, Globals award-winning knives are prized for their perfect balance, ...light weight and sleek, seamless construction. This set includes three fundamental pieces of kitchen cutlery, so you can enjoy the performance of Global knives every day. Set includes a 7" Asian chefs knife, a 5" hollow-ground santoku and a 4" paring knife. Blades are made of exceptionally hard Cromova 18 high-carbon stainless steel, ice tempered and hardened to resist corrosion. Prominent 1/4" edges are visible to the naked eye and ground straight to a point rather than beveled, resulting in impressive sharpness and edge retention. Stainless-steel handles are seamlessly constructed and textured for a good grip. Crafted to professional standards, these knives are lightweight yet perfectly balanced. read more

Global
$70.00 $89.95
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Made to the exacting standards of Japanese professional chefs, Globals award-winning knives are an excellent choice for the discer...ning home cook. This paring knife?s short blade makes it easier to safely maneuver when making precise, intricate cuts. Blade is made of exceptionally hard Cromova 18 high-carbon stainless steel, ice tempered and hardened to resist corrosion. Prominent 1/4" edge is visible to the naked eye and ground straight to a point rather than beveled resulting in impressive sharpness and edge retention. Stainless-steel handle is seamlessly constructed and textured for a good grip. Crafted to professional standards, this knife is lightweight yet perfectly balanced. read more

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Setting a new standard in ceramic cutlery, the Kyotop collection from the Japanese company Kyocera uses an industrial-grade cerami...c that is extremely dense, allowing it to resist wear up to ten times longer than steel. The blade is finished in an elegant Damascus-style pattern, and the moisture-resistant PakkaWood handle provides a comfortable grip. Ultra-sharp, lightweight blade is perfect for chopping, mincing, dicing and more. Extremely dense zirconium oxide blade cuts easily through fresh produce and boneless meats and requires very little sharpening. Blade is finished in a traditional Damascus-style pattern. Comfortable, richly grained PakkaWood handle resists moisture. Extremely lightweight, nimble and easy to maneuver. Nonreactive ceramic blade will never corrode from natural acids and oils found in produce. Stick-resistant blade surface releases food easily and is easy to clean. 6"-long blade; 5 1/2"-long handle; 3.75 oz. Made in China (blade manufactured in Japan). read more

Wusthof
$99.95 $125.00
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In its seventh generation of family ownership, Wüsthof has been making some of the finest kitchen cutlery in the world since 1814.... The Gourmet line features precision stainless-steel blades that resist stains and rust and hold an exceedingly sharp edge. This hardworking knife is great everything from chopping and dicing vegetables to cubing and slicing meats, poultry and fish. The size of the blade makes it easy to prep large quantities of ingredients ? or larger vegetables and cuts of meat. Use the extra-wide blade for transferring prepped ingredients to your work bowl. Stamped blade is made of high-carbon stainless steel for top performance and durability. Triple-riveted high-impact plastic handle provides a secure, comfortable grip. 8"-long blade; 5"-long handle; 7.25 oz. Made in the renowned cutlery center of Solingen, Germany. read more

Sabatier

Legendary for their precise blades and impeccable craftsmanship, true Sabatier knives are considered to be those made by a select ...group of French manufacturers whose origins date back to the 19th century. Our Sabatier knives have been made by family-owned Therias et l?Econome in Thiers, France since 1819. Their blades exhibit world-class strength, durability and edge retention. Fully forged for superior durability and balance. The Sabatier knife?s signature narrow, pointed blade-shape encourages precision and control. Z50C13 stainless-steel blade is strong yet flexible and holds a razor-sharp edge. Every detail is superbly crafted, from the triple brass rivets to the beautiful and durable resin-infused handles made of bonded oak wood. Blade, bolster and tang are all made from a single piece of steel for greater strength and control. Rounded bolsters contribute to a great hand feel and facilitate a variety of cutting grips. Full-tang construction provides optimum balance and a rock-solid feel. Based in Thiers, France, Therias et l?Econome has been making knives for more than 190 years. Six-slot storage block is crafted of beech wood with Sapele wood accents. Set includes: 4" paring knife. 6" slicing knife. 8" bread knife. 8" chef?s knife. 8" carving knife. Honing steel. 6-slot storage block. read more

