Two years ago, celebrity chef Sean Brock shared a photo of a truly stunning chef’s knife on his Instagram “entirely handcrafted from reclaimed materials found in the mountains of East Tennessee.” Its stainless steel blade was forged from a “100+ year old 1095 high carbon sawmill blade” while the dark wood handle was carved from “some old growth cocoon.” The knife was custom-made by John Phillips, who sells the knives one by one to his newsletter subscribers. It’s damn near impossible to cop one of these beauties, but if you manage to, it’ll become an instant family heirloom.
Michelin-starred chefs Elise Knack and Anna Hieronymus recently told us Shun is “one of our favorite knife brands.” And with a lifetime guarantee and a blade that stays sharp longer than it has any right to, it’ll be one of yours, too. Risen was one of the earliest entrants into the fast-growing contingent of direct-to-consumer cookware brands, starting out as a Kickstarter launched in 2014.
In 2018, writer Parthia Rosin penned a convincing ode to the Honcho Kobe, or Long Chef’s Knife, a Japanese-made chef’s knife handcrafted in the seaside town of Banjo and available at L.A.-based Japanese home goods store The Good Liver. Rosin writes that she was immediately taken with the wood handle, which is “meticulously worked through a char coaling process that ensures its water resistant and antibacterial” as well as the blade made with two types of steel for added structural integrity.
“It’s so you learn the technique of holding the knife.” It also comes with a finger guard, which is perfect for amateur chefs in first, second, or third grade. Lightweight Japanese-style knives may be the blades du jour, but if you want a knife with some serious heft, one that can take a beating, go for the 11.1 ounce Author.
“I prefer the weight and thickness of the blade of this heavier knife,” says James Beard–nominated pastry chef Shannon Swindle. “It will slice through watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes by the pounds without a hiccup,” says one reviewer.
As New Orleans–based chef Justin Devilries points out, this is also the knife you want to take on the road, saying, “For a home cook who’s very recreational and weekend warrior–is, you don’t want to pull out some crazy-heavy thing that shatters if you drop it.” The truth is that what makes the perfect knife for you will depend on many factors, including your comfort level with knives, the size of your hands, and what sort of food you like to cook.
The chef's knife is capable of dicing veggies, slicing meat, chopping herbs and nuts, and, in a pinch, it'll even go through small bones without too much trouble. There's a bewildering range of chef's knives available, from dirt-cheap to very expensive specialty blades.
To help you make sense of it all, we sliced and diced with dozens of knives until a simple truth emerged: A poorly-made $10 blade you sharpen every day is more useful than a $200 blade that's dull. Much of the price difference in knives comes down to the quality of materials, which in turn often translates into how well the blade holds its edge.
It holds an edge very well for a knife at this price and makes a great first step into the world of Japanese knives. It's a bit longer than many of the blades here, but unlike a lot of Japanese knives, it has a western-style handle.
They're dirt-cheap, and the quality of the blade reflects that, but if you regularly sharpen them, they'll perform just as well as knives costing hundreds of dollars more. For a few dollars more you can grab a set of them ($13 at Amazon), which includes a small cleaver that I love for chopping herbs.
Again, take the money you save and invest it in a good set of sharpening stones and you'll have knives that will serve you well for a long time. All you really need to do is wipe down your knife every time you use it (but especially with highly acidic foods, like lemons and tomatoes).
Regularly wiping your knife is a good habit to be in from a cleanliness standpoint as well, and it will ensure your carbon steel blade doesn't rust. It's easier to get a fine edge on this than on other stainless blades I've tested, and it holds it for a long time.
A couple of quick swipes on honing steel and the edge is back. The Author is definitely a larger, heavier knife, but it's very comfortable to hold and will easily handle anything you throw at it.
Tojo's DP You is a solid performer at a great price. It holds an edge nearly as well as blades twice its price, and it has a wonderful, solid feeling in your hand.
It's not carbon steel soft, but it's much thinner and softer than most European-style knives and therefore easier to sharpen. Keep that in mind when sharpening on a stone, as you'll want to hold it a bit differently to get that great edge back.
The Shun is a classic Japanese Damascus steel blade. NoB ox markets this knife as perfect for “the backcountry chef or traveling cook,” but really it's great in any kitchen, on the trail or off.
