Best Kitchen Knife Sets Under $300

Excellent kitchen cutlery sets from Calphalon,, Zwilling J.A. Henckels and Dalstrong

High Quality Steel, Good Design and Excellent Durability Are A Few Of The Reasons These Are The Best Kitchen Cutlery Sets Under $300.

There are a lot of decent kitchen cutlery sets at the sub $100 and $200 price point, but in most cases there is a notable increase in quality in the sets manufacturers offer that are just under $300. However this is not the case for every knife set, so we created this list to help make sure you get the most bang for your buck when shopping for a mid tier knife set. This post is about quality and usability not quantity, so you will notice that several of these sets don’t include a lot of knives, but the knives they do include make them well worth their price tag from a quality, design and durability stand point.

 

Best Block Knife Sets Under $300 Comparison Chart
ProductRating 1-10
(Our Pick)
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Knife – Gladiator Series
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9.5
(Top Pick)
Great kitchen knife set from Dalstrong
WMF Plus
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8.5Small high quality cutlery set from WMF Spitzenklasse
Wusthof Gourmet
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8
Calphalon Precision
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7.5This great cutlery set from Calphalon has sharpeners built into the block
J.A. Henckels Twin Signature
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6.5Great well priced kitchen cutlery set from J.A. Henckels

Calphalon Precision 15-piece Kitchen Knife Set With Self-Sharpening Block 

This great cutlery set from Calphalon has sharpeners built into the block

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Set Includes – one 4.5″ paring knife, one 6″ utility knife, one 7″ Santoku , one 8″ bread knife, one 8″ chef’s knife, eight steak knives, one pair of scissors,
  • Weight – 13 lbs
  • Size – 8.9″ x 8.5″ x 7.3″
  • PROS

  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Full Tang
  • Large set for this price point
  • Very sharp right out of the box
  • Knife sharpeners built into the block slots
  • High carbon, no stain German steel
  • End caps engraved with knife identification
  • Knives in this set are forged rather than stamped (Except for the steak knives)
  • Block includes an extra slot
  • CONS

  • No honing rod
  • Made in China

Calphalon is a well respected German cookware company that has been in business for over fifty years, but they have only been making cutlery since 2003. They have quickly mad a name for themselves by producing quality knives and great looking blocks. They have recently started offering several of their sets with self sharpening slots built into the block, and this set is one of those. This is great option if you are the type of person that hates sharpening their kitchen knives and keeps putting it off. The knives in this set also have end cap engravings that identify the knife which is a nice amenity that seems like it should be more prevalent in the kitchen cutlery world.

SharpIn Tecnology is the name that Calphalon has given their new in block sharpeners, and it seems to be much more than a marketing gimmick. Knives in the self sharpening slots stay very sharp, but technically the built in sharpeners are actually honers, because they are not actually removing steel. They just realigning the edge each time the blade is replaced. If the SharpIn technology were actually sharpening the blades after each use they would diminish in size very quickly and need to be replaced. Not all the slots in this set have built in sharpeners. The steak knife slots do not have self sharpeners and the there is an empty slot without a knife in case you want to add to this set or include a knife from your old set.

Overall the Precision 15 piece set is a good quality product with some nice innovations, and the self sharpeners are a great amenity for those who hate sharpening, because a sharp knife is safer than a dull one due to the fact that less force is required to perform the same task. However if you prefer to to sharpen and hone knives the old fashioned way, and you don’t think you need knife identification labels on the end caps you will probably be better served from an overall quality standpoint by one of the other sets in this review.

 

WMF Spitzenklasse Plus 6 Piece Set

Small high quality cutlery set from WMF Spitzenklasse

  • Set Includes – one 11″ carving knife with a 6.5″ blade, one 13.5″ chef knife with an 8″ blade, one 12.5″ bread knife with an 8″ blade , one 8″ bread knife, one 8″ utility knife with a 4″ blade, one honing rod
  • Weight – 3 lbs
  • Size – 15″ x 8.1″ x 3.9″
  • PROS

  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Full Tang
  • Made in Germany
  • Very sharp right out of the box
  • Excellent combination of edge retention and corrosion resistance
  • High carbon steel
  • Forged, not stamped
  • CONS

  • Relatively small set
  • No empty slots in the block.

WMF is a kitchen cookware company  that has been around since the 1800s, and their experience is showcased in the quality of the knives in this set. If you are looking for a large cutlery set than this is probably not the set for you, but if quality is is what you want than the WMF Spitzenklasse 6 piece set is unbeatable in the sub $300 price range. WMF’s Performance Cut technology combined with a high quality German steel result in excellent knives that should last a lifetime.

 

Wusthof Gourmet 18 Piece Cutlery Block Set 9718

Best Wushoff kitchen knife set under #300.

