Sabatier Knives Review: Are They Quality Knives Or Not?

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Solingen in Germany may be the hub of bladesmithing in all of Europe but that doesn’t mean that its neighboring countries don’t come up with first-rate kitchen knives.

France, for example, is the home of Sabatier – a European brand known for durable pieces made from high carbon steel.

A Brief Backgrounder of the Brand

Thiers, France’s Solingen, has long been the center of cutlery production; but it was only during the Industrial Revolution when knife makers decided to brand their products.

Interestingly, two incredibly talented and completely unrelated bladesmiths living in different districts of Thiers went for the name Sabatier – Jean from Le Moutier and Philippe from Bellevue.

This led to a trademarking dispute that even prompted a court case, with each party showing proof that they came up with the name first.

That wasn’t resolved. And because the brand wasn’t registered, many others stamped their products with the name because it already signified excellence.

Best Sabatier Knives & Knife Sets (Editor’s Choices)

Are Sabatier Knives Worth It?

The short answer to this straightforward question is yes.
But as aforementioned in the short history, the long answer is quite complicated.

Believe it or not, over a hundred companies are using the name Sabatier for their knives today. And while a few are from Thiers and some are from other parts of France, many are manufactured in China, Vietnam, and other countries.

A simple way to differentiate a Sabatier that’s worth it from one that is not is the price. The incredibly expensive ones have a greater chance of being ‘authentic’.

It is also possible to come across a big-ticket piece which is practically rubbish, true. So it’s all about scrutinizing the pieces well and deciding if it works for you.

Here are some which you might want to consider.

Reviews of the Best Products

EdgeKeeper 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

-20% Sale
Sabatier Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Chef Knife with...
  • SELF SHARPENING EDGEKEEPER SLEEVE: Sabatier Edgekeeper Knives feature...
  • HIGH-QUALITY BLADE: The blade is made from high-carbon steel that...
  • RAZOR-SHARP BLADE EDGES: Each Blade is expertly hand crafted for...

Construction Details
The specific designation of the raw material is not identified but this is said to be forged from high-quality high carbon steel. The blade is also hand-crafted to maintain the factory sharpness.

Form and Function
All Sabatiers follow a particular blade form: medium-length heel, straight spine, fully arched belly, and a high tip. This is also supposed to have thin, full bolsters, and full tangs. This Edgekeeper Chef’s blade has all that.

The stainless steel handle’s top ridge is slightly straight while the base is ergonomically curvy.

What makes this special though is the self-sharpening sheath with a built-in ceramic rod at the inside of the sleeve’s opening.

Value for Money
Believe it or not, this costs less than $20. Although this is made in China (under Lifetime Brands), this is not such a bad piece to own, all things considered.

EdgeKeeper 5-Inch Santoku

Sabatier Forged Stainless Steel Santoku Knife with...
  • SELF SHARPENING EDGEKEEPER SLEEVE: Sabatier Edgekeeper Knives feature...
  • HIGH-QUALITY BLADE: The blade is made from high-carbon steel that...
  • RAZOR-SHARP BLADE EDGES: Each Blade is expertly hand crafted for...

Note: The typical shape stated earlier is for the Chef’s knife and the other Western essentials and would not apply to Asian-style blades

Construction Details
Just like the one described above, the actual high-carbon steel used for this is not named. The actual manufacturer or their headquarters is also not identified.

Form and Function
This Santoku didn’t veer away from the usual shape: a relatively high heel that is slanted towards the blade, straight spine, parallel belly with a slight curve to it, and a sheep’s foot tip.

It does have the Granton indents, something that’s not in traditional Japanese Santokus, to prevent food from sticking to the blade.

This has a half bolster, a full tang, and the classic contoured, triple-riveted handle.

And as its name implies, this has the same sheath outfitted with a ceramic sharpener inside it.

Value for Money
Also priced under $20, this is a pretty good piece mainly because this one is forged and is a good size for mincing and chopping.

Set of 15 Knives with White Triple Riveted Handles

-15% Sale
Sabatier Forged Triple Rivet Knife Block Set, 15-Piece,...
  • STYLISH, MODERN & FUNCTIONAL: Give your kitchen the update it needs...
  • RAZOR-SHARP BLADE EDGES: Each Blade is expertly hand crafted for...
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY: Each forged knife is made from high carbon stainless...

Construction Details
All the pieces in this block are forged from unspecified high-carbon, corrosion-resistant steel. This particular set is under Lifetime Brands and is made in China.

Form and Function

This 3 out of 5 of the essentials: Chef’s, utility knife, and a parer.

The three others – slicer, a serrated utility knife (which can be used for bread as well), and a Santoku complement the basics well enough.

It also includes six steak knives, a pair of shears, and a honing rod.

Like any respectable Sabatier, this is full exposed tang and has a full bolster. But its most attractive feature is the clean white handle that is triple riveted and topped with a steel end cap.

Value for Money
All twelve knives, the additional two accessories, and the elegant Acacia block costs less than a hundred bucks – a real steal anyone would be crazy to pass up.

EdgeKeeper 5-Piece All-Steel Set

Construction Details
This particular set does not have a lot of information about its construction.

The specific type of steel used is not provided, the method of construction is not expounded on, and the specific company that produced this is not given.

Form and Function
This consists of five knives: A Chef’s knife, slicer, utility knife, parer, and a Santoku.

All good Sabatiers are supposed to be forged from tip to tang. This is supposed to be forged but the lack of a thick bolster does not support that.

The handle, also made from stainless steel, is textured at the contoured, bottom half. On the other hand, the top ridge is flat and smooth.

The best inclusion in this set would have to be the individual sleeves with sharpening rods that each knife comes with.

