German Chef Knives

  • Sugg. Price $152 $220 Our Price $119.95 $179.95
    The most indispensable of knives, a chef's knife is essential for preparing any meal, no matter how simple. Made in Germany with a full-tang blade for balance, this knife is a favorite when it comes to chopping, dicing and slicing. Knife is precision forged from a single piece of sturdy high-carbon steel that resists stains and corrosion. Wüsthof's Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) ensures a 20% sharper blade with twice the edge retention. Full tang is triple riveted to the handle for exceptional durability and control. Durable polymer handle is contoured for a comfortable grip.
  • Sugg. Price $100 $125 Our Price $63.95 $69.95
    Designed and developed in close collaboration with renowned professional chefs, Zwilling Four Star cutlery has been a worldwide favorite for nearly 40 years. These commercial-quality German knives combine ergonomically contoured handles with precision-forged blades that are ice-hardened for maximum strength and hand-sharpened for impeccable performance. Among the most useful tools in any kitchen, this multifunctional chef's knife is one you’ll use daily for chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing. Precision forged using Zwilling's Sigmaforge process, which incorporates the Friodur ice-hardening technique to produce a corrosion-resistant blade that is exceptionally hard yet flexible. High-carbon stainless-steel blades are hand-sharpened and polished by master craftsmen to create a long-lasting, razor-sharp edge. Precise lasers are used to ensure each blade's edge is at the ideal cutting angle for maximum sharpness. Ergonomically contoured polypropylene handle has just enough texture to guarantee a secure, comfortable grip. Bolster transitions seamlessly to handle to accommodate a wide variety of specialized cutting grips. Made in Germany by Zwilling J.A. Henckels, founded in 1731.
  • Sugg. Price $202 $274 Our Price $149.95 $219.95
    Perfectly balanced to feel like an extension of your hand, this chef's knife deftly slices, dices, minces and juliennes. Its high-carbon-steel blade, forged in the renowned cutlery center of Solingen, Germany, tapers from handle to tip and from spine to edge. Knife is precision forged from a single piece of sturdy high-carbon steel that resists stains and corrosion. Full tang is triple riveted to the handle for exceptional durability and control. Wüsthof's Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) ensures a 20% sharper blade with twice the edge retention. A recessed bolster facilitates honing and sharpening the entire length of the cutting edge; a heel bolster provides added balance. Sleek contoured handle is made of smooth polypropylene.
  • Sugg. Price $177 $750 Our Price $139.95 $599.95
    Designed for the ultimate food prep efficiency, these multipurpose knives will assist you with everything from chopping and dicing vegetables to cubing and slicing meats, poultry and fish. The generous length and width of the razor-sharp blades make it easy to prep large quantities of ingredients – or larger pieces of food. Knife is precision forged from a single piece of sturdy high-carbon steel that resists stains and corrosion. Wüsthof's Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) ensures a 20% sharper blade with twice the edge retention. Full tang is triple riveted to the handle for exceptional durability and control. Durable polymer handle is contoured for a comfortable grip. 12" knife: 12"-long blade, 5"-long handle; 1 lb. 10 oz. 14" knife: 14"-long blade, 5"-long handle; 1 lb. 14 oz. Made in the renowned cutlery center of Solingen, Germany.
  • Sugg. Price $106 $137 Our Price $84.95 $109.95
    Available only at Williams Sonoma, Wüsthof Legende knives feature a slim, scaled-down handle and a lightweight feel for greater precision and control – qualities that make them essentials for any kitchen. Wüsthof cutlery bears the prestigious hallmark “Made in Solingen, Germany,” certifying that it meets the highest standards of quality set by the historic “City of Blades.” Chef's knife is ideal for all-purpose chopping and mincing. Blade is precision forged from a single piece of sturdy high-carbon steel that resists stains and corrosion. Wüsthof's Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) ensures a 20% sharper blade with twice the edge retention. Pebbled thermoplastic handle is ergonomically contoured, in a compact size that's light and easy to grip. Recessed bolster allows for easy sharpening from heel to tip. Made in Solingen, Germany.
  • Sugg. Price $212 $290 Our Price $159.95 $229.95
    Dynamic, modern lines and user-friendly features distinguish the Epicure series, a brilliant knife design from Wüsthof crafted for the most discerning home cooks. Wide, subtly curved blades feel extra-stable and beautifully balanced in the hand, with generous knuckle room. Smooth, sculpted handles are the same super-durable wood composite used in high-quality cutting boards. Chef's knife for all-purpose chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing. Blade is precision-forged from high-carbon stainless steel. Handle is made of Epicurean® recycled wood-fiber composite, a highly durable and hygienic material. Created by industrial designer Björn Berger and crafted in the historic cutlery center of Solingen, Germany.
  • Sugg. Price $19 Our Price $14.95
