Today, we tell you which the best chef’s knife is, the most sought-after brands, features that make each piece tick, and most importantly what choosing one knife over the other means for your cooking experience. But before then, we’ll start by answering this all-important question – what makes a perfect kitchen knife?
Well, a top chef’s knife ought to have the correct weight. The last thing that you want is a knife that’s too heavy to allow you to mince parsley or slice winter squash. The balance has to be on point too. In other words, the handle should feel comfortable in your palm. The more balanced your knife is, the firmer the grip it provides.
Consider the size. Most chefs’ knives have a blade measuring 8 inches. You may choose one with a shorter blade if you’re after agility. A longer blade, say 10 inches, may look bulky not to mention that it carries unnecessary additional weight. Of course, the blade’s construction materials have to promise months upon months of use.
With that out of the way, here is a rundown of the best chef’s knives for the money.
- Kutt Chef Knife
- Utopia Kitchen Multipurpose Chef Knife
- Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife
- IDEELAND Professional Kitchen Knife
- J.A. Henckels International CLASSIC Knife
- Wusthof Classic Chef’s Knife
- DALSTRONG Gladiator Series Chef Knife
- ZELITE INFINITY Chef Knife
- Kuma Japanese Damascus Chef Knife
- Shun Premier Chef’s Knife
Kutt Chef Knife
Chop like a master chef with this ultra-sharp knife by Kutt. One of the most versatile knives in this collection, it can take virtually any cutting task in your kitchen from slicing bread, fillet, fish, or veggies. You can use it to prepare Thai, Chinese, French, Asian or Italian cuisine. Now, that’s a knife you’d love to own, right?
The Kutt’s comfort is on another level too. Its combination of exceptional balance, pakka wood handle, and a light body allow you to chop for long without operational fatigue. With this kind of usability, it makes a brilliant fit for a busy restaurant, eatery or kitchen. The FDA-approved German stainless steel blade is not only durable but also rust resistant. Plus, the edge retains sharpens for months, further guaranteeing you of reliability.
While the Kutt is a stellar kitchen knife, it is essential to note that its blade tends to retain odors. So be sure to clean it with a deodorizing soap more so when you cut food items such as garlic, onion or fish.
Utopia Kitchen Multipurpose Chef Knife
Who said that the best chef’s knife has to somersault past your budget? Not Utopia Kitchen! One of the most affordable knives in this roundup, this one is an excellent choice if you don’t have lots of cash to spend. It features a brand exclusive ABS+430 handle for a comfortable grip and effortless maneuvering. The blade measures a mere 2.5 mm in thickness for smooth, seamless cuts.
Despite its affordability, the Utopia Kitchen has an inventive design for consistency. You can trust the stainless steel blade to maintain your knife’s usefulness even with extended usage. All you have to do is to sharpen it accordingly.
What’s more? This knife is dishwasher safe. In essence, this means that cleaning it is a breeze. Word of caution though – always wear protective gloves if you have to dip your hands in the dishwasher. Whenever possible, rinse your knife with warm water and a cloth to avoid unnecessary injuries.
Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife
Numbers don’t lie! The Victorinox has found love among thousands of cooking enthusiasts, and for some very good reasons. Those who’ve used this knife hail it’s ergonomic, non-slip, textured handle, designed to reduce wrist tension while giving you a comfortable grip, irrespective of the size of your hand. Besides, the textured handle enables you to use your knife even when wet or greasy which translates to precise cuts.
The one thing that makes the Victorinox stand out against competition is the stellar performance. Its European steel blade can slice onions, crush garlic, chop herbs and shred cabbage, making it the to-go-to knife whether you’re a beginner or experienced cook.
At 0.55 lb, the Victorinox is super light, providing the handiness and maneuverability you need to complete small and large tasks quickly. In the meantime, the blade’s sloping curve combines with the flat spine to reduce pressure on your palm when cutting through hard-skinned items such as butternut squash or acorn.
IDEELAND Professional Kitchen Knife
This chef’s knife by IDEELAND is as elegant as they come and would indeed make an appealing addition to your kitchen. With the incredible aesthetics comes a five-star performance to match. The IDEELAND features a 440 C, razor-sharp blade to cut through your food items with ease. The sharpness, by extension, ensures that food doesn’t stick to the edge. Moreover, the 18% chrome used to reinforce the blade makes it a great pick for heavy duty tasks.
The five-inch wood handle reduces numbness from continuous use while the edge retention minimizes the number of times that you have to re-sharpen, thus increasing your knife’s durability. The IDEELAND uses FDA approved stainless steel, just like our top pick but with higher carbon content. The unique build makes this knife two times stronger and sturdy when pitted against other knives in its class.
Other notable highlights include balanced weight and anti-tarnish blade. You may also want to know that the IDEELAND’s package comes with a deodorizing soap bar. That way, it is ready to use right out of the box!
J.A. Henckels International CLASSIC Knife
Even though the choice of one knife over the other is somewhat a personal preference, there’s every reason to presume that this one by J.A. Henckels is one of the most universally attractive knives on the market. So, if you want to spruce up your kitchen’s countertop, you’ve just found the right pick!
Other than the looks, the CLASSIC is a workhorse that can accomplish a variety of tasks from dicing to mincing, slicing, and chopping. The sharp, German stainless steel blade is the feature behind this knife’s iconic usability and performance.
