It's dishwasher safe (a rarity for cutlery), but we recommend hand-washing to extend its lifespan. It's a quintessential, all-purpose tool that does an ace job of blitzing parsley into dust, dicing onions, or defining a chicken.
It practically guides you to hold the knife exactly how you should (by pinching the bottom of the blade.) The handle sits in the center of your palm, making this knife a true extension of your hand.
This fully forged, high-carbon German steel knife cut through almost every task very easily. It also comes with a protective plastic covering, making it extra safe to store.
One of the sharpest knives we've tested, Global's Santos is all stainless steel, so there aren't crevices along the handle that trap food. This Japanese knife excelled at all tasks but wowed us with its ability to power through chicken bones.
Super sharp to power through any task Entirely stainless steel Notched blade prevents food from sticking Shun's beautiful chef's knife literally glides through ripe tomatoes with its sharp edge.
The rounded black Lakewood handle is comfortable even for small hands to get around, and if an 8-inch size (the most common length of a chef's knife) feels excessive and heavy, we think the 6-inch blade on this one will be a perfect fit. Heckles Chef's Knife is one of the top-selling knives on Amazon.
In our testing, it made quick work of chopping parsley, slicing tomatoes, dicing onions, and even boning a chicken. The knife's gorgeous rosewood curved handle gives you a comfy, ergonomic grip.
This 8-inch chef's knife is lightweight and super sharp, which made it very easy to cut through all off the veggies in our test without tiring our hand or wrist. Its Lakewood handle is smooth, strong, and easy to grasp with a full tang that helps it feel balanced in your hand.
Durable but not overly heavy Super sharp for effortless cutting The Made In 8-inch Chef's Knife did not disappoint: In addition to being very pretty to look at, it performed every cutting task well.
At the end of the day, finding your go-to chef's knife is largely based upon personal preference. The type of material affects the weight of the knife, the feel of it, as well as the price.
Our best words of advice: Look for a knife that feels like an extension of your hand and keep it sharp. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Editor & Product Analyst, Kitchen Appliances & Technology Lab Betty Gold earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Studies and Nutrition from New York University, and prior to joining Good Housekeeping, she worked with the James Beard Foundation and other leading food media brands like Bon Appétit, Food Network Magazine, and The Martha Stewart Show.
Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Testing Editor & Producer Nicole is a recipe developer trained in classic culinary arts and culinary nutrition who specializes in testing and developing kitchen appliances; she currently runs the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.
A slicer is generally longer and thinner and is used mainly to cut cooked meat. Forged knives, which tend to be higher priced, are created when a single piece of molten steel is cut and beaten into the desired shape.
The blade is sturdy, with a heavy bolster and heel to protect the hand during cutting. Because forged blades are generally less flexible than stamped, they are less apt to bend over time.
If you're shopping at a specialty or department store, ask a salesperson if you can hold a sample knife to see if you like the fit. No kitchen is complete without a chef's knife, a slicer, a utility knife, and a parer, and a great cutlery set is the perfect addition to your kitchen countertop.
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But if they really, truly loved this person, they would pause, consider the action they were about to take, and put away their method of payment. This is why every time you gift us a Star Trek pizza cutter, a pair of onion goggles, or pretty much anything on lists like these, we tend to do that thing where we force a smile and say “Oh cool, this is so cool, and secretly wonder to whom we can promptly re-gift this ultimately useless piece of cooking crap.
Here I am thinking, by the size of the box, that you were giving me a leg of Jason Iberian. The only way I would be able to afford that scenario is if I somehow re-sell this $800 set for full price to some club who doesn’t understand that 90 percent of these knives are completely useless.
A chef's knife can slice through onions quickly so that you won't have to humiliate yourself by donning goggles. A chef’s knife, if it’s sharp enough, can slice through bread with ease.
Okay, yes, a pairing knife is handy for little kitchen tasks, such as removing the stem nub out of a tomato or peeling the rind off citrus, but a chef’s knife can perform these jobs, too, if not in slightly different ways. You also absolutely don’t need that giant honking knife block that comes with the set either.
Victorinox also sells a pretty dang good one at an even less expensive price. This is all to say that good home cooks likely already not only know all this, but they already own a great chef’s knife.
