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Best Kitchen Knives B

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Ellen Grant
• Wednesday, 09 December, 2020
• 48 min read

The three winners earned points for great maneuverability, aesthetics and included extras. The knives stayed sharp through our multitude of tests, and we were big fans of the cushion-grip handles that kept them from slipping, as well as the classic look of the chestnut-stained wood block.

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If you’re looking for a complete knife set you’ll be proud of at a price that won’t put a dent in your savings account, this is the clear winner. If you’d like to step things up a few notches, it’s hard to go wrong with the Willing Pro 7-Piece Knife Block Set.

Complete with four knives all forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, the precision-honed blades are extra-sharp, stylish and just feel really nice in your hand. But if you’re looking to make an investment in your kitchen tools, we can’t think of a better place to start.

At first blush, we didn’t think we’d like the poly padded handles, but they were actually extremely comfortable and kept the knives from slipping, even after they had just been hand-washed. Plus, it is exceptionally sharp and took practically zero effort to drag through a few-days-old loaf of crusty bread, take the rind off a cantaloupe or slice berthing pieces from a tender tomato or peach, earning it more points than the Willing or Author versions.

After plenty of chopping, slicing and dicing, the Chicago Cutlery knives remained as sharp as their brand-new counterparts. Also putting Chicago over the top were all the extras: The steak knives performed great while slicing through grilled filet Mignon and the two Santos knives were handy for slicing cheese, mincing garlic and scooping everything off the cutting board.

They’re great for chopping soft or sticky things like meat, veggies, herbs and cheese and for scooping food off your cutting board, thanks to their wide blade.) When you’re seeking out knives that are super sharp, durable, ergonomic and will last a lifetime, we highly suggest you stop and give this standout set a good look.

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Heckles, which was founded back in 1731, also takes into account the benefits of both Western and Asian knife design. For example, the chef’s knife blade has a broad curve to allow for a Western-style rocking motion, but a straight back that aligns with the Asian chopping style.

They’re forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, making them harder and sharper than many other models. Lasers are then used to angle the edges of the blades for precision sharpness, and the process seems to have succeeded.

The chef’s knife, which was our favorite from the Willing set, for one, practically dropped through a head of lettuce, and easily sliced through carrots, onions, herbs and more. In fact, it seemed more like a utility knife, and the oversized blade, while very sharp, made it difficult to core a tomato or hull a strawberry.

Thinner than other knives we tested, the handles fit perfectly in a woman’s hand, but our male tester wished they were a smudge more substantial. It glided through onions, potatoes and tomatoes, took the corn off the cob with ease and sliced through the tough rind of a pineapple like it was nothing.

The paring and utility knives fit comfortably into our hands and easily sliced everything we tested them on: limes, oranges, strawberries, carrots, zucchini, radishes, you name it. The serrated bread knife drew right through our baguette loaves, making us dream of a second career as an apprentice in a French boulangerie.

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The fact that the set includes just four knives and comes with a $450 price tag kept it from being our overall winner or runner-up. If you have the money to invest, however, we think the classic, elegant set will not only look like a crown jewel on your kitchen counter, but also continue to dazzle for a lifetime.

We spent weeks testing these knife sets, comparing each model by the same criteria, including overall performance, build quality, added accessories and warranty, taking detailed notes on how specific knives functioned based on everything from sharpness and materials to heft and hand-feel to how they looked and the usefulness of any included extras. We ordered two of each set so that after spending several days slicing and dicing our hearts out, we were able to compare the used knive’s sharpness to their just-out-of-the-box twins.

As avid home cooks, we already spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen, but as our dining room table became overtaken with woodblocks filled with knives to test, we quickly found ourselves continually looking for things to chop. Chef’s knife: This standard tool is made to take on most of the bigger jobs in the kitchen.

Its weight makes it easier to chop uploads of ingredients in one go, say, for a big pot of soup or to roast a bounty of potatoes and vegetables. We tested chopping through meat, onions, carrots, herbs and more, noting the knife’s design, grip, weight and general feel.

We noted the ease of drawing the blade through different food items, and also whether the knife glided through paper or snagged. So, for this knife, we cored and peeled apples and tomatoes, and minced shallots and garlic to evaluate its performance and feel.

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Too many items to list, including tomatoes, hard cheese, oranges, carrots and salami, were used to test how easily this knife could live up to its name. We looked at ease of cutting through difficult foods, as well as how thin we could slice something softer, such as a tomato.

Forged knives, for example, are typically stronger than stamped, which are cut from a flat metal sheet. Full tang, meaning the blade extends through the handle, helps create balance and overall heft.

Feel: So much of handling a kitchen knife rests on how it feels in your hand, so we paid special attention to the heaviness of the blades and handles, maneuverability, weight distribution and ease of sliding the knives in and out of their blocks. While we realize taste is subjective, we noted our general reaction to how nice they looked.

Build had a maximum of 35 points: quality (15); knife feel (10); room for knuckle clearance (5); appearance (5). Handcrafted in Semi, Japan, the durable, beautiful and razor-sharp Damascus stainless steel blades had us oohing and aching at their ability to perfectly slice through everything.

The paring knife, for instance, was so sharp that as we used it to core a tomato, we found it was shaving skin off our finger from the slightest touch. Admittedly, we thought the claim that the block’s built-in ceramic sharpeners would work with each use was a gimmick, but we were quickly impressed that the knives really did seem to get sharper every time we chopped and sliced.

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As far as performance, the all-stainless steel, full-tang knives handled well and felt balanced, although they did feel overly heavy in our hands. We also appreciated the fact that the handles are labeled so you can quickly grab the correct knife.

