10 Best Chef Knife Sets (For Professional Use)

When you're a professional chef you're looking for a knife set that is high quality, efficient, and easy to use and you're willing to spend a little more than your average home cook is but you still don't want it to break the bank, right?

That's smart business sense but do keep in mind that you get what you pay for and especially with knives.

So don't cheap out and buy a knife set that frustrates you more than it helps you and then needs replacing in 6 months either.

I know from experience that investing in my kitchen equipment has saved me time, money, and a lot of frustration and that leads to a better experience for both you and whoever is eating your food.

There's no point in trying to butcher a piece of quality meat with a cheese knife (I've seen stranger things in kitchens honestly!) so pick something that is reliable and quality from my list below that is fit for purpose.

With that in mind, below are the best chef knife sets for the money... 

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The Features of a Good Chef Knife: What You'll Find In All The Knife Choices Below

These are the characteristics of all good chef knives and will be present with the options recommended below...

  • Sharp out the box: They should be sharp immediately and ready to go without you needing to sharpen it on first use, you want knives that can slice through meat effortlessly and even chop through tendon and bone if need be.

  • Weight: There's 2 different schools of thought among Chefs among which is better, a heavy or a light knife but ultimately it's a personal choice, as you're buying a set typically you'll get a range of weights due to the size and style. 

  • Blade Size: At least 8 inches is ideal for most professional knives otherwise it can be too short for cutting many food items you'll be working with regularly, each set will have a wide range for all your needs. 

  • Grip: Your chef knife should have a firm and sturdy grip that's comfortable to hold and ergonomic to use, you don't want hand cramp or blisters when working with your chef knife (these Chinese ones are good). Each option below fits that bill.

Top 10 Chef Knife Sets

These are the top most popular chef knife sets for professionals...

