Best knives for your kitchen.

A Listmania! list by Joshua G. Feldman "Technophile" (New York)
The list author says: "Why not just buy cheap knives?
Most of us get by with cheap knives without really knowing what we're missing. You can cut things with a poor quality knife, but the balance, edge holding ability, and cutting power of a good quality well maintained knife makes kitchen prep a totally superior experience. Developing an awareness of and passion for good steel will pay you back in a multitude of ways every time you cook.

Fine edge trumps serrated on everything except bread. Forged have great strength and balance, but there are great stamped knives that get close for much less money. I've written an exhaustive "so you'd like to" guide about picking the right knives called "So you'd like to...pick (and maintain) the best knives for your kitchen".
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I'm putting many of the items discussed in that guide as a listmania below. This list is meant to introduce you to many different brands and types, so most will be represented by the 8" Chef's knife. Obviously I don't mean you to only buy 8" Chef's knives - but it's a way of quickly seeing relative pricing. You can explore the full lines on your own. I also address maintaining and storing knives."
Wusthof 9655 Grand Prix II 2pc Starter Knife Set
1.  Wusthof 9655 Grand Prix II 2pc Starter Knife Set by Wüsthof
The list author says:
  "Most cooking tasks are handled by a paring and a Chef's knife.  This set is a great way to transform your kitchen experience.  Wusthof makes state of the art forged high carbon stainless ice tempered knives.  Grand Prix molded handles are more ergonomic, durable, and hygenic than classic riveted style."
$119.95
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Victorinox Cutlery 6-Piece Paring Set, Black Polypropylene Handles
2.  Victorinox Cutlery 6-Piece Paring Set, Black Polypropylene Handles by Victorinox
The list author says:
  "Everyone needs a few paring knives.  This set fully equips you for a great price.  Victorinox Forschner are Cook's Illustrated best buys.  Stamped and lightweight (not necessarily a great thing) but great grinding and steel quality.  Molded plastic handles.  Great value."
$31.77   Used & New from: $24.85
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

J.A. Henckels Twin Five Star 6-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Utility Knife
3.  J.A. Henckels Twin Five Star 6-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Utility Knife by Henckels
The list author says:
  "The other size everyone needs is a mid-sized utility knife for all the multifarious tasks not best handled by a paring or a Chef's.  Henckels makes some killer forged ice tempered high carbon stainless knives.  There's a variety of handles - 4 star is best value, but 5 star has full tang and better ergonomics.  Be careful of "Henckels International" - same name but inferior quality."
Used & New from: $29.99
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Rada Cutlery The Starter Knife Gift Set Part 2
4.  Rada Cutlery The Starter Knife Gift Set Part 2 by Rada Cutlery
The list author says:
  "Fine knives must be hand washed (true for most of the others listed here except this one).  Rada Cutlery is an American company that makes inexpensive stamped stainless blades and handles of tough cast aluminum.  These aren't state of the art blades, but for folks who can't help themselves putting knives in the dishwasher - these are a good pick."
$50.59   Used & New from: $43.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife 40520, 47520, 45520, 5.2063.20
5.  Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife 40520, 47520, 45520, 5.2063.20 by Victorinox
The list author says:
  "Victorinox - now branded "R H Forschner" - an excellent stamped blade with great grinding. These are an unbeatable value and were picked by Cook's Illustrated as a best buy.  This is a top seller."
$29.95
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,350 customer reviews)

Global G-2 - 8 inch, 20cm Chef's Knife
6.  Global G-2 - 8 inch, 20cm Chef's Knife by Global
The list author says:
  "Global makes a superb line of stainless knives of advanced alloy and grind. Handles are composed of the same steel stamping as the blade, hollow rolled, with a texture molded in.  The entire knife is a single piece of steel. Light weight because of the hollow handle and thin (Asian) grind. However, lack of a bolster and a sharp pointy heel takes a little getting used to. It's finesse over force."
$85.50   Used & New from: $76.95
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)

Zwillilng J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star 8-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife
7.  Zwillilng J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star 8-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
The list author says:
  "Henckel's 4 Star doesn't quite have a full tang (rat tail tang underlies 3/4 the handle) - but the blade is superb, the balance doesn't suffer much and the price is low - only F. Dick can rival this for forged value."
$134.95   Used & New from: $64.98
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pro S 8-inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife
8.  Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pro S 8-inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
The list author says:
  "Henckel's Professional "S" line is the classic riveted handle style.  The molded type is more hygenic and ergonomic, but the classic style will match your other knives and some prefer the look.  These are high quality resin - not likely to shrink or warp."
Used & New from: $75.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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J.A. Henckels Twin Select 8-Inch Chef's Knife
9.  J.A. Henckels Twin Select 8-Inch Chef's Knife by Henckels
The list author says:
  "Henckels Twin Select has the same shape as 5 star, but executed in stylish durable stainless steel."
Out of stock
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

