It's dishwasher safe (a rarity for cutlery), but we recommend hand-washing to extend its lifespan. It's a quintessential, all-purpose tool that does an ace job of blitzing parsley into dust, dicing onions, or defining a chicken.
It practically guides you to hold the knife exactly how you should (by pinching the bottom of the blade.) The handle sits in the center of your palm, making this knife a true extension of your hand.
This fully forged, high-carbon German steel knife cut through almost every task very easily. It also comes with a protective plastic covering, making it extra safe to store.
One of the sharpest knives we've tested, Global's Santos is all stainless steel, so there aren't crevices along the handle that trap food. This Japanese knife excelled at all tasks but wowed us with its ability to power through chicken bones.
Super sharp to power through any task Entirely stainless steel Notched blade prevents food from sticking Shun's beautiful chef's knife literally glides through ripe tomatoes with its sharp edge.
The rounded black Lakewood handle is comfortable even for small hands to get around, and if an 8-inch size (the most common length of a chef's knife) feels excessive and heavy, we think the 6-inch blade on this one will be a perfect fit. Heckles Chef's Knife is one of the top-selling knives on Amazon.
In our testing, it made quick work of chopping parsley, slicing tomatoes, dicing onions, and even boning a chicken. The knife's gorgeous rosewood curved handle gives you a comfy, ergonomic grip.
This 8-inch chef's knife is lightweight and super sharp, which made it very easy to cut through all off the veggies in our test without tiring our hand or wrist. Its Lakewood handle is smooth, strong, and easy to grasp with a full tang that helps it feel balanced in your hand.
Durable but not overly heavy Super sharp for effortless cutting The Made In 8-inch Chef's Knife did not disappoint: In addition to being very pretty to look at, it performed every cutting task well.
At the end of the day, finding your go-to chef's knife is largely based upon personal preference. The type of material affects the weight of the knife, the feel of it, as well as the price.
Our best words of advice: Look for a knife that feels like an extension of your hand and keep it sharp. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Editor & Product Analyst, Kitchen Appliances & Technology Lab Betty Gold earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Studies and Nutrition from New York University, and prior to joining Good Housekeeping, she worked with the James Beard Foundation and other leading food media brands like Bon Appétit, Food Network Magazine, and The Martha Stewart Show.
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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. But if you’re looking to make an investment in your kitchen tools, we can’t think of a better place to start.
At first blush, we didn’t think we’d like the poly padded handles, but they were actually extremely comfortable and kept the knives from slipping, even after they had just been hand-washed. Plus, it is exceptionally sharp and took practically zero effort to drag through a few-days-old loaf of crusty bread, take the rind off a cantaloupe or slice berthing pieces from a tender tomato or peach, earning it more points than the Willing or Author versions.
After plenty of chopping, slicing and dicing, the Chicago Cutlery knives remained as sharp as their brand-new counterparts. Also putting Chicago over the top were all the extras: The steak knives performed great while slicing through grilled filet Mignon and the two Santos knives were handy for slicing cheese, mincing garlic and scooping everything off the cutting board.
They’re great for chopping soft or sticky things like meat, veggies, herbs and cheese and for scooping food off your cutting board, thanks to their wide blade.) When you’re seeking out knives that are super sharp, durable, ergonomic and will last a lifetime, we highly suggest you stop and give this standout set a good look.
Heckles, which was founded back in 1731, also takes into account the benefits of both Western and Asian knife design. For example, the chef’s knife blade has a broad curve to allow for a Western-style rocking motion, but a straight back that aligns with the Asian chopping style.
They’re forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, making them harder and sharper than many other models. Lasers are then used to angle the edges of the blades for precision sharpness, and the process seems to have succeeded.
The chef’s knife, which was our favorite from the Willing set, for one, practically dropped through a head of lettuce, and easily sliced through carrots, onions, herbs and more. In fact, it seemed more like a utility knife, and the oversized blade, while very sharp, made it difficult to core a tomato or hull a strawberry.
