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Best Kitchen Knives For Money

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Ava Flores
• Saturday, 17 October, 2020
• 34 min read

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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). 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Learn more Chefs are always in need of some of the best tools and accessories to meet their routine needs, and there is no exception to kitchen knives. Whether you love to cook for the family and guests at home or are a professional chef in a big restaurant; a knife is always your best companion.

If you are looking for a professional high-end forged German kitchen knife set, the Author Classic series is one of the best you can possibly get. Okay, let’s take a look at The Author classic 7 kitchen knife set which includes the most useful knives for your kitchen use, each knife in this set is precision forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel (x50CrMov15) that contains molybdenum, chromium, and vanadium to add more hardness, durability, corrosion and stain resistance to the blade.

Author added an exclusive technology called Enter to this series to enhance blade sharpness by 20% and to last much longer even after extended use, And a tapered cutting edge to reduce the drag when slicing. And because Author classic is a fully forged knife they have a full tang that goes the entire length of the triple-riveted handle which adds extra durability and robustness.

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In addition to a full thick bolster that adds much more balance and heft (it’s great for those who prefer the weight of the knife for cutting and hammering stiff ingredients). Author classic has a 14-degree cutting edge on each side which means it’s sharper than many Japanese and western style kitchen knives.

A durable handle made of synthetic polyoxymethylene (Pom) which is best known for its strength, hardness, and excellent fading, discoloring resistance, and the most important a safe and non-slip grip even in wet or greasy conditions, Click here to read some of the best Amazon customers reviews. If you have ever wondered what the difference between the classic and the gourmet series, The classic is fully forged with superior blade and better edge retention while the gourmet is a stamped kitchen knife with a lower blade quality.

The product is designed to deliver great performance for multiple tasks such as mincing, chopping, and dicing. VG-MAX super steel core clad on both sides with 34 layers of stainless Damascus to get the maximum sharpness and corrosion-resistant.

And the textured stainless-steel hollow handle which is filled with the precise amount of sand to deliver a perfect balance to the knife, besides an extraordinary build to eliminate hiding spots for foods. In a nutshell, every piece of this kitchen knife set is manufactured to extremely high and exacting Japanese standards.

Heckles 30782-000 Twin Signature 19-Piece Knife Block Set is already used by several chefs and homemakers; they are happy with the performance. The amazing thing to know about this product is that it comes in the form of a combo with almost all types of tools you may need for cooking.

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Moreover, the package also includes a block for easy storage, and it is made up of high-quality bamboo material. Experts rate this knife set as the best choice for heavy cooking routines as these knives are made up of premium quality materials.

You will find these knives to be dishwasher safe up to a certain level; however, to maintain their life, it is better to wash them by hand right after usage. Heckles has designed several amazing kitchen accessories within the past few years, but this one gained huge popularity in the market.

The main reason behind its reputation is that Willing has used a special formula known as the Fríður blade to design these tools. The knives are designed with a 15-degree angle on both sides that make it more suitable for professional chefs.

The set is composed of 18 pieces, so you no longer need to worry about buying individual knives at a higher price, especially if you are only an amateur cook who does not know what each knife is for! The whole set comes with forged high-carbon stainless steel blades and handles since the knives are forged its means they feature a full tang that extends the full length of the knife from the tip to grip, to give you added strength, control, balance, durability, and to offer ultimate sharpness and to retain its edge perfectly even when re-sharpened time and time again.

Chicago Cutlery Insignia 2 blades contain high carbon content, so they are much stronger, harder, very easy to re-sharpen, and have a perfect resistance to stains, pitting, and rust. Made with taper grind edge technology which means straight tapering on both sides of the knife to grant it a low cutting drag, maintain more straight to the blade, and make the knife perfect for both left and right-handed users.

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This is a very high-quality knife set constructed of professional-grade high carbon steel fusion forged blades that are well-balanced, well-weighted, and feel great in your hand. The steak knife handles are a bit thinner and made of stainless steel, but they still, have a good feel to them.

This set, is made of stainless steel, is very strong, sharp, and durable, and very easy to clean. With over 80 years of experience, you know that you will be getting a high quality, good-looking cutlery set that will last a very long time.

+ Symmetrical in design, will work great for right and left-handed + Sturdy, Durable and resistant to rust and stains + A lot of knives variation from slicer and Santos to utility and steak knives + Ergonomic and comfortable handle + Worth the cost This wonderful set is constructed from a single piece of high carbon stainless steel with the tang extending all the way through the handle for superb strength and a longer-lasting edge.