One distinctly backcountry appeal is that, in a pinch, you can clean fish with this one thanks to its thinner shape. Knife sets often cost twice as much as buying those three knives separately and don't offer anything else useful.
The large wooden storage blocks also steal useful counter space. A dull knife is not only useless, it's more dangerous, because you will make up for that lack of a sharp edge with more pressure.
I have spent enough time in the ER reflecting on this to become somewhat religious about sharpening my knives. In particular, many modern stainless steel blades are too hard to effectively be sharpened by traditional water stones.
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.
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.
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.
To help you decide, we did exhaustive research to determine which are the best sets on the market and spent the past several weeks putting the 11 finalists to the test. We found ourselves repeatedly using terms like “full tang” (when a blade is constructed of one metal piece that extends the length of the handle, which is preferable), “forged steel” (pricier than its stamped counterpart, but sturdier) and “heavy bolster” (the junction between the blade and handle that helps with balance).
Generally, most of the knives we tested were nice and sharp out of the box and all were stainless steel grade or better, but from there they varied when it came to grip, build and weight, which affected performance. 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. 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.
We were blown away by the sturdy construction, comfort of use and reliable execution that came with each piece in this all-inclusive set. 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.
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. 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.
It’s got history, a classic design and high-tech, high-quality craftsmanship that comes with a lifetime warranty (on workmanship and materials under normal conditions). 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. We couldn’t suss out any difference in sharpness by touch, performance chopping up onions, carrots and tomatoes or from the paper test, of which both used and new Author knives made mincemeat.
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. 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. 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. When variety is key to your cooking game but staying on budget is too, you’d be wise to consider picking up this basic but useful 18-piece set.
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. 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.
It also only contained five knives, one of which was a boning knife which doesn’t see a lot of use, and the smaller, rubber handles weren’t especially comfortable. 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.
“But it is prone to rust if not cared for properly.” Stainless steel’s edge is easier to sharpen because it isn’t as hard. McFarland also recommends checking out the knife’s Rockwell scale rating, which is a way of measuring the hardness of steel.
Originating in Germany and France, a chef’s knife can vary in length from six to 12 inches and has a broad blade that curves upwards to form a tip. From chopping meat to dicing vegetables, a versatile chef’s knife is a must-have but it’s key that you find one that’s comfortable to use for extended periods of time.
“They’re great for ‘rocker-style’ chopping and are typically heavier than their Japanese-style counterparts,” says Prescott, alluding to the Santos knife, which we cover below. Author’s versatile high-carbon steel chef’s knife is a kitchen workhorse that will be indispensable for years to come with a sturdy, eight-inch blade.
From the non-slip handle for easy maneuvering to the comfortable weight, this eight-inch chef’s knife is both practical and dependable. Plus, the stainless steel blade has the convenience of being dishwasher safe for a low-maintenance option that still offers sharp precision.
This lightweight Japanese chef’s knife is a favorite across kitchens with a two millimeters thick, eight- inch blade. Made from steel, the stain-resistant, razor sharp blade features dimples for added ease when slicing through potentially sticky foods.
“I have mostly Mac knives, the blade is excellent and sharp and the handle is a nice fit,” says ESO. Used for a variety of tasks in the kitchen, from cutting meats to chopping nuts, a Santos blade typically ranges from five to eight inches long.
“It’s thinner and lighter to hold than a chef’s knife and allows for more refined slicing (and my personal preference in the kitchen).” With an ebony Lakewood handle and Damascus steel-clad, hand-sharpened blade, this Japanese knife is equally beautiful and durable.
Victorinox’s Fibrous Pro Santos knife delivers an agile stainless steel blade at a pleasing price point. This seven-inch knife nails the essential slicing, dicing, mincing and offers the added ease of being dish-washer safe.
“I’ve absolutely fallen in love with knives from Japanese rock star blacksmith Shout Takeda,” he says. This serrated knife has small teeth along the blade to help cut through hard crusts without crushing the bread, explains Photo.
For a slightly higher price, he prefers the version with a wooden handle for a more comfortable grip. From the water-resistant composite wood handle to the sophisticated serration, this knife is for more than just cutting bread and will slice through tomatoes, melons and other delicate foods without crushing them.
