If Ina Garten says “jump,” we say “how high?” And if Ina Garten says “I only use Wusthof kitchen knives,” you can bet your perfectly roasted chicken we have our eyes peeled for a sale.
Behold: The Barefoot Contessa’s go-to knife brand is on sale this Cyber Monday. At Williams-Sonoma, this Wüsthof Classic 12-Piece Knife Block Set is down from $1,128 to $700, or almost 40 percent off. The set includes a paring knife, utility knife, hollow-ground santoku, 8-inch chef’s knife, bread knife, four steak knives, a honing steel, pull-apart shears and a 13-slot storage block.
The Contessa has gone on the record multiple times to recommend the German cutlery brand, and she even awarded them the label “good knives” on her website…so they must be really good. These are forged from high-carbon steel and feature a full tang (that is, the back portion of the blade extends all the way into the handle for better leverage and durability) and contoured handles. “You want workhorse knives that you just know are going to be great,” she told Food & Wine in October. OK, we’re sold.
That is admittedly still quite expensive for a set of knives, but luckily, there’s a smaller seven-piece set for $280 (originally $629) if you don’t have a Barefoot Contessa budget (we don’t). But FYI, we think you really only need a chef’s knife, serrated knife and paring knife, and this three-piece starter set is only $140 (originally $219). And if you take care of them (no dishwasher!). they’ll last forever.