Top 10 Best 6 Inch Kitchen Knives 2020

The 6 Inch Kitchen Knife is also called a Utility knife. Some people like to call them sandwich knives because they work well on almost everything that goes into a sandwich. From thin-skinned vegetables such as tomatoes and onions to meats and cheeses.
The 6-inch knife is perfect for a multitude of small tasks where more precise cuts are needed, such as trimming broccoli, green beans, or other smaller vegetables. Some cooks like to use it in their hands too. Think of it as a large paring knife. Others like its smaller size as an alternative to the chef’s knife.

Here is what we think are the best 6 Inch Kitchen Knives!

Lamson Signature Chef Knife

Lamson Signature Chef Knife

The Lamson Signature Chef’s Knife is designed for chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing. The curved and recessed bolster provides a seamless transition from handle to blade. This supports your thumb for a better balance and safety when working with the knife. I do like the Pakkawood handle on this knife. It sure does look different from the other knife you usually see. It is triple-riveted with nickel silver rivets and resin-infused.
This knife comes with a full tang which is forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel from Solingen, Germany. Lamson tempered it to 58° Rockwell hardness which is not as hard as the Asian knives on this page. The knife is sharped with a 20° angle and the convex-ground blades are polished, hand-edged and honed by hand. All Lamson knives are still made in the USA. We have a whole page with more fine knives made in the USA.

Shun Classic 6-inch Utility Knife

Shun Classic 6-inch utility knife

The Shun Classic 6-inch utility knife is one of the best 6-inch kitchen knives from Japan. The Shun Classic Utility Knife is between a chef’s knife and a paring knife, but its blade is narrower and straighter. This knife features a beautiful Damascus-clad blade and a D-shaped ebony PakkaWood handle. Shun uses a proprietary high-performance VG-MAX steel. That is what they call it. It provides very good edge retention, is clad with Damascus stainless steel, then ground and bead-blasted. The blasting reveals the flowing pattern of the layered steel.
It’s very slightly curved belly enables it to do moderate rocking cuts. The knife is nimble enough to peel an onion in the hand, then slice it up in short order.
Technical Details

  • Hand-sharpened 16° double-bevel blade (32° comprehensive)
  • Steel: Proprietary VG-MAX cutting core, 34 layers each side (68 total) stainless Damascus cladding
  • Handle: D-shaped ebony PakkaWood
  • Blade length: 6 in. (15.2 cm)
  • Handcrafted in Japan

We would never put this handmade knife in a dishwasher. It comes with a lifetime warranty.

J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star Chef’s Knife

J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star 6-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife

Do not get fooled by the long name. The J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star 6-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef’s Knife is one of the best on the planet.
The Four Star series is the top seller of Zwilling. The knives are honed and hand-finished by skilled professionals. The knife is designed with safety, ergonomics, and comfort in mind. The polypropylene handle that transitions into the bolster ensures a comfortable grip even when you have to prepare for the biggest family dinner. After hours of working this knife is still easy to maneuver and safe for your fingers since the bolster keeps them away from the blade.

The knives are made of proprietary steel that has been perfected for over 280 years. Zwilling forges the knife from a single piece of steel. They call it Sigmaforge and later ice-hardening the blades. Henckels’ Sintermetal Component Technology (SCT), combines three different grades of steel into a single piece. The blade, bolster, and tang. This way the blade gets harder and retains the sharpness longer. The blade has a 57 Rockwell hardness and a 15-degree edge angle on both sides.
I love how sturdy and balanced this knife is even with its flexible blade. This knife has a full rat-tail tang. This means that the blade extends all the way to the end of the handle.

Wüsthof 6 Inch Chef Knife

Wüsthof 6 Inch Chef Knife

WÜSTHOF was founded in Solingen, Germany over 200 years ago and is famous for producing products that meet the strictest quality standards. Their kitchen workhorse – the WÜSTHOF 6-inch Classic Chef’s Knife is the best example for it. This all-purpose cook’s knife can be used for chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing. The Full Tang, Triple Riveted handle is one of the best ones you will ever have in your hand. It is made from a long-lasting synthetic material that resists fading and discoloration. Full Bolster and good finger guard will make working with the knife safe and fun. The full tang knife is hand-honed and has a great weight to tackle thicker vegetables and meat as well.
The Wüsthof Chef’s Knife is forged from a single block of High Carbon Stainless Steel and tempered to 58-degree HRC. I was reading that they have a new sharpening technology now. They call it “The Precision Edge Technology” (PEtec) and claim that it yields a blade that is 20% sharper with twice the edge retention than previous models. I own this knife for 9 years now so mine was still without PEtec – still, I was and I am till today super happy with this knife!