These knives scored lower on performance than most models: They weren’t as sharp, the hollow metal handles felt too light, causing an imbalance, and they tended to get slippery when wet. Besides the value price, it features lightweight, dishwasher-safe stainless steel blades that will cover your cutting needs.

We must admit, when we unboxed this midnight black set noted by the company for its “menacing design,” we were prepared to be underwhelmed. Our aesthetic biases had us thinking these would prove to be more flash than performance, though we know some will dub the highly stylized look as awesome.

The geometric design of the military-grade G10 handles actually fit really comfortably into our hands and their slight texture made slippage a non-issue. The full-tang titanium nitride-coated German steel blades were razored sharp and excellent at chopping and slicing everything we threw at them.

The curved blade of the chef’s knife was helpful in chopping, but its thinness made it feel a bit light. In fact, the heavy handles, paired with thin blades, seemed to affect the balance of the knives.

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And, at a rather hefty price, it includes just five knives (chef’s, paring, utility, serrated and Santos) plus a honing steel. Then again, if your home decor is Kylo Men meets Jacques Pepin, put these on your wish list immediately.

If you know a college student who has made the move from their dorm to their first apartment, this colorful set of kitchen knives would make a fine housewarming gift. They’re BPA-free and come with matching sheaths, so they can be easily stored in a drawer, saving precious counter space.

They didn’t feel especially sharp out of the box, our fingers smashed against the cutting board as we chopped and the blades felt heavy compared to the plastic handles, which threw off the balance of the knives in our hands. Its unique, vertical tempered glass block had one family member wrinkling his nose with distaste, two teenagers dubbing it “sick” (a good thing) and one who kept waffling between “so cool” and “trying too hard.” But whether you like the looks of the glass block, no one can argue that these are great knives.

Nice and sharp out of the box, they’re made using high-carbon German steel, a bolster for support and neoprene handles with full tang, offering fairly even weight distribution. With the set, you get five knives : 8-inch chef’s, 8-inch bread, 6-inch boning, 5-inch utility and 3 1/2-inch paring, plus that controversial holder.

Made of honed, stainless steel blades and plastic curved handles with full tang, the chef’s knife was our favorite, although it felt a bit light in the hand. Overall, the knives were sharp out of the box, look nice in their wood block and come with an affordable price tag when on sale (which seems to be most of the time at most retailers).

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For the purposes of this story, I limited the testing to eight-inch, Western-style, or hybrid Japanese-Western chef’s knives with a list price under $200, though most cost significantly less than that. Loosely, two attributes characterize a Western or hybrid style chef’s knife.

Harder steel holds a sharper edge for a longer period of time but can be more difficult to sharpen once it does get dull. And a very hard, very sharp edge can also be more delicate and brittle than a softer one, making cutting up a heavy squash, say, a little risky to the blade.

(However, a knife maker can mitigate that brittleness by adding another element to the mix: Molybdenum, for instance, is often used to give a very hard steel more flexibility.) A softer steel alloy, like those used in the German tradition, may be less sharp to begin with and get dull a little faster.

But it can be easier to re-sharpen, and better for heavier-duty jobs, like splitting bone-in chicken breasts, without worry that you’re going to damage the blade. “For everyone else, I have no way of knowing if you prefer heavy or light, a deeper throat, a special blade, something bigger.

I used them in the normal course of my daily cooking, just to get to know them, and I also tested them in six important tasks: dicing an onion, slicing basil into chiffon, slicing tomatoes, cubing butternut squash, spreeing an orange and cutting up a whole chicken. Those tasks tell you almost everything you need to know about whether a knife is nimble and sharp, sturdy and powerful, and above all, comfortable and secure-feeling.

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The knives ranged from $38 to about $200, and I found that price isn’t necessarily commensurate with quality and performance, though the very best knives are not cheap. A note on keeping your knives sharp: You can buy the best knife there is, but eventually you will need to sharpen it or it will be useless.

Home cooks can bring the knife to a professional or can buy a simple, plastic wheel grinder, which makes sharpening cheap, fast, and foolproof. Hayward says that he likes to relax at night with a glass of wine and a whetstone and painstakingly sharpen his hundreds of knives.

Made in Japan, it has a hard, super-sharp blade and a simple wooden handle that’s extremely comfortable and feels secure in the hand. The blade is beveled to a very thin, very acute angle, which makes it extraordinarily sharp.

It effortlessly bites through tomato skin and cuts a neat onion dice with ease. Both are made of a slightly softer steel than the best Japanese knives, and therefore they feel a little less sharp.

When you chiffon basil with this knife, it feels like the leaves are springing off the blade in perfect ribbons all by themselves. It feels almost alive in your hand, super light, and extremely agile.

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It bites through tomatoes with ease and supreme an orange into perfectly clean, neat segments in a few seconds. However, unlike the MAC, which has just enough sturdiness to deal with a chicken and butternut squash, this knife just doesn’t have the oomph for hefty jobs.

It has a scalpel-like delicacy and when I used it to tackle big, tough ingredients, it felt wrong, even a little dangerous, and I worried I would damage the blade. Hayward calls it “a living hell” to keep it sharpened correctly.

It was the second-lightest knife I tested, only slightly heavier than the Mason, but it doesn’t require special knowledge to sharpen. It’s made of just one piece of metal, including the handle, which is hollow and filled with sand, which provides a subtle, shifting balance that you don’t really notice while you’re using it.

The metal handle has dimples to provide the grip, and while some cooks think it gets slippery when used to cut chicken, meat, or anything juicy, I haven’t found that to be the case. It excels at tasks like slicing tomatoes, chiffonading basil, and dicing onion: It’s quite sharp and bites right through.