The straight blades typically range from two to four inches and are ideal for more delicate slicing, detaining shrimp, trimming and cutting fruit into different shapes. “It’s a small knife tailor-made for the finer, more finesse-required jobs in the kitchen that require a more delicate touch like hulling strawberries,” adds Prescott.
With options in length and straight or serrated blade, these multi-purpose knives are ideal for intricate cutting and peeling. At 3.5 inches, Jack Natures’ Rain Series paring knife is an upscale Japanese option.
From the deep red wood handle to the Damascus steel hand-sharpened blade, this beautiful knife makes an elegant first impression. For the price and overall quality, McDowell recommends this knife to both culinary pros and those new in the kitchen who are willing to splurge on an investment tool for assisting with intricate cuts and detaining shrimp.
Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. The blade is forged rather than stamped, for better durability and a comfortable weight, and the knife has a full tang with a triple-riveted handle for security and a classic look.
The knife is made in Germany and has a synthetic handle that can stand up to kitchen abuse while providing a good balance when cutting. The full tang keeps fingers away from the blade and helps promote a proper pinch grip when cutting, for more efficient and safer use every time.
The blade is straight with a gently curved tip that encourages a rocking motion, so it’s also great for slicing meats. The handle is made from the proprietary Fibrous material that is textured to provide a nonslip grip.
It's placed so you won’t hit your knuckles on the cutting board, even if your hands are large, and it’s designed to provide a comfortable ergonomic feel for most users. Since it comes with a sturdy sheath, you can safely store this in a kitchen drawer or toss it into a picnic basket without worrying about finding the blade instead of the handle.
With an affordable price point and lack of maintenance needed, this is also a great knife for a vacation cottage or RV, or for taking along to potlucks or parties where you want to slice the food onsite. This chef’s knife has a 6-inch blade, so it’s easier to use for people with small hands, or for those who simply prefer the shorter length.
The handle on this knife is made from Neoprene, so it’s NSF safe for commercial kitchens and easy to keep clean. It is also unaffected by heat, cold, or food oils, so it won’t crack, get sticky, or degrade over time.
It's beautifully designed with an ebony Hakka wood handle, a full tang for balance, and 34 layers of Damascus steel enveloping each side of the blade. In terms of quality and durability, all Shun knives are made with a proprietary VG-MAX cutting core that lends extra strength and corrosion resistance.
Mac Knives have a long-standing reputation for quality Japanese craftsmanship, and this 8-inch knife is beloved by professionals and novices alike. Its lightweight design (6.5 ounces) and thin 2.5-millimeter blade and bolster make it easy to slice through almost anything.
The Hakka wood handle offers a comfortable grip that cooks say is well-balanced and easy to use no matter what you're trying to chop. It's extremely sharp and holds an edge well (customers recommend Mac Knives sharpeners for when you do need to resharpen the blade).
While ceramic blades can shatter or break when dropped, they’re completely resistant to acids, salts, or oils, and they’ll never rust or corrode. The 7-inch black blade on this knife looks professional and it’s precision ground by the manufacturer for a super-hard and extremely sharp edge.
For home maintenance, the Kyocera electric knife sharpener for ceramic blades is recommended. Since ceramics are lighter than metal and the handle is designed to be ergonomic, this is great for people who fatigue easily.
Unlike knives that have an attached handle, this entire knife is made from stainless steel, with no joints, rivets, or corners where food could accumulate. The 8-inch blade is forged for durability and substantial weight, with a full bolster for a safe, secure grip.
The blade has a satin finish rather than a polished one, so it won’t show the inevitable cooking scratches as easily. The blade is made from stain-resistant carbon steel with a full tang, and the handle is triple-riveted for security and a classic look.
Some cooks warn that the top edge of the knife is quite sharp and can cause discomfort (or cut you) depending on your grip. Final Verdict Author Classic 8-Inch Hollow-Ground Cook's Knife is our top choice because you really can't be the quality and performance.
However, if you're looking for an inexpensive option, the Victorinox Fibrous Pro 8-Inch Chef's Knife performed extremely well in our tests. Donna Carrie is a cookbook author, food writer, and product tester for The Spruce Eats, and she personally tested one of the knives on this list.
While she's somewhat partial to Author knives, her knife block is a hodgepodge of brands from crazy expensive ones like Shun to some that are dirt cheap. However, if you're shopping for a vacation home or a small kitchen that doesn't get used much, there are plenty of budget options that will get the job done.
