Save hundreds on Zwilling, Shun, and Wüsthof.

By Katie Macdonald
Updated December 05, 2019

‘Tis the season for cooking. And whether you’re prepping a showstopping main, setting up snacks for a holiday potluck, or simply getting a headstart on tonight’s dinner, chances are that you’re grabbing a knife. From do-it-all chef’s cutlery to scalpel-sharp paring blades, a knife is the essential kitchen tool for transforming raw ingredients into memorable meals.

With so much riding on your razor-sharp slicer, you want to pick a good one. But quality cutlery can cost you — some knife sets can run up thousands of dollars, and even single high-end chef’s knives retail for as much as $200. This is exactly why we like to find our favorite knives at a discount, and there’s no time like holiday sales for smart savings.

Many brands are still discounted following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and for great deals on kitchen knives and cutlery sets, we often go to Amazon. The retailer already offers new deals every day on its Today’s Deals storefront, but we dug even deeper into its impressive knife selection to find the best discounts you can get right now.

Scroll down to check out eight of the best knives and knife sets on sale on Amazon right now, plus why users love them. Whether you’re looking to replace your well-worn starter set before holiday entertaining season or gift a top-notch slicer to someone you love, these deals are sure to impress.

J.A. Henckels International 8-Inch Classic Chef’s Knife: 58% off


Why users love it: “I'm not a professional chef, but I like to fancy myself a pretty good home chef, and I was looking for a knife that would hold up against the culinary challenges I might throw at it without breaking the bank. I honestly feel like this might be the best value knife for that purpose. It's extremely sharp, has a nice weight, and fits my hand like a glove. I've been loving every minute of working with it so far, and I'm looking forward to using it for many years to come.”

To buy: $46 (originally $109);

Shun Premier 6-Inch Chef Knife: 52% off


Why users love it: “I love to cook and know that the right tools make the job go better. The Shun 6-Inch Chef Knife is EXACTLY what I have been looking for. The sharpness of the blade makes prep work a breeze. I find the 6-Inch knife to be much more manageable than the larger, heavier, more cumbersome chef's knives I have used. Another great feature is that the knife came with it's own protective sheath so I can store it without damaging the blade or cutting myself retrieving it from my knife drawer.”

To buy: $103 (originally $213);

Wüsthof Classic IKON Hollow Edge Santoku: 45% off


Why users love it: “Very sharp out of the box, and holds an edge nicely. It is extremely high quality, and is well balanced and lightweight. It cuts with extreme ease (mostly vegetables), slices very thin, and will last many years based on the high quality construction, full tang, etc. For those that aren't familiar with Santokus, be aware they are slightly more brittle than the average chefs knife, and are not intended for raw meat cutting, and you should avoid cutting around bone especially (they're designed more for chopping). They tend to hold their edge for a long time, so shouldn't need sharpened very often.”

To buy: $90 (originally $165);

Mercer Culinary 3-Inch Paring Knife: 65% off


Why users love it: “Recommended by a chef/culinary professor, I was surprised by the price, but even more surprised by the quality. I purchased five and use them daily for hollowing fruit, veggies, detail work, and all the things paring knives do.”

To buy: $3.50 (originally $10);

Global 3-Piece Starter Set: 40% off


Why users love it: “My husband and I had purchased a set of these Global knives several years ago and absolutely love them. I bought this set for my sister-in-law because she had ‘knife envy.’ They keep their sharpness and sharpen easily. I would highly recommend these knives.”

To buy: $180 (originally $299);

Wüsthof 8-Piece Stainless-Steel Steak Knife Set with Wooden Gift Box: 38% off


Why users love it: “I bought these to replace knives my husband and I bought six years ago when we got married. These knives are wonderfully sharp and look great with our silverware. They work for a nice dinner with our china or an everyday dinner.”

To buy: $50 (originally $80);

Cuisinart Triple-Rivet Collection 15-Piece Cutlery Block Set: 64% off


Why users love it: “I am extremely impressed with the quality of this knife set. It looks very sturdy but yet elegant, the knives are very sharp and feel heavy and comfortable. It looks like a million bucks for the price that it costs. Definitely recommend!”

To buy: $58 (originally $160);

Calphalon Classic Self-Sharpening 12-Piece Knife Block Set: 42% off


Why users love it: “As a college student, I got used to living the cheap life. $25 Costco knife sets can be just as good as the real deal, right? I lived in my world of alternative facts, head buried in the sand like an ostrich avoiding eye contact with its crush. I kept believing my knives were just fine and that it was all the potato's fault my knife wasn't cutting anything. Darn organic potatoes are harder to cut than those normal potatoes because of the cage free lifestyle, obviously. Well, my head finally came out of the sand when I gifted myself this Calphalon knife set. This must have been the knife set Mickey Mouse used to cut his bread so thin. The self-sharpening block keeps the knives sharper than my grandfather's wit. I am absolutely thrilled with how well this knife set works! Get your head out of the sand and start dominating your food as nature intended!”

To buy: $99 (originally $170);