Although it’s less well-suited to cutting up chicken or butternut squash, lacking the heft of the German models, with some extra care it can certainly get those jobs done. It’s in the hefty, powerful German style, made by a family-owned company in the United States.

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Comparable to the Mason, I didn’t find the handle comfortable or secure. It’s a long, thin grip that’s completely smooth, without any contour at all, and though it looks beautiful, it felt slippery and small in my hand.

It’s a very nice knife, a classic, sturdy German blade with a deep belly that makes a rocking chop very comfortable. This is a wonderful knife, a Japanese-German hybrid, with a flat-sided wooden handle and a very sharp, very hard blade with a relatively wide, curved belly.

I loved the drippy, comfortable handle, and the feeling of power that came from this heavy, wide blade. But oddly, it didn’t seem as sharp as the others, as it was a bit of a struggle to make a clean tomato slice.

I wanted to like it because, of all the heavy knives, it was the most comfortable and balanced to hold, but it didn’t perform as well as I hoped. This knife tops many lists as a great value, but I found it to be the worst of the two worlds: light but not very sharp, cumbersome and large.

It was reasonably sharp coming out of the box (though still on the dull side compared to most others on this list) but after a couple of weeks of use, it was a struggle to slice a tomato or an onion. But if you don’t have good cooking knives so you have to waste a lot of time struggling to prepare food.

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But if you have a good knife set then you can easily handle your all cooking with fast and easy. Because only a single knife can’t handle different kitchen jobs such as slicing, cutting, and mincing.

But a knife set has different small to large knives for cutting your bread to frozen fish or meat. There are already hundreds of popular kitchen knife brands making knives.

And it is very natural to get confused to find a good cooking knife set among all. But after deep research and analysis, I’ve been able to pick these highly demanding cooking knife sets for commercial and home use.

And especially their European style blade and well performance impressed home cook and professional. These are forged blades and made from high carbon stainless steel.

Even their Precision Edge Technology enhances the blades' sharpness up to 20% only for effortless cutting and slicing. And each blade is completely buffed & polished by Author’s high skilled knife makers.

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All knives featured full-tang with triple rivet and the safety bolster added amazing balance and weight. However, this set, especially for restaurants and professional chefs even serious cooking enthusiasts may fall in love with it.

High performance, classic looking, all chefs knives in one package from Strong. Strong achieved a great honor to provide the best quality cutlery and already there are more than thousands of chefs and home cook those who are familiar with this popular knife set.

Because Strong used imported high-carbon ThyssenKrupp German steel with 56+ Rockwell hardness. And these forged knives are easy to sharpen and rust and tarnish resistance.

Handle & Overview: The award-winning design, and premium materials that will give you a different glamorous feel. That ensures the best comfort and easy maneuver to maintain slicing, dicing, or other work in a busy kitchen.

Even the hand-polished bolster offers a brighter outlook and real weight which is really needed for safe cutting and slicing. And the bolster works as a safety guard, that ensures your fingers will never cut as long as not come nearly the blade.

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Pros Hand polished satin finished blade Full tang blade for incredible robustness & quality Made from German steel Premium laminated Lakewood handles imported from Spain Easy to clean and maintenance Comes with a Strong BPA free protective sheath And for its overall features and gorgeous looking, I have listed it in my best cooking knife set collection.

And full-tang features with forged bolster give the knife for easy maneuvering. Overall, based on the design, versatility, and performance I think it is the best knife set under $100 that you can use for your home or restaurants.

Pros Best knife set with the coolest looking Used the German stainless steel Available at a reasonable price Handles made of Hakka wood Durable and easy to handle Sharp and rust-resistant Ergonomic design Beautiful Graphite look, well price range, FDA Certified even safety feature all majority includes this knife set which is come from Cook.

Even Cook engineered “Taper Grind Edge Technology” for maximum sharpness and performance even these blades are easy to sharpen. Some of them have stainless steel end cap for balance and beauty and nice polished finger bolsters for your safety.

Because it will be met with your budget even it’s certified by NSF And it is one of the best top-rated knife sets in the market. And it comes with a nice looking tempered glass storage block to store your knives and it’s extremely durable.

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Especially I love this modern storage block because it’s easy to find the right knife through the window. So cut and slice your all favorite foods or vegetables with ease and easy.

Well, balanced, incredible sharp which is absolutely a real workhorse for kitchen purpose. Its full-tang construction extends the durability and finger bolster for balance and strength.

Pros Made from German steel Certified by NSF The forged blade which is rust and corrosion resistant Taper-ground edge for razor-sharp blade Non-slip Neoprene handle Nice looking tempered glass block And this is really a beautiful package that inside of some premium quality knives for cooking.

These are (7.75 chef knife), (8 – 4.25 steak knives), (3.25 parer), (3 peeler), (5 utility), (8 slicer), (7.75 bread), (5 Partake), (7 Santos), 8 stainless sharpening steel and beautiful block. This Chicago Cutlery Fusion block set made of high-carbon stainless steel.

And special thanks to Taper Grind Edge Technology to make them wicked sharp and easy to re-sharpen. Its black color and stainless steel end cap give it a nice look and balance.

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But no one likes sharpening because it’s time-consuming, difficult, and needs previous experience. The Clifton knife set each blade is very sharp because they are forged and made from high-carbon stainless steel.

I would say this set will fulfill your most kitchen cutting and slicing jobs which are very important for everyday cooking. The set all knives are full tang and features with triple-rivet for durability and longevity.

The polished bolster provides the best safety and strength so that anyone can do their job with fast and easy. It’s really a great collection in my kitchen knife set reviews, that anyone can use for their home or restaurants.