Ideally, the best chef knife needs to feature a super-sharp edge, comfortable handle, and a sleek tapered shape. Chef knives with such features make chopping and slicing of vegetables, fruits and ingredients easier.
You only need to analyze our top 10 picks below and carefully choose a chef knife that best matches your needs. Check Price on Amazon This is a premium quality chef knife with stainless steel construction.
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The set features 5 different stainless steel knives a cutlery stand, sharpener, and safety finger guard. The knives are of the highest quality and feature a laser smooth finish.
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These features ensure you choose a quality and durable knife that will give you value for money. Taking good care of the knife includes washing it clean and drying it after use.
Durability and edge retention A brand-new knife from the factory needs to maintain its sharpness for long. Such knives require excellent steel hardness and composition to serve you for that long.
8 inches long is ideal for cutting vegetables into half and handling other small tasks. It is worth noting that knives with full bolsters are difficult to sharpen.
Make sure you choose a knife that perfectly fits in your hands and allows for easy use. More commonly, consumers bought cheap/economical knives manufactured in Asia which would work fine for a few days, but then rapidly lose their sharpness and be rendered useless only a few weeks later.
The reason is that before the modern days of international trade, American blacksmiths forged quality steel into durable knives made to last longer than their owners. We searched for knives that are made in the USA and found a large variety to choose from.
He eventually found his magic formula while tempering steel blades and not long after that, he made his first kitchen knife. The Farther’s are now in their third and fourth generation of knife makers, all continuing the family business of producing quality kitchen cutlery using the same techniques and fine craftsmanship developed 110 years ago.
Farther makes every kitchen knife from CPM S35VN martensite stainless steel and tempers the knives to a hardness of Rockwell C 58-60 (HRC). To ensure stability and balance, each “full tang” blade runs completely through the handle.
The Farther Cutlery 3 Paring Knife has just received the Seal of Approval from the Cooking Club of America magazine with a 96% member recommendation. Take note of the slightly raised hump on the back of the blade which is designed to give you more support in addition to preventing the knife from slipping from your hand.
This paring knife is great for general peeling or specific tasks like digging the eyes out of potatoes. Farther Cutlery 7 French Chef Knife The Farther Cutlery 7 French Chef Knife is specially designed with a very thin edge for slicing, chopping and dicing vegetables.
The curved blade creates an easy rocking motion and is, of course, handcrafted like all the other Farther knives. This is when the four Case brothers began selling handcrafted knives from the back of a wagon in upstate New York.
Case Household Cutlery has made military knives for U.S. servicemen and women from the beginning of World War I. During NASA’s Gemini Mission in 1965, astronauts included special Case knives in their survival packs.
All subsequent Gemini and Apollo missions included Case Astronaut Knives, making it the only knife to reach the moon. Constructed with wooden handles and Tru-Sharp steel, the blades don’t stick to food while slicing.
This American made kitchen knife set comes with a beautiful hardwood counter-top storage block. Cuzco’s product line includes kitchen knives and utensils, shears, flatware, cookware, and sporting knives.
The Double-D edge provides a clean, smooth cut every time and will stay sharp longer than straight-edge knives. The ergonomic handle has a universal fit for large or small, left or right hands.
The fatigue-resistant design provides a thumb and forefinger lock for more safety and better control of the knife. Lawson & Good now is the oldest cutlery manufacturer in the United States, having been established in 1837 in Melbourne Falls, Massachusetts.
For nearly two centuries, the name Lawson has been synonymous with some of the finest handcrafted cutlery made in the USA. In 1869, newly elected U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant received a rather “cutting edge” gift from the small manufacturer.
Pieces of this extraordinary gift remain in the nation’s capital on display at the Smithsonian Institution. The company rapidly became known around the country and the world due to its well-founded reputation for crafting White-House-worthy dining implements.
From that day until now, Lawson’s talented artisans have handcrafted each piece in western Massachusetts. Due to a disastrous flood in 2011, the base of operations was moved from Melbourne Falls to Westfield but the legacy is still present in Melbourne Falls where an outlet store and select manufacturing exists in the original location.
Its broad blade dices, slices, and chops fruits, vegetables, and meats while protecting knuckles from hitting the cutting board. The blade is forged from the finest high-carbon stainless steel from Solingen, Germany (Grade 4116).
