When it comes to chef's knives, our editors love everything from a $10 basic one to beautiful Japanese knives that cost several hundred dollars. (Shop: 10 Chef's Knives for Every Budget.) But, as Goldilocks taught us, sometimes the best option is somewhere in the middle. Wüsthof, a German knife company, sells high-quality knives at prices we love.
Here are our top picks from both sites.
1. Wüsthof Gourmet 8-Inch Chef's Knife, $70 (normally $112)
An 8-inch chef's knife is one of our true desert island products. Wüsthof's are laser-cut from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel for a sharper, more durable edge. The grip is also designed to be comfortable to hold as you tackle laborious chopping or dicing jobs in the kitchen.
2. Wüsthof Gourmet Hollow-Edge 7-Inch Santoku Knife, $50 (normally $112)
Wüsthof's Santoku knife is designed to do much of the same things as a chef's knife. In terms of which one you prefer, it comes down to preference, but this exact knife has inspired its own essay on Kitchn before. The straighter blade makes it easier to scoop food with, and the slightly smaller size makes it easier for cooks with smaller hands to wield.
3. Wüsthof Gourmet Bread Knife, $50 (normally $76)
Aside from a chef's knife and an inexpensive paring knife, a bread knife is the final piece to round out your collection. Even if you aren't regularly cutting bread, there are plenty of things you can do with one. A 34 percent discount on a Wüsthof bread knife is as good a reason as any to invest in a good one if you haven't yet.
And what not to buy ...
Both sales feature knife sets, and while the deep discounts might seem tempting, we've cautioned against them in the past for the simple reason that you just don't need that many knives. If you're also looking for steak knives, the sale price on both retailers is comparable to the regular price of the Wüsthof Gourmet knives on Amazon.