ZWILLING Four Star 6.5-inch, Chef's knife

Versatile knife

  • Stainless special formula steel
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Corrosion resistance
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ZWILLING Four Star 6-inch Chef's Knife is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 377.
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FOUR STAR is the top-selling knife series of ZWILLING J.A. Henckels worldwide. Honed and hand-finished by the most skilled artisans, this celebrated collection is the model of safety, ergonomics, and comfort. Thanks to their seamless transition from bolster to handle, the knives are comfortable to use for long periods of time. The bolster provides the right balance while acting as a safe finger guard.The knives are made of proprietary special formula steel that has been perfected for over 280 years. Combined with ZWILLING's signature ice-hardening technique, these FRIODUR blades are harder, sharper, they will NOT STAIN or chip and they retain their sharpness longer. Precision-forged from a single piece of steel, the SIGMAFORGE knives have an exceptionally sturdy, balanced and flexible blade.

  • Manufactured in Germany
  • Special formula high carbon NO STAIN steel
  • SIGMAFORGE knife is forged from a single piece of solid steel
  • Ice-hardened FRIODUR blade starts sharper, stays sharper longer, and has superior resilience
  • Precision-honed blade and laser-controlled edge ensures ideal cutting angle for sharpness and durability
  • Ergonomic polypropylene handles permanently bonded for seamless accuracy and gaps
  • 57 Rockwell Hardness = excellent edge retention
  • Edge angle 15 degrees per side


  • Item no. 31071-163
  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Substance: special formula steel
  • Type of handle: concealed tang
  • Type of edge: fine edge
  • Edge finishing: V-edge
  • Manufacturing method: forged
  • Number of parts: 1
  • Blade hardness (HRC): 55-58 HRC
  • Colour handle: black matte
  • Substance handle: plastic
  • Net weight: 0.38 lbs
  • Length of product: 11.65 in
  • Width of product: 0.94 in
  • Height of product: 1.50 in
  • Blade length: 6.30 in
  • Handle length: 5.08 in
  • Handle width: 0.94 in
  • Blade width: 0.08 in
  • Blade thickness: 0.08 in
ZWILLING Four Star 6.5-inch, Chef's knife
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ZWILLING Four Star 6-inch Chef's Knife is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 377.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As perfect as the 8" but a pinch smaller This has become my "other" favorite knife since purchasing a year ago. My favorite is the 8" version. The price was so fair that I had to have it. The 7" blade opens up versatile uses such as paring with the heel of the blade near the bolster and mincing shallots and garlic with the tip since the shorter blade is easy to control. if you don't have a lot of room to prep food but still want a full and solid chef knife, this is perfect. The handle is very comfortable to hold on to for hours on end. I hope that this 40 year Anniversary knife with its amazing price will encourage cooks to try out a great product.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 34 years and still going! I bought this knife after starting my first job out of college. My friends and family thought I was crazy. I also bought a 4" pairing knife and a steel. To this day, both the 10" is my #1 trusted knife. It cuts, slices, crushes - it is an extension of my right hand in the kitchen. I have 13 Henckels knives, including 3 Miyabi (a Birchwood, a Morimoto and a Kaizen), 3 Mikado, one Pro "S" and two "cheap" Henckels. My four-star knives are my favorites and my three work horses: the 10" Chef's, 6" utility, and 4" paring. If you want a knife that will never let you down, get this one!
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A knife of many years My family has been using this knife (an older version) for decades. It finally broke under heat and duress, and my mother bought the upgraded version (Four Star II). When I moved out on my own, I bought this version because 1) I knew it would last me years 2) doesn’t need frequent sharpening and 3) liked the feel of this one in my hand. When sharpened, it cuts precisely and beautifully. The Zwilling store associates were more than helpful and accommodating, and they allowed me to test many knives before I chose this one. I was willing to invest my time and money knowing from personal experience that a Zwilling knife would last me many years.
Date published: 2020-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The workhorse of all knife tasks This has been my favorite knife for decades. I used to baby it and keep it for home use only but recently have been using it daily at work. Zwilling boasts that the knife has been made exactly the same from day one in the 70's as it is now. This is the most durable knife that I have ever used and owned. The blade is tapered to a whisper thin bevel and stays sharp as it is easy to hone and sharpen when needed. If you require a solid and nearly maintenance free knife I highly recommend Four Star knives.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best knife I have ever used in my life I grew up in a Caribbean household so since a young age I’ve always been tasked with preparing the ingredients for a lot of our family meals. My mom is frugal,So she would never spend more than 20 on a knife. This knife is amazing. The moment I picked it up I felt a difference. It has a little bit of weight to it, nice grip and sharp. Cutting vegetables and meat is so smooth and easy to do now. It will barely feel like you are doing any work. I bought this on sales at Macy. This is hand down one of the best kitchen purchases I have made. Even if you can’t get it on sale it’s so worth it to get full price too.
Date published: 2020-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Right This knife is exactly what I was looking for! The Four Star line of knives is made in Germany and is made with the Zwilling Special Formula steel which is guaranteed for life, easy to sharpen and holds an edge for a very long time. Sharper than some of the other German knives on the market with a 15 degree angle instead of the the traditional 20 degree. Very well balanced and is so comforta I can finally do some serious chopping without having to take long breaks between jobs. Bought one as a gift for my daughter and she is just as pleased with it. Guess I'll have to by another one for my other daughter!
Date published: 2020-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Supremely sharp My Son bought this for me several years ago for my birthday. I've had an original set of Chicago Cutlery knives that I purchased in 1978, that I still use daily (I love to cook). The J.A. Henkle knife is much superior and I've kept it reserved for special use like slicing fresh tomatoes...wish I could an entire set!! Superior in every way to all the other knives I've ever owned!
Date published: 2019-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chef's favorite! A Four Star knife is so comfortable despite of its size. A 10" chef is perfect one big knife, will cut large food with control that is ergonomic. Comfortable, balanced size will quickly become the go-to knife for everyday tasks. This knife will cut large chunk of meat, and even vegetables. A delicate big piece of fruits like Cantaloupe or watermelon will be manageable for this knife. It's the most easiest to sharpen for its special formula high carbon stainless steel, easy to sharpened either stone or machine.
Date published: 2020-04-06
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What is is the matter it is made of? (ie high carbon steel, stainless)