There are a lot of home chefs and cooking enthusiasts love to use premium quality knives. It is a great decision to invest the money for purchasing a new block set if your knife were getting older.

But first, you should know how to select kitchen knives ?” And definitely, this block set would a great choice for your hard-earned money! International Statement 15-piece knife set includes high-end knives and tools which is very essential for all kitchen.

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These great quality professional knives are perfect for chopping herbs and dicing onions even cutting bread! Whereas they are fully stamped blades that’s why these knives are very lightweight than forged and affordable.

Maybe it has no bolster but these blades are full tang that offers durability and longevity. But need proper care and maintenance to prevent rust and corrosion.

Pros Includes Hardwood Block for safe storage Made from high-quality stainless steel Dishwasher safe Triple-rivet handle with stainless steel end cap Because for everyday different cooking needs small or large knives for cutting, from foods to frozen meat.

The Amazon basics home kitchen knife set would a great collection who needs different knives for several daily works. It is really an ideal choice for serious home cooks who am interested in different types of kitchen knives.

And triple-riveted full tang construction makes them very durable and very comfortable to hold. However, these knives are really very beautiful and pine woodblock will catch the attention of any first time user.

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Japan is one of the major countries that have a history and popularity of manufacturing high-quality knives and cutlery materials. And you can use this great quality Japanese knife set for your home or restaurants.

These knives are crafted with ordinary Japanese steel, featured from tip to tang. Each of the knives is wicked sharp and requires low maintenance for longevity.

This is an ideal Gourmet white blade with the block that you can purchase for your lovely home kitchen or restaurants. And especially its rounded shape will give you nice comfort and each handle has end cap for balance.

Pros Stain and rust resistance Comes with a storage box Designed with long-lasting sharpness Perfect for mincing, slicing, and dicing Comfortable POM handle with end cap These stainless steel knives ergonomically designed for the best comfort and control for any kind of cutting or slicing.

This stainless steel knife set includes different types of knives. Even extra (6- 4½” steak knives), with (8 kitchen scissors), 8 sharpener with acrylic block stand.

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However, for this block set, they used premium stainless steel to prevent tarnish and corrosion. For its beautiful design, comfort, and easy maneuvering you can give this package for a Wedding, Birthday, Graduation, Anniversary, or Holiday gift.

Pros Best stainless steel knife set with storage block Razor-sharp and durable Very inexpensive This design made from the USA Certified by “FDA” Chef’s Knife: It’s usually 8 inches long and it’s a workhorse for every professional and home kitchen.

But especially a good quality boning knife for chicken, meat, beef, and poultry. Also, the paring knife people used for fruits and vegetables to remove the peel.

It is long between 5 and 7 inches and sometimes closed to 8 It is a Japanese version professional knife and can handle all types of small to medium kitchen slicing job. This tiny chef’s knife has a 6 to 8-inches blade with a nice wicked sharp edge.

For smooth cutting, it has very NATO teeth with a nice wooden handle. Because it has a very long blade than others which is between 8 and 12 inches for handling beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and many others.

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If you need to slice or cutting big-size meat then a good butcher knife would an ideal tool for those jobs. A storage block would a plastic or wooden even bamboo to keep your knives and tools together.

But forged blade which made from stainless steel they are a little heavy. It ensures the edge will never dull and you should avoid plastic cutting board.

Storage : After completing your cooking and cleaning the knife, you should store them in a block or sheath. Surprisingly with each set, you’ll get a nice looking wooden or plastic storage block to keep your all knives safe.

Because there are a lot of kitchen knife brands, and they provide different knives for home and restaurants. But carbon steel knives could get dull too fast, but it’s very easy to sharpen.

But other hand stainless steel blades edges goes well for a long time. But the stainless steel blade will give you the best performance and low maintenance.

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A perfect kitchen knife handle ensures the best comfort and grip. Because some wooden handles are not dishwasher safe warm water can damage them.

But the stainless steel handle is very popular and highly durable and never water can damage it. And stainless steel handle is not an ideal choice, who loves lightweight knives.

It has a good brighter outlook, very lightweight, and ensures a perfect grip and comfort. Even if you use an old poor quality knife, that means you are putting more pressure on your wrist.

So you can use magnetic strips or choose a set of knives that have an acrylic block stand for safe storage. There are a lot of professional chefs they love to soak their knife in water.

Hopefully, if you choose the best dishwasher safe knife set then you’ll never face these washing complications. Also, keep in mind if your knives are dishwasher safe then warm water and detergent will never damage the blade and handle.

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I hope the article was well articulated for you to understand each and every aspect of the knife block sets. Also, to help you make the purchasing decision easier, I have incorporated the strengths and weaknesses of each of the sets.

Here my objective was to discuss the construction quality and performance of a knife set. I've invested hundreds of dollars in chef's knives, but I use them every day to slice, dice, cube, mince or, if I'm feeling fancy, chiffon.

A good knife can feel like a dream -- and it can make holiday cooking even more fun than usual -- but a poorly balanced or dull one can be a pain to use, and can even lead to more cut fingers and other accidents. David Priest/CNET Since you're going to be using it a lot, a chef's knife should be a pleasure to use -- properly weighted, but not heavy enough to make using it tiring.

David Priest/CNETGlobal's popular chef's knife is a Japanese-style blade, which means it boasts a scary-sharp edge and a nimble-feeling lightweight body. David Priest/Nettles Japanese-style chef's knife lies at the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to price, but it rests at the top of best lists online for a reason: it's a fantastic product.

Not only is the Mac super sharp (it slides through tomatoes without any tearing whatsoever), but its blade is thinner than heavier knives like Author's, which makes slicing snappier veggies like carrots feel like cutting a ripe banana with a butter knife. Mac's most popular chef knife is perfectly balanced, so you never feel at risk of losing control of the blade.