J.A. Henckels Twin Five Star 8-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife
10.  J.A. Henckels Twin Five Star 8-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife by Henckels
The list author says:
  "Henckels 5 star is molded like the 4 star but has a more ergonomic shape and a full tang."
Used & New from: $101.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Cuisine 8-Inch Chef's Knife (B-Grade*)
11.  Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Cuisine 8-Inch Chef's Knife (B-Grade*) by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
The list author says:
  "Henckels Twin Cuisine line has a beautiful molded handle with a full tang artfully displayed by two lovely curving steel veins."
$119.99   Used & New from: $119.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook's Knife
12.  Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook's Knife by Wüsthof
The list author says:
  "Wusthof makes exquisite Western grind high carbon stainless ice tempered forged knives.  The Classic line has the traditional rivets with black resin handles."
$129.95   Used & New from: $117.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)

Wusthof  Grand Prix II 8-Inch Cook's Knife
13.  Wusthof Grand Prix II 8-Inch Cook's Knife by Wüsthof
The list author says:
  "Wusthof's molded handle version, Grand Prix."
$69.95
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

Shun DM0706 Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife
14.  Shun DM0706 Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife by Shun
The list author says:
  "Kershaw - exquisite Japanese knives that exemplify artisan Japanese obsessive quality.  Shun Classic - damascus steel blades with asian style 16 degree edge grind"
$99.96   Used & New from: $99.95
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)

Shun 8-Inch Stainless Steel Chef's Knife
15.  Shun 8-Inch Stainless Steel Chef's Knife by Shun
The list author says:
  "Shun's Steel line is exactly like the awesome Shun Classic line but with impervious steel handles."
Out of stock
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Shun Alton Angled 8-Inch Chefs Knife
16.  Shun Alton Angled 8-Inch Chefs Knife by Shun
The list author says:
  "Alton's Angles - essentially the exquisite Shun Classics but with the handles at a ten degree angle to the blade as designed by Alton Brown for ergonomic use"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Shun SG0404 Elite 8-Inch Chef's Knife
17.  Shun SG0404 Elite 8-Inch Chef's Knife by Shun
The list author says:
  "Shun's Elite line has a ductile steel blade body with a super hard carbon steel edge inset within like a samurai sword.  You can see the wavy line between the two types of steel wavering up the blade.  Incredible."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Ken Onion by Shun DM0500 8-Inch Chef's Knife
18.  Ken Onion by Shun DM0500 8-Inch Chef's Knife by Shun
The list author says:
  "Shun's Ken Onion designed line is exquisite with Damascus steel blades, exotic curves, excellent ergonomics.  Catnip for enthusiasts."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

Wasabi by Kershaw 9-1/2-Inch Yanagiba Knife
19.  Wasabi by Kershaw 9-1/2-Inch Yanagiba Knife by Wasabi
The list author says:
  "Shun's Wasabi is a traditional Japanese line.  Yanagiba is a sashimi fish slicing knife.  Single ground (beveled on only one face and hollow ground on the back) to allow paper thin slicing of fish for Sashimi/Sushi. Very fragile, but the ultimate slicer"
Out of stock
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Friedr. Dick 1905 Exclusive Series 8-Inch Chef's Knife
20.  Friedr. Dick 1905 Exclusive Series 8-Inch Chef's Knife by Friedr Dick
The list author says:
  "F. Dick's elegant retro "1905" line has metal bands in the place of rivets.  Superb quality at a very decent price."
$86.70   Used & New from: $76.34
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Kyocera Revolution Series 7-Inch Professional Chef's Knife, Black Blade
21.  Kyocera Revolution Series 7-Inch Professional Chef's Knife, Black Blade by Kyocera
The list author says:
  "Kyocera is the big name in ceramic knives.  Ceramics are very hard, and hold an edge very well.  But they are brittle, don't survive falls, are extremely difficult to resharpen, and are prone to edge chips. Yet  high quality ceramics can be incredibly sharp and, if cared for, maintenance free for decades.  No sharpening, no honing with the steel."
$76.18   Used & New from: $71.28
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)

LamsonSharp 8-Inch Wide Forged Chef's Knife
22.  LamsonSharp 8-Inch Wide Forged Chef's Knife by Lamson
The list author says:
  "Lamson - awesome American brand that makes decent stamped and excellent forged knives (forgings imported from Solingen).  (Rosewood and Black handles available)."
Out of stock
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Carving Set
23.  Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Carving Set by Wüsthof
The list author says:
  "Carving knives are only useful for carving roasts and fowls - but they are necessary table theater for holidays.  The excellent matching two tine fork is a really nice and necessary accessory."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pro S 12-Inch Honing Steel
24.  Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pro S 12-Inch Honing Steel by Zwilling J.A. Henckels
The list author says:
  "You should hone with a steel regularly to keep edges in shape (honing doesn't remove metal like sharpening - so honing actually extends the life of your blades).  Big long steels are easier to use (if harder to store).  Henckels' 12" is a great value."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

 
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Wusthof 12-Inch Sharpening Steel
25.  Wusthof 12-Inch Sharpening Steel by Wüsthof
The list author says:
  "Wusthof's 12" steel is much more expensive - but is exquisite quality with awesome machining on the grooves, and a big beefy handle.  Highly recommended."
$54.95
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