Bestseller No. 1
BRODARK Kitchen Knife Set with Block, Ultra Sharp 15 PCS German Stainless Steel Professional Chef Knife Set with 2 Stage Knife Sharpener, Ergonomic Handle Full Tang Forged Gift with Premium Box
  • A SPECIAL GIFT: BRODARK was born for everyone loving life. Our knife set is more like a perfect companion for any cook to make a delicious meal for their families. For the one you cared about, BRODARK kitchen knife set, a good wish, must be gifted on wedding, birthday, housewarming, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any other events.
  • SUPER SHARP: BRODARK kitchen knives are made of premium high-carbon German stainless steel, V-shaped cutting edge knives, only 14-degree blade edge per side, which gives its blades a sharper edge. 55±2 Rockwell hardness provides doubles the edge retention. 14.82% CR protective film is more rust-proof and has a longer service life.
  • D-SHAPED ERGONOMIC HANDLE: BRODARK chef knife set is made of ergonomic D-shaped color wood handle, the handle perfectly fits the palm, providing optimal grip and comfort during use. Full tang construction offers the knives their impressive balance. The great design by BRODARK is more visually appealing, sturdy, secure, and comfortable.
  • PERFECT CHEF KNIFE SET: The 2-stage knife sharpener keep your knives hold a sharp edge. 1x 8.5in chef knife, 1x 8in slicing knife, 1x 8in bread knife, 1x 7in santoku knife, 1x 5in utility knife, 1x3.5in paring knife, 1x kitchen shears, 6 pcs 4.5in serrated steak knife and hardwood knife block makes all kitchen tasks easily.
  • LIFETIME GUARANTEE: Hand-polished by craftsmen with 38 years of experience. The perfect blade, the perfect handle, the perfect knife block. Our knife block set has obtained patents and certifications issued by FDA, EU, FISO9001, BSCI, FSC, etc. BRODARK provides customers a 90-day refund policy, free replacement, and lifetime guarantee!
SaleBestseller No. 2
Cuisinart C77WTR-15P Classic Forged Triple Rivet, 15 Piece Set, White
  • Set Includes: 8" Chef Knife, 8" Slicing Knife, 7" Santoku Knife, 5.5" Utility Knife, 3.5" Paring Knife, 2.75" Bird's Beak Paring Knife, 4.5" Steak Knives (6), 8" Sharpening Steel, All-Purpose Household Shears, Wooden Block.
  • Superior high-carbon forged stainless steel blade for precision and accuracy
  • Durable extra-wide safety bolster for perfect stability and control
  • Stainless steel rivets to secure the full-tang blade to the ergonomically designed handle
Bestseller No. 3
Kitchen Damascus Knife Set Japanese VG-10 Steel Knives Block Set Shadow Wood Handle for Chef Knife Set High Carbon Core Stainless Steel Full Tang Kitchen Knife Set with Block High End (8 Piece)
  • 【Perfect Full Set 】Professional Damascus Knives set includes 8"chef's, 6"Nakiri, 3.5' paring, 8" bread , 7"santoku, 5" Utility, 6"boning and Wood Block Knife Set
  • 【Best Quality】Knives Set crafted of premium Japanese vg10 67-layer steel for excellent edge retention An ultra sharp vg-10V Japanese super steel cutting core at 62 Rockwell hardness extraordinary performance and edge retention.The blades have been professionally graded down with the finest block materials. The cutting is just smooth as cutting butter whether your cutting through steaks, chicken, pork, doing sashimi style cuts, fine cute, dice cuts or any other types
  • 【Rare Solid Wood Handle】188 Days Hand-Forged Surface white shadow wood handle .real solid wood handles in your hands, very accurate to the touch and the knives themselves are an art of craftsmanship.Ergonomically designed handles to ensure a secure and comfortable grip! Extreme comfort, perfect balance!
  • 【New Design - Knife Block Set】The minimalist structure provides reliable protection and space for tools. The transparent design helps to circulate air, keep the surface of the tool dry, "Hollow out" Design, Ventilated and dry Knife Block Made of North American FAS grade black walnut wood,the style is mature and the material is thick.Multi-slot design to meet different specifications of the knives sets
  • 【WARRANTY】Offering lifetime quality and satisfaction guarantee and 24 Hrs dedicated email customer support. Our Chef Japanese Damscus Steel knives are ideal Multipurpose cutlery gift Christmas, Weddings, Birthdays, Fathers Day, Mothers Day for Kitchen & Home cooks, professional chef’s, culinary students and more. Make life easier and more comfortable best Knife set gifts for professionals chefs knives sets
SaleBestseller No. 4
DFITO Kitchen Chef Knife Sets, 3.5-8 Inch Set Boxed Knives 440A Stainless Steel Ultra Sharp Japanese Knives, 10 Pieces Knife Sets for Professional Chefs
  • 🔪【MULTIPURPOSE】 The 10 PCS kitchen knife boxed set includes 8" Chef Knife, 8" Slicer Knife, 5" Utility Knife, 8" Bread Knife, 7.5" Cleaver Knife, 7" Santoku Knife, 5" Santoku Knife, 7" Cleaver Knife, 6" Boning Knife, and 3.5" Paring Knife. The curve of the blade is gentle aides in easy precise cutting. Great for mincing, slicing, and dicing fruit, meat, fish, and vegetables in the kitchen because of excellent performance.