Asked by: RedSnowOnline
Special formula high carbon no stain steel.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2022-06-20

Hello, I ordered this knife (8” chef) and no matter how I sharpen it the edge has very small chips and burrs on it. I can’t get a smooth edge even using an 800 grit stone. It looks like the metal is just flaking and chipping. What can I do? Warranty?

Asked by: Zebra 6
Thank you for contacting Zwilling! Thank you for your review and for your feedback. We are very sorry to hear this has happened. We will assist you by emailing directly. Regards, Zwilling
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2021-10-21

Someone threw out my 40 year old four star 6" chefs knife, my daughter replaced it with matching blade,but the blade is much thinner than the original.Can you suggest a model with a 3/16" thick blade. The one she got was 0.12 Help!.

Asked by: RickyNewz
Thank you for contacting Zwilling! We will email you directly with assistance to your question. Thank you
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2021-06-23

How wide is this  knife at its widest point?

Asked by: CDV39
This knife is 1.5" at its widest.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2019-10-21

Is a sheath sold for this knife other than the plastic sleeve in which it comes ?

Asked by: drayburg
Yes, you may shop our sheaths and other storage options here:
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2018-06-12

I just received this knife as a gift, I can't wait to try it out, but can I get a blade cover anywhere?

Asked by: Kemp
Yes, you may shop sheaths and other storage options here:
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2018-05-17

One of set I purchased on 11/24/2015 through BBB has broken tip while cutting fish. Can warranty cover replacement and return shipping label?

Asked by: Joon
You may review warranty information and claim instructions here:
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2018-05-08

Got my 31071-200 30 years ago for my birthday, was wrongly sharpened by a bad knife sharper who said he was familiar with sharpening chef`s knives.. now it has a bad V shape, can it be repaired?

Asked by: Elbert
Yes. If you're not savvy at sharpening yourself, you may want to show it to a professional who uses stones and belts. The blade can be thinned to bring the bevel back to where it needs to be. It depends on how much of the original steel has been removed though. You may end up with a smaller knife but in my experience, a belt is used to strip and polish a blade back into shape. I've given my knives to sharpeners who use grinding wheels and have had the same result receiving the knife with an aggressive V shaped bevel that dulls quickly. I've remedied that by spending a lot of time on whet stones. I learned my lesson!
Answered by: sick mick
Date published: 2018-03-05
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