Culinary Schools Recommend Mercer's Knives to Students—and This Set Is 56% Off Until Midnight

These blades are tough enough for commercial kitchens.

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If you're looking for a thoughtful gift for your favorite home cook, now's your chance to snag a top-notch knife set at a major discount. Amazon has slashed the price of chef-approved Mercer Culinary Genesis' 6-Piece knife block set by up to 56% off for Black Friday—but only until midnight PT.

Mercer's German-forged knives are celebrated for their strength and well-balanced build. Crafted from high-carbon steel with taper-ground edges, the blades maintain their sharpness for long periods of time and are easy to hone at home. They also feature thick bolsters and textured handles that ensure a secure grip, even with wet hands.

This five-knife set has a full range of blade styles: an 8-inch chef's knife (a F&W favorite for value), bread knife, boning knife, utility knife, and 3.5-inch utility knife. It also comes with a slim knife block that's ideal for small countertops. And because it's made of tempered glass, the holder makes it easy to see exactly which knife you're grabbing.

Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set
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To buy: Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Knife Block Set, $100 (originally $225) at

Because of the the brand's solid reputation, many culinary schools recommend Mercer knives to their incoming students. Several Amazon reviewers say these are the blades they learned to slice and dice with while studying and that they're worthy of commercial kitchens.

"This is the same model of knives that I received when I was in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu," a user said. "They have a very comfortable grip and the blades are solid German single steel pieces from handle to blade tip. Easy to sharpen, and the initial sharpening that they come with lasts a long time and can handle a lot of abuse."

In fact, several users said that Mercer knives can stand up to pricier brands, including one who wrote, "As a chef and culinary instructor, I have worked with many different expensive, German steel forged knives and these are as good or better than knives costing 10 times the price!"

Normally, Mercer's 6-piece knife block set costs $225, but Amazon cut the price to just $100 for Black Friday. But the deal ends in just a few hours, so add a set to your cart now.

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