Best Chef Knives

Last update March 16, 2017
A lot of people today prefer not to cook but buy things from the shop. Why is it so? Because to cook your favorite dishes well, you need to have decent cutlery, one of which is Chef’s knife! We’d like to present our selection of the best models for you to make your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Purpose
Blade length
Material
Handle type
Handle material
 
PROS
Forged steel is the sharpest and long-lasting material. A replaceable handle is fixed directly to 3 rivets, which makes it more reliable than a shaft one.
CONS
Matte finish is less resistant to scratches.
OUR VERDICT
Dalstrong Chef’s Knife combines an excellent design and outstanding performance. Made of the world's leading steel TheseenKrupp, it definitely deserves your attention.
detailed parameters
Purpose
Chopping, Mincing, Slicing, Dicing
Blade length
8 inches
Material
Forged high-carbon stainless steel
Handle type
Replaceable
Handle material
Laminated Pakka wood
PROS
Unique patented handle material (Fibrox) will provide an excellent grip and prevent sliding.
CONS
Since the handle is rather big and lightweight, it is hard to chop with.
OUR VERDICT
This knife leaves no doubts. The company that supplies knives for the Swiss Army produced it for you, using the most modern steel processing techniques. You will be surely amazed.
detailed parameters
Purpose
Chopping, Mincing, Slicing, Dicing
Blade length
8 inches
Material
High-carbon stainless steel
Handle type
Shaft
Handle material
Textured plastic, Patented Fibrox handle
PROS
Mirror polished handle looks very impressive. It also reduces fatigue and provides great maneuverability.
CONS
If you cut a lot of frozen foods, the knife will require constant sharpening.
OUR VERDICT
This knife can cope with absolutely any culinary challenge! An ideal combination of price and functionality.
detailed parameters
Purpose
Chopping, Mincing, Slicing, Dicing
Blade length
8 inches
Material
High-carbon stainless steel
Handle type
Shaft
Handle material
Mirror-polished Pakka wood
PROS
The combination of the 4.5-inch handle and quality material provides an excellent balance and better control over the process of cutting.
CONS
Because of its non-standard length, this knife does not fit in standard chef's knife slots.
OUR VERDICT
If you decide to demonstrate your culinary talents to your friends and family, this knife will be an indispensable assistant! Surprise them with precisely sliced meat and cheese.
detailed parameters
Purpose
Chopping, Mincing, Slicing, Dicing
Blade length
8.75 inches
Material
High-carbon stainless steel
Handle type
Shaft
Handle material
ABS-plastic
PROS
This ceramic knife does not require any sharpening - it will stay sharp during the whole service period.
CONS
It is not very convenient for cutting long strips of ingredients.
OUR VERDICT
This knife is a perfect choice for people who like cooking fresh fruit or vegetable salads. Enjoy the food that contains maximum amount of vitamins!
detailed parameters
Purpose
Chopping, Mincing, Slicing, Dicing
Blade length
6 inches
Material
Ceramics
Handle type
Shaft
Handle material
ABS-plastic

What is a Chef Knife

If you don’t fancy going out for fast food then more likely than not, you do cook at home. If you do, you need to have good kitchen tools at hand. Chef’s knife is among the most popular with a long extra-sharp blade that may reach up to 12 inches in length. The longer the blade is, the wider the knife itself is. You may not need to use it for every little job, yet for most cutting tasks it works fantastically well. It can cut and chop soft and solid fruit and vegetables, and it can easily rake up all cut ingredients and lead them into to the bowl. A truly amazing tool suitable for multiple tasks! If you want to get maximum pleasure out of cooking, you definitely need to have one!

A knife set is a perfect choice if you want to buy a few knives of a different shape and use them for different purposes. Also, you need to have good knife sharpeners to keep your knives sharp.

What To Look For

Performance

No matter what kind of knife you’d like to buy, it’s got to suit your cutting tasks. The market has got a wide array of kitchen knives on sale, but we’d like to review in here the most popular - Chef’s knives. Contrary to most, these knives combine functionality of other knives (for cheese, pizza, fruit or vegetables) and can be used literally for any ingredients. So, before you go any further, make sure to check what foods your chosen knife is best compatible with.

