From chopping meat to dicing vegetables, a versatile chef’s knife is a must-have but it’s key that you find one that’s comfortable to use for extended periods of time. “They’re great for ‘rocker-style’ chopping and are typically heavier than their Japanese-style counterparts,” says Prescott, alluding to the Santos knife, which we cover below.
Author’s versatile high-carbon steel chef’s knife is a kitchen workhorse that will be indispensable for years to come with a sturdy, eight-inch blade. From the non-slip handle for easy maneuvering to the comfortable weight, this eight-inch chef’s knife is both practical and dependable.
Plus, the stainless steel blade has the convenience of being dishwasher safe for a low-maintenance option that still offers sharp precision. This lightweight Japanese chef’s knife is a favorite across kitchens with a two millimeters thick, eight- inch blade.
Made from steel, the stain-resistant, razor sharp blade features dimples for added ease when slicing through potentially sticky foods. “I have mostly Mac knives, the blade is excellent and sharp and the handle is a nice fit,” says ESO.
“Mac also uses rust-resistant Chrome Molybdenum Vanadium High-Carbon cutlery steel, with tungsten and I have never had issues of corrosion.” Used for a variety of tasks in the kitchen, from cutting meats to chopping nuts, a Santos blade typically ranges from five to eight inches long.
“It’s thinner and lighter to hold than a chef’s knife and allows for more refined slicing (and my personal preference in the kitchen).” With an ebony Lakewood handle and Damascus steel-clad, hand-sharpened blade, this Japanese knife is equally beautiful and durable.
Victorinox’s Fibrous Pro Santos knife delivers an agile stainless steel blade at a pleasing price point. This seven-inch knife nails the essential slicing, dicing, mincing and offers the added ease of being dish-washer safe.
“I’ve absolutely fallen in love with knives from Japanese rock star blacksmith Shout Takeda,” he says. This serrated knife has small teeth along the blade to help cut through hard crusts without crushing the bread, explains Photo.
From the water-resistant composite wood handle to the sophisticated serration, this knife is for more than just cutting bread and will slice through tomatoes, melons and other delicate foods without crushing them. The straight blades typically range from two to four inches and are ideal for more delicate slicing, detaining shrimp, trimming and cutting fruit into different shapes.
“It’s a small knife tailor-made for the finer, more finesse-required jobs in the kitchen that require a more delicate touch like hulling strawberries,” adds Prescott. With options in length and straight or serrated blade, these multi-purpose knives are ideal for intricate cutting and peeling.
At 3.5 inches, Jack Natures’ Rain Series paring knife is an upscale Japanese option. From the deep red wood handle to the Damascus steel hand-sharpened blade, this beautiful knife makes an elegant first impression.
Reviewers are particularly taken with the handle, which they describe as “comfortable” and “ergonomic,” as well as the incredibly sharp, 12-inch blade. Two years ago, celebrity chef Sean Brock shared a photo of a truly stunning chef’s knife on his Instagram “entirely handcrafted from reclaimed materials found in the mountains of East Tennessee.” Its stainless steel blade was forged from a “100+ year old 1095 high carbon sawmill blade” while the dark wood handle was carved from “some old growth cocoon.” The knife was custom-made by John Phillips, who sells the knives one by one to his newsletter subscribers.
It’s damn near impossible to cop one of these beauties, but if you manage to, it’ll become an instant family heirloom. Michelin-starred chefs Elise Knack and Anna Hieronymus recently told us Shun is “one of our favorite knife brands.” And with a lifetime guarantee and a blade that stays sharp longer than it has any right to, it’ll be one of yours, too.
Risen was one of the earliest entrants into the fast-growing contingent of direct-to-consumer cookware brands, starting out as a Kickstarter launched in 2014. In 2018, writer Parthia Rosin penned a convincing ode to the Honcho Kobe, or Long Chef’s Knife, a Japanese-made chef’s knife handcrafted in the seaside town of Banjo and available at L.A.-based Japanese home goods store The Good Liver.
