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$149.99 list($427.00)
1. Wüsthof Grand Prix 7-Piece Block
$29.99 list($66.99)
2. Farberware 14-Piece Classic Forged
$86.99 $81.79 list($120.00)
3. Wüsthof Classic 7-Inch Hollow
$69.99
4. Furi Rachael Ray 7-Inch East/West
$49.99
5. Furi Rachael Ray 5-Inch East/West
$299.99 $299.95 list($684.00)
6. Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery
$49.95 $48.95 list($80.00)
7. Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife
$29.99 list($100.00)
8. Farberware Traditions Fine Edge
list($120.00)
9. Wüsthof Grand Prix 8-Inch Cook's
$199.99 list($365.00)
10. Wüsthof Gourmet 10-Piece Knife
$195.00 list($243.00)
11. Shun Ken Onion Chef's Knife
$74.99 $69.95 list($100.00)
12. Wüsthof Classic 5-Inch Hollow
$86.99 $86.95 list($120.00)
13. Wüsthof Grand Prix2 7-Inch Hollow
$19.88 list($39.99)
14. Hamilton Beach 74250 Carve 'N
$119.95 list($150.00)
15. Shun Classic 7-Inch Santoku with
$199.99 list($382.00)
16. Henckels 120th Anniversary Four
$299.99 list($519.00)
17. Wüsthof Classic 8-Piece Santoku
$59.99 list($200.00)
18. Cuisinart Ultra Edge 7 piece Set
$82.00 $81.95 list($77.99)
19. Global 8-Inch Chef's Knife
$84.99 $84.95 list($110.00)
20. Henckels Five Star Series 7-Inch

1. Wüsthof Grand Prix 7-Piece Block Set
list price: $427.00
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B0006PRUDE
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Wusthof
Sales Rank: 413
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Housed in a nine-slot wood block, this Grand Prix set offers Wusthof’s excellence in a highly-versatile grouping. The set includes the following knives: 2-3/4-inch narrow-bladed trimming parer; 5-inch serrated and pronged tomato knife; 6-inch all-purpose sandwich knife; and a hefty 8-inch chef’s knife for chopping, dicing, and slicing. Also included are kitchen shears and a 7-inch sharpening steel. The Grand Prix knives feature a pebble-grain synthetic handle molded over an extended tang for a sure, comfortable grip. Because the steel tang does not run the full length of the handle, a Grand Prix knife offers slightly less heft than its Classic counterpart, yet more than the trim Le Cordon Bleu. Grand Prix differs from Grand Prix II in that the latter features a more ergonomically-curved handle with a blunt end. Grand Prix handles are straighter with rounded ends.

All Grand Prix knives are precision forged from a single piece of high-carbon, stain-resistant German steel. Each blade has been impeccably honed by hand and its edge laser-tested for uniformity. An edge may be re-sharpened professionally or with a sharpening steel. Though the utensils are dishwasher-safe, Wusthof recommends washing all fine cutlery by hand. Made in Germany, the set is fully guaranteed to be free of defects in materials and/or craftsmanship. --Ann Bieri

What’s in the Box
1 knife block set. The set consists of: wood storage block; 8-inch chef’s knife, 6-inch sandwich knife; 5-inch tomato knife; 2-3/4-inch paring knife; kitchen shears; 7-inch sharpening steel. ... Read more

Features

  • Made in Germany; lifetime warranty
  • Set includes: 2-3/4-inch trimming parer, 5-inch serrated tomato, 6-inch sandwich, 8-inch chef's, 7-inch sharpening steel, kitchen shears, and wooden block
  • Knives are precision forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel
  • Molded synthetic handle with rounded end provides nonslip comfort
  • Not-quite-full tang lessens weight without sacrificing heft or balance

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars what a bargian
as a wife, and mother of 5 this is a gift set perfect for the whole family.With a knife for each kid, no longer will i have to be the mediator of fights and arguments.this allows self expression, not commonly found in average families.and boy punishments just are not the same.Some mothers might think i am crazy, but how many of your kids cancut a steak in 15 seconds.a great buy, and this product not only looks good, but you could say its "sharp"

5-0 out of 5 stars Wusthof Grand Prix 7-Piece Block Set with Bonus knife
I received my set which also did not contain the silverpoint bonus knife. I e-mailed customer service and got a reply in a couple of hours that they would rectify the problem. Practically the next day I received a new set which, to my disappointment,also did not contain the touted silverpoint knife. However, now I had to go to the post office and return one of the sets.At this point I beleive that none of the sets contain the knife.
This problem aside, the knives are awsome. They were sharp right out of the box and I was able to slice grapes with just one stroke while holding them over my cup of cereal.

3-0 out of 5 stars Missing item too. Hope Amazon makes good on it.
I received the set today and I, too, am missing an item. I am missing the bonus Silverpoint knife. I have written to Amazon and hope they do make good on it.

The knives were sent in a cardboard box, stuffed with rolled up packing paper. Each knife had a cardboard sleeve. But an extra sleeve with no knive in it. I assume this sleeve was for the missing silverpoint knife.

The knives had little white dots on the handle but removable with a little water and wipe. The steel had streaks but also easily cleanable.

But for $154.99, I really expected to get the whole set as shown and written above. Be sure to check yours, it's easy to pass over it. Just waiting for my reply....