Shun
$79.95-$119.95 $169.00-$188.00
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Combining the best of two knife-making traditions, this knife from our Shun Classic line has a thicker blade than traditional Japa...nese cutlery and a 22-degree cutting edge modeled after European chef?s knives. The thicker, heftier blade allows it be used for heavy-duty cutting tasks while still offering the superb edge retention of the Shun Classic VG-Max ?super steel? blade. Japanese-made chef?s knife with the 22-degree blade-edge angle of Western kitchen cutlery. Appropriate for tasks such as cleaving, cutting through chicken bones, cracking crab shells and preparing melon fruits with thick rinds. Thick, strong blade offers more belly curve for rocking cuts. Broad blade is useful for transferring chopped foods from cutting board to pot. VG-Max ?super steel? blade is exceptionally hard and offers superior edge retention. Blade is clad on each side with 16 microthin layers of high-carbon steel, creating a variegated look reminiscent of a Damascus-style blade. Durable PakkaWood handle resists moisture and is D-shaped to sit comfortably in the hand. Extra weight in stainless-steel bolster balances the heavy blade. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level standards of commercial kitchens. 6" knife: 6"-long blade; 5"-long handle; 6.8 oz. 8" knife: 8 1/4"-long blade, 5"-long handle; 8 oz. Handcrafted in Japan. read more

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These traditional Japanese knives feature a lightweight nonreactive ceramic blade that holds its edge ten times longer than steel.... Blades are made from zirconium oxide, a state-of-the-art ceramic material that holds a razor-sharp edge ten times longer than steel. Designed to slice, mince and dice fresh produce and boneless meats with unrivaled ease and precision. Nonreactive blade wont discolor foods or affect flavors. Resin handle is contoured for a comfortable grip. Set includes 3? paring and 5 1/2? santoku. read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$99.95 $160.00
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Forged in Solingen, Germany, Professional "S" knives are designed to meet the challenges of professionals as well home cooks. The ...cutlery combines a classically contoured design with refined construction standards that ensure superior sharpness, strength and durability. This chef?s knife is a necessity for chopping vegetables, mincing herbs and slicing fruit. Precision forged using Zwilling?s Sigmaforge process, resulting in an exceptionally hard yet flexible blade. Zwilling?s Fridour ice-hardening technique produces a harder, sharper blade that is exceptionally durable, corrosion resistant and highly elastic. Precise lasers are used to ensure each blade?s edge is at the optimal cutting angle for maximum sharpness and cutting ease. Full tang ensures good balance (a solid piece of steel extends from the tip of the knife to the end of the handle). Contoured for a secure, comfortable grip, the sleek ABS resin handle is triple riveted to the blades. Crafted in the famous cutlery center of Solingen, Germany. read more

