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Victorinox kitchen knives—types, benefits, how to choose & FAQs

In this guide, we:

  • look at the different types of Victorinox kitchen knives available
  • tell you how to choose the right one for your purposes
  • answer some common questions about Victorinox knives

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Why buy Victorinox kitchen knives over other brands?

Victorinox is a Swiss company renowned across the world for the high quality of its kitchen knives.

Many chefs value Victorinox knives because they are:

  • lightweight
  • extremely strong
  • razor-sharp
  • reasonably priced

Established professional cooks prize the more expensive forged knives for their full tang, balanced weight, and the comfort and grip of the handle.

Chefs who are just starting out in the kitchen might opt for knives in the Victorinox Fibrox range, which perform well without the need to break the bank.

What types of kitchen knives does Victorinox make?

Victorinox’s range of kitchen knives is extensive and includes the following:

Chef’s knives/cook’s knives

An all-purpose knife for preparing food. Its curved blade can be used in a rocking motion for thinner, more precise cuts. The blade is broad enough that the knife can serve as a cleaver for cutting through bone.

Fibrox

Anti-slip, soft-grip handle

High-carbon stainless steel blade

Dishwasher-safe

Victorinox Fibrox Cook’s Knife 19cm

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Price: £20.71 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Fibrox Cook’s Knife Deep 20cm

Price: £24.36 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Fibrox Cook’s Knife Serrated 22cm

Price: £26.20 (+ VAT)

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Wooden

Comfortable riveted wooden handle

High-carbon stainless steel blade

Hand-washing recommended

Victorinox Wooden Handle Cook’s Knife 22cm

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Price: £31.16 (+ VAT)

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Forged steel

Handle fully forged from single piece of steel

Ergonomic riveted handle for better balance and comfort

High-carbon stainless steel blade

Hand-washing recommended

Victorinox Forged Chef’s/Cook’s Knife 15cm

Also available with the following blades:

Price: £48.16 (+ VAT)

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Butcher’s knives

There are many knives designed for butchery and working with meat. These include the following:

  • Boning knives
    • Remove bones from cuts of meat
    • Flexible blade with sharp, narrow tip

Read more in our guide to boning knives.

  • Carving knives
    • Slice lean cuts of meat
    • Thin blade for precise cutting
    • Pointed tip allows for better cutting along a board
    • Some have serrated blades—can sometimes shred and tear meat
    • Some have fluted blades—ensures very thinly sliced meat doesn’t stick to the steel

Read more in our guide to carving knives.

  • Cleavers
    • Chop and cut through thick meat and hard bone
    • Long, wide blade
  • Slicing knives
    • Cut smaller, thinner slices of meat
    • Similar to carving knives, but usually longer and narrower
    • Often rounded tip
    • Serrated or fluted blades are common

Read more in our guide to slicing knives.

Boning knives

Fibrox

Anti-slip, soft-grip handle

High-carbon stainless steel blade

Dishwasher-safe

Victorinox Fibrox Boning Knife 12cm

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Price: £12.78 (+ VAT)

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Wooden

Comfortable riveted wooden handle

High-carbon stainless steel blade

Hand-washing recommended

Victorinox Wooden Handle Boning Knife 15cm

Price: £20.09 (+ VAT)

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Forged steel

Handle fully forged from single piece of steel

Ergonomic riveted handle for better balance and comfort

High-carbon stainless steel blade

Hand-washing recommended

Victorinox Forged Boning Knife 15cm

Price: £45.32 (+ VAT)

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Carving knives

Fibrox

Anti-slip, soft-grip handle

High-carbon stainless steel blade

Dishwasher-safe

Victorinox Fibrox Carving Knife Serrated 25cm

Also available with the following blades:

Price: £24.36 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Fibrox Carving Knife Plain 30cm

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Price: £27.40 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Plastic Handle Carving Knife Fluted 20cm

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Price: £31.16 (+ VAT)

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Wooden

Comfortable riveted wooden handle

High-carbon stainless steel blade

Hand-washing recommended

Victorinox Wooden Handle Carving Knife Plain 25cm

Also available with the following blades:

Price: £30.45 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Wooden Handle Carving Knife Serrated 36cm

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Price: £42.02 (+ VAT)

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Cleavers

Victorinox Fibrox Cleaver 18cm

Price: £35.94 (+ VAT)

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Slicing knives

Fibrox

Victorinox Plastic Handle Slicing Knife Fluted 25cm

Price: £29.44 (+ VAT)

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Forged steel

Victorinox Forged Slicing Knife 20cm

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Price: £51.00 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox wooden handle knives

View our full range of Victorinox wooden handle knives here.

Comfortable riveted wooden handle

High-carbon stainless steel blade

Hand-washing recommended

Victorinox Wooden Handle Paring Knife Plain Edge 10cm

Price: £10.97 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Wooden Handle Flexible Filleting Knife 18cm

Price: £24.36 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Wooden Handle Bread Knife Serrated 21cm

Price: £26.62 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Wooden Handle Santoku Knife Fluted 17cm

Price: £37.96 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Fibrox knives

What is Victorinox Fibrox?

These knives feature handles made from the material Fibrox. The mineral fibres used in Fibrox products are spun at high temperatures from molten minerals to produce slip-resistant handles which are ergonomic, comfortable, heat-resistant and immune to the harmful effects of water, such as swelling and rust.

View our full range of Victorinox Fibrox knives here.