The handles are made of strong heat and water-resistant resin that gives you a comfortable, yet non-slip finish. The construction gives the knives a good weight to balance ratio that feels great in your hands.

The woodblock is made from a very handsome looking block of bamboo that keeps all your knives in one convenient place. The Ginsu 7112 Chiara 12-Piece Stainless Steel Cutlery Set is dishwasher safe but it is recommended that you hand wash them, and they are backed by a limited lifetime warranty and positive customer reviews.

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One more economical high-end forged German-style kitchen knife set offered by mercer culinary a well-respected name in the cutlery industry. So I had to review one of their bestkitchenknives set, it’s the mercer culinary genesis 6 pieces with a block.

Mercer culinary 6- pieces set comprised of 5 kitchen knives made of high carbon, no-stain x50CrMoV15 steel sourced from Germany, and manufactured in Taiwan, with a limited lifetime warranty. The blade has 58HRC Rockwell hardness for easy sharpening and outstanding edge retention.

Victorinox features a textured ergonomic handle combined of rubber and plastic to delivers a good balance and comfort, But they are not fully ranged Since they are stamped knives, so I recommend not to use it to cut or hammer hard ingredients.

+ Light-Weight, good balance, ergonomic handle + The set offers almost all the basic kitchen knives + Life-Time warranty + Great Value In this article, I reviewed 2 forged and 2 stamped kitchen knife sets with a diverse price range to make it easy for you to pick.

If you prefer to work with light knives then the Global and Victorinox should be on the top of your list. On the other hand, if you prefer kitchen knives with heft and durability, then Author Classic and mercer genesis should be your first picks.

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Of course, deciding on the size and the type of kitchen knife set you want depends greatly on your own needs. Just keep in mind the various guidelines on the factors that affect the quality and durability of kitchen knives, and you will be well on your way to get the best set to meet your needs.

If you cook regularly, even if you are only a beginner, you will benefit greatly from a knife set whose blades are made with full tang construction. This means that you will never have to worry about your knives breaking at the handles, which not only renders them useless but also poses a serious risk.

Numbers aren’t all that matter, because you can easily get a set with 20 knives and wind up never using half or more of them! A product with a long warranty is always the best purchasing decision, and always double-check what it covers exactly and not just the length.

A large storage block can fill a bit with room on your counter, always ensure that the set you are considering to buy will fit perfectly on your countertop or your cabinet. Somehow it is a personal preference matter, but always look out for ergonomic design for less hand and wrist fatigue, and textured or non-slip grips.

And I do prefer full tang construction, especially If you cook on a regular basis and you use the heft of the knife to cut hard ingredients, so you will never have to worry about your knives breaking at the handles. The high price tag is not a factor of good quality kitchen knives, nor a brand name, to get the best of your money always try to find a knife set that meets the points we mentioned above, and of course fit your budget, in this article we reviewed 4 different kitchen knife sets with a varying price range to help you with your decisions.

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A knife-edge becomes rolled or turned from direct contact with cutting boards, bones or other hard objects, knives should be honed after every couple of uses, Honing steel will keep your knives sharper and performing at their best, but it won’t sharpen a dull knife. After significant use, the steel particles become damaged and the edge cannot be brought back by honing, so sharpening is necessary.

Don’t store your knives in a drawer they will dull faster and there is a chance to cut yourself. 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.

The blade of this knife is made of high-carbon forged steel, which is known to have great wear resistance. This Mercer Culinary boning knife also features a taper ground edge, which allows for easier sharpening, more stability, and has been known to retain its sharpness for a longer period of time.

A knife with a taper ground edge like this one also helps you cut and chop with more efficiency. The amount of effort required to redskin, quarter, and butcher meat is minimal thanks to its razor-sharp curved blade.

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Its curved blade is made of high carbon, tempered, and stain-resistant German steel. Knives that are made of German stainless steel are known as the workhorse of the kitchen for two reasons.

They are softer and more durable due to their low carbon content, and they retain their sharp edges longer, so they require less frequent sharpening. Aside from German stainless steel, another reason why this knife is durable is its forged bolster construction, which also keeps the transition from blade to handle as seamless as possible.

The stamped logo on the blade adds some extra flair to the knife, which makes it look even more stylish. The handle of this knife is curved to provide more comfort, with a triple-riveted design that is common among knives today.

This boning knife has a curved blade, which is manufactured from a single blank of no-stain high carbon steel for the utmost precision. That said, you have to be careful with fatty meat because the handle gets a bit slippery when it is smeared with fat.