Thinner than other knives we tested, the handles fit perfectly in a woman’s hand, but our male tester wished they were a smudge more substantial. It glided through onions, potatoes and tomatoes, took the corn off the cob with ease and sliced through the tough rind of a pineapple like it was nothing.
The paring and utility knives fit comfortably into our hands and easily sliced everything we tested them on: limes, oranges, strawberries, carrots, zucchini, radishes, you name it. The serrated bread knife drew right through our baguette loaves, making us dream of a second career as an apprentice in a French boulangerie.
The fact that the set includes just four knives and comes with a $450 price tag kept it from being our overall winner or runner-up. If you have the money to invest, however, we think the classic, elegant set will not only look like a crown jewel on your kitchen counter, but also continue to dazzle for a lifetime.
We spent weeks testing these knife sets, comparing each model by the same criteria, including overall performance, build quality, added accessories and warranty, taking detailed notes on how specific knives functioned based on everything from sharpness and materials to heft and hand-feel to how they looked and the usefulness of any included extras. We ordered two of each set so that after spending several days slicing and dicing our hearts out, we were able to compare the used knive’s sharpness to their just-out-of-the-box twins.
As avid home cooks, we already spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen, but as our dining room table became overtaken with woodblocks filled with knives to test, we quickly found ourselves continually looking for things to chop. Chef’s knife: This standard tool is made to take on most of the bigger jobs in the kitchen.
Its weight makes it easier to chop uploads of ingredients in one go, say, for a big pot of soup or to roast a bounty of potatoes and vegetables. We tested chopping through meat, onions, carrots, herbs and more, noting the knife’s design, grip, weight and general feel.
We noted the ease of drawing the blade through different food items, and also whether the knife glided through paper or snagged. So, for this knife, we cored and peeled apples and tomatoes, and minced shallots and garlic to evaluate its performance and feel.
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.
We must admit, when we unboxed this midnight black set noted by the company for its “menacing design,” we were prepared to be underwhelmed. Our aesthetic biases had us thinking these would prove to be more flash than performance, though we know some will dub the highly stylized look as awesome.
The geometric design of the military-grade G10 handles actually fit really comfortably into our hands and their slight texture made slippage a non-issue. The full-tang titanium nitride-coated German steel blades were razored sharp and excellent at chopping and slicing everything we threw at them.
The curved blade of the chef’s knife was helpful in chopping, but its thinness made it feel a bit light. In fact, the heavy handles, paired with thin blades, seemed to affect the balance of the knives.
And, at a rather hefty price, it includes just five knives (chef’s, paring, utility, serrated and Santos) plus a honing steel. Then again, if your home decor is Kylo Men meets Jacques Pepin, put these on your wish list immediately.
If you know a college student who has made the move from their dorm to their first apartment, this colorful set of kitchen knives would make a fine housewarming gift. They’re BPA-free and come with matching sheaths, so they can be easily stored in a drawer, saving precious counter space.
They didn’t feel especially sharp out of the box, our fingers smashed against the cutting board as we chopped and the blades felt heavy compared to the plastic handles, which threw off the balance of the knives in our hands. Its unique, vertical tempered glass block had one family member wrinkling his nose with distaste, two teenagers dubbing it “sick” (a good thing) and one who kept waffling between “so cool” and “trying too hard.” But whether you like the looks of the glass block, no one can argue that these are great knives.
Nice and sharp out of the box, they’re made using high-carbon German steel, a bolster for support and neoprene handles with full tang, offering fairly even weight distribution. With the set, you get five knives : 8-inch chef’s, 8-inch bread, 6-inch boning, 5-inch utility and 3 1/2-inch paring, plus that controversial holder.
Made of honed, stainless steel blades and plastic curved handles with full tang, the chef’s knife was our favorite, although it felt a bit light in the hand. Overall, the knives were sharp out of the box, look nice in their wood block and come with an affordable price tag when on sale (which seems to be most of the time at most retailers).
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.