Rosin writes that she was immediately taken with the wood handle, which is “meticulously worked through a char coaling process that ensures its water resistant and antibacterial” as well as the blade made with two types of steel for added structural integrity. “It’s so you learn the technique of holding the knife.” It also comes with a finger guard, which is perfect for amateur chefs in first, second, or third grade.
Lightweight Japanese-style knives may be the blades du jour, but if you want a knife with some serious heft, one that can take a beating, go for the 11.1 ounce Author. “I prefer the weight and thickness of the blade of this heavier knife,” says James Beard–nominated pastry chef Shannon Swindle.
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).
It covers options at every price point, and it also clarifies which knives are essential and which ones you can cook without. Tojo's sub-$100 auto offers full-tang VG10 stainless steel tempered and cut to a thin, violently sharp edge that lasts.
Dimples on the blade could be left off; no real help to split vegetables or otherwise Higher carbon content than most knives of this level; can rust if not dried quickly after washing A sharp-enough blade, a comfy handle and its generally smart ergonomic build make it stand out in a sea of really cheap knives.
Different budgets, grip styles and aesthetic tastes, not to mention a dozen other micro-decisions, all determine which knife is best for the task at hand. This guide aims to identify which kitchen knives are most useful, and hopefully, it helps you divorce from overpriced, unnecessarily bulky knife block sets.
Knife emporium ChefsKnivestoGo describes Tojo’s DP series as “the gateway into the world of high-end Japanese cutlery.” Simply put, you will be hard-pressed to find a blade that’s made better than this one for under $100. Mac makes a number of more affordable blades, but its Pro series is when the brand starts to become superlative.
Made with a proprietary very high carbon stainless steel, the blade is thin, ultra-sharp, dimpled and, oddly enough, quite heavy. It also has dimples to support food release, a sturdy bolster and it’s stain- and rust-resistant (we still wouldn’t put it in the dishwasher).
It’s one of very few Japanese knives that successfully implements these kinds of Western design cues. The trick to buying a truly affordable chef’s knife is basically just finding a product with the least number of negatives.
Ultimately, Victorinox’s ultra-cheap 8-inch chef’s knife won out, though it is liable to blade chipping and isn’t the most comfortable to use. But for the price of two movie tickets, there isn’t a knife that performs this well or is as widely available (you can find them in most home goods sections).
Also, the handle isn’t as aggressively “ergonomic” as many others in this category, making it a bit easier to switch between knife grips. The category of Western-style chef’s knife is very, very large, but after testing two dozen of them, Willing’s 8-inch takes the cake.
After months of testing, the blade didn’t chip or show signs of dulling in any way. The Willing knife’s bolster fades into the blade less dramatically than the Author which, when using a pinch grip, was a lot more comfortable.
The design is both Japanese (the blade is very light and very thin) and anti-Japanese (its balance isn’t pushed toward the cutting end and the whole thing is one piece; most Japanese-style knives taper into a wooden handle). This means it has the nice slicing properties you’d expect from a great Japanese knife, but in a much more durable, familiar package.
Its stainless steel makeup (exact properties are proprietary) resists staining or corrosion and remains wicked sharp during use. In testing, we tried comparably-priced MAC knives ($95) and a few other more premium options, but only Tojo’s Good Design Award-winning knife ($68) balanced the features of a typical Japanese knife with lower maintenance, reasonable prices, edge retention and smart design quite like Global’s G-2.
What makes its kitchen knives great is a combination of simple design choices (the handles are never too aggressive on the ergonomics end), solid materials and a level of mass availability that’s absent from other companies making good knives (you can find Victorinox in loads of brick-and-mortar stores and everywhere online). The German company is easily one of the most consistent makers of high-quality knives, and it does so at pretty much every price point.
With solid materials, classic designs, widespread availability and a very long legacy, the knives from Willing Group’s biggest cutlery line, J.A. Forged: The process in which a blade smith, or machine, pounds a block of steel into the shape of a knife.
Carbon steel knives are notoriously sharp because of their strength, but also hard to sharpen. Japanese knives use a wooden Wei handle, which emphasize the blade-forward balance.
