If you’re looking for a complete knife set you’ll be proud of at a price that won’t put a dent in your savings account, this is the clear winner. If you’d like to step things up a few notches, it’s hard to go wrong with the Willing Pro 7-Piece Knife Block Set.
Complete with four knives all forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, the precision-honed blades are extra-sharp, stylish and just feel really nice in your hand. But if you’re looking to make an investment in your kitchen tools, we can’t think of a better place to start.
At first blush, we didn’t think we’d like the poly padded handles, but they were actually extremely comfortable and kept the knives from slipping, even after they had just been hand-washed. Plus, it is exceptionally sharp and took practically zero effort to drag through a few-days-old loaf of crusty bread, take the rind off a cantaloupe or slice berthing pieces from a tender tomato or peach, earning it more points than the Willing or Author versions.
After plenty of chopping, slicing and dicing, the Chicago Cutlery knives remained as sharp as their brand-new counterparts. Also putting Chicago over the top were all the extras: The steak knives performed great while slicing through grilled filet Mignon and the two Santos knives were handy for slicing cheese, mincing garlic and scooping everything off the cutting board.
They’re great for chopping soft or sticky things like meat, veggies, herbs and cheese and for scooping food off your cutting board, thanks to their wide blade.) When you’re seeking out knives that are super sharp, durable, ergonomic and will last a lifetime, we highly suggest you stop and give this standout set a good look.
Heckles, which was founded back in 1731, also takes into account the benefits of both Western and Asian knife design. For example, the chef’s knife blade has a broad curve to allow for a Western-style rocking motion, but a straight back that aligns with the Asian chopping style.
They’re forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, making them harder and sharper than many other models. Lasers are then used to angle the edges of the blades for precision sharpness, and the process seems to have succeeded.
The chef’s knife, which was our favorite from the Willing set, for one, practically dropped through a head of lettuce, and easily sliced through carrots, onions, herbs and more. In fact, it seemed more like a utility knife, and the oversized blade, while very sharp, made it difficult to core a tomato or hull a strawberry.
Thinner than other knives we tested, the handles fit perfectly in a woman’s hand, but our male tester wished they were a smudge more substantial. It glided through onions, potatoes and tomatoes, took the corn off the cob with ease and sliced through the tough rind of a pineapple like it was nothing.
The paring and utility knives fit comfortably into our hands and easily sliced everything we tested them on: limes, oranges, strawberries, carrots, zucchini, radishes, you name it. The serrated bread knife drew right through our baguette loaves, making us dream of a second career as an apprentice in a French boulangerie.
The fact that the set includes just four knives and comes with a $450 price tag kept it from being our overall winner or runner-up. If you have the money to invest, however, we think the classic, elegant set will not only look like a crown jewel on your kitchen counter, but also continue to dazzle for a lifetime.
We spent weeks testing these knife sets, comparing each model by the same criteria, including overall performance, build quality, added accessories and warranty, taking detailed notes on how specific knives functioned based on everything from sharpness and materials to heft and hand-feel to how they looked and the usefulness of any included extras. We ordered two of each set so that after spending several days slicing and dicing our hearts out, we were able to compare the used knive’s sharpness to their just-out-of-the-box twins.
As avid home cooks, we already spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen, but as our dining room table became overtaken with woodblocks filled with knives to test, we quickly found ourselves continually looking for things to chop. Chef’s knife: This standard tool is made to take on most of the bigger jobs in the kitchen.
Its weight makes it easier to chop uploads of ingredients in one go, say, for a big pot of soup or to roast a bounty of potatoes and vegetables. We tested chopping through meat, onions, carrots, herbs and more, noting the knife’s design, grip, weight and general feel.
We noted the ease of drawing the blade through different food items, and also whether the knife glided through paper or snagged. So, for this knife, we cored and peeled apples and tomatoes, and minced shallots and garlic to evaluate its performance and feel.
Too many items to list, including tomatoes, hard cheese, oranges, carrots and salami, were used to test how easily this knife could live up to its name. We looked at ease of cutting through difficult foods, as well as how thin we could slice something softer, such as a tomato.
Forged knives, for example, are typically stronger than stamped, which are cut from a flat metal sheet. Full tang, meaning the blade extends through the handle, helps create balance and overall heft.
Feel: So much of handling a kitchen knife rests on how it feels in your hand, so we paid special attention to the heaviness of the blades and handles, maneuverability, weight distribution and ease of sliding the knives in and out of their blocks. While we realize taste is subjective, we noted our general reaction to how nice they looked.
Build had a maximum of 35 points: quality (15); knife feel (10); room for knuckle clearance (5); appearance (5). Handcrafted in Semi, Japan, the durable, beautiful and razor-sharp Damascus stainless steel blades had us oohing and aching at their ability to perfectly slice through everything.
The paring knife, for instance, was so sharp that as we used it to core a tomato, we found it was shaving skin off our finger from the slightest touch. Admittedly, we thought the claim that the block’s built-in ceramic sharpeners would work with each use was a gimmick, but we were quickly impressed that the knives really did seem to get sharper every time we chopped and sliced.
As far as performance, the all-stainless steel, full-tang knives handled well and felt balanced, although they did feel overly heavy in our hands. We also appreciated the fact that the handles are labeled so you can quickly grab the correct knife.
These knives scored lower on performance than most models: They weren’t as sharp, the hollow metal handles felt too light, causing an imbalance, and they tended to get slippery when wet. Besides the value price, it features lightweight, dishwasher-safe stainless steel blades that will cover your cutting needs.
We must admit, when we unboxed this midnight black set noted by the company for its “menacing design,” we were prepared to be underwhelmed. Our aesthetic biases had us thinking these would prove to be more flash than performance, though we know some will dub the highly stylized look as awesome.
The geometric design of the military-grade G10 handles actually fit really comfortably into our hands and their slight texture made slippage a non-issue. The full-tang titanium nitride-coated German steel blades were razored sharp and excellent at chopping and slicing everything we threw at them.
The curved blade of the chef’s knife was helpful in chopping, but its thinness made it feel a bit light. In fact, the heavy handles, paired with thin blades, seemed to affect the balance of the knives.