  • Set Includes – one 2.5″ paring knife, one 3″ paring knife one 2.75″ trimming knife, one 2.25″ peeling knife, one 4.5″ utility knife, one 5″ spreading  knife, one 5″ hollow edge Santoku , one 8″ bread knife, one 8″ cook’s (chef’s) knife, six steak knives, one honing steel and one pair of scissors,
  • Weight – 8.4 lbs
  • Size – 15.5″ x 10.25″ x 5″
  • PROS

  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Large set for this price point
  • Very sharp right out of the box
  • Very comfortable handles
  • High carbon, no stain German steel
  • Laser cut blades
  • CONS

  • Aesthetically Challenged Knife Block
  • Stamped, not forged

If you just browse the specifications of Wusthoff’s Gourmet series knives it does not seem like any of their sets make the list. They are stamped rather than forged, the knives with blades under 4.5″ are not full tang and the 18 degree cutting angle is less than impressive. In spite of these lackluster specs the Wusthoff Gourmet knives are still a top performer at this price point. The Wushoff Gourmetnives are so well designed that they outperform other kitchen knives with more impressive specs and larger price tags.

The blades of the Gourmet 18 piece aet may be stamped, but Wusthoff uses a 14 step laser cut process that results in stamped blades that are superior to most other companies stamped blades. While they still are certainly not as durable or well balanced as Wustoff’s forged Ikon series they are a great option at the sub $300 price point from both a performance and durability standpoint. The Wushoff Gourmet 18 Piece Knife set is a great option if you need a large set, but don’t want to sacrifice a lot of quality.

DALSTRONG Knife Set Block – Gladiator Series Knife Set

Great kitchen knife set from Dalstrong

  • Set Includes – one 4.5″ paring knife, one 6″ utility knife, one 7″ Santoku , one 8″ bread knife, one 8″ chef’s knife, eight steak knives, one pair of scissors,
  • Weight – 12.8 lbs
  • Size – 16.4″ x 14.2″ x 4.8″
  • PROS

  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Full Tang
  • High carbon, no stain German steel
  • Excellent quality at this price point
  • Dalstrong has excellent customer service.
  • Great looking Acacia wood block
  • Comfortable Pakkawood handles
  • Forged, not stamped
  • Cryo-tempered 
  • CONS

  • Made in China (With materials imported from Germany and Spain)
  • No steak knives

Dalstrong is a relatively new company, but they have made a big impression in the kitchen cutlery world in a short period of time. Their knives are manufactured in China with steel imported from Germany and Pakkawood imported from Spain, and their cryo tempered manufacturing process has resulted in some of the best knives ever manufactured in China. The high quality and great performance of these knives combined with their excellent 120 day money back guarantee have helped a lot of people pull the trigger on this knife set in spite of the fact that is is manufactured in China.

The Dalstrong Gladitor Knife Set is a great looking set, but that doesn’t matter if the knives don’t perform. Fortunatly the Dalstrong Gladitor series of knives perform very well. They are full tang, well balanced and really durable . From an ergonomic stand point the Pakkawaood handles are on par with the the handles on the very expensive Wustoff Ikon series, and the bolster on the back of the blade is really nice when utilizing the pinch grip.

Overall this is an  excellent kitchen cutlery set that offers specs and performance that you normally only see in high end knife sets. The Dalstrong Gladiator series may lack the name recognition of some of the other brands in this post, but if they continue to deliver this level of quality and performance they will be a household name in a short period of time.

 

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Signature Stainless-Steel 11-Piece Knife Set

Great well priced kitchen cutlery set from J.A. Henckels

  • Set Includes – one 2.5″ peeling knife, one 4″ paring knife, one 5″ serrated utility knife, one 6″ utility knife, one 8″ chef’s knife, one 7″ hollow edge Santoku knife and one pair of scissors,
  • Weight – 6.8 lbs
  • Size – 17″ x 6″ x 10″
  • PROS

  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Full Tang
  • Very sharp right out of the box
  • High carbon, no stain German steel
  • Laser cut blades
  • Henckels’s Friodur ice-hardening process
  • CONS

  • Stamped, not forged
  • Aesthetically challenged block

One of the first things you probably noticed about this set is that all the steak knife slot are empty. This may be a deal breaker for some people, but it could also be an opportunity to purchase the steak knives you really want. Steak knives tend to be an afterthought on a lot of mid tier knife sets, and quite often they are inferior to the rest of the set. With the Twin Signature 11 piece set J.A. Henckles has given customers the opportunity to purchase their ideal steak knives and add them to the set at their convenience.

The knives that are included in this set come from J.A. Henckles Twin Signature series are similar to the Wustoff Gourmet series in that they are stamped rather than forged, but they have a cutting angle of 15 rather than 18  and all the knives are full tang. These knives were manufactured using J.A. Henckles FRIODUR ice-hardening technique which is one of the main reasons J.A. Henckles has become a household name. This is an excellent kitchen cutlery set that will last a lifetime if properly cared for, and definitely one of the best sets at the sub $300 price point.

 

If the $200 – $300 price point is a bit more than you want to spend on a kitchen cutlery set check out our post on The Best Kitchen Knife Sets Under $200.

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2018-08-10T20:19:55+00:00

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Picture taker and occasional blog writer who spends his time outdoors trying to break tactical, bushcraft and hunting knives and his time indoors trying to break kitchen knives.
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