Choose the Right Knife for the TaskFIND THE KNIVES THAT SUIT YOUR COOKING STYLE
Our sets include the most frequently used knives, each designed for a particular task. Choose a multitasking set with knives that feel the most comfortable in your hand, then add individual pieces for specialised cutting jobs.
Curating a collection of knives that address all kitchen prep needs.
Also called a cook's knife, a chef's knife is an everyday all-purpose knife. The wide, sturdy blade, pointed tip and comfortable handle support an efficient rocking motion for prep work. This knife is great for both precise and large-scale cutting.
Chopping, slicing, mincing, dicing and julienning; food types include: cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, brussels sprouts, garlic, capsicums, onion and all proteins.
A versatile knife that combines a wider blade surface for large-scale chopping and mincing with a sharp tip for fast, precise slicing. Santoku means "three benefits" in Japanese.
Precise mincing, dicing and slicing; food types include: celery, pumpkin, potatoes, cabbage, eggplants, cucumbers and kale.
This little knife is indispensable for precise cutting tasks, functioning like a mini chef's knife. The knife's small size and short blade (usually between 5 cm and 12 cm long) make it exceptionally manoeuvrable.
Peeling, slicing, trimming and dicing smaller fruits and vegetables. Also great for everything from creating garnishes to coring tomatoes, hulling strawberries and deveining prawns.
Available in a variety of sizes with either straight-edged or serrated blades, this tool is larger than a paring knife, but smaller than a chef's knife. It's great for more exacting work.
Precise slicing and chopping. Food types include citrus, tomatoes, soft cheeses and breads.
A bread knife has a long, narrow blade with scalloped/serrated edges and a pointed tip; perfect for slicing through crisp crusts without squashing the delicate interior.
Slicing baked goods – from crusty artisan loaves and bagels to soft rolls and buttery brioche. Also useful for slicing tomatoes and citrus fruits.
This traditional Japanese vegetable knife echoes the shape of a slender cleaver. The beautifully balanced blade is exceptionally sharp, so it's especially useful for precision slicing.
All types of vegetable prep, including quickly chopping, slicing and mincing. You can also use the side of the blade for scooping prepped ingredients into a pot or bowl.
These table knives are much sharper than classic dinner knives, combining a narrow upswept blade with a pointed tip that makes it easy to cut meat away from the bone. The knives also serve as exceedingly sharp utility knives and are great for vegetarian options like a dense cauliflower steak.
Slicing tender, juicy steaks, chops, fish and other cuts of meat.
Designed for prepping poultry and meats, this knife has a sharp, manoeuvrable blade that gives you precision control as you separate the flesh from bones and cartilage.
Removing bones from raw poultry and meats – from a chicken breast to a leg of lamb. Also great for precise tasks like trimming a tenderloin.
SLICING & CARVING KNIFE
These razor-sharp knives have long, slender blades that slice food into neat, uniform portions. Blades sometimes have oval-shaped indentations that help prevent food from sticking. Tips may either be pointed or rounded.
Slicing roast meats and poultry – the tip helps cut into joints and navigate around bones. Rounded-tip slicing knives include ham slicers and salmon slicers.
This knife cuts even the ripest tomatoes into neat, uniform slices. It combines a sharp serrated blade with a pronged tip designed for transferring tomato slices from your chopping board to a plate, bowl or platter.
Slicing tomatoes without tearing their delicate skins. Also ideal for prepping citrus fruit – or slicing and serving cheeses.
A powerful, heavy but well-balanced cleaver breaks down larger cuts of meat and poultry. It features a sturdy, finely honed blade that cuts cleanly and easily through bones and tendons.
Cutting through meat and poultry bones with a single stroke. Also works well for chopping and mincing firm vegetables.
Sharp, sturdy blades and comfortable handles make these tools extremely versatile. Most have a pull-apart design for easy cleaning.
Varied tasks like trimming poultry, shaping pastry, snipping fresh herbs and mincing dried fruit. Also great for cutting baking paper and kitchen twine.
Knife CareKEEP YOUR KNIVES IN TOP CONDITION
To prolong the life of your blades, always use a resilient wood, composition or synthetic chopping board – cutting on metal, glass or marble surfaces will dull and eventually damage your knife blade.
Hone your knife blade with a hand-held steel before each use. Using a ceramic or metal steel helps maintain a knife's sharp edge by smoothing and realigning the worn carbon-steel cutting teeth.
Store knives in a block or in a drawer that's fitted with a special knife insert. Other great ways to safely store knives include wall-mounted racks, magnetic knife bars and individual knife sheaths.
A knife's blade becomes slightly duller with each use and will require sharpening to restore the blade's original angle. An electric sharpener is the easiest way to give your knife a razor-sharp edge.
Knife Construction: Which Knife Suits You?
Forged knives are made by heating steel to a high temperature. This "hardens" the steel, which is moulded and hammered. Blades are tempered, ground, polished and assembled, sometimes in up to 50 different steps, most of which are done by hand. Forged knives feature a bolster and integrated tang.
The blade of a stamped knife is either precision laser-cut or punched from a sheet of steel. It is expertly tempered, sharpened and finished by machine, then joined to the handle of the knife. Featuring little or no tang, stamped blades are often thinner than their forged counterparts. Because they're more lightweight, stamped blades can minimise hand fatigue while cutting.
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A Knife Sharpening Angle Guide For Prepping All Your Cutlery
Having a sharp kitchen knife is key to prepping ingredients quickly and getting meals out onto the table efficiently. A sharp blade cuts through most ingredients with ease and helps to prevent the knife from slipping, which can lead to injury. At Williams Sonoma, we strive to make preparing meals at home an enjoyable experience for the whole family and we have put together this helpful knife sharpening angle guide to help you get the most out of one of the most important tools in your kitchen - the knife.
Invest in Knives You Love
Invest in top-quality kitchen knives from a brand you love to make the most out of the task of cutting, chopping, dicing and mincing your food. We partner with renowned brands like Wüsthof, Shun and Messermeister to bring you an exceptional collection of knives that all have their own distinct look and feel. Choose your knives based on the type of cuisine you most often cook as well as the particular style that fits best with your personality. When you form a connection with your knives, they become an extension of you as you use them to prepare your best dishes.
How Often Should I Sharpen My Knives?
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