Ultimately, we found it was a bit too heavy and not as nicely finished as we wanted, but it handled the job of cutting through hefty vegetables just fine. I've invested hundreds of dollars in chef's knives, but I use them every day to slice, dice, cube, mince or, if I'm feeling fancy, chiffon.
A good knife can feel like a dream -- and it can make holiday cooking even more fun than usual -- but a poorly balanced or dull one can be a pain to use, and can even lead to more cut fingers and other accidents. David Priest/CNET Since you're going to be using it a lot, a chef's knife should be a pleasure to use -- properly weighted, but not heavy enough to make using it tiring.
David Priest/CNETGlobal's popular chef's knife is a Japanese-style blade, which means it boasts a scary-sharp edge and a nimble-feeling lightweight body. David Priest/Nettles Japanese-style chef's knife lies at the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to price, but it rests at the top of best lists online for a reason: it's a fantastic product.
Not only is the Mac super sharp (it slides through tomatoes without any tearing whatsoever), but its blade is thinner than heavier knives like Author's, which makes slicing snappier veggies like carrots feel like cutting a ripe banana with a butter knife. Mac's most popular chef knife is perfectly balanced, so you never feel at risk of losing control of the blade.
I'm fairly fastidious with my knives, but this, along with my growing fondness of the Global chef's knife, have resulted in Mac's slight drop in the ranking. David Priest/CNETHands-down, the biggest surprise of my testing was the performance of Mercer's $16 Culinary Millennia 8-inch chef's knife.
But the handle design is perfect for teaching beginners how to hold and use a chef's knife, guiding your thumb and index finger to the base of the blade. The light weight and cheap design mean you don't get the long life or the full versatility you'd get from a workhorse like the Author, but if you're wanting a starter chef's knife to learn for six months while you save for a bigger investment, the Mercer really is a great cook's knife.
The Author was my original favorite knife until I got my hands on the Mac and Global Japanese-style knives, and it still stands up as a top-of-the-line option. That said, the Author classic is perfectly balanced between the handle and blade, and it has a heel to protect your fingers, which makes it feel all the safer to wield.
One of the best measures of how comfortable a knife feels in your hand is breaking down a chicken -- as it requires many types of cuts across skin, meat, fat and cartilage. It's versatile and comfortable, and its high carbon steel forged blade will keep a sharp edge as well as nearly any other knife -- Mac and Global excluded -- in this price range.
The Willing Gourmet is a stamped blade, rather than a forged one, which means it likely won't hold its edge as long as the Author. It's also lighter, which means your hand won't be guided quite as well through a tomato or similarly delicate food.
All that said, the Willing's cuts were consistently clean, it felt comfortable in my hand, and for $50, I'd be more than happy to add this knife to my kitchen. Our procedures blended five tests -- slicing tomatoes, dicing onions, mincing leafy herbs, chopping carrots and breaking down chickens -- each with a 1-to-10 rating, with more general use and observation.
I wanted to approach the procedures as the average home cook would, focusing on general use and experience. Beyond its measurable performance with various foods, I approached each knife as a package -- experiencing how its weight and balance came together to create an experience that either felt intuitive or awkward.
Overall, we tested a dozen of the most popular chef's knives for home cooks, including Mac, Global, Artisan Revere, Victorinox, Kitchen aid, Cuisinart, Home favor, Freeware, Willing, J.A. Mac, Author and Global were my stand-out favorites for quality and performance, and if you're really serious about adopting a high-quality chef's knife, any of these three will do the trick.
While I gave my assessments above, everyone will have their own slight preferences -- Global feels best to me, but if I ate more meat and denser veggies, I would probably lean toward Author as the more robust blade. And if perfectly minced herbs and delicately sliced fish were more common cuts in my kitchen, Mac might take the crown.
It's well-balanced, and feels closest in profile to Global: it's not heavy and thick-spined like the Author, and so had more trouble with the butternut squash and pineapple; and it's not quite as razor-sharp as the Mac. Artisan Revere offers an excellent product for a price that will be hard to swallow for most customers.