Full tang blades with triple riveted handles ensure the ideal balance and weight. A curved and recessed bolster provides a seamless transition from handle to blade, as well as comfortable thumb support for better control and safety.
Yes, there are a total of 9 knives in this 10-piece set as Lawson counts the 9-Slot Block as an individual piece. The blades in this incredible set are precision-forged and made from the finest grade 4116 high-carbon stainless steel from Solingen, Germany.
Lawson is using a traditional hot-drop forge process which results in a harder, sharper blade that is highly elastic and corrosion-resistant. Each knife features full tang blades with triple-riveted handles for the perfect balance and weight.
The exceptional balance and safety are due to the curved and recessed bolster which provides a seamless transition from handle to blade while supporting the thumb. For these full tang precision forged knives, Lawson uses high-carbon stainless steel from Solingen, Germany.
Before they are packed, the Lawson knife makers sharpen, polish and hone each edge by hand one final time. Radar cutlery is famously easy to spot in high-end kitchens by the unique solid aluminum handles.
For over 7 decades, Radar Knives have been 100% made in the USA and carry a Lifetime Guarantee. Each knife features the famous Silver Brushed Aluminum Handles that make Radar products so instantly recognizable.
As usual for all quality knives, hand washing & immediate drying is highly encouraged as dishwashers can lead to microscopic dings on the cutting edges. The set contains: Everything you need to prepare the perfect meal for the people you love is included in this set, which is why we often recommend it to anyone interested in buying only the best.
By choosing this set, you’ll be supporting the American economy while also being sure that your purchase will last for decades to come, thanks to the lifetime guarantee. The Radar Cutlery S38 Knife Set includes a variety of the 7 most used knives in the kitchen.
The Radar Super Parer is a paring knife ideal for when you prefer a larger blade. Its hand-sharpened blade makes cutting foods ranging from fruits to potatoes an absolute breeze.
All handles on the knives in this starter knife set are made from permanently cast silver brushed aluminum with a satin finish. Radar Cutlery Ultimate Collection The incredibly priced Radar Cutlery Ultimate collection 15-piece gift set includes some few kitchen knives made in the USA that come with black stainless steel resin handles.
Hollow-ground blades ensure a precision concave surface for maximum edge retention and sharpness. The set is actually dishwasher safe, but we still recommend washing & immediately drying by hand to avoid dinging the blades.
This ultimate collection contains virtually everything you need to equip your kitchen with the necessary cooking tools and is considered one of the most economical sets of knives made in the USA. Radar knives are famous for their surgical quality, high carbon stainless steel blades which are super sharp and handcrafted in the USA.
Radar’s mission is all about “providing our customers the best value of kitchen knives for their dollar” and this set proves that statement. The stainless steel blades come in a variety of sizes and will cut through fruits, vegetables, and herbs with ease.
This kitchen knife set makes the perfect gift for graduations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and so much more! It features a small, reverse-curve blade that makes it ideal for tasks that require finesse.
It is best suited for small or medium tasks such as peeling apples or preparing garnishes. Radar’s Regular Paring features a 3 ¼-inch blade ideal for everyday tasks, such as trimming skin from a chicken or dicing an onion.
Then there’s the Heavy Duty Paring, which has a slightly larger handle that provides more leverage when cutting. The compact size and 4-inch blade mean that it is your ideal paring knife when you need to cut a large item such as a whole chicken.
The thick and comfortable silver brushed aluminum handles create a truly gorgeous knife. The small paring knife is unbeatable when it comes to cutting tasks that require finesse, such as strawberries and apples.
The company calls it a Utility/Steak knife because you want it even at the kitchen counter when preparing your favorite meals. It features a long, sturdy blade that effortlessly cuts through substantive foods such as ribs or pineapple.
You need a Heavy Duty Paring Knife that is suitable for a wide range of kitchen tasks. Radar has included a 3 ¼-inch blade in this set that is great for cutting, slicing, and coring vegetables and fruits.
This large knife features serrated edges that make it a breeze to get perfect cuts of any food you can put in its way. The hybrid metal handle (Stainless Steel Resin + Cast Aluminum) assists the 7-inch Surgical Quality T420 High Carbon Stainless Steel blade slice effortlessly through large, tough foods.