    Kai, one of Japan's largest and most historic cutlery companies, has developed Kai Luna to offer superior cutlery design at an affordable price. Each knife has a high-carbon stainless-steel blade that is mirror-polished and finished with unique hammered detail. This must-have knife for the kitchen performs a wide range of tasks: cutting, slicing, dicing and mincing. It has the exceptional quality required for a knife you'll use every day. Traditional Japanese hammered finish helps release food more easily. Mirror polishing with graze-finish edge increases stain and corrosion resistance. German DIN1.4116 high-carbon stainless-steel blade is hand-sharpened on a whetstone and holds a super-sharp edge. 16-degree cutting edge is razor-sharp and more precise than standard Western-style knives. Lightweight, soft-grip handle has rubberized inserts for a comfortable, secure grip. Coordinating sheath protects the blade and makes storage safe and easy.
  • Sugg. Price $162.50 $187.50 Our Price $99.95 $129.95
    Professional chefs know that the proper weight and balance of a knife are just as vital as a strong, sharp edge. Crafted in Germany, the Four Star II collection delivers on all counts with a superior hand feel and high-carbon steel blades forged for optimal sharpness. One of the most-used knives in the kitchen, the chef’s knife is a versatile chopper, mincer and slicer. Precision forged using Zwilling’s Sigmaforge process, which incorporates the Fridour ice-hardening technique to produce a corrosion-resistant blade that is exceptionally hard yet flexible. Precise lasers are used to ensure each blade’s edge is at the ideal cutting angle for maximum sharpness. Stainless-steel end cap provides excellent balance while cutting. Permanently bonded polypropylene handle has just enough texture for a secure, comfortable grip. Bolster transitions seamlessly to handle to accommodate a wide variety of specialized cutting grips. 6" chef’s knife: 6" blade. 8" chef’s knife: 8" blade. Made in Germany by Zwilling J.A. Henckels, founded in 1731.
  • Sugg. Price $81 $137 Our Price $39.95 $89.95
    In its seventh-generation of family ownership, Wüsthof has been making some of the finest kitchen cutlery in the world since 1814. The Gourmet line features precision stainless-steel blades that resist stains and rust and hold an exceedingly sharp edge. Maybe the most used knife in the kitchen, the chef’s knife is a versatile chopper, mincer and slicer. Stamped blade is made of high-carbon stainless steel for top performance and durability. Triple-riveted high-impact plastic handle provides a secure, comfortable grip. Made in Solingen, Germany.
  • $119.95 $149.95
    A high-performance chef's knife like this one is a necessity for chopping vegetables and mincing fresh herbs. Forged in Germany from a specially formulated alloy, the blade is balanced with a heavy bolster and a tang that extends far into the handle. Knife is precision forged from a single piece of sturdy high-carbon steel that resists stains and corrosion. Wusthof's Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) creates an extraordinarily sharp blade that retains its edge 30% longer. Tang extends deep into the handle for exceptional durability and control. Heavy bolster provides perfect balance. Pebbled polypropylene handle is contoured for a secure grip.
  • Sugg. Price $225 $250 Our Price $179.95 $199.95
    Wüsthof's signature chef's knife deftly slices, dices and juliennes. Forged in the renowned cutlery center of Solingen, Germany, the high-carbon-steel blade tapers from handle to tip and from spine to edge. A care kit for the African blackwood handle is included. Knife is precision forged from a single piece of sturdy high-carbon steel that resists stains and corrosion. Full tang is triple riveted to the handle for exceptional durability and control. A recessed bolster facilitates honing and sharpening the entire length of the cutting edge; a heel bolster provides added balance. Comfortable contoured handle is cut from dense African blackwood and hand polished. Included care kit contains mineral oil for maintaining the silken finish of the handle.
  • Sugg. Price $190 Our Price $149.95
    When it comes to choosing a kitchen multitasker, culinary professionals reach for a hardworking chef's knife like this one. Featuring a strong, broad blade of high-carbon stainless steel with a fine cutting edge, this durable knife is ideal for efficient chopping, slicing and dicing. Designed by architect Matteo Thun, the special arched bolster promotes a perfect thumb grip for the ultimate precision, comfort and safety. Precision forged using Zwilling’s Sigmaforge process, which incorporates the Fridour ice-hardening technique to produce corrosion-resistant blades that are exceptionally hard yet flexible. Precise lasers ensure each blade’s edge is at the optimal cutting angle for maximum sharpness. Arched bolster perfectly supports the thumb—and allows the full length of the edge to be sharpened, from tip to end. Contoured for a secure, comfortable grip, the sleek ABS resin handle is triple-riveted to the blade. Made in Germany by Zwilling J.A. Henckels since 1731.
  • Sugg. Price $138 Our Price $109.95
    This scaled-down chef's knife excels at Western rocking cuts as well as Asian santoku-style chopping. The Zwilling Pro collection offers ultimate comfort, security and precision, thanks to the innovative arched bolster designed by architect Matteo Thun, which enables a perfect thumb grip. Each knife is precision forged using Zwilling's Sigmaforge process, resulting in an exceptionally hard yet flexible blade. Zwilling's Friodur ice-hardening technique creates an ultra-hard, razor-sharp blade that resists corrosion. Precise lasers are used to ensure each blade edge is at the optimal cutting angle for maximum sharpness. Arched bolster perfectly supports the thumb for ultimate comfort, safety and precision. Also allows the full length of the edge to be sharpened, from tip to end. Sleek ABS resin handle is triple riveted to the blade and contoured for a secure, comfortable grip.