And, at a rather hefty price, it includes just five knives (chef’s, paring, utility, serrated and Santos) plus a honing steel. Then again, if your home decor is Kylo Men meets Jacques Pepin, put these on your wish list immediately.
If you know a college student who has made the move from their dorm to their first apartment, this colorful set of kitchen knives would make a fine housewarming gift. They’re BPA-free and come with matching sheaths, so they can be easily stored in a drawer, saving precious counter space.
They didn’t feel especially sharp out of the box, our fingers smashed against the cutting board as we chopped and the blades felt heavy compared to the plastic handles, which threw off the balance of the knives in our hands. Its unique, vertical tempered glass block had one family member wrinkling his nose with distaste, two teenagers dubbing it “sick” (a good thing) and one who kept waffling between “so cool” and “trying too hard.” But whether you like the looks of the glass block, no one can argue that these are great knives.
Nice and sharp out of the box, they’re made using high-carbon German steel, a bolster for support and neoprene handles with full tang, offering fairly even weight distribution. With the set, you get five knives : 8-inch chef’s, 8-inch bread, 6-inch boning, 5-inch utility and 3 1/2-inch paring, plus that controversial holder.
Made of honed, stainless steel blades and plastic curved handles with full tang, the chef’s knife was our favorite, although it felt a bit light in the hand. Overall, the knives were sharp out of the box, look nice in their wood block and come with an affordable price tag when on sale (which seems to be most of the time at most retailers).
I've invested hundreds of dollars in chef's knives, but I use them every day to slice, dice, cube, mince or, if I'm feeling fancy, chiffon. A good knife can feel like a dream -- and it can make holiday cooking even more fun than usual -- but a poorly balanced or dull one can be a pain to use, and can even lead to more cut fingers and other accidents.
David Priest/CNET Since you're going to be using it a lot, a chef's knife should be a pleasure to use -- properly weighted, but not heavy enough to make using it tiring. David Priest/CNETGlobal's popular chef's knife is a Japanese-style blade, which means it boasts a scary-sharp edge and a nimble-feeling lightweight body.
David Priest/Nettles Japanese-style chef's knife lies at the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to price, but it rests at the top of best lists online for a reason: it's a fantastic product. Not only is the Mac super sharp (it slides through tomatoes without any tearing whatsoever), but its blade is thinner than heavier knives like Author's, which makes slicing snappier veggies like carrots feel like cutting a ripe banana with a butter knife.
Mac's most popular chef knife is perfectly balanced, so you never feel at risk of losing control of the blade. I'm fairly fastidious with my knives, but this, along with my growing fondness of the Global chef's knife, have resulted in Mac's slight drop in the ranking.
David Priest/CNETHands-down, the biggest surprise of my testing was the performance of Mercer's $16 Culinary Millennia 8-inch chef's knife. But the handle design is perfect for teaching beginners how to hold and use a chef's knife, guiding your thumb and index finger to the base of the blade.
The light weight and cheap design mean you don't get the long life or the full versatility you'd get from a workhorse like the Author, but if you're wanting a starter chef's knife to learn for six months while you save for a bigger investment, the Mercer really is a great cook's knife. The Author was my original favorite knife until I got my hands on the Mac and Global Japanese-style knives, and it still stands up as a top-of-the-line option.
That said, the Author classic is perfectly balanced between the handle and blade, and it has a heel to protect your fingers, which makes it feel all the safer to wield. One of the best measures of how comfortable a knife feels in your hand is breaking down a chicken -- as it requires many types of cuts across skin, meat, fat and cartilage.
It's versatile and comfortable, and its high carbon steel forged blade will keep a sharp edge as well as nearly any other knife -- Mac and Global excluded -- in this price range. The Willing Gourmet is a stamped blade, rather than a forged one, which means it likely won't hold its edge as long as the Author.
It's also lighter, which means your hand won't be guided quite as well through a tomato or similarly delicate food. All that said, the Willing's cuts were consistently clean, it felt comfortable in my hand, and for $50, I'd be more than happy to add this knife to my kitchen.
Our procedures blended five tests -- slicing tomatoes, dicing onions, mincing leafy herbs, chopping carrots and breaking down chickens -- each with a 1-to-10 rating, with more general use and observation. I wanted to approach the procedures as the average home cook would, focusing on general use and experience.
Beyond its measurable performance with various foods, I approached each knife as a package -- experiencing how its weight and balance came together to create an experience that either felt intuitive or awkward. Overall, we tested a dozen of the most popular chef's knives for home cooks, including Mac, Global, Artisan Revere, Victorinox, Kitchen aid, Cuisinart, Home favor, Freeware, Willing, J.A.
Mac, Author and Global were my stand-out favorites for quality and performance, and if you're really serious about adopting a high-quality chef's knife, any of these three will do the trick. While I gave my assessments above, everyone will have their own slight preferences -- Global feels best to me, but if I ate more meat and denser veggies, I would probably lean toward Author as the more robust blade.
And if perfectly minced herbs and delicately sliced fish were more common cuts in my kitchen, Mac might take the crown. It's well-balanced, and feels closest in profile to Global: it's not heavy and thick-spined like the Author, and so had more trouble with the butternut squash and pineapple; and it's not quite as razor-sharp as the Mac.
Artisan Revere offers an excellent product for a price that will be hard to swallow for most customers. I just can't recommend that home cooks buy a chef's knife that costs $300 more than comparable products, except as a luxury item.
David Olkovetsky, founder and CEO of Artisan Revere, told me over email that the reasons for the price tag are manifold: most importantly, the high-quality steel blade is made with more environmentally friendly methods, and the so-called “super steel” will retain its edge better than competitors. The $50, which seems like a natural winner given its reasonable price tag and similar design to the more expensive Author classic, really disappointed me.
It's another workhorse of a knife, but its butt is heavier than it should be, so heavy prep gets tiring, and mincing feels awkward. Finally,'s knife was the worst of the bunch: It is so poorly balanced, in fact, that I stopped the chicken test midway through for fear of cutting myself.
That makes almost every type of prep, from slicing and dicing to mincing and chicken boning, feel awkward at best and dangerous at worst. It was one of the few knives in our test that could cleanly slice tomatoes, chop onions, cut up carrots, bone a chicken, and create thin ribbons of basil.