3-0 out of 5 stars Product Not as described
I just received this knife set and although I've not yet used the knives, the product description stated that it would include a bonus 3-inch Silverpoint paring knife that was NOT included in the box.I have just notified Customer Service and sincerely hope that Amazon will make good on this item.

3-0 out of 5 stars The knifes are great but one is missing
The set I recieved is missing either a trimming knife or a 2-3/4-inch paring knife:
According to the label on the box, the set should include a trimming knife, cook's knife, tomato knife, sandwich knife, sheers, sharpening steel, block set.
According to the item description on Amazon site, the set should include: 8-inch chef's knife, 6-inch sandwich knife, 5-inch tomato knife, 2-3/4-inch paring knife, 7-inch sharpening steel, kitchen shears, 9-slot storage block, and bonus 3-inch Silverpoint paring knife.
Neither trimming knife nor 2-3/4-inch paring knife came with the set.
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2. Farberware 14-Piece Classic Forged Block Set
list price: $66.99
our price: $29.99
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Asin: B0001GZO7W
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Lifetime Hoan
Sales Rank: 158
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Made in China; hand washing recommended
  • Includes chef's, slicer, bread, utility, and paring knives
  • Also includes 6 steak knives, shears, sharpening steel, 13-slot block
  • Precision taper ground blades made of heavy-gauge high-carbon steel
  • Full-tang construction and stainless-steel rivets for balance; resin handles

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Knives
These knives are great. I decided on getting new knives after ours starting looking trashy (they were wood handle ones that were starting to split). After spending days (literally) researching and reading reviews I decided on this set. I wasn't about to spend over $100.00 and up for a knife set...I don't really care that much. But this is a $100.00 set for a great price. These are worth it. They are heavy, fit great in your hand, and sharp right out of the box. The only problem was one of the knives had a "ding" on the top of the blade, but this doesn't affect the cutting and wasn't that noticable to ship back. My husband really like them too. Anyways, this knife set is well worth the price and I think one of my best purchases on Amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars I got this set about 6 months ago from amazon friday sale
It is a great set and I haven't had any rust problems as some earlier comments. Maybe its b/c I don't put them into the DishWasher. The scissors alone are worth the 30 bucks in my opinion. Definetely a good buy. I bought two sets for future gifts...

5-0 out of 5 stars These are great knives!
(...) I'm writing from the point of mainly using grocery store knives except for my wonderful Wustof Bread Knife, which I try to use for just about everything. The block is reasonably nice (mine had two hairline cracks - not noticeable enough to exchange). The knives came sharp - I haven't used the sharpening tool yet. When cutting up peeled and boiled potatoes the chef knive cut them like it was going through butter. In comparison to my Wustof bread knife, this bread knife does tear a tad and the handle is a bit mightier. Also the steak knives don't sit in the slots perfectly even but they work nicely with very slight tearing. The scissors are great! This set is steel, not stainless steel. Therefore, you can not put them in the dishwasher (though the scissors have gotten in the dishwasher 2x without any problems). They suggest you hand wash and throughly dry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Knives at Great Price
You will not find a better set of knives anywhere for 3-times the price. The chefs knife alone should sell for over $30. Great balance, weight & feel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Value on Farberware Knives
I ordered this set a few weeks ago and used the super saver shipping. Received them pretty quick - within four days. The knives are pretty good quality and are actually thicker and heavier than I would have thought for the price. They are also well balanced and feel good in my hand. The finish (urethane)on the block that came with the set was not applied properly and probably should not have passed QC. Other than that I'm very happy with the knives. ... Read more


3. Wüsthof Classic 7-Inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
list price: $120.00
our price: $86.99
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Asin: B00005MEGX
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Wusthof
Sales Rank: 55
Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Tough polypropylene handles with full, visible tangs and thetraditional three rivets distinguish Classic knives from Wüsthof'sother cutlery lines. Otherwise Classic knives are identical to otherWüsthof knives, embodying all the virtues that have earned theGerman manufacturer world renown. The principal parts of a Wüsthofknife--blade, bolster, and tang--are forged from a single piece ofhigh-carbon stainless steel, and the blade is precisely tapered frombolster to tip and from back to hand-honed edge. The blades andbeautifully formed bolsters are not as thick as on some knives. As aresult, despite their heft, strength, and durability, Wüsthofknives are pleasingly delicate and marvelously balanced in action.

This 7-inch santoku is a Japanese cook's (or chef's) knife, featuring alow-tip style with a broad blade. The cutting edge is minimally curved,so it provides less rocking action than a European-style cook's knife.For straight-down slicing and precise chopping, however, it's superb.Alternating hollows on each side of the blade create air pockets,allowing slices to fall away cleanly. This knife should be hand washed.--Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Japanese-style cook's knife designed for chopping, slicing, dicing
  • Alternating hollows on blade's sides prevent food from clinging
  • Blade, bolster, tang forged from single piece of high-carbon stainless steel
  • Tough polypropylene handle with full tang and traditional three rivets
  • Made in Germany

Reviews (29)

5-0 out of 5 stars Santoku Knife for Sushi, Sashimi, & Carpaccio
After being so pleased with a fine-edge Santoku knife that I use for chopping and slicing vegetables, I decided to add this hollow-edge Santoku knife to my collection of Wüsthof-Trident Classic knives. I've been using less-expensive Asian knives for a long time, but the Wüsthof Santoku knives have now become my favorites because of the shapes of the blades and the quality of the handles. On this hollow-edge Santoku, there are oval indentations or 'kullens' on the side of the high-carbon, no-stain steel blade, so you can quickly and easily make very thin slices of your meat, fish, and veggies. I use this Santoku for preparing sashimi and carpaccio. (I don't make sushi, but this knife would be excellent for that, too.) So far it has stayed very sharp without any need for professional sharpening. I hand-wash and dry it and store it in a wooden knife block.