  • Sugg. Price $80 Our Price $49.95
    Reach for Calphalon's Precision Series chef's knife when you need a sturdy, all-purpose knife with outstanding leverage, balance and versatility. An essential for everyday kitchen prep, it features a razor-sharp blade that's ideal for chopping, mincing, dicing and slicing. Blade is fully forged from high-carbon, stain-resistant German steel, precisely tapered for optimal edge retention. Bolster and full tang ensure ideal balance and maximum strength. Durable, high-impact plastic handle ensures a steady, comfortable grip. Unique bar-riveted handle is labeled on the end with the knife's name and size, for easy reach in your block.
  • Sugg. Price $76 Our Price $69.95
    Designed for the tough day-to-day demands of the commercial kitchen, the Wüsthof Pro line offers a smart value for home cooks. This collection features high-carbon German steel blades and a unique handle built with an inner core for stability, a nonslip grip and an ergonomic shape that stays comfortable even during extended tasks. Chef's knife is one of the most indispensable, versatile knives in the kitchen for all-purpose chopping, dicing and slicing. Precision-stamped, high-carbon stainless-steel blade sharpens easily and offers outstanding edge retention. Unique two-stage handle features two high-performance synthetic materials: an inner core for enhanced stability during prolonged use and an outer slip-resistant shell. Handle is ergonomically shaped for comfort. NSF certified to meet the high-level safety standards for professional kitchens. Made in Germany.
  • Sugg. Price $100 $125 Our Price $79.95 $99.95
    The Urban Farmer cutlery collection was created by German designer Bjoern Berger to celebrate farm-fresh food, home gardening and cooking with delicious seasonal ingredients. Crafted with a full-tang, high-carbon steel blade, nonslip bolster and rustic beechwood handle, this chef's knife is a well-balanced, comfortable and efficient tool ideal for slicing, dicing, mincing, chopping and cutting thick vegetables and meat. Knife is precision laser cut from a single piece of sturdy high-carbon, no-stain steel. Tempered to the ideal grade of hardness; blade is strong enough to hold a lasting edge and flexible enough not to crack under pressure. Semisoft bolster provides a secure grip even when hands are wet. Full tang is riveted to the handle for exceptional durability and control. Handle is shaped from sustainably grown European beechwood and heat treated to ensure extreme toughness and water resistance. Made in Solingen, Germany. A Williams Sonoma exclusive.
  • Sugg. Price $100 Our Price $67.95
    The Twin Signature collection combines excellent value with the legendary innovation and craftsmanship of Zwilling J.A. Henckels, German knife makers since 1731. These durable, entry-level knives feature blades stamped from high-carbon stainless steel, Friodur ice-hardened for strength, and hand honed for sharpness. This chef's knife is the workhorse of any kitchen for all-purpose chopping and slicing. Blade is precision-stamped from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel. Zwilling’s patented Friodur ice-hardening technique results in a harder, sharper blade that is corrosion resistant and highly elastic. Precise lasers are used to ensure each blade’s edge is at the optimal cutting angle for maximum sharpness. Edge is hand honed and finished for long-lasting sharpness. Smooth polymer handle is triple-riveted to the full-tang blade and ergonomically shaped for comfort. 6" knife: 6" blade. 8" knife: 8" blade. Made in Germany.
  • Sugg. Price $175 Our Price $139.95
    This serrated chef's knife is ideal for cutting tough-skinned produce as well as delicate items like tomatoes. The Zwilling Pro collection features an arched bolster designed by architect Matteo Thun that promotes a perfect thumb grip. Precision forged using Zwilling's Sigmaforge process, for an exceptionally hard yet flexible blade. Zwilling's Friodur ice-hardening technique results in a harder, sharper blade that is corrosion-resistant and highly elastic. Precise lasers ensure each blade's edge is at the optimal cutting angle for maximum sharpness. Arched bolster perfectly supports the thumb for a professional pinch grip.
  • Sugg. Price $137 Our Price $89.95
    In its seventh generation of family ownership, Wüsthof has been making some of the finest kitchen cutlery in the world since 1814. The Gourmet line features precision stainless-steel blades that resist stains and rust and hold an exceedingly sharp edge. This hardworking knife is great everything from chopping and dicing vegetables to cubing and slicing meats, poultry and fish. The size of the blade makes it easy to prep large quantities of ingredients – or larger vegetables and cuts of meat. Use the extra-wide blade for transferring prepped ingredients to your work bowl. Stamped blade is made of high-carbon stainless steel for top performance and durability. Triple-riveted high-impact plastic handle provides a secure, comfortable grip. 8"-long blade; 5"-long handle; 7.25 oz. Made in the renowned cutlery center of Solingen, Germany.