The German classic is fully forged and has a full tang, which helps it feel perfectly balanced and ergonomic in your hand. It's dishwasher safe (a rarity for cutlery), but we recommend hand-washing to extend its lifespan.
The handle sits in the center of your palm, making this knife a true extension of your hand. This fully forged, high-carbon German steel knife cut through almost every task very easily.
It also comes with a protective plastic covering, making it extra safe to store. One of the sharpest knives we've tested, Global's Santos is all stainless steel, so there aren't crevices along the handle that trap food.
Shun's beautiful chef's knife literally glides through ripe tomatoes with its sharp edge. The rounded black Lakewood handle is comfortable even for small hands to get around, and if an 8-inch size (the most common length of a chef's knife) feels excessive and heavy, we think the 6-inch blade on this one will be a perfect fit.
Heckles Chef's Knife is one of the top-selling knives on Amazon. It does just as excellent a job at slicing through delicate ribbons of basil as it does plow through a rough-and-tough butternut squash.
Stays sharp between sharpening Reviewer favorite Great across delicate and tough tasks In our testing, it made quick work of chopping parsley, slicing tomatoes, dicing onions, and even boning a chicken.
The knife's gorgeous rosewood curved handle gives you a comfy, ergonomic grip. This 8-inch chef's knife is lightweight and super sharp, which made it very easy to cut through all off the veggies in our test without tiring our hand or wrist.
The Made In 8-inch Chef's Knife did not disappoint: In addition to being very pretty to look at, it performed every cutting task well. It comes in cute packaging that is not only safe and easy to open, but also instructs you how to hold the knife and how to use the entire blade like a pro.
The type of material affects the weight of the knife, the feel of it, as well as the price. Our best words of advice: Look for a knife that feels like an extension of your hand and keep it sharp.
Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Editor & Product Analyst, Kitchen Appliances & Technology Lab Betty Gold earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Studies and Nutrition from New York University, and prior to joining Good Housekeeping, she worked with the James Beard Foundation and other leading food media brands like Bon Appétit, Food Network Magazine, and The Martha Stewart Show. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Testing Editor & Producer Nicole is a recipe developer trained in classic culinary arts and culinary nutrition who specializes in testing and developing kitchen appliances; she currently runs the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. I've invested hundreds of dollars in chef's knives, but I use them every day to slice, dice, cube, mince or, if I'm feeling fancy, chiffon.
A good knife can feel like a dream -- and it can make holiday cooking even more fun than usual -- but a poorly balanced or dull one can be a pain to use, and can even lead to more cut fingers and other accidents. David Priest/CNET Since you're going to be using it a lot, a chef's knife should be a pleasure to use -- properly weighted, but not heavy enough to make using it tiring.
David Priest/CNETGlobal's popular chef's knife is a Japanese-style blade, which means it boasts a scary-sharp edge and a nimble-feeling lightweight body. David Priest/Nettles Japanese-style chef's knife lies at the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to price, but it rests at the top of best lists online for a reason: it's a fantastic product.
Not only is the Mac super sharp (it slides through tomatoes without any tearing whatsoever), but its blade is thinner than heavier knives like Author's, which makes slicing snappier veggies like carrots feel like cutting a ripe banana with a butter knife. Mac's most popular chef knife is perfectly balanced, so you never feel at risk of losing control of the blade.
I'm fairly fastidious with my knives, but this, along with my growing fondness of the Global chef's knife, have resulted in Mac's slight drop in the ranking. David Priest/CNETHands-down, the biggest surprise of my testing was the performance of Mercer's $16 Culinary Millennia 8-inch chef's knife.
But the handle design is perfect for teaching beginners how to hold and use a chef's knife, guiding your thumb and index finger to the base of the blade. The light weight and cheap design mean you don't get the long life or the full versatility you'd get from a workhorse like the Author, but if you're wanting a starter chef's knife to learn for six months while you save for a bigger investment, the Mercer really is a great cook's knife.
The Author was my original favorite knife until I got my hands on the Mac and Global Japanese-style knives, and it still stands up as a top-of-the-line option. That said, the Author classic is perfectly balanced between the handle and blade, and it has a heel to protect your fingers, which makes it feel all the safer to wield.
One of the best measures of how comfortable a knife feels in your hand is breaking down a chicken -- as it requires many types of cuts across skin, meat, fat and cartilage. It's versatile and comfortable, and its high carbon steel forged blade will keep a sharp edge as well as nearly any other knife -- Mac and Global excluded -- in this price range.
The Willing Gourmet is a stamped blade, rather than a forged one, which means it likely won't hold its edge as long as the Author. It's also lighter, which means your hand won't be guided quite as well through a tomato or similarly delicate food.
All that said, the Willing's cuts were consistently clean, it felt comfortable in my hand, and for $50, I'd be more than happy to add this knife to my kitchen. Our procedures blended five tests -- slicing tomatoes, dicing onions, mincing leafy herbs, chopping carrots and breaking down chickens -- each with a 1-to-10 rating, with more general use and observation.
I wanted to approach the procedures as the average home cook would, focusing on general use and experience. Beyond its measurable performance with various foods, I approached each knife as a package -- experiencing how its weight and balance came together to create an experience that either felt intuitive or awkward.
Overall, we tested a dozen of the most popular chef's knives for home cooks, including Mac, Global, Artisan Revere, Victorinox, Kitchen aid, Cuisinart, Home favor, Freeware, Willing, J.A. Mac, Author and Global were my stand-out favorites for quality and performance, and if you're really serious about adopting a high-quality chef's knife, any of these three will do the trick.
While I gave my assessments above, everyone will have their own slight preferences -- Global feels best to me, but if I ate more meat and denser veggies, I would probably lean toward Author as the more robust blade. And if perfectly minced herbs and delicately sliced fish were more common cuts in my kitchen, Mac might take the crown.
It's well-balanced, and feels closest in profile to Global: it's not heavy and thick-spined like the Author, and so had more trouble with the butternut squash and pineapple; and it's not quite as razor-sharp as the Mac. Artisan Revere offers an excellent product for a price that will be hard to swallow for most customers.