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Handcrafted in Italy from aged olive wood, our presentation knives provide impeccable service for artisanal cheeses. Use as a hand...some presentation for your next wine-and-cheese gathering or purchase as a set for the ultimate hostess gift. Each knife has a specially designed stainless-steel blade: a curved spreader for soft cheeses, a semiheart-shaped blade for hard cheeses, a wide blade for semihard cheeses and a thin blade for semisoft cheeses. Knife set also includes a fork for serving cheese. Knife and fork handles are carved from aged olive wood, a Mediterranean hardwood prized for its rich coloration and intricate grain. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Global
$299.95 $636.00
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Legendary industrial designer Komin Yamada brings a new age of innovation to Global cutlery with Sai ? individually hand-hammered ...steak knives with one-of-a-kind character. Unifying function and design, these distinctive Japanese knives combine ergonomic handles with triple-layered steel blades, finished with razor-sharp edges that elegantly and efficiently slice through everything from filet mignon to thick-cut pork chops. Set includes four steak knives in a case for presentation and storage. The first new cutlery line produced by Global in more than 30 years, Sai blends the Japanese companys tradition of craftsmanship with modern technological advancements. Designer Komin Yamada pairs a user-friendly organic design with an individually hand-hammered blade that makes each knife unique. The knives combine three layers of steel: a core of patented, ultra-hard Cromova 18 Sanso stainless-steel alloy and two outer layers of more flexible 18/8 steel for added strength and resistance to rust. Professional-quality blades are ice-hardened and tempered to increase hardness, resist corrosion and maintain long-lasting sharpness. Each blade is hand-hammered to create hollow air pockets that reduce drag, allowing the blade to glide through food without sticking. 12.5 degree blade edge is mirror-polished by hand for exceptionally long-lasting sharpness. The perfectly balanced handles have an ergonomic thumb rest for a smooth, efficient cutting motion and steady, comfortable grip. Iconic dots on each knifes hollow handle represent seven traditional Japanese virtues from the Samurai code of honor. read more

Shun
$349.95 $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 chef?s knife is indispensable for everyday cutting tasks from chopping to slicing to mincing. 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. 8"-long blade; 4 3/4"-long handle; 7.8 oz. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Wusthof
$199.99 $620.00
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Williams-Sonoma worked closely with legendary German knife-maker Wüsthof to bring you kitchen knives like no other. The flowing, d...ynamic lines of our innovative Wüsthof Precision collection give the knives a bold, contemporary look, while the seamless transition from handle to bolster to blade results in maximum comfort during use. High-carbon stainless-steel blades and a double-bolster design deliver professional-level performance and satisfying heft. Set includes four 4 1/2" steak knives. Double-bolster design provides exceptional balance and precision. Bolster?s smooth transition from handle to blade allows for an unlimited variety of cutting grips. Precision forged from a single piece of sturdy high-carbon steel that resists stains and corrosion. Wüsthof?s Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) creates a remarkably sharp blade with superior edge retention. Beautifully contoured, ergonomic handle is made of a durable, moisture-resistant synthetic. In its seventh-generation of family ownership, Wüsthof has been making some of the finest kitchen cutlery in the world since 1814. 4 1/2?-long blade. Made in Germany. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Shun
$299.95 $375.00
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This western-style knife is part of the Reserve collection from Shun and is as beautiful to behold as it is to use. A core tool in... professional kitchens, a chef?s knife is indispensable for chopping, dicing, mincing and slicing fruits and vegetables. Striking in its design, the colorful charcoal and crimson PakkaWood handle is contoured for comfort and has an inlaid mosaic crest. Handcrafted in the style of western cutlery, the knife has a fully forged blade that provides added balance when making precision cuts. Inspired by centuries-old samurai sword?making techniques, a core of SG2 powdered steel has a super fine, even grain capable of being forged into an ultrathin yet extremely strong, exquisitely sharp blade. Blade is clad in a true 32-layer Damascus of forged nickel and stainless steel that helps food release easily. Blade has a Japanese-style 16-degree angle. Full-tang construction and a riveted handle made of moisture-resistant, resin-infused polished PakkaWood offer comfort and control. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level standards of commercial kitchens. Handcrafted in Japan. read more

Shun
$199.95 $350.00
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From our premium Kaji line by Shun, this bread knife slices cleanly through a crusty loaf without mashing its soft interior. Handc...rafted in Japan, 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. Long, serrated blade cuts easily through bread crusts to create uniform slices. 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

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An exceptionally hard cutting board provides a stable work surface and also helps protect finely honed blades. Sturdy construction... ? with the edge grain creating the work surface ? gives this board a commercial-quality toughness to withstand years of use. Crafted in the USA from sustainably harvested North American hard rock maple, walnut, or cherry. Edge-grain construction holds up to years of slicing and chopping. This NSF-certified board meets the high-level safety standards for professional kitchens. Made by John Boos and Co., the leading manufacturer of butcher blocks and a staple of the commercial cooking industry since 1887. read more