Honing essentially pushes back the cutting edge into shape after being bent out of wack from constant use. Japanese knives tend to be thinner, sharper and harder to maintain than their German counterparts.
Japanese knives can be singular in their uses, and at the cost of having a sharper blade is the greater attention required for maintenance and care. These two things combined make for an easy purchasing decision: buy cheap.
This knife from Fritz, an old name in knife making that’s recently released a line of products aimed at the commercial kitchen, makes for an ideal bread butchering tool. Knives like these, which are predominantly used for foods with firm exteriors and reasonably soft interiors, need to carve through foods without destroying what lies on the inside (à la tomatoes or oranges), so better steel and engineering is the better long-run choice.
We also tried Willing’s ($70) similarly priced option but found the added weight and slightly lower cost of Author’s to better it in most ways. There are a lot of great slicers out there (also called carving knives), and unless you frequently cook whole birds, roasts or other large cuts of meat, you can get away with using your chef’s knife on the off-chance you do go that route one night.
The slicer is a long, narrow blade that’s slightly flexible, meant for penetrating and divvying up those larger pieces of meat and separating them from bone and other tendons. Our pick, Victorinox’s 12-inch slicer is just that, and it provides a nice, no BS grip for putting some muscle to get through tougher meats.
Unless you’re buying your cheese by the wheel, and bless you for that, you really don’t need one (just use a paring knife to break down blocks). But, if you must have one, you may as well get something your other knives would have a hard time accomplishing, like creating a slice of cheese with some degree of uniformity and elegance.
Oyster knives are almost all the same in that most have a bent tip blade for prying the creature open and some stubby handle to apply force. You could buy pretty much any decent oyster knife under $10 and be happy, but we prefer Ox’s version with the company’s Good Grip handle.
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The Sabra Elite Active 85t are sports-focused headphones with noise-canceling technology and great sound quality for listening to music and taking calls. 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.
To help you avoid the many low-quality choices, we've tested and researched the best knives for cutting meat and whittled down the list to our top 10 picks. The Swiss Army Grafton Edge is a solid representation of this history and is well-used by top professional chefs worldwide.
This NSF-certified knife has a 12-inch high-carbon stainless steel sharpened for precision slicing and easy carving. Another feature that makes using the knife easier are the air pockets lining both sides.
This sharp butcher knife is for slicing through many tough materials such as fat, cartilage, and flesh. The high-quality blade of this NSF-certified butcher knife is well-curved at the end to make more leverage with air pockets along both sides.
These two different factors combine to help you breakthrough pieces of meat in one sharp slice without getting stuck at the end and having to saw. The blade of this product is forged from top high-carbon German steel and is full tang with quality triple-riveted fastenings.
Pros Imported black Lakewood handle Curved metal for added leverage Used by professional chefs 100% money-back guarantee The blade is shaped from durable stainless steel with a Fibrous handle to prevent the boning knife from sliding when used in different ways.
This quality kitchen boning knife has a curved edge to make better leverage at different angles, so you don't get stuck when defining and trimming large meats. The product has a comfortable non-slip design balanced to make cutting through different meats a smoother process in the kitchen.
The blade is continuous with triple-riveted fastenings to ensure the knife remains sturdy even under heavy use. This blade is 11 inches long in size, making this the best knife for cutting through large slabs of meat.
It's the right chef's knife for different jobs like cutting steaks and poultry and slicing, dicing, mincing, and chopping food. The blade is made from a single block of high-carbon stainless steel and has several nice features for an 8-inch size slicing multi-purpose knife, including a sturdy bolster.
The Jerky Professional is the most affordable all-purpose chef's knife for cutting meat on the list. The knife edges are created with air pockets for frictionless cutting of food.
Pros More affordable than some slicing knives Ergonomically designed Hollow ground for frictionless cutting Thick 12-inch stainless steel If you are cutting meat regularly, you want to make sure you find a cleaver in your cooking tool kit.
