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Sabatier Knives

Give your cutlery set a major upgrade with authentic Sabatier knives from the Thiers region in France. Those who know their kitchen blades agree that Sabatier knives are among the finest in the world when it comes to cutlery. These knives have a centuries-old tradition going for them dating well back into the Middle Ages. Slice, cut, mince and chop food items with these blades and you’ll understand how the knives earned their reputation and admiration from all over the world.

Sabatier knives are not the typical knives that you often see as part of knife sets, which are very useful kitchen tools themselves. These knives are a cut above the rest, with master craftsmen forging, shaping, polishing and sharpening each blade by hand. One quality that stands out in Sabatier knives is that they are fully-forged, which basically means that the blade, bolster, tang and handle come from a single piece of steel. This manufacturing process is unlike the more common method of manufacturing knives, which most experts still regard as being inferior to forging.

With expert craftsmen contributing much to the creation of each Sabatier knife, each blade has its own unique character and nuance. The majority of Sabatier kitchen blades are chef’s knives, which most consider as the workhorse in the kitchen. These knives have a length of 8–10", a broad blade and a pointed tip, which helps create precise and fine slices when making intricate cuts. Experts, however, prefer a longer and heavier blade, which are among the qualities of a Sabatier chef’s knife.

Among the other features of an authentic Sabatier chef’s knife are a more pointed end than usual for better control, a full-tang construction for a solid feel and a rounded bolster that accommodates a variety of grips. The blade is Z50C13 stainless-steel, which offers a combination of strength and flexibility, as well as sturdiness that allows the knife to hold its edge longer. Choose between a traditional wood grip for a textured feel or a synthetic, moisture-resistant ABS handle for a more secure grip. Use this knife for a variety of food preparation tasks, including slicing, dicing, chopping and mincing food items.

Another type of Sabatier knife is the paring knife. Paring knives have blades that typically measure between 3.25" and 4" and do tasks that are impractical for longer knives. These include peeling skins off fruit and vegetables, gutting shrimp and slicing and mincing smaller food items such as shallots, garlic and strawberries. Sabatier paring knives have 4" blades with synthetic and moisture-resistant ABS handles, rounded bolsters, full-tang construction and are from a single piece of Z50C13 stainless-steel material for better balance and control.

Although Sabatier knives are known for holding their edge longer than a typical knife, they do require occasional honing and sharpening. Purchase a Sabatier honing steel to go with your Sabatier knives. Honing steels are ideal for quick touch-ups on dulled knives or for more meticulous honing for a longer-holding edge. What sets Sabatier honing steels apart are their riveted handle construction, resin-infused oak wood grip and corrosion-resistant stainless-steel.

Williams-Sonoma offers a select choice of Sabatier knives and honing steels. Unlike other knives, these premium quality knives do not come as a set or with a knife block for storage. However, the maintenance and storage requirements for Sabatier knives are surprisingly no different from typical knives. The knives require simple hand washing with warm water and a mild detergent soap, and then drying thoroughly before storage. As long as their edges do not rub against a hard surface, storing the knives in typical knife blocks or drawer blocks will suffice.