I just can't recommend that home cooks buy a chef's knife that costs $300 more than comparable products, except as a luxury item. David Olkovetsky, founder and CEO of Artisan Revere, told me over email that the reasons for the price tag are manifold: most importantly, the high-quality steel blade is made with more environmentally friendly methods, and the so-called “super steel” will retain its edge better than competitors.
The $50, which seems like a natural winner given its reasonable price tag and similar design to the more expensive Author classic, really disappointed me. It's another workhorse of a knife, but its butt is heavier than it should be, so heavy prep gets tiring, and mincing feels awkward.
Finally,'s knife was the worst of the bunch: It is so poorly balanced, in fact, that I stopped the chicken test midway through for fear of cutting myself. That makes almost every type of prep, from slicing and dicing to mincing and chicken boning, feel awkward at best and dangerous at worst.
The knife has a full tang, which means the blade continues running through the length of the handle, helping with balance. Most knives with this feature carry a heftier price tag, so this one is a great find.
Amazon's best -selling chef's knife has an ergonomic plastic handle for a comfortable grip. The biggest differentiator: It's technically dishwasher safe (though hand washing is still the best way to extend the lifespan of any knife).
Luckily this affordable knife comes with a special sheath that automatically hones the blade before and after each use. Heckles team knows a thing or two about kitchen knives : The company was founded in Germany in 1731, making it one of the oldest knife manufacturers in the world.
The classic chef's knife has an eight-inch blade made of German steel and an ergonomic handle, plus it's dishwasher safe. Amazon.Comte pretty white handle on this lightweight Mercer chef's knife has a textured section to help you grip it properly.
Madeincookware.this knife, made of high-quality steel with a nitrogen finish, makes a great gift: You can have the blade engraved for an extra $20. It's a favorite among professional chefs, including Free's fellow Food Network star Michael Simon.
You can buy the chef's knife on its own for $50 or invest in the whole collection if you really love the sleek look. This model has pronounced “dimples” to make it easy to slice through sticky foods like potatoes.
This knife from the Japanese brand Global is highly rated on Amazon, with nearly 1,000 reviews and an average of 4.7 stars. If you're a serious cook looking to splurge, you can't go wrong with this classic chef's knife from Author.
It's super sturdy with an eight-inch blade and a five-inch triple riveted handle that will feel comfortable in most hands. Sure, other knives in your kitchen might be better suited for special tasks like cutting bread or paring vegetables, but the best chef's knives are designed to help you do pretty much everything else: chop herbs, mince garlic, dice vegetables, slice meat, and more.
If you’re a keen home cook or aspiring professional chef, a real good-quality set of kitchen knives can really improve your results in the kitchen ! A top-rated kitchen knife set will equip you with the right tool for every slicing and dicing task that you undertake.
Investing in a good set of kitchen knives will make food preparation a pleasurable breeze; and should last you a lifetime too! All the kitchen knives sets we’ve reviewed in this guide can be great options, whether you are cooking Paleo or any other type of popular cuisine.
Rather than buying individual kitchen knives and ending up with a mix and match collection of cutlery, you will probably find it more cost-effective to purchase a custom-made set that comes complete with a storage block. This selection of bestkitchenknives will cover most of your daily cutting and carving tasks in the home kitchen.
Depending on what kind of food you work with, you will need to choose a selection of knives that best fit your cookery tasks: Chef’s or Cook’s knife: This is a wide blade that is used for chopping and slicing a variety of foodstuffs, from chicken breasts and cold meats to vegetables.
The blade of the best quality chef’s knife should be slightly curved to provide a rocking motion as it cuts. The blade should be flexible and have a sharply pointed tip for helping to loosen meat from the bone.
The Santos has a curved end, rather than a pointed one, making it ideal for the chopping and slicing tasks that are integral to Asian cuisine. In the long run, it’s always best to buy the very highest quality knives that your budget will stretch to, as these will last you longer and perform better.
Stainless steel is popular due its anti-corrosion qualities, although it does need more frequent sharpening than other materials in order to keep the cutting edge sharp. Standard stainless steel tends to be the material of choice that is used in the manufacture of cheaper kitchen knife sets, although price doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality of the product is inferior.
Although it is usually more expensive than standard stainless steel, it contains a higher proportion of carbon, meaning that your blades will retain their sharpness for longer and will also be harder wearing. Carbon steel is very rust and corrosion resistant and produces a consistently sharp blade, even after repeated sharpening.
Investing in a kitchen knives set made from carbon steel should mean that you never need to replace them, and they should give efficient service for their lifetime. However, ceramic knife blades do tend to inflict considerable damage on wooden chopping boards and you cannot use them in a twisting motion that would be necessary for some tasks.
A standard knife steel simply will not do the job, and you will need to send your titanium knives away to a professional company to have them re-honed. For safety reasons, the choir should be smooth and not pointed backwards, as this could injure your forefinger when you apply pressure to the knife.
It is usually thicker than the rest of the blade in order to prevent your fingers from slipping forward and sustaining injury. However, bear in mind that a bolster that is too large will make it difficult to sharpen the full length of the blade.
Balance is an important consideration when choosing a chef’s knife, and we’ll look at this in more detail later in the guide. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that knives washed by hand usually stay sharper for longer.
Some are designed to completely sheath the knife blade within the block, leaving only the handle or bolster sticking out, whereas others allow the knives to hang down between two clear tempered glass or acrylic plates. Also, be sure to choose a block that allows plenty of space between the knife handles for ease of use, especially if you have manual dexterity problems.
The second option allows you to see the knife blade, making it quick and easy to select the right one, which is essential if you work in a busy kitchen. Additionally, airborne bacteria can quickly gather on exposed blades, presenting a hygiene issue.
This handy feature can save you a lot of time and labor and is also much safer to use than a sharpening stone or steel. A good-quality knife block should be heavy enough to keep it stable on a smooth kitchen work surface.
As there are plenty of kitchens knife sets available that offer a wide and comprehensive choice of blades, it’s usually more practical to buy one of these. Rather than using a knife block, you could opt to store your kitchen knives on a magnetic strip attached to the wall or to the inside of a cupboard door.
