Do you need a quality chef’s knife, but you’re on a budget? No problem. We’ve put together a list of the best chef’s knives under $100 in each profile style.

To narrow down the chef’s knife that’s right for you, check out our guide: All About the Chef’s Knife. It covers the different shapes, lengths, type of steel, etc. to help you decide what fits your needs. Once you’ve figured that out, check out our top three recommendations below for the best chef knife under $100 in each category.

CHINESE CHEF’S KNIFE

1. Imarku Chinese Cleaver Knife — $39.99

  • 7” stainless steel blade
  • Sturdy and built well, but a little on the heavy side
  • Ergonomic handle means less stress on your wrist

2. LedgeON 7″ Professional Cleaver – Pro Series — $34.99

  • 7” high-carbon stainless steel blade
  • Coated wood handle for easy cleaning
  • Lightweight

3. Dexter Russell S5198 Traditional 8 x 3-1/4″ Chinese Chef’s Knife — $34.21

  • 8” Dexsteel™ stain‐free carbon steel blade
  • Polished walnut handle
  • Limited lifetime warranty

GERMAN CHEF’S KNIFE

1. Henckels International Classic 8-inch Chef’s Knife — $64.99 

  • 8” German stainless steel blade
  • Fully forged
  • Balanced, ergonomic handle

2. Wusthof® Gourmet 8-Inch Chef’s Knife — $84.99

  • 8” high carbon German stainless steel blade 
  • Comfortable finger guards for safety
  • Made in Germany
  • Laser-stamped

3. Messermeister Park Plaza Chef’s Knife — $79.95

  • 8” stainless carbon alloy blade 
  • Industrial strength POM handle
  • Stamped blade
  • Thin blade, lightweight

FRENCH CHEF’S KNIFE

1. Sabatier Authentic Carbon: Cook’s Knife 8″ — $67.00

  • 8” carbon steel blade 
  • Full tang
  • Sabatier is a French company that’s been making knives for 150 years

2. Made-In 8” Chef’s Knife — $89

  • 8.5” German steel blade
  • Fully forged
  • Full tang

3. Mercer Culinary M22609 Millennia® 9″ Black Chef’s Knife — $22.82

  • 9” high carbon stain-free Japanese steel blade
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Fully forged

GYUTO CHEF’S KNIFE

1. Tojiro DP Gyuto — $85

  • 8” stainless steel blade
  • Stamped
  • Sturdy, mid-weight knife

2. Ikkaku Donryu Molybdenum Gyuto 270mm — $89.00

  • 10.5” stainless steel blade
  • POM resin handle
  • Easy to sharpen

3. Fujiwara Kanefusa FKM Series Gyuto — $83.00

  • 8.2” stainless steel blade
  • Well balanced
  • Stainless steel bolster provides better grip

SANTOKU CHEF’S KNIFE

1. Kanetsune Dsr-1k6 Hammered Santoku Japanese Knife — $59

  • 6.5” stain-resistant steel blade
  • Double-edged blade
  • Wood handle

2. Misono Molybdenum Steel Series Santoku — $93

  • 7” high carbon stainless steel blade
  • Full tang
  • Easy to sharpen

3. Wüsthof Urban Farmer 7″ Hollow-Edge Santoku — $99.95

  • 7” high-carbon steel blade
  • Full tang
  • Well-balanced and comfortable for long use 

There are many great choices for chef’s knives. If you are looking for an extremely well-made yet reasonably priced brand, Victorinox makes knives in nearly every style. The Swiss Army Knife brand has 130 years of experience and customer loyalty behind it, so you can’t go wrong there. You can find their chef’s knives here.