by Daisy Dao
If you want to slice like a Ninja in the kitchen, you need an authentic Sabatier knife. Now you might have heard the name, but like anything good in this world, Sabatier knives has been imitated by a lot of cheapo manufacturers trying to use the name for marketing advantage. You have to be careful, just because a blade is marked “Sabatier” doesn’t mean its the real deal.
So what exactly is a “Sabatier knife”? First, we have to trace back its roots at the dawn of the 19th century in Thiers, France, where two families named Sabatier made kitchen knives and used their name as a brand and marketing tool. Now you have to understand that back then, copyright and trademarks are barely in existence.
The name, therefore, became a mark of any high quality, fully forged, single piece of steel, riveted handle knife that holds the edge like a Valyrian sword. Today, each brand carrying the Sabatier name will have to contain a second word just to distinguish it from the rest.
According to experts, some of the oldest and well-established manufacturers are still the makers of high-end Sabatier knives today. In order to make this review helpful to you, I will provide more details regarding these authentic manufacturers.
Looking for Sabatier branded knife on Amazon alone is mind-bending to say the least. Since anybody can now use the brand, there are hundreds of mass produced types that bear the name but not the quality. This review does not intend to be exhaustive for this reason. What I decided to do instead is to give you a small sampling of what I consider as the most versatile sizes, useful for most cutting needs.
If you are looking for high quality and authentic Sabatier forged knife that can be used for most purposes, the Sabatier Forged Triple Rivet Knife fits the bill. It is forged from a single mass of high carbon stainless steel, tempered and polished crosswise to produce a well-balanced blade that is capable of cutting hard stuff.
This kind of steel is considered soft steel which is perfect because it makes this knife easy to sharpen. But don’t let the “soft steel” classification fool you, this knife holds the edge better than any stainless steel counterpart. The 3 rivets hold the Polyoxymethylene (POM) handle to the tang, providing a sturdy blade with awesome cutting power.
Make sure to dry the blade after washing to avoid rust. Don’t be surprised if the blade changes color when in use. This is a normal reaction of carbon steel with any of the substances found in what you’re cutting out. This blade has great balance which allows you to achieve professional results when you work on food details.
The extra five inches provide weight so that you don’t have to rely on your strength to cut something harder, instead, just allow gravity to take care of it. A chef’s knife must first of all feel good, and this 10″ knife feels like you’re handling an 8″ instead of 10″. It has great balance and it feels like an extension of your hands.
It does not require frequent sharpening because the edge is amazingly sharp. When you do need to sharpen it, it only takes a few minutes, you don’t even have to sweat it. Just like any knife made from carbon steel, this knife does require extra care. Make sure to keep it dry after using by wiping it with a clean cloth and it’s preferable if you can coat it with a little bit of vegetable oil just to prevent oxidation.
This might sound like a bit of extra work, but if you’re the kind who will just dunk your knife in the dishwasher and leave it there overnight, you better buy a stainless steel knife.
The entire knife is forged from one billet of stainless steel. The POM handle is secured to the full tang by spun solid rivets, giving you a safe and well-balanced blade.
This knife is ideal for a range of jobs that you don’t want to use a large knife for. I have this knife for more than two months now and I mainly use it for cutting vegetables and fruits but it’s still amazingly sharp. The stainless steel makes this knife ideal for acidic materials because it does not react and changes its taste.
The serration enables the blade to grip the surface of the slippery or soft material, cutting through it without damaging its texture. While this type of blade requires less sharpening compared to regular blade, it’s also more difficult to sharpen when it gets dull. It usually requires a professional to sharpen it.
If you need a blade that fills this cutting need, the Stellar Sabatier 5″/12cm Serrated Knife is the perfect choice. It is forged from a single billet stainless steel which means that it needs less maintenance. It also does not oxidize making it ideal for acidic food like fruits and some vegetables. Unlike carbon steel, stainless does not react and change the taste of the food.
If I can only have one knife and one knife only, the Sabatier Olivewood Stainless Steel 8-Inch Chef Knife is the one I’d pick. You know why? For the simple reason that it’s so versatile. It’s more powerful than a 4-inch paring knife, but it’s not as heavy as a 10-inch chef knife. It can easily fill the cutting niche of those two size ranges without feeling awkward in my hands. I can easily cut with precision those fiddly materials like tomatoes but I won’t need to reach out for the larger blade when I need to cut large chunks of meat.
True to the Sabatier tradition, this knife is forged from high carbon stainless steel and it features a full tang and true bolster. The handle is made from Olivewood which gives it a classic look and it is held in place by spun solid rivets. The bolster provides a counterweight to this blade making it a well-balanced knife.
Although this blade is made of stainless steel, you can’t leave it overnight in the washer because it will damage the wooden handle. You need to hand-wash this knife and dry it immediately.
It is a kind of knife set that will sharpen the knife itself each time when you pull it out or put it in the block. You don’t require to do anything overwhelming to keep these knives sharp. The built-in sharpeners will automatically do it for you. Sabatier knife sets are known for their high quality and well-crafted knives. These high carbon forged stainless steel knives come with a full-length bolster and tang. This specific set is one of the best-forged knives set out there in the market.