Although this would save counter space in a small kitchen and allows you to clearly see which blade is which, it is not an ideal storage solution. The knives will be left exposed to the steam and airborne grease in your kitchen environment, potentially leaving the blades vulnerable to corrosion and trapping bacteria.
We’ve compiled this list of kitchen knife sets reviews to help you choose the best one for your needs. Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set, ... Ergonomic Neoprene handle offers... High carbon, no-stain German X50 Cr Mo...
Mercer Cutlery provide high-quality kitchen knives to many cooking academies and are the choice of many professional chefs. The Genesis collection of kitchen knives is designed for comfort, efficient cutting, and durability. The knives are forged from single-piece, high-carbon, no-stain German steel.
The collection of kitchen knives is housed in a stylish, contemporary tempered glass block that’s designed to stand upright on your kitchen counter. All the knives and the shears are housed in a stunning slant-style hardwood block. The high-carbon, stainless steel knife blades are hand finished in Switzerland.
A special tempering process is employed to produce a blade edger than can be re-sharpened throughout its life, ensuring that the original sharpness is retained. The knife handles in this best cutlery set are ergonomically designed to provide a natural, comfortable fit and reduce wrist tension. The handles are also cleverly designed with minimal crevices that could harbor bacteria, improving the hygiene of the knives.
Author knives have been hand-crafted in Germany since 1814, and the superior quality and workmanship in every knife collection reflects this experience. The blades are precision-forged from durable stainless steel, featuring a full tang for strength and a bolster for added balance and weight. The unique 14 degree dual-edge tapered cutting edge ensures reduced drag when slicing through food, producing effortless, seamless cutting every time. The knife handles are triple-riveted for strength and are made from extra-durable synthetic polyoxymethylene for fade and discoloration resistance.
The block’s ultra-slim design allows you to maximize your kitchen counter space. The knife set comes with a lifetime guarantee. Global G -835/WS-6 Knife Set with Block, 6 Piece, Silver Thin blades for precision slicing Face-ground with long taper so edge... Blades made of high-tech Promote... Light weight and perfect balance reduces... Stainless-steel handles are molded for...
The knives are stored in an attractive stainless steel counter top block. The knife blades are thin and razor sharp, providing zero drag and easy slicing through any foodstuff. The Promote 18 stainless steel that is used to make Global knife blades is a forged from a blend of 18% chromium for excellent stain resistance, plus vanadium and molybdenum for longer edge retention. Superior knife balance is provided via a trademark, sand-filled hollow handle design.
The stainless steel knife handles are molded for comfort and feature a unique darkened dimple texture to give a non-slip grip. Made from hygienic, high-quality stainless steel, the blades’ single-piece stamped construction makes these knives comfortably lightweight.
The handles are curved for improved comfort and feature a stainless steel end cap for style and balance. Day’s high-quality kitchen knife blades are made only from high carbon content stainless steel for super-sharp, precision cutting and longevity.
A smart hollow handle design delivers excellent weight and balance to prevent your hand from becoming strained during long periods of food preparation. This newly designed Cuisinart kitchen knife set is made from superior high carbon stainless steel for longevity and stain resistance.
The one-piece design ensures that there are no cracks or crevices where the handle joins the knife blade, which could harbor bacteria or trap dirt. The knife handles are hollow, making the knives well-balanced and comfortable to use, even during long sessions of food prepping.
Each blade is designed to be easy to clean, and they are all precision-tapered to gradually narrow into an extremely sharp, fine edge, ensuring easy, smooth cutting with no annoying dragging or tearing. The Cuisinart knife set is presented in a smart black acrylic block and comes complete with a useful sharpening tool. Exclusive taper grind edge technology... High carbon stainless steel creates a... Care Instructions: Do not put knives in... 3.25" parer, 3" peeler, 5" utility, 8...
Although these knives are not as expensive as other comparable sets, you can still enjoy the experience of a professional chef thanks to their quality and craftsmanship. Soft, comfort grip poly handles provide you with perfect balance and control, even when your hands are wet or greasy. This kitchen knife set is presented in an attractive stained pine wood block that will grace any countertop.
Full tang construction guarantees excellent strength and the curved design fits easily into your hand for comfortable grip, even during long food prepping sessions. Forged design for increased weight and... Hand washing recommended Full Lifetime Warranty.
The knives are housed in an attractive solid wood block with a handy in-block sharpener. The knife blades are fabricated from professional-grade forged high-carbon stainless steel, tapering to integral stainless steel handles, which are contoured for comfort and ease of use. Chicago Cutlery’s exclusive taper grind edge technology ensures that each blade gives maximum sharpness to ensure precise, seamless cutting with no snagging or tearing. The forged design gives the knives better balance and increased weight for stability and ease of use.
High-carbon stainless steel is renowned for its ability to resist rust, pitting, and staining, ensuring that your kitchen knife set will last you a lifetime. The full metal tang extends from the knife tip into the handle, providing superior strength, control, and balance.
A forged bolster prevents wet or greasy fingers from running onto the blade. To keep the knives in superb condition, they should be hand-washed. Chicago Cutlery offer a lifetime warranty on this top-quality product. Kitchen knives should feel well-balanced and comfortable in your hand, especially if you undertake long sessions of repetitive food preparation tasks.
Kitchen knives with an integral handle design are easier to keep clean and are less likely to trap dirt and bacteria. Manufacturers of the best professional chef knife sets always offer a lifetime warranty, illustrating how confident they are in their product.
With a long straight blade and a thin super-sharp edge, a chef knife helps you to cut and slice all kinds of food with ease. Everybody loves chef knives for various reasons, but mainly because they make the cooking experience faster and easier.
For this reason, chef knives are assessed as one of the most popular kitchen tools. With a high-grade chef knife, you will always be prepared for making all kinds of food from simple dishes to more complicated ones in your kitchen.
If you want to please your all family members with diverse and flavorsome food, all you need to do is to get a high-quality chef knife right away. The reason is that with a high-quality chef knife, they can perform many cooking techniques for different purposes on a daily basis.
Hopefully, this list will give you sufficient knowledge to choose the best chef knife for your countertop or restaurants. When it comes to the best chef knife under $100 for not only commercial but also home uses, the first brand that pops up in our mind is Strong.