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I'm fairly fastidious with my knives, but this, along with my growing fondness of the Global chef's knife, have resulted in Mac's slight drop in the ranking. David Priest/CNETHands-down, the biggest surprise of my testing was the performance of Mercer's $16 Culinary Millennia 8-inch chef's knife.

But the handle design is perfect for teaching beginners how to hold and use a chef's knife, guiding your thumb and index finger to the base of the blade. The light weight and cheap design mean you don't get the long life or the full versatility you'd get from a workhorse like the Author, but if you're wanting a starter chef's knife to learn for six months while you save for a bigger investment, the Mercer really is a great cook's knife.

The Author was my original favorite knife until I got my hands on the Mac and Global Japanese-style knives, and it still stands up as a top-of-the-line option. That said, the Author classic is perfectly balanced between the handle and blade, and it has a heel to protect your fingers, which makes it feel all the safer to wield.

One of the best measures of how comfortable a knife feels in your hand is breaking down a chicken -- as it requires many types of cuts across skin, meat, fat and cartilage. It's versatile and comfortable, and its high carbon steel forged blade will keep a sharp edge as well as nearly any other knife -- Mac and Global excluded -- in this price range.

The Willing Gourmet is a stamped blade, rather than a forged one, which means it likely won't hold its edge as long as the Author. It's also lighter, which means your hand won't be guided quite as well through a tomato or similarly delicate food.

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All that said, the Willing's cuts were consistently clean, it felt comfortable in my hand, and for $50, I'd be more than happy to add this knife to my kitchen. Our procedures blended five tests -- slicing tomatoes, dicing onions, mincing leafy herbs, chopping carrots and breaking down chickens -- each with a 1-to-10 rating, with more general use and observation.

I wanted to approach the procedures as the average home cook would, focusing on general use and experience. Beyond its measurable performance with various foods, I approached each knife as a package -- experiencing how its weight and balance came together to create an experience that either felt intuitive or awkward.

Overall, we tested a dozen of the most popular chef's knives for home cooks, including Mac, Global, Artisan Revere, Victorinox, Kitchen aid, Cuisinart, Home favor, Freeware, Willing, J.A. Mac, Author and Global were my stand-out favorites for quality and performance, and if you're really serious about adopting a high-quality chef's knife, any of these three will do the trick.

While I gave my assessments above, everyone will have their own slight preferences -- Global feels best to me, but if I ate more meat and denser veggies, I would probably lean toward Author as the more robust blade. And if perfectly minced herbs and delicately sliced fish were more common cuts in my kitchen, Mac might take the crown.

It's well-balanced, and feels closest in profile to Global: it's not heavy and thick-spined like the Author, and so had more trouble with the butternut squash and pineapple; and it's not quite as razor-sharp as the Mac. Artisan Revere offers an excellent product for a price that will be hard to swallow for most customers.

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I just can't recommend that home cooks buy a chef's knife that costs $300 more than comparable products, except as a luxury item. David Olkovetsky, founder and CEO of Artisan Revere, told me over email that the reasons for the price tag are manifold: most importantly, the high-quality steel blade is made with more environmentally friendly methods, and the so-called “super steel” will retain its edge better than competitors.

The $50, which seems like a natural winner given its reasonable price tag and similar design to the more expensive Author classic, really disappointed me. It's another workhorse of a knife, but its butt is heavier than it should be, so heavy prep gets tiring, and mincing feels awkward.

Finally,'s knife was the worst of the bunch: It is so poorly balanced, in fact, that I stopped the chicken test midway through for fear of cutting myself. That makes almost every type of prep, from slicing and dicing to mincing and chicken boning, feel awkward at best and dangerous at worst.

We waded through all the nonsense and set out to find the best chef’s knives for home cooks at the best prices. Read on to discover the best chef’s knife of 2020 in each category, including the best all-around, runner-up, and an impressive budget pick.

It’s strong enough to get through tough vegetables with ease and delicate enough to chop tender herbs without smashing them. The agile blade is relatively straight and tapers at the end, giving it a curve reminiscent of a Western knife, but the same sharp edge of a Japanese model.

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We also found this knife to be lively and responsive in our hands, comfortable to hold and not too bulky. We also know from using them in the Epicurus Test Kitchen that they stay sharp for a long time and are easy to sharpen.

With its simple design and finish, wooden handle, and dimples along the blade that keep food from sticking to the sides, this knife is a kitchen workhorse that will last a long time. The hollow handles of Global knives are filled with a precise amount of sand to ensure perfect balance.

Sure, the finish quality on this Victorinox knife isn’t nearly as high as the Mac or the Global, but at less than $40, it’s a total steal. It glided through tough sweet potatoes with precision and delicacy and made quick work of slicing an onion.

It isn’t full tang, meaning the metal of the stainless-steel blade doesn’t extend all the way to the base of the handle, which is generally said to indicate a lower-quality, less-sturdy knife. As Test Kitchen Director Chris Morocco told us, “It’s probably the best chef’s knife out there for the money.

Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Beatrice Chaste The first step in evaluating a knife is getting a feel for the tool. We some spent time with each of the 14 chef’s knives we tested just holding them in our hands, observing the quality of the metal and sharpened edge, the feel of the handle, and the overall weight of the knife.

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We then used each knife to chop raw sweet potatoes and onions and mince a pile of herbs. From the start we were looking for a thin, sharp blade, which makes slicing easier and smoother and also weighs less overall.

Naturally, we wanted a knife with a comfortable handle, which we interpreted as lightweight and smooth rather than heavy and long. When you chop something, you’ll feel like you have greater control over the cutting motion and more of a connection with the knife.

