ZWILLING Pro 8-inch, Chef's knife

Classic and versatile chef's knife

  • Suitable for a wide range of foods
  • FRIODUR ice-hardened blade for durability and corrosion resistance
  • Precision forged from a single piece of steel
  • Ergonomic handle in three-rivet design
  • Made in Solingen
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ZWILLING Pro 8-inch Chef's Knife is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 1459.
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The chef's knife is the workhorse of the kitchen. Whether chopping, slicing, or dicing, the broad blade and comfortable, balanced size will quickly become the go-to knife for everyday tasks.

ZWILLING Pro is the most user-friendly knife available to market. The unique curved bolster acts as an extension of the hand, supporting the professional pinch grip, with thumb and index finger on the blade, for safe cutting and less fatigue. The blade was designed with a broad curve in the front to facilitate the rocking motion of Western cutting, while the straight back is ideal for the Asian chopping motion. The full length of the blade can be used when cutting and can be sharpened from bolster to tip.

  • Curved bolster acts as an extension of the hand, encouraging cutting with improved precision, safety, and comfort
  • Polymer handle is ergonomic and durable
  • SIGMAFORGE knife is forged from a single piece of special formula high-carbon NO STAIN stainless 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
  • Full tang and handle are triple-riveted for superb stability
  • Dishwasher safe, hand wash recommended
  • Manufactured in Germany


  • Item no. 38401-203
  • Color: no-color
  • 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
  • Blade hardness (HRC): 55-58 HRC
  • Net weight: 0.55 lbs
  • Length of product: 12.99 in
  • Width of product: 1.97 in
  • Height of product: 0.79 in
  • Blade length: 7.87 in
  • Handle length: 5.12 in
  • Handle width: 0.75 in
  • Blade width: 0.12 in
  • Blade thickness: 0.12 in
ZWILLING Pro 8-inch, Chef's knife
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Best Overall Chef’s Knife of 2020

“The ZWILLING Pro is a serious workhorse, pulling ahead of the pack in nearly every one of our tests and earning the top spot as Best Overall Chef’s Knife.”

ZWILLING Pro 8-inch Chef's Knife is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 1459.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great size knife This 7 inch knife is a bit shorter than my other chefs knives and I am really enjoying the size of it. It's a nice big knife but not too big and unwieldy. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2021-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Knife The knife is durable, easy to handle, and extremely sharp.
Date published: 2021-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite chef's knife I wanted a "wide" chef's blade just like what I'd seen on TV cooking shows, and though some confusion between Pro descriptions, I ordered this supposed "wide" blade from a major cooking supply retailer. It is indeed, wider at the bolster with a pronounced curve at cutting edge to its point, than my other 6" chef's knife. The new knife is incredibly sharp, is a heavy, but balanced weight in hand. The wider 6" length is an all-around useful knife to last a lifetime. I'm very pleased with my new knife.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Knife! I do not personally own this knife as yet, but recently had an opportunity to use it for cutting up vegetables and was so intrigued that I had to find this knife for myself. It cut with such unbelievable precision and grace - cannot describe it any other way! Out of laziness, I tried cutting over a plastic ziplock bag rather than a cutting board and it never cut the plastic like other knives it only cut the vegetable, that was amazing to me. I am left handed and have had problems cutting myself, etc. with knives all my life, but now I found a knife that I can safely use with no worries! I am a fan for life!
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time owner of a quality knife Im a regular joe who has always used cheap kitchen knives from cheap sets at local stores or a meat clever from the local market. When cooking for friends, family or myself, I have always felt uneasy when it came to cutting/chopping. The blades were always dull and never held an edge, no matter how often I sharpened it. Cutting meat sometimes felt like the blade was just slid across the meat without actually cutting. Most the time, I felt both surprise and relief that I didn’t end up injuring myself. Enter, Zwilling Pro. The knife is beautifully designed. It is well-balanced, light weight, and sturdy. The knife was comfortable to grasp and easy to handle. This knife absolutely melted through meat. It glided through so effortlessly that I felt I had to hold back so I didn’t tear my cutting board up. This knife genuinely makes me excited to cook!
Date published: 2021-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Size Love having a seven inch Chef's knife, not many out there but perfect for my small sized hands. Love the curved bolster which makes it really comfortable to hold, and allows me to sharpen the entire blade. The special formula steel that they use holds an incredible edge, and sharpens easily. Love that there is a lifetime warranty, which to me screams great quality. The curved blade really makes the rocking motion much easier to achieve than the traditional straight blade. I truly look forward to working in the kitchen now thanks to this great line of knives.
Date published: 2020-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Christmas gift! As twenty-somethings with a limited budget, nice knives weren't really something I was too concerned about. My old set of cheap knives however, were making cooking a chore. My partner got me a knife sharpener, but unless I used it often, it didn't make much of a difference. For Christmas, I was gifted this knife and the rocking one. I already can tell after two uses that these are the only knives I will use for food prep from now on. They're weighty, comfortable, and honestly seem safer than my old knives since they require so little force to use. And really, with frequent sales and a warranty, they're not that pricey either relatively.
Date published: 2020-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super sharp and great for prep work! I chose this knife as a last minute gift idea for myself and did not do too much research beforehand but it turned out to be a smart choice. It's very different from the Japanese knives I'm used to in that the handle is heavier and the tip is more aggressivley curved. I use it at home as my kitchen workhorse and so far it's been great at cutting veggies, prepping chicken, fine dicing garlic, etc. The knife is also really sharp and so far it's retained it's edge well. I made a sheath out of cardboard and duct tape and keep it in the drawer but I'm saving money to buy a magnetic bar thingie for my wall because I want to display this new beautiful knife.
Date published: 2021-01-05
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Is this returnable? It doesn’t Say final sale anywhere 