5-0 out of 5 stars SPLENDID CHOICE FOR CHEFS OR AMATEUR COOKS
For those of us who love to cook much of our pleasure is experienced in the preparation - whipping egg whites to a perfect frothy peak, cutting cookies into imaginative shapes or slicing cleanly, quickly and neatly the ingredients for casserole or soup.

This Japanese inspired Santuko knife by Wusthof has certainly added to my joy in the kitchen. It's the perfect implement for slicing, dicing or chopping. Alternating indentations prevent food from sticking to the blade, while its heft and balance are perfection.

A razor sharp blade allows me to slice as thinly as I wish, whether it be for carpaccio or the prosciuto we so enjoy. It's ideal for the cheese and ham in panini, and makes quick work of onions and celery for a family recipe for vegetable soup.
Of course, an added bonus is the Wusthof name, which we have learned means quality.

I do recommend that you hand wash it, just as you would a fine piece of silver. Believe me, this knife is sterling in every way.

- Gail Cooke

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST SANTOKU KNIVES: Cook's Illustrated magazine
BEST SANTOKU KNIVES: If you're ready to chop and dice the summer harvest, Cook's Illustrated magazine rated the best Japanese santoku (chef) knives in its July/August 2004 issue:

MAC Knives Superior Series SK-65 - Superior Santuko - 6 1/2 inch ($55) finished first, followed by Kershaw Shun Classic ($89.99), Wustof Grand Prix ($69.99) and Global Oriental Cook ($78).

Our reputation as the World's finest knife is based on the experiences of MAC knife owners who use our knives every day. They tell us that once they began using their MAC knives, they could never go back to their "old" knives--Henckels, Wusthofs, Sabatiers, Gerbers, Chicagos, Globals, Cutcos.

****FACTS

RAZOR SHARP EDGE. The MAC knives are truly razor sharp. In head-to-head tests against all other manufacturers, we have never found a sharper knife.

STAYS SHARP. Our special alloys and hardening processes have created edges which stay sharper many times longer than other knives.

THIN BLADES FOR RESISTANCE FREE SLICING. Our thin blades glide effortless through each slice Other knives "wedge" and get stuck in the cut because of their forged construction or grind type.

ERGONOMIC DESIGNS. Each and every one of our designs have been tested and optimized for their particular application. Put any of the MAC knives to the test by actually using it and you will appreciate and understand the difference.

The knife that received top honors in both Bon Appetite and Cook's Illustrated magazines against all other knives tested.

We agree, this has been our top knife recommendation for the last two years for a chef style knife. MAC Knives Superior Series Superior Santuko Knife - The ideal Japanese-style chef's Knife, this MAC santuko knife is a multiple-use, 6 1/2 inch kitchen knife that offers durability, sharpness and convenience.

The knife that received top honors in both Bon Appetite and Cook's Illustrated magazines against all other knives tested. We agree, this has been our top knife recommendation for the last two years for a chef style knife.

***Note: Cook's Illustrated (July/August 2004) didn't find a granton edge helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars I need more things to chop
After chopping and slicing everything in the refrigerator since I got this knife yesterday, I thought I should take a break and write a review. This kinfe is just amazing.
I have a set of OK knives that until yesterday I thought were pretty good. I've never had a really expensive knife before, though.
After reading all of the great reviews here of the Wusthof Santoku knife and seeing how popular it is on the Food Network (Yea, I know, I'm a little susceptible. I also have an Eggstractor)I went to the store to check one out. I couldn't believe how well-balanced and light it was, without feeling flimsy. I took the plunge and do not regret it a bit.
The first time I chopped up an onion it sliced through it with hardly any effort. I just stood there in awe.
It's incredibly sharp and feels comfortable in my hand. I also like the shape, kind of a cross between a chef's knife and cleaver. I suspect my old knives will be relegated to chopping up bones and other things that would damage this one. But for anything that requires a bit of finesse, I will reach for the Santoku.
Well, I think I've gushed enough.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Well Balanced!
This knife is fantastic. Makes the boring job of chopping a whole lot easier. One thing to be careful of though, when things stick to the sides of the knife, it is best not to use your finger to slide them off, it will get ya. Otherwise, I highly recommend it. It is worth every penny! ... Read more


4. Furi Rachael Ray 7-Inch East/West Coppertail Knife
list price: $69.99
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B00081J2KK
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Furi Cutlery
Sales Rank: 369
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Features

  • Lightweight; easy-to-clean; lifetime warranty for manufacturing or materials defects
  • 7-inch santoku; designed for and used by celebrity chef Rachael Ray
  • Rocks like rounded, Western-style chef's knife, yet chops like traditional santoku
  • Made of single piece of high-carbon stainless steel; seamless, hygienic construction
  • Wedge-shaped, ergonomic handle with slip-resistant grooves; co-designed with arthritic chefs

5. Furi Rachael Ray 5-Inch East/West Coppertail Knife
list price: $49.99
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B00081J2KA
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Furi Cutlery
Sales Rank: 438
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Features