I just can't recommend that home cooks buy a chef's knife that costs $300 more than comparable products, except as a luxury item. David Olkovetsky, founder and CEO of Artisan Revere, told me over email that the reasons for the price tag are manifold: most importantly, the high-quality steel blade is made with more environmentally friendly methods, and the so-called “super steel” will retain its edge better than competitors.
The $50, which seems like a natural winner given its reasonable price tag and similar design to the more expensive Author classic, really disappointed me. It's another workhorse of a knife, but its butt is heavier than it should be, so heavy prep gets tiring, and mincing feels awkward.
Finally,'s knife was the worst of the bunch: It is so poorly balanced, in fact, that I stopped the chicken test midway through for fear of cutting myself. That makes almost every type of prep, from slicing and dicing to mincing and chicken boning, feel awkward at best and dangerous at worst.
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 most reliable sources for quality knives has long been thought to be either Germany or Japan, but the difference in price has been substantial.
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 blades, for example, are made from 440A High-Carbon Stainless Steel while the handles are comprised of highly engineered thermo-resin material that feels very good in the hand.
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.
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.
Slicing your favorite holiday meats such as Thanksgiving turkey, succulent pork loin, or decadent prime rib are also easy tasks for this legendary knife. 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.
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 whole incredible set of starter knives is beautifully boxed and securely locked in place. 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. The Virginia Boys Kitchens 8 Inch Chef Knife has an almost Nordic design.
If you spend a lot of money on new knives, you want to keep them in good conditional as long as possible. Hand washing prevents unnecessary microscopic dings on the cutting edge of the blades, prolonging the sharpness of your knives.
I've chopped, cut, sliced, and diced countless ingredients (vegetables, fruits, meats, tofu) of different thicknesses and textures with ease. Constructed of high-carbon stainless steel, the knife's blade has a slightly rounded belly for efficiently rocking it back and forth while cutting.
It can be used it to slice tomatoes, chop onions, deb one a chicken, and even shred basil into fine ribbons. Amazon Made in Spain, Heckles International Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife has a blade of stainless steel that's honed for sharpness and precise cutting.
Testers at Food & Wine found that like the Author Classic 8-inch Cook's Knife, Henkel's International Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife slightly bruised basil leaves when slicing them, but successfully cubed butternut squash and cut through a chicken's breastbone. As a runner-up, and a slightly more affordable option, we also recommend Victorinox Fibrous knives.
They're a little lighter in weight, which some people might not like, but they're every bit as good and found in commercial kitchens the world over. Amazon With its 3.25-inch-long blade, this Swiss-made stamped knife can handle jobs ranging from peeling or seeding fruit to slicing onions to mincing garlic.
In terms of performance, though, the Victorinox Fibrous 3.25-inch Straight Paring Knife more than pulls its weight. Commending its control and versatility, Wire cutter reported that this knife excelled in hulling strawberries with one smooth, circular action as well slipping beneath a shrimp shell for efficient peeling and detaining.
The Victorinox Swiss Army 3.25-inch Straight Paring Knife is machine washable. Good Housekeeping ran it through repeated dishwashing cycles and found only one small speck of rust.
Even if this paring knife gets a bit worn after going through the dishwasher many times, it's very inexpensive to replace. The blade's core is made of Shun's proprietary advanced steel that's hardened by additional carbon, cobalt, chromium, and tungsten.
This core is wrapped with multiple layers of Damascus stainless steel-clad to resist wear and corrosion as well as retain an extremely sharp edge. Weighing 6.4 ounces, this Japanese knife is lighter than some Western utility knives.
The D-shaped handle is made of smooth Lakewood, an engineered wood/plastic composite material that's dense, water-resistant, and warp-resistant. I use my utility knife for trimming broccoli, slicing onions, cutting sandwiches, and other “medium-size” jobs.
It's used for chopping, cubing, slicing, and dicing vegetables, meats, and other ingredients, especially in volume. With its 4-to-7-inch-long blade, the utility knife is really designed for carving, but it's still large enough to slice moderate volumes of ingredients and small enough to cut with precision.