Blade

The other thing of the utmost importance is high-quality blade. The common length of all Chef’s knives varies in the range of 6-10 inches (sometimes reaching 12 inches) so that a user can pick the one of his/her preference. Professional cooks believe that using knife effectively is only possible if it conforms to the height of a cook. For example, for people of an average height, the blade shouldn’t be longer than 8 inches while taller cooks may go for a 12-inch knife. Consider stainless steel blade if you plan to use knife for cutting, mincing and deboning meat. Steel is best known for its durability and extreme sharpness. Ceramic blades offer decent sharpness either, they don’t require sharpening at all and can be used for a length of time with ease if maintained properly. The only obvious flaw of ceramics over stainless steel is it’s more fragile and it shouldn’t be used for cutting meat and solid foods.

Convenience

To be able to use knife for a long time (that’s especially important for professional chefs), it’s got to fit in your palm and not slip out while chopping. Therefore, most handles are made of anti-skid wood or plastic. Consider design of handles, too. Some of them can be replaceable, another put-on and the other all-forged. Decide on the best option for you personally and pick a knife to fill up your kitchenware collection. With regards to cleanup, all Chef’s knives require hand wash only. That’s to ensure their long service life and maintain the sharpness. Other than that, there’s not much you need to know. Read the rest of review and learn peculiarities that popular brands would like to offer you.

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Review of Dalstrong Gladiator Series 8-Inch Chef Knife

Dalstrong Gladiator Series 8-Inch Chef Knife

Dalstrong Gladiator Series 8-Inch Chef Knife

Salad Сhallenge

If you believe that well cut and chopped food is a result of professional cook’s skills, you’re not exactly right. Experience, of course, is good by itself but dealing with multiple ingredients without a good quality knife might be a real challenge even for a pro. Gladiator Series Chef Knife from Dalstrong will solve a lot of issues and let you feel what it means to be a professional chef. Used for different purposes, we could clearly see no task was a challenge for this knife. Even for the Greek salad, with its finely diced and chopped Feta cheese and tomatoes. The knife cut through the softest ingredients and didn’t make them mush, the cutting board left unstained. That’s one of the best kitchen knives one could have dreamed of, to use for different tasks and practice cooking with excellent results!

Review of Dalstrong Gladiator Series 8-Inch Chef Knife

Stainless Steel is an Earnest of More to Come

It’d be fair to say a few words about the quality of stainless steel blade. ThyssenKrupp is a famous German brand well known around the world for its steel products. The company uses the latest technologies to ensure their goods deliver high quality and extreme sharpness. The length of the blade is 8 inches and the width is enough for a knife to lay in hand and not touch a cutting board during chopping or slicing. Made of Pakkawood imported from Spain, the knife not only looks attractive, it’s also very durable and will serve you easily for years without a need for change. Dalstrong Gladiator Chef knife is also very easy to take care of since it doesn’t require any special treatment. After each use make sure to hand wash it and leave to dry out on a countertop or in a special knife block. And when you need to take it on a trip, put it in a BPA-free cover so that there’s no chance you can accidentally get hurt or damage other things in your travel bag.

Dalstrong Gladiator Series 8-Inch Chef Knife in the use

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Additional Info

User Manual


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Kitchen Knives - Overview of the 8" Dalstrong Gladiator Series Chef
Dalstrong Gladiator Series 8-Inch Chef Knife
Dalstrong Gladiator Series 8-Inch Chef Knife
 
Review of Victorinox Fibrox Straight Edge 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Victorinox Fibrox Straight Edge 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Victorinox Fibrox Straight Edge 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Time-proved Reliability