This is a good thing since a little of heaviness on the handle helps you cut with more precision because you have greater control of the knife. It has a curved blade, which measures 6 inches in length, with a sharp end for easily piercing and defining meat or fish.

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The blade of this knife also curves slightly upwards, which allows for smoother cuts and clean separation of meat from bones. This Dexter Russell boning knife strikes a good balance between blade hardness and flexibility.

This means it’s strong enough to provide clean cuts, superior sharpness, and durability; and it’s also flexible enough for boning meat. This seal helps to stop meat and fish from sticking to the edge of the handle, which could make it harder to clean and lead to growth of bacteria.

It’s light, easy to sharpen, and can easily replace some expensive knives with no trouble at all. Anyone who loves to cook understands how important a good knife set is.

Like a lot of luxury items, though, this isn’t the case, and now you can get a superb set of knives for a reasonable and highly affordable price. Just like stone frying pans, garlic pressers, pasta makers, and kitchen torches, a great set of knives can enhance your culinary experience like you never thought possible.

These knives comprise high-quality stainless steel and boast a professional satin finish to ensure durability and a sleek, stylish appearance. They are lightweight and the full tang and single-piece blade design means they feel secure in your hand no matter what you are preparing.

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With dishwasher safe parts, plenty of slicing and dicing options, and an elegant design, it will blend perfectly into any kitchen whether you want to cultivate something traditional or go all out for a more modern appearance. Here, you get knives for chopping, cutting, and slicing, but there is also a pizza knife tool, scissors, and bonus vegetable peeler, while the honing kit means you can keep these knives sharp for years to come.

The stand isn’t as stylish as the wooden block which may hinder your hopes of having the best -looking kitchen in the country, but it’s still attractive enough to fit in nicely with most kitchen decors, and it’s also easy to retrieve the knives from without knocking it over or causing a scene. There’s also a money-back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied, but that seems unlikely, and with such a great value knife set, you’ll be able to become the master of your kitchen as soon as you pull these out of the box.

Brand Home Hero Model Knife set Weight 4.55 pounds Another sleek, stylish, and traditional option, the Emo joy Kitchen Knife Set is a substantial 15-piece set to cover all your kitchen knife needs regardless of whether you’re an expert, intermediate, or are still learning how to chop an onion (the trick is not to cry).

Unlike other knives we’ve selected, these are easy to care for, but they’re also strong and durable, so it’s more likely they’ll look after you than the other way around. The Lakewood handles are secure and classy, while the blades are forged using high-carbon stainless steel for a fine and sharp edge and superb performance.

The Cuisinart Triple Rivet Collection is a 15-piece set complete with robust, sharp, and reliable high-carbon stainless steel blades and a safety bolster to prevent any unfortunate accidents in the kitchen. They are also one of the most comfortable knives we’ve identified, and the ergonomic handle feels natural in your hand to make that Sunday dinner food prep much more natural so you won’t feel strained any longer.

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The storage block follows the stable tradition of other examples, and the angled design means the knives are easy to pull out whenever the task demands it. Overall, it’s a superb set, but we wish the steak knives continued the wooden-handle design instead of relying on plastic.

It’s not a big deal, but it does make them feel a little cheaper compared to other options. This 12-piece collection provides the basic essentials with some bonus treats to give you a comprehensive knife set ideal for any kitchen regardless of skill level or experience.

Of all the knives we’ve selected, these are some of the best looking around, but it’s more than simple style over substance, they do the job you expect them to, also. Our guide to the best sushi knives features more quality blades for your kitchen, so be sure to check them out.

The elegant wood handle is easy to grip and comfortable for extensive chopping sessions, while the whole set overall is a dream to look at. The stand is good-looking, but if you have any low-hanging kitchen cupboards, it might make it a little tricky to position properly.

Another issue is safety, as the knives are easier to retrieve compared to blocks, keep out of reach of any children. The blades are stainless steel with a smooth, clear grain finish, while the handles bubbled for easy gripping to prevent slipping and injury.

To ensure longevity, you’ll also get a knife sharpener included to keep the edge fine and honed no matter how long you keep them. However, you’ll need to sharpen them straight out of the box if you want the best results, which is a little inconvenient, but you’d need to learn sometime, anyway.

This offers precise cutting, while the hollow handle makes them lightweight and easy to control, although this could affect the durability, especially if you’re lax on sharpening them. They are easy to clean, and even dishwasher safe, while the lifetime warranty ensures you can overcome any issues you encounter with a (hopefully) simple email to the manufacturer.

The precision tapered blades mean excellent performance, and the ergonomic handle is comfortable for anyone to use. Like anytime you deal with something that is entirely metal, though, there’s the risk of rusting, especially if you do not dry them properly after washing them, either by hand or in the dishwasher.