Protect the blades and store the knives on a magnetic strip or in a slotted drawer insert, a chef's knife roll, or freestanding block. When transporting and/or storing individual knives, a knife sheath or blade guard works well.
Good Housekeeping noted that, regardless of manufacturer directions, hand washing and drying maintains the sharpness of a knife blade longer than running it through the dishwasher. Manual sharpeners don't work as well and whetstones required someone trained to use them (and not mess up your knife).
Owen Burke/Business Insider Dexter-Russell and Victorinox Fibrous Pro : Both of these brands are some of the most popular basic stock items in commercial kitchens the world over. The weight is often the only thing holding them back when it comes to most people's concerns about performance, but you can't beat the price, and you can trust these brands and their knives as much as any.
Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. A great set of knives is essential for your kitchen, whether you’re regularly mincing up a Firefox or simply carving a grocery store rotisserie chicken for serving.
Sharp, easy-to-hold knives make chopping and slicing easier and safer, and can allow you to have greater control when dealing with more intricate cuts. Knives can be quite a personal choice since they vary greatly in material and maintenance requirements.
The blades are made from high-carbon stainless steel and have rubber and metal handles that are designed for style, and as our tester revealed, have a “very comfortable grip.” The knife edge is not only super-sharp, but it’s designed to be easy to re-sharpen when necessary, so you never need to worry about a dull blade.
The included black knife block holds all the components and adds to the modern look of the set. This colorful, affordable set from Cuisinart includes six knives and six matching sheaths, so you can tuck the knives into a drawer without worrying about damaging the blades or stabbing yourself when you reach in the drawer for a peeler.
Our reviewer chopped, sliced, and diced and found this set “offers plenty of utility and sharp cutting ability without breaking the bank.” Since these are so inexpensive, they’re also great for taking along to picnics or potlucks, for a college kid’s apartment, or for the vacation cabin or RV.
“Each piece is lightweight, comfortable, and safe to grip thanks to the thoughtfully designed contouring on the handle.” First, it’s inexpensive to purchase, and second, you won’t need to buy a knife sharpener to maintain the knives.
The bolster adds to the balance, making these knives easy to work with for long periods of time. The blades are made from high carbon German steel that resists stains and rust and the taper-ground edge stays sharp and is easy to re-sharpen, when necessary.
Even better, the slim knife block will be easy to find room for, even in a small kitchen. If you feel that you need a specialty knife, you’ll have no trouble finding one to match this set.
The blades are high carbon stainless steel with a forged full tang and a bolster. The handle material is a dense synthetic that resists fading, so these knives will look good for years.
The included knife block is available in multiple colors to perfectly fit your kitchen decor. Good to Nowhere are seven main types of kitchen knives : chef's (or French), Santos, serrated, paring, boning, utility, and cleaver.
They also tend to protect foods like apples or lettuce from browning after cutting. This four-piece set included the knives you’ll use most often and comes with a knife block to keep them safe when not in use.
The knives in this set have black handles and white blades, but two other color options are also available. Because ceramic blades are brittle, these should not be used for prying around bones, for cutting frozen or super-hard foods, or for aggressive chopping.
Final Verdict Donna Carrie is a cookbook author, food writer, and product tester. She loves kitchen gadgets and has personally tested all types of kitchen knives and knife sets for The Spruce Eats.
However, if you don’t have any decent knives at all, it might be your best option to buy a complete set so you get everything you need at the best price. Consider where you are going to keep the knives and how much space you have; knife blocks are a convenient way to store your knives on your counter, but if you’re short of counter space, it’s a good idea to make sure that the knives and block will fit into a convenient cabinet for easy retrieval.
If you’re really short on space, you might prefer the sheath storage so you can place the knives in a drawer. We spent over 50 hours researching and testing 20 different knife sets and found that construction quality, tang style, and brand reputation were most important.