Asked by: Harry20
We accept unused returns within 60 days of purchase. You can review our return policy here:
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2020-09-23

How long is the handle on this knife?

Asked by: Bb52
The handle is 4.6" long.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2020-05-04

The user manual suggested using Zwilling J.A. Henckels sharpening steel, but there are so many options on this website, and I can't tell the differences between each model ranging from $17 to $50. What products are recommended and why?

Asked by: derekl
We recommend using a sharpener from the same brand as your knives, since the material will be optimized to sharpen that steel formula. You can narrow by brand on the left side panel. Our Zwilling options are available here:
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2020-09-23

What is the POM handle for the Zwilling 7" chef's knife made of? And what is the handle made of for the Henckel's 6" chef's knife, is it wood like my old original Henckels?

Asked by: Miss Icy
The handles in our Zwilling Pro knives are made of ABS, a durable thermoplastic.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2020-09-23

How thick is the blade.

Asked by: Ravi
The blade is 0.15" thick.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2018-09-23

Does this line of knives carry a warranty?

Asked by: picco007
Yes. All of our knives carry a lifetime limited warranty against manufacturing/material defects. (
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2018-06-11

What's the last 3-digit of the model number stands for? I noticed the description says the model number as 38401-203, but the photo of the knife shows 38401-200.

Asked by: BBQdude
The model numbers don't stand for anything in particular. They are used internally for tracking inventory. The 38401-203 and 38401-200 are numbers for the same item that we have used at different times.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2020-06-19

How wide is the blade, is this so called extra wide? What is the difference between 38405-163 and 160? I'd like to by 6" extra wide.

Asked by: scyzoryk
I had also been looking for the "extra wide." I ordered and what I was sent was the 6" Pro. The numbers on the box sticker is 38405 and states Wide in small letters. I think the "extra wide" comes only in the 8" Chef's model which is .40" wider at its widest according to given dimensions. The wide blades have a pronounced curve towards the end of the blades. It is definitely wider than my other 6" chefs. I'm fairly happy with my new "wide". 
Answered by: llee_SF
Date published: 2018-02-17
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