This sharp knife comes with a convenient 7-inch blade size and has a structured grip design for quickly chopping through raw meat. The total weight is 14.01 ounces making it the right knife to slice through tough meats without getting stuck.
You'll find the knife to have hollow areas on both sides of the blade to reduce friction when cutting through tough meats and other meat-like textures. The 12-inch Message knife is used best for cutting up thick meats such as roasts, briskets, hams, and lamb legs.
For people who love cooking meat every day, you'll find this as an excellent choice to add to your kitchen utility knives. This BPA-free knife is made from Japanese etched carbon material with a handle crafted from Lakewood.
Pros Heat and cold resistant handle Rustproof design Precision-forged blade for enhanced sharpness Affordable compared to some knife products Some of the best handle types for meat knives are stainless steel, wood, Lakewood, and bone because it must be strong, slip-resistant, and ergonomic.
The best knife for cutting meat will have a grip that you can comfortably fit your hand around and can protect your fingers when using it. Plastic, wood, and silicone are generally more comfortable chef's knives elements as they are more forgiving than steel.
Weight plays an essential factor when cleaving meat and slicing through thicker cuts such as poultry and roast. Knives used for more delicate cuts of meat such as fish, the blade and handle should be evenly balanced throughout (1).
When looking for a chef's knife, we recommend using a stainless steel blade as it provides the best quality to price ratio and will last for a longer time than many other materials. A carving knife has a long thin edge that ends in an even-sized and rounded tip.
Grafton blade Santos knives are good for cutting meat that is boneless such as chicken, beef, pork, or fish. Based on our extensive research, the best knife for cutting meat is the Victorinox Swiss Army Grafton Edge Blade.
This pan’s depth gives it multipurpose functionality: It cooks standard frying-pan foods like eggs and meats, and its 2.5-inch sides are tall enough to prepare recipes you’d usually reserve for pots, like rices and stews. Unlike many nonstick pans, this one is free of materials that may pose long-term health risks, including Pas, FOA, lead and cadmium.
The Held 10-Inch Hybrid Pan feels fancy (and yes, it’s pricey as well), but it’s also a sturdy piece of cookware that blew the competition out of the kitchen during every one of our tests: Food slid off easily, it was a breeze to clean and heat was evenly distributed while cooking. With 1,800 watts of motor power, the Seville Super Q features a slew of preset buttons, comes in multiple colors, includes key accessories and is touted for being quieter than other models.
We concede that $630 seems like an extreme amount of money to spend on a blender, but as a luxury option, the Vitamin Venturis V1200, with its whopping 10-year warranty and plethora of functional, durable and just plain cool features, simply rose to the top in every test performed. Besides doing an admirable job at blending up creamy soups and smoothies, it comes with a number of presets, as well as low, medium and high manual settings.
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. 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.
Because knowing how to properly maintain and store knives is just as important as the knife itself, I've also included our favorite sharpeners, honing steels, and accessories. The ultimate multipurpose blade, it can do just about anything that needs to be done, whether you're chopping an onion or carving a roast.
We recommend trying out a few if you can, since, like a wand in Harry Potter, a knife is only as good as how it feels in your hand. First, Santos tend to have shorter, more compact blades (about six to seven inches) that are flatter than that of a traditional Western chef's knife.
For a helpful visual guide to all those blade styles, head on over to our Santos knife review. But if you want specific recommendations, we did identify three winners in our review, all at different price points, all of them capable of effortlessly filleting fish and breaking down chicken.
Daniel's favorite affordable paring knife is the Author Pro. If you want to spend more and own something a bit different, he suggests choosing a Japanese upgrade, like this Tojo DP 3.5-inch paring knife.
While slicing and carving knives aren't a necessity, they're really handy to have around during the holiday season, when you're serving up big roasts for a crowd. Thinner and longer than typical chef's knives, they'll slide right through that family-sized turkey without any mess.
A carving knife has a long, narrow blade that comes to a sharp point; it's especially useful for cutting in and around cartilage and bones. I think we can all agree that meat that's been sawn, with all that glorious juice dripping out onto the cutting board, is the lump of coal of the food world.