The Chicago Cutlery Knife Set scored high marks in all categories and is our top pick, hands down. There are 18 pieces in this useful and attractive set which provided us with a knife for every kitchen task imaginable.
We loved the professional grade, high carbon steel blades that each knife has and the taper grind edges that made cutting super easy, as well as making sharpening a breeze. The information in this kitchen knife set review will help you identify what makes a great kitchen knife and help you narrow down the choices from the dozens of different kinds that are on the market today.
You don’t have to be a professional chef to need a good kitchen knife set. Our goal is to educate consumers on what makes a quality kitchen knife set and how to decide which one is the right one for you.
Each knife has the Exclusive Taper Grind edge technology giving the user superior sharpness and precision when cutting. These harder blades resist problems such as rust, pitting and stains, so they’ll keep their beautiful look for years to come.
“Every time we use the steak knives with guests they are amazed at the sharpness of the blade. Heckles International Forged Premix 18 PC Block set.
Get added strength and balance with the full tang that extends the entire length of each knife. The satin finish stainless steel blades are long-lasting and resist rusting and pitting and provide the user with precision cutting and slicing that is hard to beat. This set looks as great as it works and it makes a beautiful gift for a newly married couple.
Best Budget Kitchen Knife Set The Lifetime Warranty that Cuisinart offers on this Steel Hollow Handle Block Set should say it all about the high quality and durability of this set. Made of high quality carbon stainless steel users will enjoy the accuracy and precision these knives provide. Summary of Our Top Jackknives are one of the most often used and important pieces of kitchen equipment you can own.
Purchasing the right kitchen knife set is more important than many consumers realize. You can get inexpensive knife sets anywhere, but what most find is that they don’t do a good job of cutting and slicing the food; they simply mash it or tear through it.
Having the right set of knives will make those cutting jobs easy and even more enjoyable. Many people don’t know how different it feels to use a high quality knife until they use it and compare it with their current one.
This buyer’s guide will provide you with all the information you need to understand what the different knives do as well as what makes one better than another. With this information, you can shop with pleasure and know that the set you purchase is an investment and you’ll have it a long time.
The bolster adds weight, stability and balance during use and it is the thickest part of the blade. This goes along with the bolster and is part of it, keeping the user’s fingers from slipping onto the blade and helps them avoid getting cut.
Some knives have a full tang which means this part runs all the way to the end of the handle. The knives that have a full tang are much stronger than those that don’t and this can also prevent the blade from breaking.
The handles of knives can be made from wood, stainless steel, plastic and even fancier materials such as marble, and ivory. In general the more comfortable a knife handle is to hold, the more control over the cutting the user will have.
This is an indentation or catch on the end of the handle that gives users a more secure grip and keeps the hand from slipping even when they’re wet from working in the kitchen. Sometimes there may be a ring attached there to hang larger knives but most don’t have anything and are kept in knife bags or blocks.
How a knife blade is made will determine a lot of things from the ease of use to sharpness to longevity. We’ve outlined the common materials that knife blades are made of so you will know what to expect from them.
High carbon stainless steel is resistant to rust and stains and provides the user with a lot of strength and knife hardness making it a great choice for tougher jobs. Having a comfortable handle that is easy to hold and feels good in your hand affects the way you cut and control the knife.
The drawback to plastic knives is that they can become extremely slippery when being used and can be too light for good balance. It is considered the top choice among many chefs due to their attractive appearance, ease of care, and the weighted, easy grip they provide the user.
The weight is much greater on a stainless steel handled knife which can affect balance but many cooks swear by them. Because stainless steel can become slippery when it’s wet, many knife manufacturers add indentations and ridges to increase grip during use.
Wooden handles can crack and wrap when they are exposed to water repeatedly, even if they are not soaked in the sink. They require special cleaning and treatment that many cooks don’t have the time to provide.
A steel bar is heated to a very high temperature and then it is set into a die and hammered by hand to form the blade. There are sometimes as many as 50 different steps involved in a forged knife which adds to its expense.