The handlebar includes a full metal pommel on it, which allows you to get fine control over the knife while dealing with difficult cuts. You get two chef knives, one is a smaller 5” knife that has kullens. With it, you can have a little bit more control when you have the smaller cutting jobs. Right next, you will have an 8” slicer or carving knife. You cannot think about carving a turkey or a rib toast without using this particular type of knife. For cutting fruits, the package includes a utility knife.
Also, you will get a paring knife for peeling jobs like a pro. The size and sharpness are quite unmatched if you are to compare these with others. This Sabatier knife set has a steak knife, obviously, but it also has extra 5 pieces of it – in case you have some unwanted guests knocking on the door. Having that said, considering its features, sharpness, and build quality, these are the best Sabatier knives set that you can get.
This particular set of knives includes a boning knife, cleaver, serrated utility, paring knife, and of course, a graphite knife storage block with a built-in sharpener. If a chef’s knife is something that you love to use for cutting things, but the size isn’t comfortable for your hand’s size, the package has a smaller edition of it. When it comes to dealing with smaller cuts, you will have great control over it.
Along with some regular knives, you also get a serrated paring and utility knife, which allows you to get versatile in the kitchen. No matter what your recipe requires you to cut, you will always have the right knife on hand. If making steak is something that became unusually usual to you, this set includes four pairs of steak knives for you.
Yes, you heard that right. The carving fork is also included to help you while you are carving or slicing chicken legs or wings. Shears will be there to make the unpackaging process easier for you—no more unwrapping struggle from now on.
Also, you will have a 5.5″ serrated utility knife with it. A small 3.5″ parer knife is the right size for you when it comes to fruits and vegetables. You will also have 4.5″ three pairs of steak knives along with this knife set. The acacia block is something that is beautiful and will add extra elegance to your home or professional kitchen. Sabatier carbon steel knives are made with high carbon stainless steel. Crafted with professional quality, the blades ensure a long-lasting edge.
The difference about this knife set is it comes with an Acacia wood block. It will give you long-lasting durability. Your hands will be surely benefitted in the kitchen because of its perfectly balanced weight distribution for easier control.
Coming to the best french knives, this is mainly a french forged chef knife. As it is a carbon steel knife, not stainless steel, it will need much more care. The forged carbon steel is powerful, hard, and balanced. Chopping, mincing, dicing is better than ever when you have a knife like this in your hand. Your kitchen toolkit might require one of these best Sabatier carbon steel knives. Polyacetal or POM is used for the hand material of this knife. Keeping it clean is easy.
However, the material doesn’t absorb water. You must be very careful when it comes to a carbon steel knife. After washing the knife, the remaining water on the blade should be wiped out very well to avoid rust. Because it will rust for sure. The change of the blade’s color is quite normal, but the game-changer here is the knife will not lose its edge so fast. It will need more time & usage to lessen its edge, than a stainless steel knife. That’s why it is still on the favorite list of some chefs.
Also, the optimal balance and weight control of the knife will allow you to get some professional results in your cooking life.
This knife set will give a pretty modern touch to your kitchen. Of course, it feels better to have this kind of different designs. Marbleized pattern with acrylic handles is great to look at. Sabatier professional knife set is not just about the outlook. These are not just stylish but well-functional too. They have razor-sharp blade edges. It assures you maximum chopping performance every time you use it.
Along with the same 8-inch sized chef knife and slicer, this knife set also includes a 7″ Santoku knife. There is a 5.5-inch serrated utility knife. If you think the serrated or long edge can be a problem for the smaller cuts, don’t worry, it also comes with a smaller 4.5-inch regular edged utility knife.
You get a perfect 3.5-inch paring knife with this set. The small handle won’t make it difficult for you to use it as the grip feels great on the hand for an extended period of use. Sabatier Forged knives are made with high-quality stainless steel—no need to think about the blade’s edge. Taking good care will make your journey with them even longer.
To be honest, I really had a hard time rating these knives. The quality of Sabatier knives is generally stellar as long as you really have the authentic ones. Most chefs and I included, we would just buy these knives for keep sake because it’s kind of irresistible especially when there is a sale.
But when push comes to shove and if I can only have one knife in my kitchen, I’d pick the Sabatier Olivewood Stainless Steel 8-Inch Chef Knife. The versatility settles the matter for me. It does everything all the other four can do, and it’s true to the Sabatier trademark of quality and ease of use.
While stainless does not hold the edge well compared to carbon steel, this knife is amazingly sharp and it doesn’t dull too easily. It’s easy to sharpen like any stainless knife and the fact that it doesn’t change the taste of the food, makes this knife a clear winner. That being said, suppose this knife wasn’t created, I’d pick any of the four and would still be equally happy.
How about you? What’s your experience with Sabatier knives? Share your thoughts by dropping a comment or two in the section below.
About Daisy Dao
Daisy grew up on the beautiful Honolulu island where she often found herself spending the day enjoying ocean scent in sea waves. As such, Daisy came to appreciate the art of cooking seafood. She has experiemented Baking, Roasting, Broiling, Poaching, Grilling, anything you can think of to mess around with food preparation from the sea; and with all kinds of spices too. Now, she'd like to present her experience of what matters most about the art of cooking, healthy lifestyle, food product recommendation.