Value for Money
The whole set can be had for less than $50 which makes this a good enough purchase.

EdgeKeeper Pro 21-Piece Block Set

Sabatier Sharpening Edgekeeper Pro 21-Piece Forged Triple...
  • COMFORT GRIP: Each knife is perfectly weighted and balanced for...
  • PROFESSIONAL SET: This 12-piece set includes an 8-inch chef knife,...
  • EDGEKEEPER SELF SHARPENING TECHNOLOGY: Innovative graphite knife...

Construction Details
Forged from high carbon stainless steel, this is one of the most varied, most professional-looking sets on this list. The block even has a built-in ceramic sharpener so you do not need to get a separate one.

The specific Sabatier brand or the place where this was manufacture is not identified.

Form and Function
This (sort of) includes the essentials: Chef’s knife, boning blade, two utility knives (one serrated which can be used for slicing bread), and a parer.

It also has a Santoku, slicer, cleaver, two more parers (one serrated, another beak-tipped), a set of 8 for steak, a carving fork, and a pair of shears.

All blades have full exposed tangs, full bolsters, and simple, triple-riveted black handles.

As aforementioned, the graphite block has a sharpener on the upper right part – the best feature of this set.

Value for Money
This ensemble is also under $100 – another awesome bargain!

15-Piece Triple-Riveted Set Including an Acacia Block

Sabatier 15-Piece Forged Triple-Rivet Knife Block Set with...
  • PROFEESIONAL SET: This 15-piece set includes the following: 8-inch...
  • PROFESSIONAL GRADE: Each knife is expertly crafted with superior...
  • COMFORT GRIP: The stainless steel handles are perfectly and balanced...

Construction Details
Simple and elegant are two words that describe Sabatier well. And this set forged from premium high-Carbon steel is exactly that.

Although there are no specifics about this particular brand, they do seem to produce some of their series in France. However, this set is made in Malaysia.

Form and Function
Included in this set are 3 out of 5 of the basics (Chef’s, utility knife, and parer), a slicer, Santoku, a serrated utility blade, and six steak knives.

This features full exposed tangs, full bolsters, triple-riveted plastic handles, and a steel cap at the end.

The additional accessories are the honing rod, a pair of shears, and the Acacia block with a metal plate on the façade of the brand name.

Value for Money
Priced a little over a hundred bucks, this is a good buy as well.

15-Piece All-Steel Knives with a Black Block

-13% Sale
Sabatier 15 Piece Stamped Stainless Steel Knife Block Set,...
  • Set includes: 8 inch chef knife, 8 inch bread knife, 7 inch santoku...
  • Expertly crafted from superior quality high-carbon stainless steel
  • Attractive satin finish stainless steel handles are durable and...

Construction Details
Stamped Sabatiers are quite rare and slightly suspicious. But it isn’t impossible to find stamped versions that may be considered of good enough quality.

This particular set made from high-quality stainless steel is an example. This is made in China.

Form and Function

This includes the four basics, a Santoku, an additional (and serrated) utility knife, a set of six for steak, a honing rod, and a pair of shears.

Compared to premier Sabatiers which has that traditional, slightly rustic look, this has an almost spartan overall feel with the grey contoured handles and the austere, black block.

These knives are also incredibly lightweight – a plus point for home cooks who aren’t into heavy, full-bolstered forged ones.

Value for Money
Of all the ensembles listed here, this is the cheapest. This can be had for less than $50.

Pros of Sabatier Knives

If you do find a premier Sabatier that is made in France, you can rely on this piece for the rest of your life because of what it can offer:

  • Completely Forged from a Single Steel

Many brands, even the really popular ones, sometimes use two different steel blends for the blade and the tang. The latter usually is made of something lower in quality to decrease the production costs.

These French belles are made from just one steel blend. And they will say what specific type that is.

  • Use of High Carbon Steel

German blades are often high in Chromium and slightly low in Carbon for corrosion resistance. Japanese ones have way more Carbon for sharpness. French Sabatiers is somewhere in the middle for one particular reason…

  • Thinner and More Lightweight Than Other Western Style Knives

When you look at these knives, you’ll see that the spine is thinner and the bolster is narrower than its German counterpart. Even the handles are more slender and less contoured.

These features make this knife way lighter and easier to use.

  • Many Sabatiers to Choose From

Since there are many manufacturers with different styles, consumers can choose which works for them best.

Cons of Sabatier Knives

  • Many Sabatiers to Choose From

Then again, this can be a drawback as well since (as aforementioned) it is hard to differentiate a French-made piece from one that is not when you’re simply buying online.

  • Top-Notch Pieces are Pricey

Based on all the characteristics mentioned above, expect the really good ones to be expensive. Sure, those which are not manufactured in France are not bad per se, but those forged elsewhere honestly are no match.

Notable Collections

From the list above, the 15-piece triple-riveted ensemble is the best because it has that standard Sabatier air – elegant in its simplicity and functionality.

But if you’re looking for something else, do go for Sabatier K which is made by the family of one of the oldest Thiers bladesmiths mentioned in the historical introduction above.

If you’re looking for a more modern-looking piece, Lion Sabatier has updated that customary knife profile and overall form. Check out the 4-piece Athos set and you’ll see what we mean.

Conclusion

A lot of these companies do try to come up with pieces that substantiate the highly reputed name of Sabatier.

Just be extra patient when you’re choosing among hundreds with that brand name. It can be tedious but if you find a good one, you are sure to be rewarded!

Last Updated on October 7, 2021

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My name is Andy Wang, and I'm a retired chef. I used to work at the City Vineyard restaurant in NYC. I also had a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. And this blog is where I share my love for knives and cooking with people like you.