  • Lightweight; easy-to-clean; lifetime warranty for manufacturing or materials defects
  • 5-inch santoku; designed for and used by celebrity chef Rachael Ray
  • Rocks like rounded, Western-style chef's knife, yet chops like traditional santoku
  • Made of single piece of high-carbon stainless steel; seamless, hygienic construction
  • Wedge-shaped, ergonomic handle with slip-resistant grooves; co-designed with arthritic chefs

6. Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery 20-Piece Set
list price: $684.00
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B0002YL5RQ
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Calphalon
Sales Rank: 9773
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Features

  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Contoured comfort grip handle
  • Labeled for easy identification
  • Fully forged, full tang design
  • High Carbon No-Stain German Steel

7. Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife
list price: $80.00
our price: $49.95
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Asin: B00004WKI3
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Cuisinart
Sales Rank: 347
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Cuisinart's electric knife adds a little electricity to anycarving or cutting job, providing the extra power a real kitchencommando needs. Its powerful motor combines with two stainless-steelblades (one for carving and one for bread) to make short work of almostevery slicing task, whether you're working with a roast, French bread,or vegetables. It has a comfortable ergonomic handle designed to beused by right- or left-handed people, a solid-wood butcher-blockstorage tray with a safety lock system for storage in a drawer or onthe counter, a one-touch pressure-activated on/off trigger control, andspace for wrapping the cord. --A.J. Rathbun ... Read more

Features

  • Ergonomic handle
  • High quality stainless steel blades
  • Wood block storage tray
  • Includes bread blade, carving blade
  • Also includes butcher block holding tray

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars This knife is a cut above the rest
I bought this knife to replace an older electric knife I owned. I am into baking breads and other cooking and my old knife had this big screw at the end of it to hold the two blades together and it wouldnt go into my bread slicing guide very easily and it was just a real chore to cut a slice of bread. So, I started to look for another knife and I came across this one. I was a bit leary with the price and all but decided to buy it anyway. I have to say that this knife cuts through the bread so easily and it doesnt get caught on the slicing guide like the other one did and there are hardly any crumbs. The blades are thin but sturdy and the screw/bolt that holds them togther is small and doesnt get into the way of cutting anything. I havent used the meat knife yet but I am sure I wont be disappointed judging from how the bread knife works. The stand is really nice too. I just sit the stand on my counter and all the parts stay on it. I keep the knife plugged in at all times and use the safety switch to turn it on and off. The safety switch is really great to have since I have children and it wont work if the switch is activated. The colors go great and match with my kitchen and other appliances which are black and silver as well. The only complaint I have with this machine is that the handle part is a tad bit large for my hand. I have very small hands and I cant hold it at the end. I have to hold it very close to the silver band at the beginning of the handle. Other than that the machine is excellent. I highly recommend this machine. You get what you pay for and this is no exception.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superior Electric Knife
The Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife is by far the best ever, and I've used three other brands. The knife and blades store securely in the very attractive tray and the attached cord tucks away neatly behind the stand. I especially like the bread knife which works wonderfully on crusty breads. The blades slip easily into the knife handle and are just as easily removed. This is definitely a quality product and well worth the price.

1-0 out of 5 stars overpriced junk
The first knife I got was broken (new). I sent it back and 1 year later, the spring that holds the knife in was shot. We only used this knife for bread and turkey (2 times a week, max). I previously bought a cheap Hamilton-Beach knife that lasted almost a decade. Basically, this is a nice looking yugo of a knife. Giving this knife one star is a stretch.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't add much to other reviewers - it's great!
I received mine for Christmas. For some reason, they don't make many electric knives anymore, but this one exceeds my expectations.

I've used it to cut breads and cheeses (for fun) and a multitude of other unnecessary things and it works great. Attractive looking too.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Electric Knife on the Market
This knife will spoil you. Cutting through the thickest of meat is a breeze. I wanted to order a few for Christmas presents, but they wouldn't guarantee a by Christmas delivery. This is a gift that keeps on giving with years and years of great service! ... Read more


8. Farberware Traditions Fine Edge 21-Piece Cutlery Set in Hardwood Block
list price: $100.00
our price: $29.99
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Asin: B0002V3VYY
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Farberware
Sales Rank: 769
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Features

  • Made in China; hand washing recommended
  • Includes chef's, slicing, bread, Santoku, utility, paring, and 8 steak knives
  • Also includes cleaver, kitchen shears, poultry shears, sharpening steel, wood storage block
  • Precision taper ground blades made of heavy-gauge high-carbon steel
  • Full-tang construction and stainless-steel rivets for balance; resin handles

9. Wüsthof Grand Prix 8-Inch Cook's Knife
list price: $120.00
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Asin: B00005MEI5
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Wusthof
Sales Rank: 1448
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Made in Germany
  • 8-inch blade, great for mincing, chopping, and slicing
  • Blade is hand forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel
  • Ergonomic, permanently bonded black handle
  • Lifetime warranty

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars I cook for a living...
First, don't let anyone fool you, there are two or three dozen excellent knife makers out there...you just haven't found them yet. I have 9 different brands/lines in my "work bag" and they are ALL flawless.
I bought a 7 piece set of "Grand Prix" knives for my grrlfren two years ago because they were a bargain and all of a sudden she likes to cook. I have used her 8 inch chef's knife and although I think that Wusthof is mostly junk ... I LOVED this knife! Great grip, balance and edge, easy to re-hone and VERY comfy.
I give this one 5*s (but not in my work bag ;-)

5-0 out of 5 stars use it in an industral kitchen
I bought this knife with out doing any home work, I just liked the feeling of it in my hand. I then put it throught 4 years plus of using it five days a week, eight hours a day in an industral kitchen. The knife keeps a razor edge, easy to clean, and it's one of the best knives in the kitchen. If you own one kitchen knife, then this is the one you want. The Trident/Wüsthof Grand Prix series is one of the best buys for your money, hands down beating hankels (which suck by the way). Consumers Report did an evaluation on kitchen knifes, and this knife was the #1 knife.