Speaking about functionality of this knife, there comes only one obvious conclusion - it is surely an indispensable cutting tool. It was released and introduced to the market by world-famous Swiss company Victorinox. Having got one at hand, you’ll be able to easily cut, chop and mince any foodstuff with no problem at all. Those women and men who often cook know firsthand how challenging it may be to finely chop onions. The pieces tend to get mushed while your eyes start to fill with tears. To not let that happen, the process should be quite quick and Fibrox Chef Knife may help. Using this extra-sharp knife, you’ll start to enjoy cooking even if it means cutting onions. With Swiss quality, every cooking job is a breeze. The blade is 8 inches in length and its width is 2 inches. It’s a practical knife to keep in a household and use for multiple tasks. If you’ve got no Chef knife yet, we do recommend you to consider this one. For a good price, you can get all the benefits of time-tested Swiss products.

Review of Victorinox Fibrox Straight Edge 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Comfortable Handle Means Practical Use

The put-on handle of the knife is made of Fibrox, a special material patented by Victorinox that looks and feels pretty much like any conventional plastic. This also makes it very lightweight and well-balanced so that using it is effortless even for a length of time. The only thing we’d rather mention is it’s not dishwasher safe. If you want to prolong the service life of your knife, make sure to hand wash it only.

Victorinox Fibrox Straight Edge 8-Inch Chef's Knife in the use

Did you Know?

The Victorinox company has been supplying Swiss Army with knives since 1891. What's more, these knives are on the list of standard equipment for NASA astronauts. All the knives are hand-sharpened and covered with a lifetime warranty. The company owns numerous patents. But the biggest company’s innovation is a steel composition that they don’t share with anyone and keep in secret up till now. One of their popular tools that we’d like to draw your attention to is Victorinox Swiss Army Pioneer Pocket Knife which will prove to be handy on any trip or outing on the landscape.

Detailed review of Victorinox Fibrox Straight Edge 8-Inch Chef's Knife

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The Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife Review
Victorinox Fibrox Straight Edge 8-Inch Chef's Knife
Victorinox Fibrox Straight Edge 8-Inch Chef's Knife
 
Review of Imarku Professional 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Imarku Professional 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Imarku Professional 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Dress Meat With Chef's Knife

A chef's knife by Imarku is made according to the best traditions of this knife type. Having bought Imarku professional chef's knife, you'll be able to practice cutting foodstuffs of different shapes and sizes. For example, you can effortlessly cut vegetables into strips if you decide to treat your nearest and dearest with delicious soup. This knife is also perfect for cutting and mincing meat. Useful tip from the chef: do not cut frozen meat and other foods to prolong knife's sharpness. The blade is made of high-quality stainless steel imported from Solingen, Germany. It consists of a durable combination of carbon and chromium, which gives this knife an excellent resistance to corrosion, excellent rubbing and, which is the most important, long-term sharpness. Blade length is 8 inches, and the width at the base is 1.75 inches. So, if you are looking for a universal tool that will always be at hand, get this one!

 

Review of Imarku Professional 8-Inch Chef's Knife

A Handle as an Element of Decor

Today, there are many materials that are used for knife handles. For example, hunting blades may have a handle made of animal horn or bone, as well as of rare trees. Of course, such materials are not only expensive but also not very practical. However, here the manufacturer has combined convenience and a chic look. The knife has a replaceable handle that is absolutely comfortable. The handle is made of mirror-polished Pakkawood which is imported from Africa. Such handle guarantees durability, resistance to moisture and excellent grip. Don’t even think of putting it in your dishwasher, hand wash only! 

It’s not recommended to cut frozen food and keep the blade over the fire. Under these conditions, this chef's knife will serve you faithfully for years and become your best assistant in the kitchen!

 

Imarku Professional 8-Inch Chef's Knife in the use

A Knife as a Gift

In some countries, like Japan, Middle East, and Finland - a knife is a precious present. According to local traditions, it is not only a symbol of trust and respect but also prognostic of luck and success to come. The knife in an elegant case looks extremely attractive and will appeal to the eye of anyone who know the value of good and quality things.