In addition to handling the heft and toughness of something like a potato, we wanted a knife that could slice through herbs without crushing them. We ultimately liked a smoother transition without the cuff, as it resulted in a lighter knife that made for an easy and comfortable slicing motion.

Ultimately, we found it was a bit too heavy and not as nicely finished as we wanted, but it handled the job of cutting through hefty vegetables just fine. I've invested hundreds of dollars in chef's knives, but I use them every day to slice, dice, cube, mince or, if I'm feeling fancy, chiffon.

A good knife can feel like a dream -- and it can make holiday cooking even more fun than usual -- but a poorly balanced or dull one can be a pain to use, and can even lead to more cut fingers and other accidents. David Priest/CNET Since you're going to be using it a lot, a chef's knife should be a pleasure to use -- properly weighted, but not heavy enough to make using it tiring.

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David Priest/CNETGlobal's popular chef's knife is a Japanese-style blade, which means it boasts a scary-sharp edge and a nimble-feeling lightweight body. David Priest/Nettles Japanese-style chef's knife lies at the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to price, but it rests at the top of best lists online for a reason: it's a fantastic product.

Not only is the Mac super sharp (it slides through tomatoes without any tearing whatsoever), but its blade is thinner than heavier knives like Author's, which makes slicing snappier veggies like carrots feel like cutting a ripe banana with a butter knife. Mac's most popular chef knife is perfectly balanced, so you never feel at risk of losing control of the blade.

I'm fairly fastidious with my knives, but this, along with my growing fondness of the Global chef's knife, have resulted in Mac's slight drop in the ranking. David Priest/CNETHands-down, the biggest surprise of my testing was the performance of Mercer's $16 Culinary Millennia 8-inch chef's knife.

But the handle design is perfect for teaching beginners how to hold and use a chef's knife, guiding your thumb and index finger to the base of the blade. The light weight and cheap design mean you don't get the long life or the full versatility you'd get from a workhorse like the Author, but if you're wanting a starter chef's knife to learn for six months while you save for a bigger investment, the Mercer really is a great cook's knife.

The Author was my original favorite knife until I got my hands on the Mac and Global Japanese-style knives, and it still stands up as a top-of-the-line option. That said, the Author classic is perfectly balanced between the handle and blade, and it has a heel to protect your fingers, which makes it feel all the safer to wield.

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One of the best measures of how comfortable a knife feels in your hand is breaking down a chicken -- as it requires many types of cuts across skin, meat, fat and cartilage. It's versatile and comfortable, and its high carbon steel forged blade will keep a sharp edge as well as nearly any other knife -- Mac and Global excluded -- in this price range.

The Willing Gourmet is a stamped blade, rather than a forged one, which means it likely won't hold its edge as long as the Author. It's also lighter, which means your hand won't be guided quite as well through a tomato or similarly delicate food.

All that said, the Willing's cuts were consistently clean, it felt comfortable in my hand, and for $50, I'd be more than happy to add this knife to my kitchen. Our procedures blended five tests -- slicing tomatoes, dicing onions, mincing leafy herbs, chopping carrots and breaking down chickens -- each with a 1-to-10 rating, with more general use and observation.

I wanted to approach the procedures as the average home cook would, focusing on general use and experience. Beyond its measurable performance with various foods, I approached each knife as a package -- experiencing how its weight and balance came together to create an experience that either felt intuitive or awkward.

Overall, we tested a dozen of the most popular chef's knives for home cooks, including Mac, Global, Artisan Revere, Victorinox, Kitchen aid, Cuisinart, Home favor, Freeware, Willing, J.A. Mac, Author and Global were my stand-out favorites for quality and performance, and if you're really serious about adopting a high-quality chef's knife, any of these three will do the trick.

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While I gave my assessments above, everyone will have their own slight preferences -- Global feels best to me, but if I ate more meat and denser veggies, I would probably lean toward Author as the more robust blade. And if perfectly minced herbs and delicately sliced fish were more common cuts in my kitchen, Mac might take the crown.

It's well-balanced, and feels closest in profile to Global: it's not heavy and thick-spined like the Author, and so had more trouble with the butternut squash and pineapple; and it's not quite as razor-sharp as the Mac. Artisan Revere offers an excellent product for a price that will be hard to swallow for most customers.

I just can't recommend that home cooks buy a chef's knife that costs $300 more than comparable products, except as a luxury item. David Olkovetsky, founder and CEO of Artisan Revere, told me over email that the reasons for the price tag are manifold: most importantly, the high-quality steel blade is made with more environmentally friendly methods, and the so-called “super steel” will retain its edge better than competitors.

The $50, which seems like a natural winner given its reasonable price tag and similar design to the more expensive Author classic, really disappointed me. It's another workhorse of a knife, but its butt is heavier than it should be, so heavy prep gets tiring, and mincing feels awkward.

Finally,'s knife was the worst of the bunch: It is so poorly balanced, in fact, that I stopped the chicken test midway through for fear of cutting myself. That makes almost every type of prep, from slicing and dicing to mincing and chicken boning, feel awkward at best and dangerous at worst.

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Even if you’re not much of a chef, your kitchen isn’t complete without a variety of capable cutting tools. A set of sharp, high-quality knives makes every culinary task that much easier, from chopping up fruit to preparing a Thanksgiving feast.

There are options for experienced chefs and newbies alike, and some also make great housewarming gifts. Home Hero’s all-in-one set is one of Amazon’s Choice picks for kitchen knives and includes a handful of bonuses, like six steak knives, a knife sharpener and a vegetable peeler.