5-0 out of 5 stars I never thought I could fall in love with a knife . . .
. . . but I did! I can't tell you how awesome these Wustohof Grand Prix knives are, but I'll try. You really need to hold them in your hand, use them on an onion or a stalk of celery, to know the joy of using them. It's almost like your hand becomes part of the blade, like you're slicing and dicing with your mind and your eyes rather than your hands and wrist. I can't believe I made do with that gnarly set of Farberware laser-cut knived fot the past five years (and worse before that). I always thought that any old knife would do--but now I'm spoiled! Yes, they cost a lot of money--but believe me, they are worth it, and you'll want to pamper them (not for what they cost you, but because they DESERVE it!). GET THESE KNIVES--DON'T THINK TWICE. It will be love at first grasp.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great all around chef knife
Before Christmas of 2001, I knew nothing about professional kitchen knives. Then I heard my parents mention how poorly their old knives were cutting, so I decided to treat them to something really nice for Christmas. After much research, I narrowed my choice down to two companies, Wusthof and Henckels. I read more positive reviews of Wusthof, and liked the look of their knives more, so I bought this knife for them. The following is my review as an (non-chef) educated consumer.

Apparently chef's knives commonly come in 6, 8, and 10-inch varieties. I went with the average of those (the 8-inch) for a combination of good weight and control.

Purely for aesthetics, I went with the grand prix style handle over the classic. If you're curious, grand prix is a modern-looking black handle with a non-slip surface; the classic is wooden with rivets. The actual blade is exactly the same in either style.

Christmas morning, my parents unwrapped the gift. The box the knife comes in is pretty simple, but shows it off nicely. What was their first reaction? "Wow this is beautiful, but it scares us to death!" This knife has some weight to it, and the edge is *extremely* sharp. Unless you are a bladed weapon collector, or a chef, this will probably be the sharpest knife you've ever used.

About a month later, I checked back in with my parents to see if they actually used the thing. They are in love with it! They told me after a month or so of getting used to the weight and sharpness, they now can't live without it. From what I'm told, they use it on everything from vegetables to meats. They tell me it cuts through pretty much anything (except bones obviously, don't try to do that!) like a laser. They tell me the only thing this knife is not good for is tasks that require small details. It is, after all, 8 inches long. So, they've hinted about getting them a smaller Wusthof pairing knife for next Christmas! What have I gotten myself into?

Important: Please be careful with this knife, it's insanely sharp. Don't put it in the dishwasher; wash it by hand. Consider having it professionally sharpened every 4-6 months or so at a kitchen store or knife shop. That way you'll get the longest life out of your knife. Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Chef Knife, Probably Best Size
There are really two main competitors in the high-end mainstream kitchen knife market: Henckels and Wusthof. Those who have used both usually have a preference. My preference (and therefore bias you should know about) is for the Wusthofs.

The Wusthof Grand Prix line is a more modern design than the Classic series, with a simple black handle. The balance and grip of these knives are as close to perfect as I have found. For those wondering what benefits a higher priced knife provides, one benefit is that the blade (or tang) is one piece all the way through the handle. This makes the blade much stronger, and less likely to snap.

This particular model, the 8 inch chef's knife, is a great knife. Wusthof offers three sizes of chef's knives, 6, 8 and 10 inch. For most home cooks, I think the 8 inch knife is the best choice. The 6 inch is a bit small for bigger jobs, but the 10 inch is too big for most jobs. While the 8 inch isn't perfect for all uses, if you are only buying one size chef's knife (and most people only buy one), this is the one I would recommend.

I highly recommend the Wusthof 8" chef's knife for most home cooks. ... Read more


10. Wüsthof Gourmet 10-Piece Knife Block Set
list price: $365.00
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B0006G0KR6
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Wusthof
Sales Rank: 1502
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Features

  • Includes 3" Parer, 4" Utility Knife, 5" Tomato Knife, 6" Sandwich Knife, 8" Carving Knife, 8" Bread Knife, 8" Cook's Knife, Shears and a 9" Steel
  • Stamped high-carbon stainless steel
  • Hand-honed, laser-controlled edge, and balanced full tang
  • Friodur ice-hardening results in superior cutting performance

11. Shun Ken Onion Chef's Knife
list price: $243.00
our price: $195.00
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Asin: B0007IR2MO
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Shun
Sales Rank: 15866
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Features

  • Dishwasher-safe; comes in gift box
  • Chef's knife; ergonomic, patent-pending design by Ken Onion
  • Forged VG-10 stainless-steel blade; super sharp; rust-resistant; Damascus steel
  • Specially-curved, stainless-steel bolster for optimal safety and control; releases arm tension
  • PakkaWood handle for strength and stability; resists moisture; fits neatly in the hand

12. Wüsthof Classic 5-Inch Hollow Ground Santoku Knife
list price: $100.00
our price: $74.99
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Asin: B0001WN9OG
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Wusthof
Sales Rank: 585
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Features

  • Made in Solingen Germany
  • The Classic 5" Santoku has a hollow edge to allow the food to release easily from the blade.
  • Blade, bolster and tang forged out of a single piece of high carbon German no stain steel.
  • Black 3 rivet synthetic handles for strength and durability
  • Laser tested edge for uniform cutting and long-lasting sharp edge.