So, Aunt Edna, as much as I love your kind and gentle spirit, next year how about that leg of Jason Iberian? This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.
As a child I loved to be in the kitchen watching my mother work while she created delicious and simple meals for our family. One of my earliest memories of knives is watching my mother almost cut her finger off with a knife.
Having the right one can make a huge difference not only in the quality of sliced meats you are serving but in your presentation of the finished product. Manufactured in Germany, it has an 8-inch stainless steel blade and a black ergonomic polymer three rivet handles which has been perfectly bonded to the full tang.
It comes in very handy for carving smaller roasts, turkeys or Cornish game hens precisely without shredding or tearing the meat. This knife is precision forged from a single piece of high carbon stainless steel and has a black polyoxymethelene handle.
Its full tang is triple riveted to the handle for precision control, which is really important when you are cutting meat. The knife in this lovely set boasts a durable and resilient curved handle, which has been designed for comfort, safety and precision cutting.
The well-built fork is perfect for holding the meat you are cutting in place, providing yet another level of safety and security. Featuring outstanding craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology, this knife not only looks great with its luxury imported laminated Lakewood handle but packs a fabulous performance at a very reasonable price.
This Patent-Pending Design knife set focuses on ergonomic handles that are easy to use and have a comfortable grip. Sleek and slim with contrasting boldly angled lines and smooth curves, this knife set combines a dynamic balance with a sharp focus.
This is always a bonus when you are trying to slice meats which tend to shred like a melting tender cooked brisket or pork shoulder. Exceptionally well-balanced with flush seams, this knife set has a great feel to its grip and holds well.
Made in Solingen, Germany and composed of High Carbon Stainless steel this set boasts a 58 Rockwell hardness and a triple riveted handle. Crafted from the highest quality German Steel, it is a set that is sharp, rust-resistant, easy to maintain with a long edge-retention.
It also boasts a full exposed tang with an end cap, signifying that it has been composed of one piece of steel, providing great balance and heft. Designed with the utmost thought and detail, without compromise in either quality or materials, it is also quite affordable.
Smooth and comfortable handles and sharp, with a nicely polished look and a substantial weight which feels great in the hands. Don’t be fooled into using a carving knife for pumpkins on Halloween, you’ll want to look at non-serrated paring knives for that.
Those are the best pumpkin carving knives simply because they’re maneuverable and won’t cut off your hand. I hope that I have provided you with some food for thought here when it comes to choosing the best Carving Knives for your own purposes and needs.
With proper care and storage, there is no reason why one of these meat cutting knives cannot last you a lifetime. Marie Rather is a Canadian, who moved over to the UK and began a new life in the year 2000.
Apart from being good at multitasking, the best chefs in the industry are known to be perfect in handling their best tool of the trade: the kitchen knife. Tracing its roots back to the city of Semi in Japan, the Shun Premier Essential Knife set is known for its unique Japanese styling and sharpness.
The set of knives has been manufactured by super-tough steel, enabling it to be super sharp at a 16 degrees angle edge. It is a tough knife made by combining vanadium, molybdenum, and chromium metals to make a Cordova stainless steel blade.
This results in rust and a stain-resistant blade that is quite sharp and equal to any task in a chef’s office. To make it further unique, the handle of each knife has been designed to be hollow and subsequently filled with sand.
What makes this set of knives unique is the stainless steel blades that are all fully ranged. Coming in a range of black, blue, and red colors, Chef Essential Knife set contains 7 pieces of knives.
Even better, the unique Mable coated, high carbon stainless steel blades are resistant to rust and quite safe to be cleaned in a dishwasher. When it comes to the handle, all Chef Essential Knives have non-slip properties and an ergonomic feel.
This set of knives has been made specifically to meet the needs of chefs/cooks getting started in the kitchen profession. All the knives are manufactured through a Sigma forge process which results in high carbon stainless steel blades.
Unlike many other professional sets on this list, the storage block holding the knives is fully made of tempered glass. Additionally, the handles have been manufactured with Neoprene materials, which make it able to have a firm and comfortable grip.
