7 Expensive Kitchen Knives (and Affordable Alternatives)

Knife Guides
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Knives are one of the most important tools you can have in your kitchen--whether you’re a professional chef or just enjoy cooking. While there are many appliances and utensils you can probably do without, high quality knives are not one of those items. You want to get knives that can seamlessly do the job they were designed to do--either slice, dice, chop, mince, or carve--and you want them to last for years.

If you’re like many of us, you might dream of owning the elegant professional knives that the pros use--but might be a little less excited about the price tag. Not to worry, we’ve lined up nine professional (and expensive) knives that we all wish we could own--and found their affordable alternatives! Keep reading to find out:

Does Expensive Always Mean Better?

If you can afford expensive knives is that always the way to go?

Although it’s easy to equate expensive with better when it comes to a variety of things, this isn’t always the case. When it comes to knives, the saying goes you should try to get the best option for your budget--which can mean a lot of different knives for a lot of different people. So instead of just purchasing an expensive knife because of its price, it’s important to instead take a look at a couple of factors before you decide on which knife and which price is best for your situation.

When purchasing a high quality knife (regardless of the price) consider:

Another factor to consider is how much do you see yourself using this knife? If you’re training to become a chef, a more expensive knife that is well balanced and stays sharp longer might be worth the investment. But if you just like cooking for your family (or yourself) on the weekends, you might get a more affordable option that’s more in line with your budget. While only you know what is an appropriate amount to spend on a knife, when you take these factors into consideration, you’ll be able to find a quality knife that you can get years of use out of.

Expensive Chef’s Knives

A chef-recommended addition to kitchen, or wish list.  Image courtesy of Zwilling.

Zwilling Professional S 8 inch chef’s knife

Many top chefs agree that Zwilling makes some of the best chef’s knives in the industry--including the Zwilling Professional S. These knives are made from a proprietary formula so that the blades are harder, sharper, and will not stain. The bolster provides unmatched balance, providing the user with control to take on any kitchen task. These knives are very popular among professional chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, among others--so if you decide to purchase this one--you’ll know that some of your favorite chefs would approve.

Price: $149.99

WÜSTHOF Classic 8 inch chef’s knife

Another favorite among professional chefs is the Wusthof Classic knife, and one recommended to those who are looking to start their culinary career. The sleek blade of this knife makes it the ideal choice for chopping and slicing through vegetables and fruit, and it makes an equally easy task of mincing meat. The three rivets on the handle make for a comfortable and ergonomic grip, ensuring you’ll be able to use this knife to accomplish almost any kitchen task.

Price: $159.95

Dalstrong Shogun Series 8 inch chef’s knife

The sleek design of this knife makes it a pro favorite. Image courtesy of Dalstrong.

This chef’s knife blade boasts of high-carbon stainless steel cladding with a Japanese steel cutting core. The blade is then cryogenically tempered to increase strength, hardness, and flexibility. The result is an elegantly hammered finish that decreases drag as you slice through produce, meat, and poultry. This knife not only has an interesting blade, but it’s military-grade garolite handle will ensure you’ll be able to wield it easily and with precision.

Price: $129.43

Affordable Chef’s Knives Alternatives

Overlord Damascus chef’s knife

This multi-purpose knife can help you create the recipes of your dreams. Image courtesy of Overlord.

It’s hard to deny the aesthetic appeal of this stately chef’s knife, but don’t be fooled, this knife can keep up with the best of them. Elegantly designed to help you chop and slice your way to a great meal, this knife would make a great addition to your kitchen. Its heavy duty blade makes each cut easy, plus the beautiful (and sharp) blade and wooden handle will look great on any magnetic wall strip.

Price: $59.99

Zwilling J.A. Henckels chef’s knife

A solid chef’s knife to add to your collection. Image courtesy of Self.

For a less expensive version of the Zwilling Pro Series, many home cooks turn to the basic (but sturdy) chef’s knife from Zwilling J.A. Henckels. This knife is prepared to cut and slice through almost anything you can throw at it--from vegetables, fruit, and even meat. Its comfortable handle and balanced proportions make this a great alternative to its expensive cousin.