With sophisticated technology and intensive knowledge of the cooking-tools domain, these chef knives with the staggering design will satisfy every consumer, even the pickiest one. It is not exaggerating to say that many existing companies have no match for Strong brand in terms of the quality of chef knives.
Budget is one of the most important factors that you need to consider when purchasing a chef knife for your lovely kitchen. First, this knife owes its great characteristics to outstanding cutting-edge technology.
Being made of imported high-carbon ThyssenKrupp German steel, this Strong Gladiator Series knife provides you with an aggressive, sharp, and high-quality blade. This best chef knife under $100 with a wide and ultra-sharp blade enables you to peel, dice, or slice food with ease.
The handle, which is made of black Lakewood imported from Spain, is suitable for both left- and right-handed people. The handle is designed a little longer, which aids in tackling difficult cooking tasks, easy slicing, and effortless cutting.
The perfect balance and durability are ensured due to its triple rivet and end cap. Strong Gladiator Series’ knives are designed for easy holding and gripping.
Perfectest Strong Sheath The design has won many awards and the blade is hand-polished with a stain finish. People with small hands may find it hard to hold the large handle.
Author is one of the most well-known and top-notch brands for producing high-quality knives, which are used by professional chefs and ordinary home cooks. Sharpness is the leading factor that professional chefs highly demand because they have to slice and cut many vegetables and meat on a daily basis.
This best chef knife under $100 is made of one single sheet of high-carbon stainless steel. The sharpness and performance of this knife are ensured by the tempered 58 0 strong Rockwell Hardness.
The sharpness of the blade is also gained by 20% due to the Author high-grade Precision Edge Technology. The blade is forged so meticulously that every professional chef cherishes this knife.
This best chef knife under $100 is a great combination of both lightweight and perfect balance, which means that you can tackle all kitchen tasks with ease. The handle, which enhances the balance and comfort of this knife, is ergonomic with a finger guard for your safety.
The triple rivet and full bolster ensure a more stable and safe cutting process. Besides, this best chef knife under $100 would be excellent good for your friends and relatives’ house-warming party.
The blade is made of high-carbon stainless steel with the tempered 580 strong Rockwell Hardness. Lightweight and good balance are the most outstanding features of this best chef knife under $100.
The blade is made of high-grade high-tech molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel, which helps to keep your knife in the best state for a longer period of time without any sharpening. Because the edge is super sharp and will not blunt easily even when you use it on a daily basis, you must be cautious every time you use this best chef knife under $100.
The edge is sharpened at 15 degrees to create a knife that helps you cut and chop without much effort. The fact that there is no wooden or plastic handle, this best chef knife under $100 is really lightweight.
This feature enables any professional chefs and home cooks to use it with ease. Small dimples are inserted on the handle to avoid slippery grip.
There is also a rounded finger notch to make the knife easier to control. The blade is ultra-sharp and the edge is super thin The handle is made of stainless steel.
Imported high-grade Japanese AUS10 premium Steel is used as the material to make this best chef knife under $100. 3-step Honbazuke 12 degree method is applied to sharpen the knife per side.
The pattern is tsunami rose (Damascus), which gives the knife a brighter, fancier, and more attractive look. This knife is made of Japanese AUS10 Super Steel The handle is a top military-grade G10 Triple rivet is coupled with full-tang Japanese tsunami rose pattern is carved on the surface of the blade.
This 8-inch chef knife from Aroma House comes with an extra free sharpener. If you have ever been worried about how to sharpen your blunt knives, this best chef knife under $100 will help you with this.
Slicing vegetables, cutting fish, and chopping chicken are now very easy with this best chef knife under $100. At the end of the handle, there is a stainless steel end cap, which enhances the beauty of this knife.
Instead of a bolster between the handle and blade, the manufacturer uses smooth polished steel. This best chef knife under $100 fits both left- and right-handed users because the blade is sharpened on both sides.
In the cutlery industry, Mark is one of the most famous and familiar brands. The blade of this knife is made of high-carbon stainless steel with German top-level engineering.
Super-thin edge and lightweight feature make this knife easily tackle different types of kitchen tasks. You can dice and slice vegetables, cut meat, and chop fish.
The Lakewood handle of this Mark Pro 8-inch knife is a little longer for your comfort. Not only is this knife an indispensable kitchen tool, but it is also a great gift for your friends and relatives on various occasions.
When being asked about the most well-known cutlery manufacturers, many people would think of Heckles Internation. Not only is this manufacturer established, but it also has many bases in different countries all around the world such as Japan, France, Spain, China, Denmark, Switzerland, and Italy.
The transition from the blade to the handle is seamless due to the full forged system. The traditional triple-rivet handle offers users a nice balance and comfort of this knife.
You can use this knife to chop, mince, slice, or dice many kinds of foods. This best chef knife under $100 will have the advantages of both lightweight feature and the ability to tackle heavy-duty tasks.
Secondly, a nice balance and safety are ensured due to the full tang bolster knife. Moreover, if the edge is blunt after a long time of use, you just need a sharpening stone to make your knife razor-sharp again.
This company has a lot of business in various countries and it is one of the most popular brands in cutlery manufacturers. There are a lot of lines of kitchen cutlery made by this Heckles knife company.
The lightweight feature makes this knife easy for chopping and slicing. You can use a dishwasher to wash this knife Perfect balance is ensured by a full bolster.
Victorinox is one of the most famous brands in terms of cutlery manufacturing. Founded in 1884 in Switzerland, Victorinox has spent many years producing high-quality knives.
Besides, their top-quality butcher knives help you to easily tackle any kind of meat due to their length and sharpness. You can use this best chef knife under $100 to cut, chop, and slice a lot of kinds of food from meat to vegetables.
Tapered stainless steel is used to make this knife, which boosts the sharpness. The versatility of this knife helps you handle many kinds of kitchen tasks.
This knife will perfectly fit you whether you are a professional chef or a home cook. All in all, you should invest in one and this knife will make your cooking experience easier and more relaxed.
Thermoplastic elastomer is used to make the handle Swiss quality is credible The blade is made of stainless steel. For instance, the design is beautiful, the price is affordable, and the balance is perfect.