Founded in 2014 this small company from Virginia makes Knives, Cutting Boards, and Serving Trays. Virginia Boys Kitchens use only wood from forests growing at least 2.4x faster than the harvest and mortality rate.
As a final reminder applicable to all the knives above, it’s worth covering a couple of critical issues that are especially valuable when dealing with quality cutlery. If you spend a lot of money on new knives, you want to keep them in good conditional as long as possible.
Specially equipped agile blades have the precision to cut, peel, decreed, and go where no other knife can reach. Save your fingers the test of blade resilience and let us be your guide to selecting the very best knife for paring currently on the market 2021.
Born in the steel city of Solingen Germany, the Author Classic Iron 3.5 inch Paring Knife is a high-end blade for professional cooks or devoted foodies. Boasting exceptional design and performance, it may turn prep work into your new favorite step of the cooking process.
The Iron Paring Knife seamlessly blends classic and contemporary design for optimal performance. Whether it’s slicing or peeling, the Iron offers precision in even tiny garlic cloves and can pit cherries as well as defeat strawberries.
Thin, rear double bolstering aids in balance while also allowing for unmatched lightweight handling. The slip-resistant handle is made from polyoxymethylene, which helps resist fading while providing comfort throughout long hours of work.
The classic triple-rivet design is contoured to fit easily into the hand, and the end is stamped with the iconic Author trademark. With a striking rosewood handle and a slightly serrated blade, the Victorinox combines European utility and craftsmanship for a mid-grade paring knife.
However, paring knives most closely resemble utility blades in the kitchen with their versatile capability and efficiency. The full knife weighs less than an ounce and relies on a 3.25-inch serrated edge perfect for slicing tender fruit like tomatoes and kiwis without squishing.
Most distinctly, the wooden rosewood handle brings a woodsman’s touch to the paring knife. With a thick body void of contours, it’s easier to hold and use than plastic blended handles.
Though the Victorinox’s multipurpose blade is not dishwasher safe, it only requires a quick wipe down with a towel after each use. If it’s a rugged, unique blade you are after, the Victorinox Rosewood 3.25 inch Paring Knife with serrated edge is a dependable Swiss-made choice.
Designed in Japan for crafting fresh culinary creations, the Shun Premier Paring Knife performs capably with handcrafted exactitude. Ancient traditions mingle with state-of-the-art technology to produce these top-of-the-line knives forged in Damascus steel.
As each knife is forged by hand, the meticulous process yields blades that range from 3.75 to 4 inches in length. Each single piece of steel knife is full tang and offers optimal balance for all cutting.
Though the 3.75 to 4-inch blade size makes it a bit large for peeling and traditional paring use, it’s well-equipped to handle delicate berries and fruits, hard vegetables, and even steak if you dare. Additionally, the degree of the blade is set to Japanese standards and is flatter than a European paring knife.
This makes it more suited to larger tasks than coring or reseeding but works famously with a cutting board. There aren’t many affordable knives that come with the quality of the Tojo DP 3.5 inch Paring Knife.
Forged with VG-10 core steel in a highly usable Japanese design, this unsuspecting blade packs considerable value in its small frame. These additional metals strengthen and enable VG-10 steel to hold an edge longer and give the blade stamina and staying power.
With a 60 Rockwell Hardness rating and a lifetime guarantee, this Japanese steel blade has ample marks of caliber to protect it as an investment for long-term kitchen use. Its straight blade is marginally less capable of coring and peeling, but great for multi-use rather than traditional paring.
Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution Series 3 inch Paring knife is one of the brands’ best -selling product lines for a reason. The Revolution series is fashioned from zirconium material that can maintain edges ten times longer than steel theoretically.
Its featherweight frame supports maximum maneuverability fitting for coring, reseeding, and fine-tuned detail work. Don’t be fooled by the pure white exterior; the blades coating is not only rust-proof but also protected against potentially corrosive acids.
Produced in Japan by Kyocera, its innovative design makes it nearly half the weight and cost of steel knives. The resin handle is fairly comfortable but a bit small in the hand if you are familiar with steel knives.
Each tip of the blade is rounded slightly, which prevents it from preparing meat that has been frozen or with joints or a lot of cartilage. The Revolution Series Paring Knife also lacks the hardness to tackle thick items like carrots and will struggle to find its grip in an avocado seed.