  • 🔪【SUPERB RAW MATERIAL & RAZOR SHARP EDGE】The chef's knifives set is made of high carbon forged stainless steel(440A) which comes with 54+ Rockwell Hardness, makes each knife has extremely anti-corrosion, rust-resistance, long-lasting edge, and excellent toughness. The knife blade is painstakingly hand sharpened to 13-15° per side, maintaining the perfect balance between ultra-thin slicing and maximum resilience for smooth cutting through.
  • 🔪【INGENIOUS APPEARANCE & DESIGN】DFITO kitchen knives set has a unique outlook compared with the other normal knives set. Its design combines a western chef knife and a Japanese knife. The waved laser-etched pattern and original wooden texture make the knife shiny and stylish. It can make simple cooking become a creation of beauty.
  • 🔪【Ultra-Sharp EDGE】- Sharpness is the key! Razor-sharp and laser-tested blade effortlessly chop, minces, slices, and dices. The knife surface is finely polished, rustproof, corrosion-resistant, and easy to clean. Knives have a strong durable bolster for perfect stability and control. Even if you use it for a long time, you won't feel tired and uncomfortable. It makes sure you enjoy your cooking time!
  • 🔪【GIFTED & EXCELLENT SERVICE】DFITO chefs knives set comes, ideal for family and friends as a gift. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions during use. If the product has traces of use, it may be a mistake made by the Amazon staff in the operation that the used product was sent out, so if the product has traces of use, please feel free to contact us for a free replacement.
SaleBestseller No. 5
XYJ Stainless Steel Kitchen Knives Set 10 Piece Chef Knife Set with Knife Sharpening Rod Carry Case Bag & Sheath Well Balance Ergonomic Handle
  • ▶【Package Includes】 XYj cutlery set includes: 1 x 3.5 inch paring knife, 1 x 5 inch utility knife, 1 x 5 inch Santoku knife, 1 x 5.5 inch boning knife, 1 x 7 inch Santoku knife, 1 x 7 inch Nakiri, 1 x 7.5 inch Kiritsuke knife, 1 x 8 inch slicing knife, 1 x 8 inch bread knife, 1 x 8 inch chef knife, 10 x knife sheaths, 1 x 12 pockets roll bag, 1 x knife sharpening rod
  • ▶【Particular Design】 The blade of this kitchen knife is made of high quality stainless steel, uses a V-shaped and fine processing blade, which can maintain the sharpness of the chef knife for a long time with incredible robustness and quality
  • ▶【Ergonomic Handle Design】 The handle is made by high quality color wood, which is comfortable, stability and well balanced when holding to use. The light weight and ergonomic design make the chef knife feels quite balanced and you won’t feel finger numbness
  • ▶【Professional Chef's Knife】 XYj Stainless steel chef knife is a multifunction cutlery knife, which is designed for professional applications, suitable for cutting, dicing, slicing, chopping with vegetables, fruit bread and meat, adding satisfaction and enjoyment of kitchen experience
  • ▶【Unique Knife Sheath & Roll Bag】 This cooking knife set comes with knife sheath and canvas roll carry bag, the sheath is use to protect your knife blade and finger, and the knife roll carry case is a good storage organizer to your chef's knife, make it more easy and convenient to carry out
SaleBestseller No. 6
Cuisinart C55-12PCER1 Advantage Color Collection 12-Piece Knife Set with Blade Guards, Multicolored
  • High-Quality Stainless Steel Blades
  • Ceramic Coating for Easy Non-Stick Slicing
  • Color Coding Helps You to Reduce the Risk of Cross-Contamination During Food Preparation
  • 8" Chef Knife is a multipurpose knife for mincing and slicing vegetables. The 7" Santoku Knife is perfect multipurpose knife for dicing and mincing
  • Lifetime Warranty
Bestseller No. 7
Sabatier Forged Triple Rivet Knife Block Set, 15-Piece, White
  • STYLISH, MODERN & FUNCTIONAL: Give your kitchen the update it needs with this beautifully designed Acacia block Set with Forged White Handles. This set includes your most essential cutlery pieces for chopping, slicing, mincing, and more
  • RAZOR-SHARP BLADE EDGES: Each Blade is expertly hand crafted for maximum sharpness and edge retention to ensure precise slicing every time
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY: Each forged knife is made from high carbon stainless steel, making the blade stain and corrosion resistant
  • ERGONOMIC CONTROL: Triple Riveted designed handles offer a sure grip and absolute stability that ensures comfort and maneuverability
  • 15 PIECE SET INCLUDES: 8 inch chef knife, 8 inch slicer, 5 inch Santoku knife, 5. 5 inch serrated Utility knife, 4.5 inch utility knife, 3.5 inch Paring knife, (6) 4.5 inch steak knives, sharpening steel, All purpose shears, Acacia block