There will always be a tang and bolster in a forged knife which adds weight and balance to it. They are less expensive but require a firmer grip and more pressure due to the lack of strength and weight.
It has a slightly curved blade that is perfect for most cooking tasks that include chopping and mincing. The hollow end of the Santos knife produces less friction which gives faster and more precise cutting results.
The cleaver is designed to cut through joints, bones and other tough areas and is usually used more like an axe than a knife in the motion. The heavier the cleaver is the less force you will need when performing these heavy-duty tasks.
The blade is thinner than that of the Chef’s knife and is great for carving needs such as turkey, ham and roasts. Pay attention to the grip of the knife and read what the description says about weight and balance.
Some have lifetime warranties that state they will never lose their sharpness, others have sharpening steels or other means of re-sharpening but initially they will hold their edge for a long time. These are all problems that can wreck a set of knives and make them more of a pain than a joy to use.
Taking care of your knives properly will ensure that they last a long time. Following the tips below will help keep your knives in excellent shape for decades to come.
Don’t leave the knives lying on the counter, in the dishwasher or in the sink. They have a block to store them in for a reason, which is to protect the blade and keep it from getting chipped or bent.
It also helps you maintain control of the knife and saves your counter tops from getting scratched and cut as well. Using a dull knife will frustrate you, can lead to injuries and can also mess up the food you’re trying to prepare.
When you have a great knife set and take pains to ensure it stays that way, your food prep time will be more efficient, safer and more enjoyable. The information in this buyer’s guide will help you choose the right set of knives that will fit your needs and enable you to work like the pros do.
Once you find a set you love, take care of it and it could very well be something you can have to pass on to your kids. Not only does it add a vital source of protein and nutrients, but it also automatically makes dinner special for my entire family.
I find that one of the best ways to do this is investing in high-quality tools, like a reliable vegetable and meat cleaver knife. As you’ll find, some cleavers are specially designed to cut through vegetables as well, making them much more versatile than you may expect.
Super heavy build may be intimidating for beginners Like any knife, requires regular sharpening This cleaver is ideal for soft meats and thick vegetables, like tough squash, BOK chop, and other root veggies.
$32.99 from Amazon This vegetable cleaver has a beautiful blade crafted out of Japanese Damascus steel. It’s 14 inches long, making it perfect for cutting through longer veggies like zucchini and squash.
$18.97 from Amazon This modest knife is crafted out of high-quality German steel and has a beautiful ergonomic wooden handle. The knife is pretty compact, with a blade size of 7” long, making for easy storage.
The waved top ridge blade design makes this cleaver great for cutting through bones. I love the high-quality carbon steel construction of this blade, and the comfy grip handle makes it super easy to use.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this blade has the sheer cutting power to match its good looks! With a sharp 7” blade, this knife makes a perfect vegetable cleaver for efficient all-purpose food prep.
The knife is infused with high-standard German steel and has a wooden curved grip handle for added comfort. Notably, this knife weighs less than half a pound making it extremely easy to maneuver.
I love that it’s made 100% stainless steel which is pretty impressive for such a modest price point. The grip handle is pretty well-balanced and the 10” blade is rust-resistant and dishwasher safe, though handwashing is always recommended.
Not suitable for thick meats Doesn’t come with a sheath, may have to seek out ulterior storage options $11.45 from Amazon This stunning knife comes in a lovely decorative golden box, making it a perfect gift for cooking enthusiasts.
While vegetable and meat cleavers can make your prep time more efficient, why not just invest in a high-quality all-purpose knife ? Well, for one thing, cleavers are generally heavier and wider than other knives giving them extra cutting power.
Meat cleavers in particular often have a jagged, Sawtooth edge on the top of the blade made specifically for cutting through bone. Cleavers are naturally more difficult to store than a traditional knife with their thick blade design and bulky appearance.
Moreover, the ultra-sharp nature of these blades makes it especially important to keep out of reach from small children or equipment that could potentially be damaged. While it doesn’t necessarily add extra function to the knife, it may make it easier to hang from your wall and hence separate it from your more all-purpose knives.