Even though Strong is pretty much a newcomer in the culinary manufacturing industry, it has cemented its position with the production of this set of knives. The blades are all made of carbon steel while the handles are forged from Lakewood and further riveted 3 times to guarantee comfort and easy maneuverability.
Additionally, all the knives in the set come with handles made from Fibrous materials, which ensure a comfortable yet firm grip while using. The Messermeister Role Elite set of professional knives is wholly handmade with blades made from stainless steel alloy and finally fitted with a walnut handle.
The Classic Iron Walnut Block Knife set from Author comes with 7 knives. While the blades are made of stainless steel of the highest quality, the handles are manufactured from polyoxymethylene materials to make it strong and durable.
While choosing the perfect professional knife can be a daunting task, it’s important to consider why you need the set of knives before buying one. So if you are in the market for an efficient set of knives, you will most likely buy one that does not come with a smaller holding block.
We enlisted six testers, male and female and with varying hand sizes and kitchen abilities, and got each of them to spend weeks hacking, dicing, and chopping their way through 10 whole chickens, 10 butternut squashes, 10 onions, and 10 bunches of parsley. By the time we wrapped up testing, we’d found one standout favorite and a couple of other knives that passed muster, but the rest of the models lagged behind, many of them by a considerable margin.
Steel is an alloy that always includes iron and carbon, but it may also contain other elements chosen to add particular characteristics to the metal. These results suggested that the 420 alloy produced blades that weren’t as hard as those made from the other two metals.
Just as baking time and temperature affect the crumb of a cake, the “cooking” process determines the grain of a metal. “Large grains,” Mayo explained, “are functionally useless for knife blades because they are so soft.” All manufacturers start the knife-making process the same way: by slowly cooling the molten metal.
Next comes the proprietary part: a multistep tempering process of reheating and cooling the metal to help shrink the grains and/or encourage new, smaller ones to form. According to Mayo, tempering can have infinite variations, which in turn can lead to differences in grain size and pattern.
After all, the comfort of a grip is largely subjective and depends on variables from the size of your hand, to how you hold the blade, to your knife skills, to whether you prefer a brawnier or more svelte handle or one that’s crafted from metal rather than nylon or wood. This handle boasted no ergonomic grooves or bumps; compared with other models that we tested, it actually lacked design features.
We showed the knives to Jack Tenderloin, professor of ergonomics and safety at Northeastern and Harvard Universities, who offered a one-word explanation: “affordance.” This term, he explained, is what economists used to describe the versatility that we ask of our chef’s knives. Cutting is a complex task, and a well-designed handle affords multiple grips for the range of angles and forces required, allowing us to confidently drive the knife downward through a chicken bone just as easily as we make precise cuts in an onion.
They limited where our hands felt comfortable, as did pronounced bolsters, both of which dug into our palms when we used the so-called pinch grip, for which you choke up on the knife and grasp the back of the blade between your thumb and forefinger for control. We also knocked points off one knife's score for a “jellylike” curve to its grip and an indented ridge along the top.
The plastic grip made of open ridges on one knife, for example, stayed put in our hands, but the deep grooves also dug into our palms. Once again, our previous favorite effortlessly ascended to the top spot for its exceptional cutting ability and a grip that all testers found particularly comfortable.
Don’t be misled by its unprepossessing design: This model embodies a number of subtle features that have helped propel it to the top of our rankings for the past two decades. Made from a bumpy, drippy nylon material called polyamide, it has enough traction to stay put in your hand, and its basic design boasts the so-called affordance that makes it well suited for any kind of grip.
Given how easily the knife cuts through food, that discovery made sense, but it also raised another question: What’s the best way to maintain that narrow edge? The maker originally designed the knife for chefs and food industry professionals with the assumption that such users would be maintaining the edge on a sharpening stone.
However, now that Asian-style sharpeners have become more widely available to consumers in Western countries, the manufacturer also recommends these for keeping the winning model's edge at a factory-sharp 15 degrees. Also, worth keeping in mind is our winning manufacturer's plan to move our winning model out of retail stores in 3 years and make it available only to commercial outlets and restaurant supply shops, and only the consumer version will be available for retail sale.