A good chef's knife becomes your daily kitchen companion. It's used for everything from prepping steaks for the grill to finely mincing onions, and chances are you'll reach for it every time you cook--so it better be good. This lower-priced line from Henckels is a great value: excellent quality knives with their standard lifetime warranty. There's good balance, and the handles are a shade heavier than other lines, which some cooks will prefer. The 8-inch blade length is the most practical for multipurpose use, and regular sharpening will keep the stainless-steel blade razor-sharp. It's only minimally flexible, which makes it a great choice for vegetables such as potatoes and turnips. While it's dishwasher-safe, unless it needs sanitizing after use with raw meat, it's often easier to hand wash. --Jill Lightner
A perfect all-around kitchen tool, the J.A. Henckels International Classic 8 in. Chefs Knife features a strong, sharp blade with a fine cutting edge that's perfect for slicing, chopping, or dicing meat and vegetables. This knife is drop-forged at high temperatures to lend it extra durability, and the blade is hand-honed to give you a precision cutting edge. With a full bolster to protect your hand and a full tang to give the knife perfect balance, it's a great quality blade that will enhance any chef's kitchen. Additional Features: Knife measures 13.5 inches, including handle Hot drop-forged construction for extra strength Handle is triple-riveted for superior strength Full bolster for weight and safety Full tang provides proper balance Hand-honed, precision cutting edge Warranty included; see product guarantee area About Zwilling J.A. Henckels: JA Henckels has been producing the best in German steel knife design since 1895. Their products are designed for everyday use, giving you the maximum value for your money. This modern company uses innovative technology to create the highest-quality products. They're so sure you'll be satisfied with their products that they back each one with a lifetime warranty. With several lines of quality cutlery and other products, you're sure to find the perfect housewarming or wedding gift, or addition to your own kitchen. Stain-resistant, high-carbon steel blade. Polyoxymethylene handle for strength and durability. Fine cutting edge; great for slicing and chopping. Hand-wash only. Blade length: 8 inches.