Enhance Your Culinary Skills with German Chef Knives

The chef's knife is the most important item in a knife set. This all-purpose knife can be used for almost every task in the kitchen. From chopping vegetables to slicing meat, a high-quality chef knife can do it all. German chef knives can be purchased separately from top-quality brands like Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Calphalon and Wusthof.

What Is a Chef Knife?

The main feature of a chef's knife is the broad, sharp blade that tapers to a point. Its design lets it rock on a cutting board as it cuts food for faster food prep. A German chef knife tends to have a more curved section at the front of the blade. You can use these versatile knives for a wide variety of tasks.

  • Use for cutting and slicing meat or tofu into thin, even pieces.
  • Quickly chop and dice fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Chop large quantities of fresh herbs or nuts at once.
  • Slice and disjoint large cuts of meat.

There are a few tasks that these knives are not suited for.

  • Slicing bread or other baked goods. Use a serrated bread knife instead.
  • Carving dense meat like roast beef or poultry. Use a carving knife set for these tasks.
  • Smaller precision tasks, such as peeling and mincing. Use a paring knife instead.

What Are the Qualities of a German Chef Knife?

Most chef's knives have a sharp blade measuring eight to ten inches in length and about one and a half inches in width. However, many knife brands have created variations that make great additions to any cutlery collection.

  • Precision forged, high-carbon steel blades that resist stains and corrosion. They are also easy to sharpen.
  • A full tang that is riveted to the handle for exceptional durability and control.
  • Ergonomic handles that are lightweight and comfortable to grip.
  • Arched bolster that supports the thumb for a professional pinch grip.

Care For Your Knife

Maintaining and caring for your knife will prolong the life of your knife and prevent accidents in the kitchen.

  • Always keep your knife clean and dry. Do not put your knife in the dishwasher.
  • Sharpen your knives a few times a year. A sharp knife is safer than a dull knife.
  • Shop our collection of knife sharpeners to bring your blade back to its impressive precision.

Enjoy the multiple ways this kitchen essential makes some of your favorite foods easier to prep and serve.