number six shun classic eight inch a well-made chef’s knife is the daily driver of choice for anyone who spends much time in the kitchen having a knife that is functional and beautiful can be a compelling reason to pick one knife over another the shun chef’s knife is an elegant blend of form and function from its pack-a-wood handle to its stylized blade this knife was by far the most aesthetically pleasing blade we reviewed but no matter how good something looks if it doesn’t function equally as well it doesn’t amount to much the shun’s long handle and thin blade made it both an excellent slicer and equally as good of a chopper the knife was also capable of chiffonading and julienning without a struggle some of our testers felt that the long straight handle made the knife feel stiff and detracted from the knife’s handling however with its good looks and more than adequate functionality this is without a doubt a quality knife
- JAPANESE CHEF'S KNIFE: The Shun 8-inch Classic Chef's knife is the perfect all-purpose kitchen knife. It's ideal for preparing fruit, vegetables, meat and more.
- WIDE, CURVED BLADE: This Japanese kitchen knife has a wide blade that keeps knuckles off the cutting board with a curved belly that can be "rocked" through herbs and spices for a very fine mince.
- HIGH-QUALITY CONSTRUCTION: Constructed with Shun's proprietary VG-MAX cutting core and clad in 68 layers of stainless Damascus, this chef knife is corrosion and stain resistant with a strong, razor-sharp edge.
- COMFORTABLE HANDLE: The D-shaped, ebony-finished Pakkawood handle is durable, beautiful, doesn't harbor bacteria, and comfortable to use for both left- and right-handed users.
- TRADITIONAL, ARTISAN CUTLERY: Inspired by the traditions of ancient Japan, Shun knives are handcrafted by highly skilled artisans to produce blades of unparalleled quality and beauty.
number five mack knife and h80 professional the mac mighty chef’s knife is indeed mighty with a razor sharp factory edge and an ergonomic wooden handle this knife tore through everything we threw at it an excellent slicer it could pull off the thinnest of cuts and turn carrots into perfect matchsticks the dimple door grant and edge made veggies roll off the side of the blade with much greater ease than many of the other knives we tested leaving you to cut as fast as you want without having to stop and wipe off the blade this blade has a smaller rocker than classical european chef’s knives so it might take some adjusting if that’s what you are used to working with with a higher price tag and a thin blade that could be more challenging to care for this mac knife is best suited for experienced cooks that are looking to upgrade
- 2.5mm blade. The added dimples help the knife to glide through sticky foods such as potatoes, apples, and summer squash
- Lightweight. Knife Length- 12.63 inches
- Pakka wood handle. Blade thickness - 2.5 mm
- Hand wash is recommended Not dishwasher safe
- Made In Japan
number four victorinox fibrox pro 8 inch the victorinox fibrox pro 8 chef’s knife is the perfect way to dip your toes into the world of higher quality knives while it isn’t the most beautiful or refined option it is incredibly utilitarian sporting a lightweight plastic handle it doesn’t have the best hand feel but it performed fairly well across all our metrics it wasn’t the highest scorer in any category but for its low price it’s hard to beat this is a knife that you can truly put through the ringer without worry this knife checks many boxes that it’s a prep workhorse and a blade you won’t be stressed about careless roommates mishandling it’s a great first chef’s knife to start building your kitchen essentials around
number three in marco pro 8 inch the amarco chef’s knife is a decent all-arounder that is a good introduction to giudice style knives with less rocker than european style chef’s knives and typically thinner blades it can take some adjusting to get used to working with gita knives this blade was a decent performer across the board but didn’t truly excel at any one thing as expected from this style of knife it took to the more delicate knife work like julienning and chiffonade’s handily equipped with a beautiful wooden handle this was one aesthetic knife for the price point this knife’s most significant shortcomings were apparent while trying to break down big and tough root vegetables and squashes the knife struggled to push through sweet potatoes and butternut squashes once these veggies were broken down into smaller pieces the blade had no trouble moving quickly to chop or dice them but getting to the point was a process all in all this is a well-rounded knife that is ideal for someone wanting to try a giudice style knife without breaking the bank
- High-Carbon Stainless Steel Blade- It is manufactured from high-quality stainless steel that maintains its functionality for a long time. And to boost its sturdiness, the steel contains 0.6-0.75 carbon. This makes it two times as hard as other knives in its class as they contain about 0.3% carbon.
- Multi-functional Knife- The gyutou knife is classified and designed to be multipurpose knife for professional applications .It cuts,dices,slices,chops and also cuts meat off bones. It comes with a HRC( Rockwell Hardness Scale) of 56-58 which makes it among the tough knives in its class.
- Ergonomic Pakka Handle- To make it more professional and minimize any fatigue, finger numbness or aches after holding it continuously for an extended time the knife's handle is made from Pakka. This is material that originates from Africa and its known for its comfort, strength and stability.
- Ultra-sharp Edge- Sharpness is key to achieving the best cuts and this is evident in the knife's blade which is quite sharp and will remain this way even after tough tasks such as cutting tough meat or removing flesh from bones. The sharpness is further boosted by use of the latest Japanese engineering.
- Corrosion and Stainless Blade- In addition to carbon, 16-18% chrome is also included in the blade's metal composition. This gives its a glossy finish which will not tarnish even after using it for a long time, making it the perfect gift for mother's day, father's day, wedding and birthday.
number two wusstof classic icon sentoko hollow edge 7-inch wust-off has long been known in the culinary world for its quality german steel while most might think of them as a maker of traditional european blades the classic icon is their take on a japanese style sentoka knife the first thing you notice when picking up the knife is the satisfying hand feel with a pleasing weight and a long tapered handle this was one of our favorite knives to simply hold the handle gives users excellent control and combined with the straight thin blade took to delicate tasks such as slicing and julienning with ease although the handle is on par the length of the blade isn’t the shorter design makes it difficult to fully slice through larger vegetables like butternut squash and cabbage however when it lacks in short stature it makes up for in high performance in all the other metrics for this reason the classic icon is our favorite sentoka knife
- Comfortable and highly-durable polyoxymethylene
- handle with a traditional look and feel
- which prevent extra thin or soft slices from sticking to the blade
number one zwilling professional s eight inch the zwilling professional s8 chef knife is equally as suited to restaurant work as it is to preparing your family’s weeknight meals with a classic european style rockered blade it excels at chopping and mincing the polymer handle is ergonomic and large enough for even the biggest hands to be comfortable without feeling oversized and unwieldy while not quite as adept at some of the more delicate knife work as some of the japanese style blades we tested the zwilling handled julienning and chiffonades the best of all the euro style knives we tried with an excellent hand feel and enough weight behind it to make short work of winter squashes this knife was our number one choice for a do-it-all chef knife
- QUALITY MANUFACTURING: Manufactured in Germany. Special formula high carbon no stain steel. Sigma forge knife is forged from a single piece of solid steel
- RESILIENT BLADE: Ice-hardened FRIODUR blade starts sharper stays sharper longer and has superior resilience
- PRECISE CUTTING: Precision honed blade and laser-controlled edge ensures ideal cutting angle for sharpness and durability
- BALANCED KNIFE: Ergonomic polymer three rivet handle is perfectly bonded to the full tang
- RETAINS SHARP EDGE: 57 Rockwell hardness is equal to excellent edge retention. Edge angle 15° per side