Chef's Choice M130 Professional Sharpening Station, White
26.  Chef's Choice M130 Professional Sharpening Station, White by Chef's Choice
The list author says:
  "Sharpening is all about keeping a consistent angle.  Chef's Choice machines have guides that help.  The M130 has much better disks for the critical 2nd and 3rd stages than previous models = sharper knives.  Be very careful when using - it's easy to remove too much metal by accident (especially w/ stage1)"
$149.95   Used & New from: $141.69
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)

MinoSharp Sharpening Guides 2-Piece Set
27.  MinoSharp Sharpening Guides 2-Piece Set by Global
The list author says:
  "If you use bench stones it takes lots of practice to grind with a consistent angle.  Using a guide really helps by holding the knife at a consistent angle.  Only trouble is, it doesn't work for the tip (you'll have to do that free hand).  Still, you'll have a good idea of the correct angle after using the guide."
$19.99   Used & New from: $10.38
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System
28.  Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System by Smith's
The list author says:
  "Excellent value for a set of 3 bench stones.  At 6" they are a little small for kitchen knives - but still great.  Nice space saving design with it's own holder/case."
$28.01   Used & New from: $19.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (571 customer reviews)

Norton IM313 -11.5" Three Stone Sharpening System - Fine India, Medium Crystolon, and Coarse Crystolon stones
29.  Norton IM313 -11.5" Three Stone Sharpening System - Fine India, Medium Crystolon, and Coarse Crystolon stones by Norton Abrasives - St. Gobain
The list author says:
  "Awesome 11.5" long sharpening stones - set of 3.  You might want to add a super-fine finishing stone - but this set is killer.  The big size means quick sharpening (as does the excellent synthetic abrasives)."
$170.52   Used & New from: $167.73
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

DMT W250EF-WB 10-Inch DuoSharp Bench Stone - Extra-Fine / Fine  With Base
30.  DMT W250EF-WB 10-Inch DuoSharp Bench Stone - Extra-Fine / Fine With Base by DMT (Diamond Machining Technology)
The list author says:
  "Diamond bench stones are extremely durable.  Here's a fine/extra fine one with base that will put a very fine edge on."
$133.84   Used & New from: $130.41
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Henckels 20-Slot Super Knife Storage Block
31.  Henckels 20-Slot Super Knife Storage Block by Henckels
The list author says:
  "Knives should be kept out of drawers.  Knife blocks are a great way to store your knives within easy reach safely on the counter.  Get a big block with lots of slots to hold your collection if it grows."
$49.99   Used & New from: $40.36
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)

Wusthof 25 Slot Storage Block
32.  Wusthof 25 Slot Storage Block by Wüsthof
The list author says:
  "Even bigger knife block.  Really nice, but starting to get pricey.  If you have a ton of nice knives, this is a great unit."
$79.95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

J.A. Henckels 13-Slot In-Drawer Knife Tray
33.  J.A. Henckels 13-Slot In-Drawer Knife Tray by Henckels
The list author says:
  "In-drawer knife trays are a great way to safely store knives in a drawer."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

 
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TableCraft 2924P Plastic Base 24" Magnetic Bar Knife Holder
34.  TableCraft 2924P Plastic Base 24" Magnetic Bar Knife Holder by Tablecraft
The list author says:
  "Knives can also be stored on a magnetic strip mounted on a wall.  This is little more hazardous than a knife block - but your counters and drawers will be totally free."
$19.99   Used & New from: $12.63
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Messermeister 8 Pocket Knife Roll, Orange
35.  Messermeister 8 Pocket Knife Roll, Orange by Messermeister
The list author says:
  "Knife rolls are a safe way to travel with knives.  They can also be used for safe storage."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

 
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OXO Good Grips 10-1/2-by-15-Inch Utility Cutting Board, Black
36.  OXO Good Grips 10-1/2-by-15-Inch Utility Cutting Board, Black by OXO
The list author says:
  "Good knives should never be used on glass, stone, or stone substitute (i.e. corian) cutting boards.  Poly plastic is the best because it's hygenic, easy to clean, impervious, and easy on your blades (your knives will hold an edge longer if you use poly cutting boards)."
$14.95   Used & New from: $13.95
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (747 customer reviews)

KitchenAid Professional Poly Cutting Board Black 14 in x 19 in
37.  KitchenAid Professional Poly Cutting Board Black 14 in x 19 in by KitchenAid
The list author says:
  "KitchenAid makes a big nice poly cutting board."
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Norpro Rectangular Wood Cutting Board, 15x19
38.  Norpro Rectangular Wood Cutting Board, 15x19 by Norpro
The list author says:
  "Wood cutting boards are beautiful, but less practical because they must be oiled, cannot be soaked, and are not hygenic to use with raw meat.  Since they look good I leave one out for show and then put a poly board on it when I actually cook."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Joshua G. Feldman "Technophile" (New York)
Qualifications: Avid home chef, sharpening fanatic, (former Hoffritz exec)
Last updated: 4/15/08
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