The set also looks great in any kitchen thanks to a simple wooden block and classic black handles. Both the block and the housed knives are resistant to scratches and corrosion, meaning they’re durable and will look great for years to come.

The knife blades have also undergone a special process which makes them more flexible than average knives. You’ll also find a sharpening rod, multi-purpose kitchen scissors and a set of high-quality steak knives mounted in a wooden storage block.

Each knife in the set sports a beautiful, satin-finished handle that has been ergonomically designed for comfort during use. Plus, the knives come in a translucent, acrylic stand that adds a modern touch to your kitchen.

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Happy customers say the knives are easy to clean, super sharp and look great in the clear stand. The high-carbon stainless steel blades are said to be more precise, more accurate and sharper than other models on the market.

The sleek design and ergonomic handles make this set easy to use. They’re made from high-quality stainless steel to ensure precision when cutting and that the blade itself will hold up over time.

They’re made from quality stainless steel and titanium coating for the color so the set is built to last a lifetime. Topped off with a sleek black block and handle, the rainbow surprise when you slip these out will have friends and family in awe.

However, unlike a normal kitchen knife set, the Stone Boomer opts for standard sharpening steel. Furthermore, as each of the knives is forged from a single piece of high carbon, German stainless steel, these cutting tools offer nearly unmatched sharpness.

The To Cutlery Knife Set may be a premium kitchen accessory (with a price to match), but it’s hard to deny its unique design and elegant style aren’t worthy of inclusion here. On top of that, the blades are constructed from German stainless steel, and the attractive handles are made from a composite, high-density Lakewood.

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This beautifully arranged kit makes a great gift idea for budding chefs and experienced professionals alike. Heckles, and if you can afford it, we highly recommend shelling out the extra dough.

Not only are the knives sharper and more well-balanced than less expensive options, but they’ll also last longer, too (justifying the higher price tag). But if you like to host dinner parties, we suggest the full 19-piece set with high-quality steak knives to impress your guests.

Heckles has been in the knife game since 1731, and this 15-piece set hits all the right marks with its assortment of knives and accessories. You won’t regret paying top dollar for these knives, as they are sure to last for years to come.

While the Strong set is quite the splurge, you’re getting a total bang for your buck with… wait… only five knives ? Though you’re only getting five knives for almost 300 Makarios, these beauties have a gorgeously menacing design that will add a darker aesthetic to your kitchen.

The shadowy look is due to the black nitrate coated steel, and they’re built to last even longer than your lifetime. Stick with something versatile (nothing too long or too short), durable (hard enough to hold an edge but easy to sharpen), and comfortable (this is personal; consider your own grip, hand size, and strength).

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These two all-purpose chef’s knives combine elements of both Eastern and Western styling; perfect for trimming precise strips of sushi fish, matchstick julienne vegetables, or feathery chiffon. The new crowd-funded kitchenware company Risen (“meez-uhn,” as in mile en place) is upending the way you stock your arsenal by connecting the manufacturer directly to consumer, while giving other high-end brands a run for their money.

The overlay provides a bit of texture, preventing foods from sticking during cutting while the layers purportedly wear at different rates, creating “micro serrations” that extend performance between sharpening. Compared to true Santos blades, the Hikaru’s edge has a slight curve, allowing for a bit of rock; this speeds up tasks like milling through finely chopped herbs or mincing garlic and ginger.

I like to keep one or two reliable, cheap-o options on hand that can withstand a run through the dishwasher while stashing my snazzy custom mini away for more delicate tasks: butchering small birds like Cornish hens and squab, separating fragrant strips citrus zest away from the bitter pith, and coring juicy strawberries and tomatoes. Many of Kiwi’s knives, including this petite chopper are only available with unfinished wooden handles that will degrade with time, though at $4.95, you won’t mind replacing this one in a few years.

I’m partial to the blade shape; most paring knives are intended for working in the air with a “choke grip” and so they’re awkward for use on a cutting board. This little guy has an offset heel like a full-sized chef’s knife so your knuckles won’t hit the board while chopping or slicing; the butt of the handle has a gentle curve for a comfortable grip.

Some of these may be affiliate based, meaning we earn small commissions (at no additional cost to you) if items are purchased. However, if you like to serve large cuts of meat at dinner parties, then a slicing knife will make an excellent addition to your collection.

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If you’re laying out the money and putting in the time and energy to prepare special meats, having the right tool to carve and serve your roasts is a worthwhile investment. With the right steel and blade profile, slicing knives can be used to cut large melons, starchy oversized tubers, and winter squash.

Join us now as we review eleven of the best slicing knives for the home market, along with our recommendations based on their performance in our test kitchen. This incredible slicer is has a core of Japanese VG1 steel, which means this blade will remain extremely sharp through many slices of protein before needing a touch-up.

From left to right:, ,, ,, Ice 12-Inch Practice,,. The blade length and shallow height are designed to portion foods cleanly and evenly with a single horizontal stroke. The profile minimizes cutting resistance and friction, which helps to keep juices inside the meat, and prevents tearing or shredding of foods.

Strong is quickly taking a top spot in the kitchen knife niche, and the well-constructed efficiency of this 12-inch Shogun slicer clearly demonstrates why. Precision forged from a single billet of high-carbon Japanese steel, the core is overlaid with 66 layers of Damascus cladding for outstanding stain resistance, durability, and patterned beauty.

Strong offers a 120-day money-back guarantee, and a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. The Shogun is an expertly crafted tool that provides a wonderfully sharp edge and lightly flexible blade for carving mastery.

From renowned German cutlery maker Author, we have their Gourmet slicer with an extra-long 14-inch blade that makes it our favorite for carving large pieces of meat, such as brisket. Precision stamped from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, the blade is constructed for superior stain and corrosion resistance, and easy edge maintenance.