Wusthof
$269.95 $400.00
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With this superb German-made set from Wüsthof, carving a roast is a pleasure. The knife?s curved high-carbon-steel blade allows yo...u to follow the contours of meat on the bone. The sturdy carving fork holds meat securely in place. Set includes an 8" carving knife and a 10 3/4" carving fork in a black wooden box for presentation and storage. Knife?s curved blade facilitates carving around the bone; hollow-ground depressions reduce friction for even slicing. Wusthofs Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) gives each straight-edged knife an extraordinarily sharp blade that retains its edge 30% longer. Curved fork holds meat in place for steady carving and slicing. Each piece is precision forged from a single piece of sturdy of high-carbon steel that resists stains and corrosion. Knife has a recessed bolster that facilitates honing and sharpening the entire length of the cutting edge; a heel bolster provides added balance. Sleek contoured handles are made of smooth polypropylene. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Williams-Sonoma
$119.99 $149.95
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One of the most important rules for everyday food prep: use the right knife for the job. These durable knives are just what you ne...ed when juicy steaks and chops are on the menu. Their razor-sharp blades slice effortlessly through even the thickest cuts of meat. Because they have finely hand-honed edges, the precision blades glide through the meat smoothly, keeping flavorful juices inside. Part of our Open Kitchen collection, designed and developed by Williams-Sonoma, and exclusively ours. Razor-sharp blade is hot-drop forged from a solid piece of high-carbon Molybdenum Vanadium steel, chosen for its combination of strength, hardness and resistance to stains and corrosion. To ensure precision cutting, each blade is taper ground and hand honed by expert craftsmen. We?ve designed the blades to maintain keen edges that are easy to re-sharpen. Blade has a partial tang embedded deep into handle for added strength and balance. Ergonomic handle molded from a state-of-the-art synthetic rests comfortably and securely in your hand for safe, efficient cutting without fatigue. Made in Solingen, Germany, by a company famous for fine cutlery for over 170 years. Set of four. read more

Shun
$3,499.95 $5,343.00
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Produced by Japan?s leading blade manufacturer, Shun knives reflect the craftsmanship of a centuries-old tradition of Japanese kni...fe making. This stunning 37-piece set ? a Williams-Sonoma exclusive -- is the ultimate Shun knife collection, spanning a complete range of kitchen cutlery for everyday cooking and specialized tasks. VG MAX ?super steel? blades are clad on each side with 16 microthin layers of high-carbon steel, creating a variegated look reminiscent of a Damascus-style blade. Exceedingly sharp cutting edges are long lasting and easy to maintain. Durable PakkaWood handles resist moisture and have a D shape, to sit comfortably in the hand. These NSF-certified knives meet the high-level standards for professional kitchens. Set includes matching honing steel. Bamboo storage block has 36 slots. Handcrafted in Japan. 37-Piece Set includes: 2 1/2" birds-beak paring knife. 3 1/4" vegetable knife. 3 1/2" and 4" paring knives. 4" citrus knife. 4" perfect paring knife. 5 1/2" santoku. 6", 8" and 10" chefs knives. 6" ultimate utility knife. 6" utility knife. 6" boning fillet knife. 6" meat cleaver. 6 1/2" nakiri. 6 1/2" panini knife. 6 1/2" carving fork. 7" flexible fillet knife. 7" hollow-ground santoku. 7" Chinese vegetable cleaver. 7" rocking knife. 7 1/2" double hollow-ground Sumo santoku. 8" carving knife. 9" hollow-ground slicer. 9" bread knife. 10" hollow-ground ham and salmon knife. Eight 4 3/4" steak knives. Kitchen shears. 9" honing steel. 36-slot bamboo storage block. Please note: Storage block is counted as an individual piece. read more

