Absolutely essential for every kitchen, the chef's knife can be used for virtually any cutting job. The slightly curved, rigid blade facilitates both the rocking motion that most professionals use in chopping, and a higher-impact approach for heavy, dense foods.
8": A versatile, all-around size, comfortable for the cook with average-size hands. Its medium weight and length make it almost universally easy to use for anything from chopping onions to slicing eggplant.
10": This larger, heavier knife is typically preferred by culinary professionals, who let the weight do the work. Ideal for large produce, such as melon or butternut squash, or for cutting a whole chicken into serving pieces.
12": A grandly scaled knife that brings professional heft to your biggest, most demanding cutting tasks.
Four Star is a great introduction to the world of forged German cutlery. The blade is high-carbon stainless steel, and Henckels' unique ice-hardening process and advanced metal-alloy technology keep the edge sharper longer, with a consistent angle and superb corrosion-resistance. The handle is molded of unbreakable polypropylene, with an ergonomic shape that ensures a solid, comfortable grip. It is permanently bonded to the blade tang for superior balance and durability. Dishwasher safe, but hand-washing is recommended. Made in Solingen, Germany.