There is no exaggeration to say that this best chef knife under $100 is perfect in its design, function, and price. This knife is versatile and can be used to cut, chop, slice, dice, or mince food.
This knife is made of German stainless steel with 58 Rockwell hardness. This best chef knife under $100 is crafted with a perfectly finished and polished layer.
The proper balance between the handle and the blade are ensured thanks to its ergonomic shape. Whether you are a professional chef or a home cook, this knife will be a perfect option for you.
The price is so affordable that you will save a lot of money if you want to purchase one top-graded knife. This knife will also be a perfect gift for your friends due to its beautiful outlook and good function.
The box is very nice Waved pattern enhances the beauty of this best chef knife under $100 The handle is ergonomic The 2 mm edge is ultra-thin This knife is made of German stainless steel. This Kama 8-inch is a multipurpose and versatile chef knife that helps you to cut, chop, or slice many kinds of foods.
The versatility of this best chef knife under $100 helps you to tackle various kitchen tasks. The part between the handle and the blade are finished and polished with a special metal, which enhances the comfort and proper balance of this knife.
Besides the two aforementioned knives, you could also look at the Soulful 8-inch Japanese stainless steel You knife. You can process many kinds of foods from vegetables to frozen meat with ease.
Besides, the size of the chef knife is also a key factor, particularly for cooking newbies. In today’s world, getting a chef knife to make your cooking process easier and faster has become very important.
However, if you have a small budget, it may be a bit difficult to buy one high-grade chef knife. After spending many hours searching in the cutlery market, we have successfully compiled a list of the 10 best chef knife under $100 reviews, which offers you a vast amount of helpful information so that you can buy one best chef knife for your kitchen counter.
Not only do these knives have perfect performance, but the price range is also reasonable that you will not go broke after buying one. Although these chef knives price is affordable and not expensive, their perfect performance and long-lasting durability are indisputable.
If you want to purchase one knife for your kitchen counter, it is worthy to note some important features such as the size, the material, and the handle’s outlook. To choose the best size, you must rely on your feeling when holding a knife in your hand.
The truth is that what makes the perfect knife for you will depend on many factors, including your comfort level with knives, the size of your hands, and what sort of food you like to cook. The chef's knife is capable of dicing veggies, slicing meat, chopping herbs and nuts, and, in a pinch, it'll even go through small bones without too much trouble.
There's a bewildering range of chef's knives available, from dirt-cheap to very expensive specialty blades. To help you make sense of it all, we sliced and diced with dozens of knives until a simple truth emerged: A poorly-made $10 blade you sharpen every day is more useful than a $200 blade that's dull.
Much of the price difference in knives comes down to the quality of materials, which in turn often translates into how well the blade holds its edge. We stuck mostly with 8-inch blades, the sweet spot for the classic chef's knife.
If you're just starting out on your cooking journey, this makes a great first chef's knife and will serve you well for years. It holds an edge very well for a knife at this price and makes a great first step into the world of Japanese knives.
It's a bit longer than many of the blades here, but unlike a lot of Japanese knives, it has a western-style handle. They're dirt-cheap, and the quality of the blade reflects that, but if you regularly sharpen them, they'll perform just as well as knives costing hundreds of dollars more.
For a few dollars more you can grab a set of them ($13 at Amazon), which includes a small cleaver that I love for chopping herbs. Again, take the money you save and invest it in a good set of sharpening stones and you'll have knives that will serve you well for a long time.
All you really need to do is wipe down your knife every time you use it (but especially with highly acidic foods, like lemons and tomatoes). Regularly wiping your knife is a good habit to be in from a cleanliness standpoint as well, and it will ensure your carbon steel blade doesn't rust.
It's easier to get a fine edge on this than on other stainless blades I've tested, and it holds it for a long time. A couple of quick swipes on honing steel and the edge is back.
The Author is definitely a larger, heavier knife, but it's very comfortable to hold and will easily handle anything you throw at it. Tojo's DP You is a solid performer at a great price.
It holds an edge nearly as well as blades twice its price, and it has a wonderful, solid feeling in your hand. The only thing to watch out for with this one is the handle height, which is a little on the low side.
It's not carbon steel soft, but it's much thinner and softer than most European-style knives and therefore easier to sharpen. Keep that in mind when sharpening on a stone, as you'll want to hold it a bit differently to get that great edge back.
NoB ox markets this knife as perfect for “the backcountry chef or traveling cook,” but really it's great in any kitchen, on the trail or off. One distinctly backcountry appeal is that, in a pinch, you can clean fish with this one thanks to its thinner shape.
Knife sets often cost twice as much as buying those three knives separately and don't offer anything else useful. The large wooden storage blocks also steal useful counter space.
A dull knife is not only useless, it's more dangerous, because you will make up for that lack of a sharp edge with more pressure. I have spent enough time in the ER reflecting on this to become somewhat religious about sharpening my knives.
In particular, many modern stainless steel blades are too hard to effectively be sharpened by traditional water stones. Advances in metallurgy and manufacturing in the last 50 years have led to an increase in quality and a decrease in price of the average kitchen cutlery set.
Obviously the term “high end” is subjective, but $500 seemed to be a good starting point for what most people would consider a premium level. The curved blade of the Pro knives makes rock chopping a bit easier.
The Pro series knives are made in Solingen, Germany which is one of the two most famous knife making cities in the world. Willing’s Sigma force one-piece precision-forged construction is well respected, and it is impressive that they have managed to offer knives made with that technique at a relatively affordable price point.
The remarkable durability of the steel used on this set is due in part to Willing’s Fríður ice hardening process which has proved to be more than marketing speak. Ultimately the Willing Pro line of knives are poorly named but well-designed.
Set includes the following: 8 chef, 8 bread, 7 Santos, 6 boning, 5 serrated utility, 5 tomato, 3.5 paring, 2.75 peeling, six 5 steak knives honing steel Full Tang Swedish Sandpit 14C28N Steel Great Edge Retention Forged not Stamped Made in China Extremely Sharp Lifetime Warranty Handcrafted Walnut Block Tangshan is a relatively new kitchenware company that has jumped into the cutlery game in a big way.