Shun
$349.95 $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 creates a super-sharp, lasting edge, and the hammered blade helps keep foods from sticking for fast, efficient use. This bread knife?s serrated blade slices through the largest loaves without tearing. Eastern-inspired design with extremely thin, lightweight blade for fast and agile performance. The blade?s 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 made of dark, charcoal-colored PakkaWood with crimson striations and an inlaid-mosaic Samurai family crest. Polished-nickel bolster and end cap. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level standards of commercial kitchens. 9"-long blade; 4 3/4" handle; 7 oz. Handcrafted in Japan. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

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Made in Japan of an advanced ceramic, the blade of this bread knife holds its exceptionally sharp edge up to ten times longer than... steel and won?t react with foods. The knife?s remarkably lightweight, ergonomic design reduces fatigue during repetitive cutting chores. Its long, serrated blade can slice cleanly through the crispy crusts of whole loaves with ease. Blade is made from zirconium oxide, a state-of-the-art ceramic that holds a razor-sharp edge far longer than traditional steel. Cuts through breads and other foods with remarkable ease and precision. Weighing less than a comparable steel knife, this ceramic knife is very nimble and easy to maneuver. Nonreactive blade wont discolor foods or affect flavors. Resin handle is contoured for a comfortable grip. 7? blade. Made in China (blade manufactured in Japan). read more

Global
$59.95-$123.00 $119.00-$159.00
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Globals award-winning knives are made to the exacting standards of Japanese professional chefs. These chefs knives have hollow-gro...und indentations along the blade that reduce sticking, which allows for quicker, more efficient slicing and chopping. Blade is made of exceptionally hard Cromova 18 high-carbon stainless steel, ice tempered and hardened to resist corrosion. Prominent 1/4" edge is visible to the naked eye and ground straight to a point rather than beveled resulting in impressive sharpness and edge retention. Hollow-ground indentations along the blade increase efficiency and decrease sticking. Stainless-steel handle is seamlessly constructed and textured for a good grip. Crafted to professional standards, this knife is lightweight yet perfectly balanced. Made in Japan. read more

Shun
$119.95 $150.00
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The Shun Premier collection is distinguished by hand-hammered blades and walnut-colored PakkaWood handles that evoke the artistry ...of traditional hand-forged knives. Hand-crafted in Japan, the blades are thin and lightweight. This steak knife delivers the razor-sharpness and balanced control that makes slicing into a perfectly cooked steak such a distinct pleasure. Blades feature a core of VG-10 "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 handles have a two-position design, providing a trigger grip for pull cuts and the perfect balance point for a pinch grip. Stainless-steel end caps embossed with the Shun logo add stability, strength and wide weight distribution from end to end. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level standards of professional kitchens. read more

Wusthof
$229.95 $360.00
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The added heft and long blade of this steak house-style knife provides the extra leverage needed to quickly slice through the larg...est porterhouse or rib-eye. Its razor-sharp serrated leading edge slices cleanly and won?t tear even the most tender cuts. Knife is precision forged from a single piece of sturdy high-carbon steel that resists stains and corrosion. Edges are hand ground for sharpness and precision. Full tang is triple riveted to the handle for exceptional durability and control. Synthetic handle is contoured for a comfortable grip. read more

Shun
$169.95 $213.00
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The extra width and weight of this blade give it the focused power to cut through whole chickens or large blocks of cheese. Two st...acked rows of hollow grounds resist sticking when slicing and the broad blade is great for scooping up chopped ingredients from cutting board. VGMax ?super steel? blade is clad on each side with 16 microthin layers of high-carbon steel, creating a variegated look reminiscent of a Damascus-style blade. The wide angle-tipped blade combines the best features of a chef?s knife and a cleaver. Two rows of indentations along the blade reduce friction and keep slices from sticking. Exceedingly sharp cutting edge is long lasting and easy to maintain. Durable PakkaWood handle resists moisture and has a D shape, to sit comfortably in the hand. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level safety standards for professional kitchens. Handcrafted in Japan. read more

