Williams-Sonoma Saladini Ox Horn Chefs Knife

For more than 400 years, the Saladini family has been crafting knives in the Tuscan town of Scarperia, a famed center of cutlery production. This versatile chef?s knife features a fully forged blade and a handle carved from elegant ox horn,... polished to a lustrous sheen. The all-purpose knife is indispensable for everyday chopping and slicing. Fully forged stainless-steel blade. Blade is tightly joined to a polished natural ox-horn handle carved from the densest part of the horn for superior strength and a beautiful grain. Handle color will vary. 6" chef?s knife: 6" blade; 4 3/4" handle; 5 1/2 oz. 8" chef?s knife: 8" blade; 4 1/2" handle; 6 oz. Handcrafted in Italy by Saladini, cutlery makers since the 17th century. 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. 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

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

Williams-Sonoma

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

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

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

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

Williams-Sonoma

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

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

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

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

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