Price: $50.00

Victorinox Fibrox Pro chef’s knife

The high-carbon stainless steel blade in this knife allows you to easily slice through produce, but it is also a popular chef’s knife for cutting through steaks and poultry. Any chef can appreciate the ergonomic and non-slip handle will make sure you’re accurately (and safely) cutting through all the ingredients on your recipe list.

Price: $45.00

Expensive Paring Knives

Zwilling Henckels Pro 4 inch paring knife

This paring knife can tackle almost any kitchen task. Image courtesy of Zwilling.

Paring knives might be the second most used knife in the kitchen--just behind the versatile chef’s knife. This small but mighty four inch paring knife is ready to take on tasks like peeling, trimming, and even cutting into just about anything on your ingredients list. The blade is forged from high-carbon steel for exceptional strength and durability. The comfortable handle will feel right at home in your hand and will be a welcome addition to your kitchen.

Price: $49.95

Miyabi Habana 3.5 inch paring knife

This paring knife not only looks good, but is sure to be one of your go-to knives in the kitchen. Image courtesy of Sur la Table.

The beautiful design of this blade is sure to catch your eye, but you’ll really appreciate what it can do in the kitchen. The Damascus pattern both strengthens and protects this 3.5 inch paring knife which is ready to precisely cut and peel with the best chefs in the industry. The handle is triple-riveted and makes for a very ergonomic pinch grip which is favored among many professional chefs.

Price: $119.95

Affordable Paring Knives Alternatives

Sur la Table paring knife

A colorful, and affordable, addition to your knife set. Image courtesy of Sur la Table.

If you’re really looking for an affordable knife that can still hold its own in the kitchen, then you can’t beat the price of Sur la Table’s paring knife. The high-carbon stainless steel blade makes it easy to chop vegetables or peel the zest from fruit, all with a comfortable grip and great choice in colors. This knife comes with its own sheath, ensuring it’s protected and kept sharp in between uses.

Price: $5.96

Victorinox Fibrox Pro paring knife

Another great option for an affordable and durable paring knife comes from the company that brought us the Swiss Army knife. A lightweight and agile paring knife, you’re sure to find a lot of uses for this item in your kitchen. High-carbon stainless steel and an easy to grip handle will ensure that no task is too intricate for this paring knife.

Price: $8.95

Expensive Serrated Knives

Victorinox’s Fibrox Pro serrated curved bread knife

If you’re looking for a knife that can slice through any type of bread you might make, then the Victorinox serrated knife is something you’ll want in your kitchen. A trusted name in the culinary industry, Victorinox Fibrox Pro is a 10 inch knife that will easily slice through bread (or vegetables) without squashing the item. The blade is complemented by an ergonomic handle that’s easy to grip as well.

Price: $56.95

Overlord 8 inch Damascus serrated knife

This knife will take care of delicate cutting tasks. Image courtesy of Overlord.

The sharp, scalloped blade of this knife is sure to easily cut through bread or soft tomatoes without compressing or crushing the items. A serrated blade is essential in the kitchen, and this one is made with 67 layers of Damascus steel, which then receives cryogenic treatment to increase strength and durability. The handle is made with Pakkawood and is sealed to resist moisture.

Price: $59.99

Affordable Serrated Knives Alternatives

Mercer Millennia 10 inch wavy edge bread knife

A great serrated knife alternative is the Mercer Millennia 10 inch bread knife. Made from a single piece of high-carbon Japanese steel, this knife is sure to make quick tasks of slicing bread or cutting through vegetables.

Price: $22.25

Tojiro bread slicer

The flexible blade of this knife means you can slice through delicate food items with ease. Image courtesy of Serious Eats.

Another budget-friendly serrated knife is the 14.75 inch Tojiro bread slicer. The sharp and durable high-carbon stainless steel blade pairs wonderfully with the ergonomically shaped natural wood handle. The blade is slightly flexible, which is ideal for thin slices or delicate peeling tasks

Price: $24.99

So there’s our list of the seven best expensive knives in the chef’s, paring, and serrated categories. If those aren’t in your budget yet, never fear, their affordable alternatives would also make great additions to your kitchen!