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Made in Japan of an advanced ceramic, the blade of this chef?s knife holds its exceptionally sharp edge up to ten times longer tha...n steel and wont react with foods. The knife?s remarkably lightweight, ergonomic design reduces fatigue during repetitive chopping, mincing and dicing. Blade is made from zirconium oxide, a state-of-the-art ceramic that holds a razor-sharp edge far longer than traditional steel. Cuts through fresh produce and boneless meats with remarkable ease and precision. Weighing less than a comparable steel knife, this ceramic knife is very nimble and easy to maneuver. Nonreactive blade wont discolor foods or affect flavors. Resin handle is contoured for a comfortable grip. 6? blade. Made in China (blade manufactured in Japan). read more

Wusthof
$54.95 $70.00
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In its seventh-generation of family ownership, Wüsthof has been making some of the finest kitchen cutlery in the world since 1814.... The Gourmet line features precision stainless-steel blades that resist stains and rust and hold an exceedingly sharp edge. This bread knife?s long, scalloped blade can slice cleanly through the crispy crusts of whole loaves with ease. Stamped blade is made of high-carbon stainless steel for top performance and durability. Triple-riveted high-impact plastic handle provides a secure, comfortable grip. 8?-long blade; 4 3/4?-long handle; 3.5 oz. Made in Germany. read more

Sabatier
$46.00-$79.95
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Legendary for their precise blades and impeccable craftsmanship, true Sabatier knives are considered to be those made by a select ...group of French manufacturers whose origins date back to the 19th century. Our Sabatier knives have been made by family-owned Therias et l?Econome in Thiers, France since 1819. Their blades exhibit world-class strength, durability and edge retention. The curved, relatively broad blade of the chef?s knife is perfect for chopping firm vegetables, mincing herbs, slicing fruit and much more. Fully forged for superior durability and balance. The Sabatier knife?s signature narrow, pointed blade-shape encourages precision and control. Z50C13 stainless-steel blade is strong yet flexible and holds a razor-sharp edge. Every detail is superbly crafted, from the triple brass rivets to the beautiful and durable resin-infused handles made of bonded oak wood. Blade, bolster and tang are all made from a single piece of steel for greater strength and control. Rounded bolsters contribute to a great hand feel and facilitate a variety of cutting grips. Full-tang construction provides optimum balance and a rock-solid feel. Based in Thiers, France, Therias et l?Econome has been making knives for more than 190 years. 6" chef?s knife: 6"-long blade; 4 1/4"-long handle; 3.75 oz. 8" chef?s knife: 8"-long blade; 4 3/4"-long handle; 7 oz. 10" chef?s knife: 10"-long blade; 5"-long handle; 9 oz. read more

Shun
$69.99 $99.95
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Designed with balanced handle ergonomics and composite blade technology to maximize cutting performance, the exceptional Haru Coll...ection is the best value that Shun has ever produced. Developed in partnership with Williams-Sonoma. Our exclusive Haru commemorative knives feature both the Williams-Sonoma and Shun logos on the blades and handles. Precision stainless-steel blades have a VG-10 "super-steel" cutting edge to ensure top performance. Exceedingly sharp cutting edges are long lasting and easy to maintain. This knifes long, slightly curved blade is designed for fast, efficient chopping, mincing, slicing and dicing. Durable synthetic handles have a pebbled texture to guarantee a secure, comfortable grip. These NSF-certified knives meet the high-level standards for professional kitchens. 8"-long blade, 5 1/2"-long handle; 6 1/2 oz. Made in Japan. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Williams-Sonoma
$49.95 $60.00
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Preferred by culinary professionals worldwide, this commercial-quality Swiss knife has a serrated blade designed for cutting foods... that combine a hard or tough exterior with a soft interior. Chefs rely on it for slicing roasts, salami, tomatoes, citrus fruits ? and of course, bread. Mirror-polish high-carbon stainless-steel blade is laser-tested for unrivaled sharpness. Durable, lightweight Fibrox handle is textured for a secure, nonslip grip. Made in Switzerland by Victorinox, manufacturers of the original Swiss Army knives. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level hygiene standards for commercial kitchens. Dishwasher safe. read more