13. Wüsthof Grand Prix2 7-Inch Hollow Ground Santoku Knife
list price: $120.00
our price: $86.99
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Asin: B0001WVZ10
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Wusthof
Sales Rank: 693
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Features

  • Manufactured in Solingen, Germany; hand wash; lifetime warranty
  • 7-inch Santoku knife; multi-use kitchen tool; hollow ground to prevent sticking
  • Precision-forged from a single piece of high-carbon, stain-resistant steel
  • Sturdy, steel bolster; tang extends almost the full handle length for strength
  • Ergonomically designed, slip-resistant handle; sleek, contemporary look

14. Hamilton Beach 74250 Carve 'N Set Electric Knife
list price: $39.99
our price: $19.88
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Asin: B00004X12T
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Hamilton Beach
Sales Rank: 294
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

No special expertise is required to cut professional-looking slices, thick or thin, from roasts, ham, turkey, and bread with the powerful 100-watt electric knife in this carving set. Just grasp the handle, pull the trigger, draw the knife in a straight line, and let the two serrated blades, which saw back and forth at high speed, do the work. It's effortless and safe. The knife comes with a two-pronged fork in a compact (15 by 5 by 2-7/8 inches) storage case made of flexible plastic, with a foam insert molded to hold the set. The 7-1/2-inch knife blades and the 12-inch fork are made of stainless steel. The fork is dishwasher-safe, but the blades should be hand washed in hot, soapy water. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Dishwasher-safe fork; blades need hand washing
  • Electric knife and carving fork come in compact storage case
  • Electric knife effortlessly carves roasts, ham, turkey, and bread
  • Knife blades and fork made of stainless steel
  • Serrated blades are 7-1/2 inches long; fork is 12-inches

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Knife - Bad Box
Although this knife works as well as I would expect an electric
knife to work, getting into the box is a @#%*&@*!! The large
fork is a plus.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great buy... exceeded expectations
This was my first electric carving knife and it has been goodbye uneven chunks of meat since then. It is easy to use, clean and store. The blades are sharp, it is easy to manouvre and comfortable to hold. I am a small time caterer and was afraid to offer any thing that needed carving... but now I'm a happy slicer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Item!
After having a rechargeable knife that was not very "user friendly", I have enjoyed using this knife. It is ready to go the minute I plug it in. The case is very handy and the price is reasonable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Knife, fork, cute box-- it's a winner!
This is a really nice electric knife carving set. I bought it because it was such a good deal and also because i always find myself saying, "Gee, it would be much easier to cut this up if i had an electric knife." And now i have one. The nice storage box, not mentioned very well in description, makes it very easy to store. It is very annoying with other knives i have seen to have blades in one place, electrical part in another and carving fork somewhere else. this makes it very easy to store in one place. And its from a name you know and love! ... Read more


15. Shun Classic 7-Inch Santoku with Scallops
list price: $150.00
our price: $119.95
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Asin: B0000Y7KPO
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Shun
Sales Rank: 1896
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Amazon.com Review

A member of the stylish Shun Classic line, this multipurpose Santoku knife comfortably handles any kitchen cutting need from chopping to mincing, dicing, and slicing. Resembling something between a chef’s knife and a cleaver, this tool features a wide blade measuring 7 inches in length. The scalloped detailing along the knife’s cutting edge creates air pockets during use to prevent food from adhering its steel surface.

Leveraging a 90-year history of superior workmanship, Shun knives are precision-forged in Japan by renowned blade manufacturer KAI. Using technologically advanced processes, a VG-10 "super steel" core is clad with 16 layers of high-carbon stainless steel to produce a rust-free Damascus-look blade. The Damascus detailing not only enhances the knife’s aesthetic appeal, it also prevents morsels from sticking and avoids crushing or damaging foods. Forming a comfortable D-shaped hold, a fused blend of hardwood veneers and resin comprise the unique ebony Pakkawood handle. A traditionally offset stainless-steel bolster protects knuckles while a steel end-cap finishes the piece. Although dishwasher-safe, hand washing is recommended. This product includes a lifetime warranty. -- Amy Arnold ... Read more

Features

  • Dishwasher-safe; lifetime warranty; manufactured in Seki City, Japan
  • 7-inch Japanese Santoku knife; ideal for chopping, mincing, dicing and slicing
  • Precision-forged stainless-steel blade; scalloped edge prevents food from sticking
  • Clad with 16 layers of stainless steel to produce a rust-free Damascus look
  • Durable D-shaped Pakkawood handle; comfortable offset steel bolster

16. Henckels 120th Anniversary Four Star 7-Piece Block Set
list price: $382.00
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B0002P2A92
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Henckels
Sales Rank: 2022
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Features

  • Hand washing recommended; limited lifetime warranty; made in Germany
  • 3-inch paring knife, 5-1/2-inch boning knife, 5-inch serrated knife, 7-inch hollow edge Santoku knife, kitchen shears, sharpening steel, and hardwood block
  • Ice-hardened forged high-carbon stainless-steel blades
  • Bolster and full tang on every blade for superb weight and balance
  • Ergonomically shaped one-piece polypropylene handles