Unlike most knives that we’ve reviewed so far, this one has a fully-forged design (seamless transition from the blade to handle), giving you an operational balance that equates to the traditional triple-rivet handle. For those who may be concerned, the J.A. Henckels is dishwasher safe, complete with a satin finished blade for long-lasting sharpness. One more thing; it comes in 6, 8, and 10 inches blades to cater for all of your cutting needs.
Wusthof Classic Chef’s Knife
Ushering in our second half of the best chef’s knife is this piece by the renowned German brand Wusthof. It features a full tang design, backed by a high-carbon stainless steel blade for all-purpose use. While this knife can handle simple, day to day chopping, dicing or shredding tasks, the heavy edge also makes it ideal for cutting thicker food items. It is essential to note that the blade requires regular sharpening to keep performance at its peak.
The Wusthof also uses the patented precise edge technology to give a 20% sharper blade with longer edge retention. The riveted polymer handle is not only durable but also seamless for an utterly hygienic fit. Fans hail the knife’s high handle clearance that helps prevent injuries. In fact, this is one of the few pieces on the market with a finger guard for safety, control, and comfort.
While the Wusthof may not be one of the cheapest chef knives out there, its durability and outstanding cutting prowess justify the hefty price tag. The hardness of its blade stands at 58 degrees Rockwell, which is quite impressive for a kitchen knife.
DALSTRONG Gladiator Series Chef Knife
The DALSTRONG is ah-mazing! One of the highly rated cooking knives on the market, it is near perfect if the love and praise from users are anything to go by. Everything about it from the design to the usability brings out the feel of a well-thought-out piece of cutlery. The blade is remarkably sharp, water resistant with a Rockwell rating of 55 degrees.
The edge is meticulously shaped to provide a striking balance between the endurance and sharpness. Meanwhile, you can count on the knife’s tall height to give you the knuckle clearance you need for quick chopping and food preparation.
The DALSTRONG’s handle has a beautiful, polished satin finish, complete with contours for a comfortable grip. We couldn’t help but notice the oval-shaped hollow divots dotted on either side of the blade. The divots help reduce suction and create air pockets, giving way for quick, frictionless chopping. We also bet that you’ll love the full tang and the protective fingers bolster that combine to bring forth quality and robustness to an already outstanding knife.
ZELITE INFINITY Chef Knife
The makers of this knife know their trade! It is for anyone who’s after value and pitch-perfect performance in the kitchen every day. The ZELITE comes with a rare, tapered bolster for perfect control and total balance. It is stylish, razor sharp and with minimal cutting resistance. With such characteristics, this knife would indeed make an excellent gift for any professional or home cook.
The ZELITE’s quality is legendary. It has a ThyssenKrupp high carbon stainless steel blade for top consistency. And because the blade is rust, corrosion and stain resistant, maintaining your knife shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Your comfort is well taken care of to by an ergonomic, rounded handle. The craftsmanship of this knife is one of a kind, which makes it unique. The edge is hand-fished using a three-step method known as Honbazuke to create a 15-degree cutting angle. That way, you can rest assured of maximum sharpness and edge retention and therefore precision cuts every time.
ZELITE may be a relatively new in the market but is quickly gathering moss and is already competing with other well-established brands.
Kuma Japanese Damascus Chef Knife
Kuma says that their cooking knife has specs to respect and we couldn’t agree more! Its blade features 67 layers of premium Japanese steel to deliver terrific cutting strength. It is the very innovativeness behind the Damascus that makes it one of the most versatile chef’s knives you can get. So sharp is this knife that its makers claim it can cut through meat, tomatoes, and veggies like butter! It can even chop through a thin bone! How about that!
The Damascus also combines a blend of modern and ancient technologies to craft a perfect cutting too. It uses the V shape sharpening methods and 8 handmade engineering processes to create a scalpel-like cutting edge. With an almost nonexistent bolster, this knife offers a fatigue-free slicing experience.
And if you thought that the Wusthof has a hard blade, then you’ll be shocked to know that the Damascus boasts a hardness of 60 Rockwell. The deluxe Micarta handle is durable, ultra-comfortable, lightweight, and with traces of Japanese inspired design to ensure that you stay on top of your dicing or chopping. Meanwhile, the soft, hand polished spine allows you to cut without applying too much pressure on your palm.
Shun Premier Chef’s Knife
Wrapping our top 10 best chef’s knives list is this piece by Shun Premier. It comes with a layered Damascus steel blade that gives it a striking yet classic look. The hand-hammered, Japanese Tsuchime finish adds to the beauty. This one is considerably light and would make a great purchase if you cut solid food items regularly. Even then, it is an all-purpose knife that can take care of most slicing, shredding or chopping chores in your kitchen.
The elongated handle will rest easy on your palm for absolute control and security during use. Just like the knife we’ve reviewed above, this one has a hardness rating of 60 Rockwell, so there’s no doubt about its durability. The blade has a 16-degree angle, making this one of the sharpest knives on the market.
The Shun Premier packs 16 layers of stainless steel on each side, for flexibility and strength. The frame is corrosion resistant, so you don’t have to worry about maintenance. We also can’t fail to notice the microscopic air pockets on the blade for less friction as you cut. And the best part is; this knife is moderately priced to keep it within reach of a frugal shopper.