A polyoxymethylene (POM) handle provides excellent strength and resilience, and is highly resistant to heat and impact. With its extra-long blade, our test kitchen found the Gourmet slicer to be the ideal length for portioning large foods like brisket, turkey, or whole salmon.

Expertly constructed from top-quality materials, this sleek knife is agile and sharp, has moderate flex, and makes thin, even portions with just a single draw. Forged from high-carbon German steel, the blade is hardened to 55 HRC and ground to 16 degrees per side for easy slicing performance, while the elevated chromium levels ensure excellent stain and corrosion resistance.

The Grafton edge and hand-polished mirror finish minimize cutting resistance, and flexible blade technology allows the Gladiator to be used for declining, filleting, and butterflying meats, as well as carving. The black Lakewood handle is superbly durable, and triple riveted to the tang for comfort, stability, and maneuverability.

Made in Germany, it comes with Author’s limited lifetime warranty to be free of defects in materials and craftsmanship. Ideal for carving roasts, poultry, and cooked meats, the blade has a keen edge and just the right amount of flex to cut thin, even slices without traveling off plane or buckling.

The entire knife is constructed of Global’s high-chromium stainless steel, which gives outstanding stain and corrosion resistance, and a durable, sharp cutting edge. Ice tempered to a hardness of 56-58 HRC, the stamped blade has a unique convex edge that’s ground to a straight point, then sharpened to an acute 15 degrees per side for superb sharpness and cutting performance.

Welded to a seamless finish, its profile provides a clean, hygienic surface, and the ergonomic design with signature dimples gives a comfortable, secure grip. With a sharp, durable cutting edge and a long, narrow profile, the Global G-10 has incredible flex to conform to almost any food shape.

Lightweight and well-balanced, carving thin, uniform portions with a single stroke is the norm, making it an excellent option for slicing roasted meats, poultry, and salmon. From Portuguese knife-makers Ice, this 12-inch slicer features a long, straight edge to maximize the cutting surface, and Cullen that quickly release food from the blade.

Honed with a conical grind to 18 degrees per side for a wide break point, the Ice makes smooth, clean horizontal cuts with a single stroke. The polymer handle is lightweight yet sturdy, and provides a comfortable, slip-resistant grip with a deep finger guard for extra safety.

A high-carbon, stamped stainless steel blade has increased flexibility for thin, uniform portions, and is highly stain and corrosion resistant. The mirror polish, plus fluted dimples, reduce friction and sticking for an easy gliding action that makes cutting food effortless.

Contoured and textured for a comfortable nonslip grip, the handle also features a deep finger guard for extra security. One of the most comfortable models we tested, the Fibrous Pro provides optimal weight and balance, and an ergonomic handle that is well suited for extended use.

Lightweight and efficient, the Victorinox Fibrous Pro is a deft tool for carving meats and portioning breads, cakes, fruit, or vegetables. And with a hardness of 56 HRC and a grind of 15 degrees per side, the edge is wonderfully sharp, durable, and easy to maintain.

The ergonomic handle is constructed with a combination of Neoprene and polypropylene for a comfortable, fatigue-free grip, as well as strength and durability. Strong and flexible, the Japanese steel holds a very keen edge that makes it a super slicer for bone-in or boneless cuts of meat, poultry, and salmon.

Made of high-carbon stainless steel, this 2-piece carving set includes an 8-inch knife and a 6-inch fork for slicing ham, turkey, or roasts, and is a perfect addition to your holiday dinners. Like all Author Classics, the triple-riveted handled is made of a very tough synthetic polyoxymethylene that mimics real wood in both appearance and texture.

This made-in-Germany set features a full tang as well as a weighted bolster, which lends strength and maintains a great balance for ease of use. The Grafton edge helps keep protein and other foodstuffs from sticking to blade, allowing you to produce thin slices with ease.

The Lakewood handle is very attractive, and complements the forged bolster, end cap, and the exposed full tang running along the top. The Twin Four Star line is made using witchcraft that Heckles has termed “Interdental Component Technology (Set).” This allows three types of stainless steel to be forged together to produce a single-piece blade, bolster, and full tang.

For smooth, clean cuts that leave the juices inside the meat without tearing, a certain amount of flexibility is needed. A good-quality stamped version will have the same stain, rust, and corrosion resistance of a forged type, but may not have the same tensile strength or edge retention.

In general, choose knives with a bit more flexibility for carving bone-in selections, while those intended for use on boneless cuts can be a little more rigid. With slicers, these are referred to in a variety of ways, including Grafton divots, dimples, fluting, a hollow edge, Cullen, or a touching (hammered) finish on Japanese blades.

These dimples create hollows, or air pockets, that help to release food and reduce friction, which makes it easier to cut uniform portions. Cutting edge bevels range from 14-20 degrees per side, and usually, the more acute the angle, the sharper a knife will be.

Stamped blades generally have handles made of lightweight thermoplastic polymers that keep the knife airy and agile. Handles for forged blades can be made of polymers as well, though these usually of a greater density to accommodate a full tang.

Other common handle materials for forged knives include steel, wood, and composites made of epoxy and resins. Look for handles that have some texture to prevent slippage, and a deep finger guard to protect against contact with the sharp cutting edge.

Remember to choose one with a blade at least as long as your biggest roast for horizontal strokes without sawing, and you’ll marvel at how beautiful your sliced meats look! Recently retired as a costume specialist in the TV and film industry, Lorna now enjoys blogging on contemporary lifestyle themes.

A bit daft about the garden, she’s particularly obsessed with organic tomatoes and herbs, and delights in breaking bread with family and friends.

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