Because the handle flattens out and widens toward the base, it tucks pretty well under your fingers, and the angled bolster makes it simple to grasp the blade for better control. By running your knife along the ridges of a honing steel, you'll buff out those microscopic dents that can throw your blade out of alignment.
Now when you see chefs on cooking shows honing their knives, you can at least know why they're doing it (though how they can do it so fast is still beyond me). While the technique may take you a few tries, using a whetstone is by far the best way to get your knife sharpened, and it's more affordable than sending out your knives to a professional.
(We also don't recommend using electric knife sharpeners; they simply remove too much material at one time and degrade your knives faster than necessary.) I personally prefer to hang them on a magnetic knife rack, which saves precious counter space and creates some nice wall decor for the kitchen at the same time.
See more: the Best chef’s knives : master the art of chopping, filleting and dicing with these professional picks Founded in Germany more than 200 years ago, Author has proven itself to be not only one of the oldest but one of the best knife makers in the business due to its strict quality standards and long-lasting blades.
As is often the case with Japanese brands, this knife is light in the hand for repetitive chopping tasks, while its wooden handle is comfortable (and heavy enough) to hold. Additionally, the thin blade is supreme for delicate slicing; however, you might find you prefer something with a bit more heft for heavy-duty tasking (such as cutting through a bone).
This razor-sharp yet sturdy blade will withstand years of use, with just some regular sharpening required. It’s, therefore, a safer and more usable choice for prepping smaller items and more intricate tasks, such as mincing garlic, peeling fruit and vegetables, or scraping seeds out of a vanilla or chili pod.
This paring knife is forged from a single piece of steel, and with its signature dimple pattern on the hollow handle, you get a comfortable, slip-resistant grip with exceptional balance and control. The Global blade is thin, ultra-sharp, and lightweight, making it ideal for repetitive tasks to avoid hand strain of any sort.
Tojo has earned a reputation for providing fantastic, great-value Japanese kitchen knives. The long, serrated blade of this bread knife is designed to stay sharp on its own, so you don’t need to worry about maintaining it.
The Japanese-made Shun Utility Classic model is sharp, smooth, and precise, so it is ideal whether you want to chop, peel or slice, or cut up larger (or harder) fruit and vegetables. This is narrow, sloping blade will serve you well in the kitchen whether peeling and slicing some red onion for a salad or halving some cherry tomatoes.
The slightly curved belly of the blade also lets you apply some moderate rocking cuts. The handle is D-shaped Pakka-Wood, while the blade is made from attractive Damascus stainless steel, which retains its sharpness.
This knife will also work wonders when slicing bread, peeling or cutting large fruits and vegetables, or even layering cakes. Its endless versatility is one of the main reasons why the higher price-point is worth every single penny.
Reasons to avoid -Not the most attractive knife due to plastic handle A Santos knife isn’t essential for your kitchen collection, but it’s one to invest in if you’re a fan of home-made sushi.
The tapered blade of the Mercer Culinary Genesis Forged Santos Knife is designed for very precise cutting to get extremely thin slices of meat, seafood, cheese, fruit, or vegetables. Even though it’s more of a niche model than the others covered here, its ease of use will help even the knife novice feel like they’re slicing and cutting like a professional.
The Neoprene handle looks a bit cheap but offers superior comfort and a non-slip grip, so you can feel safe using this model even with wet hands. Mercer has built up a reputation for top-quality products at great value prices, and the Culinary Genesis Forged Santos Knife certainly fits into this category.
The sharpness of the blade and comfort of the handle are two key areas to focus on, as this will give you insight into a knife’s ability to excel at its core job and how easy and pleasant it will be to use. The Rockwell rating will provide a proper indication of the quality of the blade.
You should explore the weight and feel of the knife, and whether it’s suited to the task you have in mind, and also whether you prefer something lightweight or with a bit of heft. Japanese knives are typically thinner, designed for intricate slicing, and sharper; the harder steel can mean that they can break on hard objects, such as bones.