Top-Rated Kitchen Knives for Every Budget

Whether you're paring apples or carving your holiday roast, you need a kitchen knife that's a cut above the rest.

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January 22, 2019

Slice neatly through everything from fresh parsley to strawberries and carrots with this classic knife. It has a heavy, 8-inch blade made of high-carbon stainless steel, and it's hand-honed for razor-sharpness. Available in additional sizes.

BUY IT: Amazon, $165

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Made in Spain, Henckles' chef's knife has an 8-inch stainless steel blade and an ergonomic handle with a full tang. It is one of the items in the J.A Henckels International Classic Cutlery Collection pictured here.

BUY IT: Macy's, $89.99

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Carve a roast, ham, turkey or brisket with ease and precision with this slicing knife. The core of the blade is made from high-carbon Japanese steel; it's finished with over 60 layers of Damascus cladding (a type of Indian or Persian steel). At 12 inches long, it slices through breads, cakes and large meats, fruits and vegetables. Comes with a protective sheath.

BUY IT: Dalstrong, $119.77

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Choose a blue, black, green, gray or red handle on this chef's knife. Its 8-inch blade is made from Japanese steel and has a 15-degree angle for sharp cuts, instead of the 25-degree angle seen on most Western-style knives.

BUY IT: Misen, $75

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Looking for a great buy? This set of Vremi knives has over 900 Amazon reviews with an average 4.5-star rating. It includes a chef's, paring, serrated, utility and carving knife, each with a heavy-duty steel blade and matching sheath. Also available in matte black.

BUY IT: Amazon, $13.69

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Iron Chef and Food Network Celebrity Chef Alex Guarnaschelli says Sabatier's lightweight, easy-to-hold paring knife is one of her kitchen essentials. This one is 4-1/2-inches long and comes with a sleeve with a built-in sharpener. Available in additional sizes.

BUY IT: Amazon, $20.43

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This hand-hammered paring knife isn't just reminiscent of Japanese handicrafts; its textured blade also helps keep foods from sticking when you cut. The handle is pakkawood (a hard, wooden laminate).

BUY IT: Saks Fifth Avenue, $119.95

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$150 - $200

Miyabi's Evolution knives use high-carbon, stainless steel blades in precision-balanced handles. Each blade is hand-honed in Japan and given a sand-blasted, katana edge. Available in 6-, 8- or 9-1/2-inch sizes.

BUY IT: Sur La Table, $89.96 - $159.95

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Make this your everyday knife. Its 8-inch, dimpled blade slices easily through most vegetables and meats. Made in Japan, it's lightweight and feels balanced in your handle. Hand-wash only.

BUY IT: Walmart, $94.95

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