As long as you remember to dry them thoroughly, though, you’ll enjoy years of superb slicing with no need to break the bank to buy them. While all of these knives are great and most offer fantastically affordable regardless of needs, the Cuisinart Color Knife Set is our choice for the best value option around.

It’s a 12-piece set with a color-coded to prevent cross-contamination for big meal preparation, and they also add something unique to your kitchen accessories, too. The non-stick coating makes it easy to chop and move sliced onions, mushrooms, peppers, and zucchini, while the professional grade steel ensures a high-quality performance every time.

There’s also a spectacular safety aspect, because while there’s no block or stand to store them, there are covers which protect the little ones (and the big ones, too) from cutting themselves. Find more amazing kitchen tools by checking out our guide to the best electric knives.

The block is compact enough to slide gracefully onto any kitchen counter, and overall, you get some fantastic value for money, even though it’s one of the more expensive options around. Make the right choice and you’ll find that it’s easier to prepare all types of meals, whether you’re cutting meat or dicing up an array of vegetables.

Each of the chef’s knives in this roundup was subject to the same tests to see how it coped with preparing different types of food. Balance and usability, as mentioned, is a more subjective process, but we’ve tried to approach this from the point of view of a typical user.

From slicing meat and fish to finely dicing vegetables, you can even use a rocking motion to chop herbs. Its wedge-shaped bolstered blade can be used in its entirety to cut, meaning that the knife adapts to any user, and it has the weight required to get through more difficult tasks.

It’s forged from a single piece of ice-hardened steel (full tang), known as Fríður, which gives greater hardness and edge retention as well as resistance against corrosion. Butternut squash proved messier: while the edge had no trouble working through the flesh, the smoothness of the blade meant the slices tended to adhere rather than fall away.

Its only challenge came from tackling the large butternut squash, where its compact size was a significant limitation. A slim bolster has also been welded in place, while its handle features an understated faux grain pattern.

Perfectly weight-balanced, this knife made an excellent prep tool, slicing easily through the fish, poultry, tomatoes and meat. The only task that was tricky was trimming hard fat from the meat; the job was made more difficult due to the knife’s rounded tip.

This knife has an extra-long blade for increased leverage for larger items, and a patented handle with a wedge-shaped indentation that’s intended to be more comfortable to hold over extended periods. For anyone used to a smaller blade, the Fur Chef’s Knife will feel distinctly unwieldy and heavy.

Most of the weight is in the thick blade, making the knife less balanced; its handle is surprisingly light. This makes maneuverability tricky at first, and the knife’s size feels more suited to halving a chicken than all-round chopping.

It struggled to get through thicker parts of the butternut squash without extra effort, the blade sticking to the flesh and impeding its progress, but chopped well. Not only is the handle of the 20 cm Classic Cook’s Knife robustly riveted in place, the blade is ‘resharpened’ with a defined cutting angle.

Complete with a full bolster (there’s also a half-bolster model that’s even easier to sharpen) and ergonomic handle, the knife had enough weight to slice through the dense butternut squash in one motion with minimal effort, as well as glide through every other task. If you’re not keen on large, heavy knives, Author’s Classic Cook’s Knife probably isn’t for you.

Angled bolster helps control Full tang Sailed through all cutting tests Designed in consultation with professional chefs, there’s good reason that this 16 cm Cook’s knife from the multi-award winning Signature range is Robert Welch’s most popular size.

Compact enough not to feel unwieldy, yet with a Japanese-style blade edge that’s hand-applied at a 15-degree angle, the knife offers a perfect blend of strength and balance. An angled bolster provides good control alongside full use of the blade edge, while the DuPont handle has been ergonomically shaped to minimize fatigue and features an Raw insignia as a permanent steel detail.

The knife’s blade features a smooth curve for a two-step chop and rock action, meaning that it sailed through all the tests. Made from molybdenum vanadium steel for increased resistance to corrosion and wear, as well as greater strength, the Stellar Haiku Cook’s Knife’s 20 cm taper-ground blade places precision at the heart of its design.

Roughly speaking, it’s the feeling that neither the handle nor the blade is uncomfortably weighted, dragging you back or forward when in use. A knife that feels unstable will demand more effort when preparing food, so it’s important to find the right balance.

Rather than having a pointed end, it’s curved, making it adept at the slicing and chopping that features heavily in Asian cuisine. Where Santos knives may fall short is with bigger jobs, such as halving a chicken, since they lack the broad heel of a traditional chef’s knife.

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