Detailed review of Imarku Professional 8-Inch Chef's Knife

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Imarku Chef's Knife Unboxing
Imarku Professional 8-Inch Chef's Knife
Imarku Professional 8-Inch Chef's Knife
 
Review of Equinox Professional 8,75-Inch Chef's Knife

Equinox Professional 8,75-Inch Chef's Knife

Equinox Professional 8,75-Inch Chef's Knife

Chief Aide in the Kitchen

Why is it so that we make so much focus on usability of Chef’s knife? Well, if it wasn’t for its such universal use, we wouldn’t put it so far before the rest. But the fact is obvious, Chef’s knife is a must-have tool in household of novice and pro cooks. Equinox chef knife will help you chop, cut, slice, mince and even debone meat with ease, so you’d be able to experiment with dishes and cook something new each time. We’ve learnt some practical tips from professional Chefs which we’d like to share:

  • Chop food into tiny bits if you want to prepare smoothy purees or soups;
  • Chop food into middle-sized pieces to prepare fillings for cakes and pies, or for salads;
  • Large pieces of vegetables would ideally complement Sunday roast and grilled steaks. Whatever you think of baking in the oven should preferably be cut into larger cubes in order not to get mushed under high temperatures.

Review of Equinox Professional 8,75-Inch Chef's Knife

Attention to Details

With attention to details, the blade of Equinox Professional Chef's Knife conforms to all modern standards and boasts excellent cutting qualities, moisture and rust-resistance and simplicity of use. It’s a bit bigger to some other knives in this review with a 8.75-inches blade in length, so that using it is comfortable even when needed for multiple cutting jobs. The handle is made of ABS plastic which is hard to break or damage, yet it’s absolutely safe for contact with food and super convenient in terms of use. The handle offers a good grip and features an attractive design that’s not going to deteriorate in length of time. Equinox Professional Chef’s Knife is shipped in a beautiful and stylish case, you can easily present it to your friends!

Equinox Professional 8,75-Inch Chef's Knife in the use

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Equinox Professional Chef Knife- 8 inch
Equinox Professional 8,75-Inch Chef's Knife
Equinox Professional 8,75-Inch Chef's Knife
 
Review of Aroccom Ceramic 6-Inch Chef's Knife

Aroccom Ceramic 6-Inch Chef's Knife

Aroccom Ceramic 6-Inch Chef's Knife

Ceramics VS Steel

Ceramic knives first appeared in Japan in 1984 and since then gained incredible popularity all over the world. To produce blades of these knives, craftsmen used oxidant zirconium material known for its peculiar anti-bacterial and non-toxic qualities. The blades didn’t require sharpening either. That’s obviously one of the main reasons why ceramic knives got popular so quick in many countries. Among other advantages of ceramics over stainless steel that customers listed are no “iron” smell after cutting and excellent sharpness for cutting soft fruit and vegetables. Among shortcomings are a high risk of deformation of cutting edges and bad fit for cutting solid vegetables and meat.

Review of Aroccom Ceramic 6-Inch Chef's Knife

Easy to Cut and Easy to Wash

A ceramic chef's knife can serve you a long term, but it is necessary to wash it carefully, preferably with warm water. This process is not difficult at all since it's positively enough to only wipe the blade with a sponge and remove remnants of food. The manufacturer does not recommend users to leave the knife in water for a long time, it is advised to wash it immediately after cooking. 

With regards to the handle, it boasts high ergonomics and safe ABS-plastic with a soft-touch cover. It will rest comfortably in hand no matter what cutting job you need to do and never slip out. If you think that a handle is the last thing to pay attention when choosing a knife, we hasten to assure you that you may get wrong. It’s you who’s going to do all the cutting so you need to use a knife with comfort while the blade will do the rest of the work. And Arocoom Ceramic knife is surely a great option to meet your needs!

Aroccom Ceramic 6-Inch Chef's Knife in the use

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Detailed review of Aroccom Ceramic 6-Inch Chef's Knife

Aroccom Ceramic 6-Inch Chef's Knife
Aroccom Ceramic 6-Inch Chef's Knife
 
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