Most cleavers are crafted out of high-quality steel, making them prone to rust and cracking if not washed properly. Use a soft cloth, mild soap and warm water to clean the surface of the blade.
Moreover, ensure that you use hot water to kill off any harmful bacteria that may come from cutting meat. Be sure to consider the exact dimensions of your cleaver before looking for a knife block: Their wide blade size oftentimes makes them difficult to find suitable storage units for.
If you’re finding the process difficult, try to make included cleaver sheaths or storage units a priority. Not only will custom sheaths protect your other equipment in the long run, but they are catered specifically to the unique blade design of your new knife.
Rigged Sawtooth Top Blade: If you’re looking to get a cleaver specifically for heavy-duty meat cuts, you’ll want to make this a priority. Cleavers are made to be bulky for extra power, but that also makes them pretty difficult to store properly at times.
You should shoot to acquire a knife collection that is appropriately suited for your regular cooking routine, whatever that may be. Hopefully, this buying guide has made it a bit easier to find pieces of equipment best suited to your individual needs.
With a variety of thickness levels, hardness, and weights, you’re sure to find the perfect knife for you and your needs. From marbled rib eyes to ideal filet Mignon, each and every fine steak ought to get a knife which allows you encounter the flavor of the meat without a fight.
The tapered appearance assures that the knife will not catch on anything at all as you cut, thus pieces come out sleek and even, and due to the fact that you don’t want to push down hard to cut, juices remain in the meats to enhance the taste and consistency of your meal. This set comes along with six blades, so you may share a steak dinner together with buddies or provide a tasty meat-based meal to your whole family.
Designed in Germany, each blade is individually cut from a solitary piece of high-carbon steel with a laser to make sure a smooth structure that will hold up to regular use. The comfy and lightweight polypropylene grips are triple riveted for steadiness, and they are contoured, so they are simple to handle for longer periods of time which should be included in all steak knives.
Author has been making accurate knives for much more than 19 decades, and the company imprint is on every single knife to guarantee you of its high-quality origins. The set arrives with a limited lifetime warranty for peace of thoughts, and the individual knives ought to be hand washed to sustain their quality.
One amazing function of this high-quality J.A. Henckels international 8-piece steak knife set has is a micro-serrated edge that never ever requires sharpening. Each and every blade is forged from an individual piece of stain-resistant steel and has a full tang for nice weight and stability.
With these awesome features, this 8-piece knife set has proven that they are some of the finest steak knives. Heckles international 8-piece steak knives are made to avoid rust and are stated as dishwasher safe, hand washing is suggested for greatest care.
This knife set comes to the market with the lifetime limited manufacturer warranty which intensifies the bond between the customers and the company and it is a common feature of steak knives. RH Fischer by Victorinox is the knife of option for experts and regularly obtains higher awards in product testing.
A unique tempering procedure is utilized to generate an edge that can be resharpened over and over again, so the knife can maintain its initial sharpness all the way through the whole life of the blade. Despite the fact that cutlery steel is obviously sanitary, elements and design information of the handle decrease crevices what would offer hospitality to bacteria.
The Victorinox 48792 Cutlery 6-piece steak knife set comes with a lifetime warranty and hand washing is recommended as safety precautions. This high-quality carving set features stainless steel cutlery with blades that will not blemish or corrode simply.
The smooth steak knife set can be used for daily meals, and the knives cut via meats with ease. The carving set is designed from stainless steel and arrives in a gorgeous Rosewood Presentation Case, making an ideal surprise or antique item for family or mates.
Remembrance of the hand-forged blades of historic Japan, these attractive and modern Shun DMS400 classic 4-piece steak knives set is manufactured with a VG-MAX “super steel” core surrounded by thirty-three layered Damascus cladding which shields the core and offers blemish resistance. These sophisticated coteries are finished with D-shaped ebony Lakewood grips that are guaranteed to be an elegant match up for any table setting.