Zelite Infinity Chef Knife

Zelite Infinity Chef Knife 6 Inch

The Zelite Infinity Chef Knife is made from Japanese AUS10 Super Steel with 67-layers of High Carbon Stainless Steel with what Zelite calls Tsunami Rose Damascus Pattern. The Gyuto style blade is cooled with liquid nitrogen to get to Rockwell 61. This is very hard and gives the blade sharpness, edge retention as well as stain, and rust resistance. The knife is sharpened using the 3-Step Honbazuke Method to 12 degrees on each side. The full tang knife features a triple-riveted round handle.
The knife comes with a 100% money-back guarantee if you do not like it.

Sky Light 6-Inch Classic Chef Knife

Sky Light 6 Inch Classic Chef Knife

The full tang blade of the Sky Light Classic Chef Knife has a 15°angle per side. It is made from X50CrMoV15 stainless steel and has a 58+ Rockwell Hardness. They cool the blade after forging with nitrogen to make it harder, add flexibility and more corrosion resistance. The ergonomically designed handle fits and feels good in your hand. If you have really big hands it will be too small. We recommend you look for another knife. It is made from polymer and safely triple-riveted to the blade. The weight distribution is superb. Working with this knife is fun.
The knife comes with a 100% money-back guarantee.

Shun Premier Chef Knife

Shun Premier Chef Knife

This Shun Premier chef’s knife is handcrafted in Japan. It features a core of proprietary VG-MAX super steel clad on both sides with 34 layers of Damascus stainless steel. All the Shun Premier knives are hammered by hand with a technique known as tsuchime to a beautiful finish. It reduces drag when cutting and prevents food from sticking to the blade. The thin blade edges retain a lasting and very sharp edge for a long time. The handles feel very good in the hand and the embossed end cap adds more balance to the knife. The 6-inch knife is lighter and you can work faster with it. If you prefer the 8 Inch Shun Premier Chef Knife – follow the link.

Victorinox Swiss Classic 6-Inch Chef’s Knife

Victorinox Swiss Classic 6-Inch Chef's Knife

The Victorinox Swiss Classic 6-inch Chefs Knife is one of the cheapest knives on the list. But do not let this fool you!
It is made in Switzerland by the same guy’s that make the world-famous Swiss Army Knife!.
Their ergonomic handles and balanced design make carving a breeze. Their blades are thin and sharp so you can slice as thin as you like and as consistently as you need. The handle is made from thermoplastic elastomers and will not slip even when wet.
We do not really recommend it but this knife is dishwasher safe.
With the Victorinox Swiss Classic, the company proves that you do not have to spend a fortune to own one of the Best 6 Inch Chef Knives.

Winco Acero Knife

Winco Acero 6 Inch Knfie

Winco is quite new in the game. They started out in 1992 as a supplier for restaurants. They developed their own line of knives and the Acero line is the best of it. The knives are ice tempered for exceptional sharpness and edge retention. Winco uses X50 Cr MoV15 German steel which ensures easy edge maintenance and rapid sharpening. Just what you would need in a professional kitchen.
Like most of the professional knives, they are fully forged with full-tang construction. This knife is super balanced with a POM injection molded handles help to achieve a balanced weight distribution.
It will be hard to beat this knife considering the price tag. For me, you get the best bang for the buck!

Japanese Damascus VG10 GRANDSHARP Pro

Japanese Damascus VG10 GRANDSHARP Pro

The last one on the list of the best 6-inch kitchen knives is the Grandsharp Pro Chef Knife is handcrafted from Japanese Damascus steel. The design blends Japanese and German styles for precision and comfort.
The blade is made from 67 layers of premium high-carbon stainless steel, with a high-carbon VG-10 core. The knife has reaches 60-62 Rockwell which is really hard. The blade is sharpened to 15 degrees per side and is very thin. This makes the knife quite flexible which some people do not like. I am quite happy with it.
The handle is of this 6 Inch kitchen knife is made from “G10” and it feels good in the hand. The steel tang extends the full length of the handle to secure and counterbalance the blade. I like this knife for more delicate tasks in the kitchen. It is very light so you will not get tired easily. We recommend as with all the other knives – handwashing with soap and water.
The knife is shipped in a nice gift box so if you want to give it to somebody there is no need to find a box.

It was not easy to find the ten best 6-inch kitchen knives since there are so many good ones. We tried to find a balance between price and performance. If you do have the money we would spend it on a good knife. You will have it for a long time and if you take care of it you will never think about the money you paid for it. We do recommend that you bring your knife once a year to a professional knife sharpening service. This way you enjoy your knife even longer.
If you looking for something bigger: 8 Inch Chef Knives

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Ivan

I'm Ivan - living and recently working in Southern California as a sous chef at various leading hotel chains. I’ve been fascinated by knives since my childhood in the Rocky Mountains. My career has made me passionate about all aspects of knives and I love sharing what I discover.