When all is said and done, this is an excellent introductory ceramic blade that is affordable enough to place it in reach of all users, regardless of budget. Known for being the golden standard in culinary school, there’s not much more certifiable quality you can get from a knife than a Mercer blade.
The 3.5 in paring knife is a perfectly sized tool for reseeding and attending to technically detailed work. Thanks to stain-resistant steel from Solingen, Germany, there’s enough hardness in the blade to make quick work of carrots, broccoli, and other dense vegetables.
Founded over 30 years ago with culinary professionals and foodies in mind, Mercer is a second-generation family-run business that integrates tradition with innovation for outstanding performance. This is the highest form of certification knives can attain for safety, quality, and health assurance.
The Genesis Forged Paring Knife compares well with the Author, but trades less expensive neoprene handles for the more fade resistant polyoxymethylene. Its primary benefit is delivering highly reputable product makeup at a fraction of the cost of high-end knife companies.
Yes, you can, these knives are frequently required course materials for culinary school and perform under high pressure, heavy volume work environments. High carbon stamped with a 15-degree blade angle further supports this smooth functioning paring knife.
These changes make this knife more suited to work with soft textured fruits and vegetables like kiwis, tomatoes, and citrus products. The agile size allows for greater accuracy on tasks like detaining shrimp, coring tomatoes, and working with delicate items.
This version is somewhat less capable than the Genesis at tackling dense fruits, but still stronger than ceramic blades. Pair that with a lightweight zirconium blade that’s capable and versatile, and you’ve got a genuine stand out product to add to any kitchen.
Though it may not be a professional-grade knife fit for a cooking competition, the Mojo- Home Ceramic Paring exhibits stabilized cutting capacity with a uniform 4-inch blade and 4-inch handle. At just 3.2 oz, it’s a lightweight paring knife with the flexibility to get into any nook and cranny of whatever food you find yourself prepping.
The contoured handle provides easy gripping, and cleanup is simplified with the blade’s dishwasher safe promise. Additionally, the tips aren’t incredibly strong, so don’t use them for piercing to avoid breakage.
With full-tang single piece German steel bolstered for counterweight, they utilize characteristics of the Author, Shun, and Mercer blades but offer unique serrated edging. It’s 56 Rockwell hardness degree enables it to make quick work of normal items too small for a chef’s knife.
It’s one of the largest paring knives out there, which does make a difference when it comes to specific tasks like reseeding peppers and detailed work. Complimenting the mirror polished and considerably toothy serration is a Lakewood handle triple-riveted for a classic finish.
Unfortunately, recent models lack the quality of materials and construction of the initial design and render them obsolete as paring knife options. Initially utilizing a color and rust resilient blade with precise serration made paring quick and simple.
The blade’s swift dexterity made it a favorite in households across the world with little extras like a mini bolster which protects the fingers. It’s Japanese carbon steel blade is nonstick, dishwasher safe, and retains sharpness decently well but does eventually fade.
This was previously negotiated by Kuhn Nikon’s low price, which allowed customers to toss the old knife and order a new one. Now produced in China with a larger and cheaper handle, not much has been improved in recent years of manufacturing.
Though it blends components of ceramic and steel knife ware, it’s not worth it with so many other highly capable affordable models on the market 2021. Most cooking time is actually spent preparing food before it is ever exposed to heat or nearing the table.
Well weighted and balanced, these knives come in a variety of materials to provide options at each price point. Ceramic blades have gained traction in recent years for durability, exceptional edge retention, and overall sharpness.
Lightweight and versatile, ceramic blades also come at a considerably lower cost than steel and carbon forged knives. This is fairly excusable in paring knives as long as you don’t misuse them and wind up with a shattered blade.
Though they require less convenient upkeep like hand washing and drying, they won’t be easily damaged like a ceramic blade might. Smaller blades from 3 to 3.5 inches are great for accuracy requiring tasks like detaining shrimp, hulling strawberries, coring tomatoes, and working with delicate citrus.
Serrated blades perform best with soft to delicate fruit, where clean slicing without tearing preserves the finished product. Serration varies between very deep teeth like the Strong model and fine-tuned lightweight options like the Khan Nikon.
These knives best serve as mini chefs knives for detail prep work that utilizes the cutting board. For the sheer volume and overall versatility of the blade, it’s worth shelling out a bit more cash for a knife that can handle frequent use with power and precision.