Recently they released their high-end TC series of knives that are made with a great Swedish Sandpit steel that has excellent edge retention and is incredibly durable. While the high quality steel is a big plus for this knife set, it is really the design of the knives that make them worthy of this list.
However, based on the materials used and the feel of the knives I would guess that they will last for a very long time if they are cared for properly. Set includes the following: 3.5 paring, 4.5 utility, 5.5 prep, 5.5 serrated utility, 6 slicer, 6 curved boning, 6 chef, 6 carving fork, 6.5 hollow edge Nair, 7 hollow edge Santos, 7 meat cleaver, 8 chef’s knife, 9 bread knife, 9 hollow edge slicing, eight 4.5 steak knives, 10 ceramic honing rod, stainless steel kitchen shears and 24 slot dark ash knife blocks.
Full Tang BD1N American Stainless Steel Highly Rust Resistant 63 Rockwell Hardness Made in Germany and Finished in Switzerland G10 Handles Lifetime Warranty Hand Sharpened To A 15-Degree Double Bevel Triple Rivet Handles Made in China With American Steel. It is an excellent upgrade from the quality German steels that are used by many of the other sets listed in this article.
The steel used in this Nexus set of knives is impressive, but that alone does not justify the price tag. The aggressive tapering of the handle is a break from classic knife design, but it really seems to add to the overall comfort.
If you buy this set I highly recommend you have it professionally sharpened to ensure it keeps it’s 15 degree edge unless of course you are great with a whetstone. They also sport the traditional D-shaped handle in Lakewood, which you don’t get in a lot of Shun’s other knife series.
Full Tang VG-MAX steel D-shaped Lakewood handles 2 empty slots in roll for personal customization NSF certified Made in Japan All the careful crafting and thin edges from Shun rolled up into a student set makes for an impressive start for anyone looking to carve their way into the professional arena.
While it’s admittedly a lot more than a student might need when their first going into culinary school, it would certainly provide a big head start in handling high-quality tools. It provides a good mix of western and Japanese style knives, opening the beginning options of a few different culinary worlds.
Author went to great pains to make sure the Iron series is easy to maintain and well-balanced. You won’t find the same out-of-box sharpness as the Japanese sets, but with that you get some incredible edge retention.
The Author Classic Iron 14-Piece Set is offered in a variety of blocks including walnut, acacia and cherry. The precision edge technology is reserved for Author’s premium knives that are designated with the Classic Iron title.
Author also forges metal end caps at the butt of the handle to give the knives their impressive balance. While the Classic Iron handles are not as visually appealing as some other high-end knife sets, they are sturdy, secure and comfortable.
The most obvious difference is the crème colored handles of this set that I think looks great, but that is certainly subjective. Author Classic Crème Iron steak knives can be purchased separately in a set of four or six.
The included storage block for the 7-piece set has six empty steak knife slots. Matching Author Crème Steak Knives can be purchased separately in a set of six or four (pictured above).
Even the steak knives provide good bang for the buck from both a performance and durability standpoint. It is designed to sit in the corner of a counter, so only two sides of the storage block contain knives.
The backside is empty and a little wide, so if this block is not in a corner it sits out a ways from the wall or edge of the counter. If space is an issue and/or you don’t have a kitchen counter corner available this block may not be ideal.
The size of the block can be decreased by removing the two steak knives sections which is a feature I hope other companies adopt. It is no surprise that Hammer Stahl makes a good carving knife, because they have been active in the barbecue world for many years.
Hammer Stahl calls these knives' quad tang, because the steel is exposed on all four sides. Overall it is an impressive set for the money, and the storage block is really practical if you have the counter space.
101 layers of stainless steel Damascus over an SG2 steel core Canvas Marta handles with a Samurai Crest Full Tang Forged not Stamped Lifetime warranty 63 Rockwell hardness True Damascus pattern Made in Semi, Japan He and his firm are responsible for some of the most functional and visually appealing products and buildings in the world.
In order to match great design with top-of-the-line quality, J. A Heckles chose Consider 30 stainless steel for this set which is one of the highest quality knife steels, but it is rarely found in kitchen cutlery due to its high cost. Heckles pulled out all the stops when they designed the 1731 series and the $2400 price tag reflects that.
Henkel’s proprietary tempering process called Fríður ice hardening. The combination of high-end steel and an advanced tempering process has resulted in blades that set the standard for edge retention, corrosion resistance and flexibility.
The Euro line Damascus Collection is a result of a partnership between master blade-smith Bob Kramer and Willing Heckles. Bob Kramer’s knives have been long time favorites of famous chefs around the world.
The knives in the Willing Farmer Euro line Damascus Collection are works of art. From a quality, performance and aesthetics standpoint there are very few premium knife sets that can compete with the Kramer Willing Euro line Damascus Collection.
German 1.4116 high carbon steel stainless steel, Rockwell 57-58 Industrial-strength polymer handles Bolsterless heels One-piece, hot-drop hammer forged Full tang Sharpened to 15 degrees Lifetime warranty Made in Solingen, Germany This set is made with a polyoxymethylene (you can just call it POM) material similar to what Author uses on their Iron series knives.
The block also comes with 7 empty slots, so this is definitely a strong start to creating your own set down the road. They are still well-balanced, and widely praised for being comfortable, so the weight really only becomes an issue if you’re using these knives professionally on long shifts.
So while these knives are incredibly sharp, and will hold that edge for a long time, that wider mass of material will make fine cutting a little sloppier. It would be nice if they would offer more options when it comes to the wood block knife holder like some other high-end brands do, but Messermeister seems to be very focused on the knives themselves which is good.
Lawson is an American Cutlery company that has been producing quality knives for over 183 years. To their credit they have continued to update their manufacturing and heat treatment processes to ensure their knives are competitive with the big name brands from Germany and Japan.
The combination of old school craftsmanship and modern production methods is evident in their Premiere Forged knife series. Lawson backs up their quality claims with a confidence boosting forever warranty.
The upside of this fact is that the blades of these knives will be more likely to roll or bend a bit rather chip. In short these knives will need to be sharpened a little more regularly, but they are less likely to suffer permanent damage from hitting a hard bone or surface.