Part of the appeal of cooking is looking cool while doing it (just ask Michael Voltaggio or any cook working the line at a hipster restaurant with an open kitchen). And thanks to the food revolution, there are more opportunities to strut your stuff with a badass chef’s knife. But it’s not all about appearances: The design details on these knives all serve a purpose. With knives like these available at every price point, it’s high time for a knife swap.
This series of professional knives has color-coded handles to prevent cross contamination in restaurant kitchens. Dexter-Russell eight-inch chef’s knife, $39, Dexter
With a plastic sheath and red blade, this is one knife you won’t leave behind at the summerhouse. Kai eight-inch chef’s knife, $20, Williams-Sonoma
This handmade beauty is exquisitely balanced. Plus, the G10 laminate handle is as grippy as it is handsome. Cut Brooklyn nine-inch Prospect 240, $575, Cut Brooklyn
The dimpled surface on this surgically sharp German-influenced Japanese knife prevents food from sticking to the blade. Glestain eight-inch dimpled blade gyutou, $170, Korin