17. Wüsthof Classic 8-Piece Santoku Block Set
list price: $519.00
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B0001WN9SW
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Wusthof
Sales Rank: 3968
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Features

  • Made in Solingen Germany
  • This Wüsthof Classic 8 piece Santoku set includes an 7" Hollow ground Santoku, a 3.5" paring, 3" serrated parer, 8" bread knife, 6" sandwich knife, kitchen shears, 9" sharpening steel, 17 slot oak block
  • Blade, bolster and tang forged out of a single piece of high carbon German no stain steel.
  • Black 3 rivet synthetic handles for strength and durability
  • Laser tested edge for uniform cutting and long-lasting sharp edge.

18. Cuisinart Ultra Edge 7 piece Set
list price: $200.00
our price: $59.99
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Asin: B00062KQTW
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Lifetime Hoan
Sales Rank: 12051
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Features

  • Perfectly weighted for optimum balance, control, and professional performance
  • Heavy gauge precision taper ground blade for superior chopping and cutting performance
  • Durable high carbon Molybdenum steel blade with a Rockwell hardness of 56 maintains razor sharp edges longer
  • Chromium content of 18% guarantees the highest level of resistance to rust, stain and corrosion available in today's market
  • Nonslip satin finish 18/8 stainless steel handles are ergonomically designed for comfort and ease while making meal preparation effortless

19. Global 8-Inch Chef's Knife
list price: $77.99
our price: $82.00
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Asin: B00005OL44
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Yoshikin
Sales Rank: 806
Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

High tech from tip to handle, Global knives from Japan created a sensation when they burst onto the world's culinary stage as an alternative to traditional European-style cutlery. Blades are made of hard molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel and "face-ground" with a long taper rather than a short bevel so edges remain sharp longer than even the best high-carbon stainless-steel knives. Edges also are ground at a more acute angle than traditional European-style knives and arrive from the factory razor-sharp. Although Global also makes a "heavyweight" line for cooks who prefer hefty knives, its original knives--of which this 8-inch chef's knife is an example--have thinner blades and are lighter than traditional European-style knives. Global also dispensed with bolsters on its original knives to reduce weight. Balance is achieved by injecting a precise amount of sand for a particular blade style into a hollow handle. To ensure balance is continuous, the sand flows inside the handle as a blade is maneuvered. A finger notch between blade and handle provides safety.

Stainless-steel handles are Global's most striking feature. They're molded to fit the hand and dimpled to resist slipping. Smaller around than many European-style handles, they're easy for small-handed cooks to grasp and seamless for sanitation. Global recommends using a ceramic sharpener or a diamond steel instead of a metal sharpening steel for its knives, supplemented by a synthetic whetstone, a ceramic whetstone, or a Shinkansen sharpener. Global also makes a Sharpening Guide Rail so blades can be honed on a whetstone at the proper angle. Global knives should be hand washed to protect edges. They carry a lifetime warranty against defects and breakage. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Lifetime warranty against defects and breakage
  • Lightweight, precisely balanced 8-inch chef's knife
  • Blade made of high-tech molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel
  • Edge retains razor sharpness exceptionally well
  • Stainless-steel handle molded for comfort, dimpled for safe grip

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
This is one of the first global knives I bought. I loved it the first time I held it in my hands. What impressed me most was the perfect balance, the lightweight, and the sharpness. However, what may be perfect for me may not be perfect for you. I'd recommend anyone who is shopping for cutlery to go to a store and try how the knife feels in your hands before buying. And if you can borrow from a friend to try, that's even better.

Having used this knife for several years now, my initial impressions haven't changed. This is still my favorite knife for most tasks. I maintain it regularly with a steel and it is as sharp as it ever was. I have found though that for certain tasks like cutting slits into an onion for dicing or cutting root vegetables, I do prefer a heavier knife (that's why I bought another forged global knife), but that is just personal preference. All in all, a great general purpose kitchen knife.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best knife I've ever used, hands down
Where to start. I recently graduated from college, and still had my cheap, dull, second-hand knives that I used. I wanted to buy a good knife that would be good for a large number of uses, and one that would last me a long time. A beginning to a lifetime set, if you will. I did some research, and kept coming back to the Global knives. They're a little pricey, but man, its worth every penny.

Right out of the box, it had an edge that amazed me. Its got great balance, great quality, and best of all, great style. My girlfriend's first remark was, "That looks like some serial killer knife." I didn't notice it until afterwards, but they're the same knives that Patrick Bateman uses in American Psycho. Go figure.

I've used this knife for pretty much everything. For fish you can get perfect slices without any damage whatsoever to delicate flesh. But it really shines with tomatoes. I can take a super-ripe tomato and slice it into thin slices without causing the insides to gush all over, it just slides right through.