Anti-slip, soft-grip handle

High-carbon stainless steel blade

Dishwasher-safe

Victorinox Plastic Handle Paring Knife 10cm

Price: £3.64 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Fibrox Filleting Knife 18cm

Price: £17.05 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Fibrox Bread Knife Serrated 21cm

Price: £18.26 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Fibrox Santoku Knife Fluted 17cm

Also available as:

Price: £30.60 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox forged knives

View our full range of Victorinox forged knives here.

Handle fully forged from single piece of steel

Ergonomic riveted handle for better balance and comfort

High-carbon stainless steel blade

Hand-washing recommended

Victorinox Forged Paring Knife 10cm

Also available with the following blades:

Price: £34.00 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Forged Utility Knife 15cm

Price: £51.00 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Forged Filleting Knife 20cm

Price: £51.00 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Forged Santoku Knife Fluted 17cm

Also available with the following blades:

Price: £68.00 (+ VAT)

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Pastry knives

A highly versatile knife that many chefs use as their everyday, all-purpose knife. It has a long, broad, flexible blade with a serrated edge, which allows it to remain strong while also doubling as a palette knife or spatula for certain jobs.

Read more in our guide to pastry knives.

Victorinox Fibrox Pastry Knife Serrated 26cm

Price: £21.37 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Wooden Handle Pastry Knife Serrated 26cm

Price: £32.30 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox knife sets

View our full range of Victorinox knife sets here.

Victorinox Plastic Handle Set Of 3 Parers

Set includes:

  • 11cm tomato/sausage knife
  • 8cm serrated paring knife
  • 8cm paring knife
  • plastic wallet

Price: £8.95 (+ VAT)

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Victorinox Plastic Handle Set Of 6 Parers & Peeler

Set includes:

  • 8cm serrated sheep's foot paring knife
  • 8cm straight-edge sheep's foot paring knife
  • 8cm serrated paring knife
  • 8cm straight-edge paring knife
  • 6cm peeler
  • 11cm serrated utility/steak knife
  • gift box

Price: £24.36 (+ VAT)

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Knife Set Victorinox Medium With 25cm Cooks Knife In Case

Set includes:

  • peeler*
  • 25cm chef’s knife
  • 20cm palette knife*
  • 16cm filleting knife
  • 8cm paring knife
  • 8cm serrated paring knife
  • heavy-duty black Russums case

*not made by Victorinox

Price: £116.23 (+ VAT)

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Block Wooden Victorinox With 10 Knives & Steel Moulded Handle

Set includes:

  • 20cm steel
  • 22cm chef’s knife
  • 19cm chef’s knife
  • 21cm bread knife
  • 20cm carving knife
  • 15cm fork (with black polypropylene handles)
  • 11cm tomato knife
  • 10cm paring knife
  • 8cm paring knife
  • 8cm serrated paring knife
  • peeler (with black plastic handles)
  • wooden block

Price: £198.32 (+ VAT)

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How do I choose a knife?

Victorinox has produced a four-part YouTube video that explains how to go about choosing the perfect knife for your needs:

Part 1—Introduction

Part 2—How to choose a knife that’s right for you

Part 3—Fibrox knives

Part 4—Forged knives

FAQs

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Where are Victorinox kitchen knives made?

Most Victorinox kitchen knives are made in the company’s factory, based at its headquarters in Ibach, Switzerland.

How are they made?

A Victorinox knife may be stamped or forged, depending on the product range.

During the stamping process, a machine with a knife-shaped cutter stamps out the blade and tang (the metal that extends through the centre of the handle). The handle is then attached and the blade is sharpened.

Most forged knives are cut from a piece of metal which has been machine-beaten to make it stronger.

The benefit of the stamping method is that the process is less expensive, meaning you can buy high-quality knives at lower prices. Forged knives are thought of as stronger and less prone to bending or chipping. They also tend to cost more.

What type of steel does Victorinox use?

Victorinox uses a stainless-steel alloy known as ‘high-carbon stainless steel’ in many of its knives. This alloy contains around 0.5% of carbon, giving the knife the best attributes of both carbon steel and ordinary stainless steel. This includes a blade that:

  • does not stain or rust
  • has the necessary hardness and strength
  • keeps its sharp edge for longer

The high-carbon stainless steel Victorinox uses is designated as X55CrMo14 or 1.4110. What this means is that the alloy is made up of the following elements:

  • 15% chromium
  • 60% silicon
  • 52% carbon
  • 50% molybdenum
  • 45% manganese

What’s the best way to sharpen them?

The best method of sharpening any professional kitchen knife is to use a whetstone. This allows you to sharpen the blade to the angle you want without losing too much steel from the edge.

However, professional kitchens use many knives, and sharpening more than 15 knives with a whetstone can be very time-consuming. This is why some kitchens prefer to use a desktop sharpener or send their knives away to be professionally ground. The drawback of these methods is that they can reduce the life of a knife by removing more of the steel than a whetstone might.

We recommend that you use a whetstone to sharpen the knives you use most. For more information about how to sharpen a knife, click here.

Are they dishwasher-safe?

Never wash an expensive knife in a dishwasher. When the dishwasher is on, the knife can move around and knock against other kitchenware, which can chip and dull the edge of its blade. Wooden handles can also soak up water, which might cause them to swell and become damaged.

However, the Fibrox handles that come with many Victorinox kitchen knives will not swell in water as the fibres to make them are waterproof.

What types of kitchen knife does Victorinox make?

Victorinox produces almost any knife you might need in a professional kitchen, along with spatulas, scissors and other kitchen equipment.

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