Global
$599.00 $1,025.00
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Legendary industrial designer Komin Yamada brings a new age of innovation to Global cutlery with Sai?individually hand-hammered kn...ives with one-of-a-kind character. Unifying function and design, these distinctive Japanese knives combine ergonomic handles with triple-layered steel blades that maintain their exceptionally sharp edges. Our hand-selected set includes five home-chef essentials and a handsome cutlery block. The first new cutlery line produced by Global in more than 30 years, Sai blends the Japanese company?s tradition of craftsmanship with modern technological advancements. Designer Komin Yamada pairs user-friendly organic designs with individually hand-hammered blades that make each knife unique. The knives combine three layers of steel: a core of patented, ultra-hard Cromova 18 Sanso stainless-steel alloy and two outer layers of more flexible 18/8 steel for added strength and resistance to rust. Professional-quality blades are ice-hardened and tempered to increase hardness, resist corrosion and maintain long-lasting sharpness. Each blade is hand-hammered to create hollow air pockets that reduce drag, allowing the blade to glide through food without sticking. 12.5-degree blade edge is mirror-polished by hand for exceptionally long-lasting sharpness. The perfectly balanced handle has an ergonomic thumb rest for a smooth, efficient cutting motion and steady, comfortable grip. Iconic dots on the knifes hollow handle represent seven traditional Japanese virtues from the Samurai code of honor. Stainless-steel storage blocks angled design helps protect the blades, and its nonslip rubber base anchors the block securely on a countertop. Block has slots for nine knives and a honing steel. Made in Japan. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. 5-Piece Set includes: 3 1/2" paring knife. 5 3/4" utility knife. 6 3/4" serrated utility knife. 7 1/2" chef?s knife. Nine-slot storage block including spot for honing steel. Please note: Storage block is counted as an individual piece. read more

Sabatier
$38.00-$40.00
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Legendary for their precise blades and impeccable craftsmanship, true Sabatier knives are considered to be those made by a select ...group of French manufacturers whose origins date back to the 19th century. Our Sabatier knives have been made by family-owned Therias et l?Econome in Thiers, France since 1819. Their blades exhibit world-class strength, durability and edge retention. The compact blade of this knife is ideal for peeling, controlled cutting and detail work. Fully forged for superior durability and balance. The Sabatier knife?s signature narrow, pointed blade-shape encourages precision and control. Z50C13 stainless-steel blade is strong yet flexible and holds a razor-sharp edge. Every detail is superbly crafted, from the triple brass rivets to the beautiful and durable resin-infused handles made of bonded oak wood. Blade, bolster and tang are all made from a single piece of steel for greater strength and control. Rounded bolsters contribute to a great hand feel and facilitate a variety of cutting grips. Full-tang construction provides optimum balance and a rock-solid feel. Based in Thiers, France, Therias et l?Econome has been making knives for more than 190 years. 3 1/4"-long blade; 4"-long handle; 2.25 oz. 4"-long blade; 4"-long handle; 2.5 oz. read more

Wusthof
$279.95 $465.00
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Crafted and hand honed in Germany, the stylish Wüsthof Classic Ikon collection offers a contemporary profile with handles of durab...le polypropylene. This trio of essential kitchen cutlery?paring, chef?s and bread knives?is an excellent starter set for new cooks. Each knife is precision forged from a single piece of sturdy high-carbon steel that resists stains and corrosion. Full tangs are triple riveted to the handles for exceptional durability and control. Wüsthofs Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) gives each straight-edged knife an extraordinarily sharp blade that retains its edge 30% longer. Recessed bolster facilitates honing and sharpening the entire length of the cutting edge; a heel bolster provides added balance. Sleek contoured handles are made of smooth polypropylene. Made in Solingen, Germany. 3-Piece Set includes: 3 1/2" paring knife 8" bread knife 8" chefs knife read more

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