Bottom line, if you're looking for a great knife and don't mind spending an extra few bucks for quality, get this knife. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars This bad boy rocks
A knife is a knife is knife right? No not really. I had a friend who was a sushi chef, who the majority of his coworkers had these crazy custom made knives from japan that were imported (i dont even think they had a brand to them) but he was too cheap to pay and got a set of these. i tried his out right before i was ready to purchase some expensive henckles and found the balance and shape of the knife to be much more... well how can you describe a cutting expierience? i guess it was more cutt-arific...like i said i was ready to buy some henckles (spelling?) and he suggested to spend a few extra bucks and grab these... After forking over the dough, I have to say that I am huge huge fan of the global brand in general now and i bought one more knife and when i get the chance I am going to get more. i am excited to have some steak knives soon.

like others mentioned, these are lightweight, which some chef's and wannabe chefs probably would discredit or not like. Also the handles are smaller than other knives... but it doesn't seem to matter... i have big hands and i still love em'. they just feel good and they make me want to cut things for the sake of cutting... i guess i'm insane. call the mental institution

I have had mine for about 2 years now and still haven't sharpenend it yet (i use it a lot, i have yet to cut a tin can with it like Popeil would, but maybe some rainy day i'll try it)... anyway i'm not saying you don't need to sharpen them because it is probably a good idea... but i have yet to after two years of abuse and they seem to be about as sharp as when i first got them.

i would recommend this brand over others such as henckles or weisterholdodsodaidfpdslfj (or however you spell it). in fact i was so picky about making sure i found the knife that defined me as a person, that i forced the kids at the store up the street (williams sonoma) to let me play with a few different brands one evening after a cooking class and i have to say hands down this is my choice for knivery.

i'm sure there are others out there that might argue not having the weight on the knife is bad, but this damn thing is so sharp you don't need the weight. the only thing missing is a dragon in the blade (that was a joke referring to the QVC channel)

what else to say? the design is pretty damn contemporary and i have had several girls compliment me on them saying they look hip. in fact they did go well with the chicken, and i think they may have even raised brownie points!

maybe cooking utensils can define you as a person?

GO GLOBAL and HAPPY CUTTING!

5-0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY SHARP!!!!
If you are looking for the sharpest, lightest knife you will ever own, this is the knife for you! I have a recovered thumb (three stitches and a 5 hour emergency room visit) to prove it! And I KNOW how to use a knife with chef training under my belt... Just be careful because you won't believe how sharp it is!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Cut through a whole chicken like nuthin!
I just got my Global chef's knife last week. First cut was to split a chicken in half. It did it with one clean slice. No chopping, just slicing. No bones about it, I was amazed. Time will tell how well this knife holds up but all indications is that its got legs. The second chore was to slice fruit the next morning, it handled this job with aplomb. ... Read more


20. Henckels Five Star Series 7-Inch Santoku Knife with Hollow Edge
list price: $110.00
our price: $84.99
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Asin: B0000WVW5U
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: J.A. Henckels
Sales Rank: 830
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Japanese version of the chef’s knife, the santoku is useful for straight chopping, mincing, and slicing of larger quantities of vegetables and meat. Cooks with smaller hands may prefer this 7-inch blade as the shorter length offers better control while cutting. The width also provides a great platform for transporting chopped vegetables from cutting board to sauté pan. This version of the santoku actually has a hollow edge or oval cut-outs along the blade. The benefit to this blade style is that cooks can cut paper-thin slices and individual slices won’t stick to the blade.

Part of the Five Star series of cutlery, this santoku has a fully forged high-carbon stainless-steel blade. The blade, bolster, and tang are welded of one piece of metal using Henckels’s Sinter Metal Component Technology, which distributes the right quantities of metal to each part of the knife. The result is a longer-lasting edge and a more consistent angle on the blade. The blade has also undergone Henckels’s Friodur ice-hardening process, which further strengthens it and protects it from discoloration. The ergonomically designed black polypropelene handle offers a secure and comfortable grip and is hygienically attached so there are no gaps between the handle and blade for food to become trapped. Knives in the Five Star series have larger handles than other Henckels knives so this santoku would be most comfortable for chefs with bigger hands. This santoku should be hand washed and is covered by a lifetime warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde ... Read more

Features

  • Lifetime warranty
  • 7-inch hollow-edge blade allows for paper-thin slices, keeps food from sticking
  • High-carbon stainless-steel; optimum grades of metal welded into each part of knife
  • Friodur ice-hardening process strengthens knife and prevents staining
  • Full tang and bolster; black ergonomic polypropelene handle

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great wedding present!
I have never had good knives before. After looking around and trying a few on for their feel, we picked a few of these five star knives and put them on our registry. Excellent wedding present! And this is the most useful of all our new Henckel knives. Not a day goes by when I do not marvel at this knife. I've never before been able to thinly slice tomatoes without a serrated edge! Slicing lemons or veggies is like going through soft butter, but with precision.
I highly recommend this knife.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best knife I've ever had
This knife is no less than awesome. It does everything a traditional chef's knife does, and then some. It chops and dices almost effortlessly, but it also slices razor thin slices of vegetables that make presentation a dream. The knife feels solid, balanced and strong, and the hand grip is perfectly contoured to fit the hand - a far superior grip to the Wusthof, which is thinner, straight and flat. I recently purchased Global's highly rated 8" Chef's knife too - I love it, but not quite as much as the santoku. The deeper blade on the santoku makes cutting and slicing a bit smoother, especially with thicker foods. Buy one and enjoy - it is truly a staple of the kitchen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Knife
This knife is a kitchen wonder. The shape of the blade makes it easier than a chef's knife for chopping. The handle fit is very comfortable. Food doesn't stick to the blade and fall off on the next slice (try cutting carrot rounds without having them roll off the blade-this knife makes it possible). It's worth every penny. ... Read more


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