Bestseller No. 8
Knife set, 23 Pcs Kitchen Knife Set with Block & Sharpener Rod, High Carbon Stainless Steel Chef knife set, Ultra Sharp, Full-Tang Design
  • [Multi-Purpose Kitchen Knife set] - Includes chef's knife, santoku knife, bread knife, slicing knife, utility knife, paring knife, boning knife, boning knife, 8packs steak knives, sharpener rod, kitchen shears, finger guard, and other accessories. This knife set can be used for your daily kitchen tasks and fit all your needs.
  • [Durable & Sturdy] - Every blade is precision forged from high-carbon X50CR15 stainless steel for superb rust and corrosion protection, and stain-free performance. The textured handles are ergonomic and durable, making long sessions of food prep virtually effortless and fatigue-free for fingers, hands, wrists and forearms.
  • [Ultra-Sharp & Unique pattern] - With carefully hand-polishing and precise tempering technology, each taper-ground edge is hand polished to 14-16°per side for long-lasting sharpness and easy honing. The blade features with unique damascus pattern, which make it has a attractive appearance.
  • [Easy Care & Storage] - All knives are well organized into 1 wood block that made of durable natural oak, it helps to keep keen edge on your blades, and make a handsome addition to a countertop.
  • [24H After Sales Service] - All of our product are thoroughly tested before we ship them out to you. If it does not suit you for any reason, please contact us, we offer 24hours customer service to ensure you a good shopping experience.
SaleBestseller No. 9
Kitchen Damascus Knife Set, 9-Piece Kitchen Knife Set with Block, ABS Ergonomic Handle for Chef Knife Set, Knife Sharpener and Kitchen Shears, Beechwood Block
  • ALL-IN-ONE COMPLETE SET - Professional Damascus Knives set includes 8”Chef Knife, 8”Slicing Knife, 8”Bread Knife, 7” Santoku Knife, 5.5”Utility Knife, 3.5”Paring Knife, Kitchen Shears, Knife Sharpener to stay sharp and Beechwood Block.
  • QUALITY DESIGN - Knives are crafted with VG10 steel core 67 layers superior damascus steel blades for precision and accuracy. HRC 60±2 hardness for exceptional sharpness, edge retention. Curved design handle provides comfort and support.
  • DURABLE & EASY TO CLEAN - The integrated design of the blade and the shank is not easy to break, safe and durable. It ensures long lasting performance and easy to clean. You can save a lot of time on cleaning.
  • EASY TO CARE & STORAGE - Wooden Block part is made of durable natural oak, and the hollow knife seat is easier to insert and remove, safe and sanitary. Use more assured!
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY - Every knife set is backed by superior quality and under strict quality inspection. Our aim is 100% satisfied customers. Return it anytime and get a full refund when you are not happy with our knife set.
Bestseller No. 10
Knife Set Block - 8 Piece Chefs Knife Set - Damascus Steel VG10 Japanese Stainless Steel Home Kitchen Knife Set With Shadow wood Handle&Unviersal Walnut Block
  • 🎄【Professional Chef Knife Set 】 Japnese Damascus Steel Set includs 8"chef's, 6"Nakiri, 3.5' paring, 8" bread , 7"santoku, 5" Utility, 6"boning and Wood Block Knife Set
  • 🎄【Best Quality】Knives Set crafted of premium Japanese vg10 67 layers steel for excellent edge retention An ultra sharp vg-10V Japanese super steel cutting core at 62 Rockwell hardness extraordinary performance and edge retention.The blades have been professionally graded down with the finest block materials. The cutting is just smooth as cutting butter whether your cutting through steaks, chicken, pork, doing sashimi style cuts, fine cute, dice cuts or any other types.
  • 🎄 【New Design - Knife Block Set】The minimalist structure provides reliable protection and space for tools. The transparent design helps to circulate air, keep the surface of the tool dry, "Hollow out" Design, Ventilated and dry Knife Block Made of North American FAS grade black walnut wood,the style is mature and the material is thick.Multi-slot design to meet different specifications of the knives sets
  • 🎄【Premium Wood Handle】188 Days Hand-Forged Surface white shadow wood handle .real solid wood handles in your hands, very accurate to the touch and the knives themselves are an art of craftsmanship.Ergonomically designed handles to ensure a secure and comfortable grip! Extreme comfort, perfect balance!
  • 🎄【WARRANTY】Offering lifetime quality and satisfaction guarantee and 24 Hrs dedicated email customer support. Our Chef Japanese Damscus Steel knives are ideal Multipurpose cutlery gift Christmas, Weddings, Birthdays, Fathers Day, Mothers Day for Kitchen & Home cooks, professional chef’s, culinary students and more. Make life easier and more comfortable best Knife set gifts for professionals chefs knives sets

Popular Chef Knife Brands

Take a look at the list above for full details of the best professional chef knife brands but here's a small selection

  • Henckels
  • Wusthof
  • Euna
  • XYJ
  • Damascus Steel
  • DFITO
  • Shun Classic

What brand of knives does Gordon Ramsey use?

Gordon Ramsey uses the following knife brands:

  • Wusthof
  • Henckels

How much should I spend on a chef's knife set?

Typically for a chefs knife set you'd be looking to spend at least $200 (there are cheaper options available but they are less reliable and lower quality) up to $1,000 for the high end option.

Bestseller No. 1
Wusthof 1095070703 Gourmet Knife Block Set, 7-Piece, Black
  • WÜSTHOF GOURMET SERIES – 7 Piece Starter Knife Set with triple riveted synthetic polypropylene handles that resist fading, discoloration, heat and impact. Precisely laser-cut stamped knives offer superb quality and value
  • RAZOR SHARP – High Carbon Stainless Steel Blades, precisely cut with the latest state of the art technology for incredible sharpness and easy maintenance. WÜSTHOF kitchen knives are Hand Wash Only
  • WÜSTHOF KNIFE SET – Includes 3" Spear Point Paring Knife, 4 1/2" Utility Knife, 6" Serrated Utility Knife, 6" Cook's Knife, 9" Steel, Come-Apart Kitchen Shears, and 9-Slot Block
  • DURABLE – WÜSTHOF Cutlery is crafted to resist corrosion and dulling. This German made Kitchen Knife set Comes with a limited Lifetime Warranty
  • CENTURIES OF TRADITION – Family owned for seven generations, WÜSTHOF was founded in Solingen, Germany over 200 years ago. WÜSTHOF’s cutlery carries the Solingen name, a designation reserved for products that meet the strictest quality standards
Bestseller No. 1
Shun Sora 6-Piece Block Set Including 3.5-Inch Paring Knife, 6-Inch Utility Knife, 8-Inch Chef’s Knife, Herb Shears, Combination Honing Steel and 11-Slot Bamboo Block; Stainless Steel Knife Set
  • All precision cuts are handled with the 3.5-inch Paring Knife including mincing, slicing, peeling, pitting, coring, seeding and more; a small, agile blade perfect for handheld use
  • 6-inch Utility Knife combines dexterity with power, capable of smaller cuts while handling larger ingredients; known as a “sandwich knife” perfect for everything from meats and cheeses to tomatoes
  • 8-inch Chef’s Knife is an all-purpose knife, known as a gyuto in Japan, with a slightly curved blade and a gentle roll off the tip; can be lifted less for more efficient and effective slices
  • Herb Shears delicately strip herbs and cut stems with the built-in blade notch; ergonomically designed handle fits both right and left-handed individuals for maximum comfort
  • Combination 9-inch Honing Steel has smooth and micro-ribbed surfaces for daily and weekly honing and the bamboo Knife Block is a beautiful, durable and safe home for stainless steel knives

The Best Chef Knife Sets Revealed

So, I hope this post has revealed the best chef knife sets on the market for you and gives you some solid options to work with that suit every need and budget.

Last update on 2022-01-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API