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The Best Chef’s Knives

Updated on April 17, 2013

Choosing a Chef's Knife

Every kitchen needs a decent set of knives to slice, pare, cut or slice. For those who are not really a serious cook, they tend to just get knives to complete their kitchen accessories and pay no particular attention to the quality. But - for those who enjoy cooking and preparation work, and spend a lot of time in the kitchen: chopping onions, dicing potatoes, and making perfect vegetable and meat meals, a good set of knives is essential. These are mostly Japanese because I love Japanese knives, but the German Wusthof chefs knife is an excellent alternative.

Have you ever wondered why a chef has so many knives? Simple - Chef’s knives are not just for display but each is used for a particular purpose.. With a good set of kitchen knives, your vegetable prep becomes effortless. It is not enough that knives are sharp right out of the box. It should have a good grip and good performance.

We’ll help you choose the perfect set of kitchen knives with these 5 best selling knives. Some are in sets and these are some "Chef's knives as well. A Chef's knife is an all purpose knife, and if you end up buying just one knife - this is the one to buy.

Ginsu International Traditions 14-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Block Set
Ginsu International Traditions 14-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Block Set

Ginsu International Traditions 14-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Block Set

This knife set is a 14-piece block set with kitchen shears. If you want something Japanese, Ginsu knife blocks are fantastic. The knives themselves are made from 420 series stainless steel block set with a satin finish on the blades and handles. Lower quality knives are just made from 409 series stainless steel. With this set, you will never have to worry about rust staining your knives and contaminating your food. The blades are serrated right and left handed users to feel comfortable.

Your kitchen knives sit nicely stored in a painted hardwood block which allows easy access. You will never have to sharpen them - they are extremely sharp and great at holding their edge. They are also dishwasher friendly so - no worries about cuts during hand washing. Aside from that, without looking at its great specs, you would surely get these knives for their aesthetic quality and value for money. $27 the set is a good price.

Ginsu International Traditions 14-Piece Knife Set with Block, Natural
Ginsu International Traditions 14-Piece Knife Set with Block, Natural

Ginsu International Traditions 14-Piece Knife Set with Block, Natural

This set includes 7 kitchen knives, 6 steak knives and a wooden block to hold them.. The knives are made-up of stainless steel blades that do not have to be sharpened. It is not really the typical set of Chef’s knives, but they make great kitchen utensils. They have triple-riveted handles that ensure good grip when you use them. They are lighter and thinner than Cuisinart and Pinzon knives. A tad more expensive than the last set - but worth the extra cost.

The knives have also been proven to be dishwasher safe. You can throw them in the dishwasher  everyday and they will not show any signs of rusting. The thin knives are perfect for slicing vegetables to thin pieces and the heavier blades for chicken and fish filleting. You could even use the smaller knives for sculpting your potatoes or radishes.

Great value for money still.

Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife
Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife

This Swiss-made Victorinox knife is an 8-inch chef’s knife that is designed for chopping, mincing and anything in between. It is made using high-carbon stainless steel that offers high-end sharpness and superb edge retention. The patented 2-inch Fibrox handle is resistant to sipping perfectly made for nice balance and grip.

If you want a knife for many purposes, and do not want an entire set, an 8-inch Chef's knife works best for all round use. This one is very light and handy - you could even take it with with you during fishing and camping trips and it will not be out of place. This knife is perfect for chopping vegetables and many other uses. The size gives you enough support to manipulate the knife for better and finer cutting. However because of the size, you might find problems cutting large pumpkins and bony meats.

Oxo Good Grips Professional 14-Piece Knife Set with Block
Oxo Good Grips Professional 14-Piece Knife Set with Block

Oxo Good Grips Professional 14-Piece Knife Set with Block

The Oxo brand is well known known for making good quality knives with excellent value. They are stamped which means they cost much less than the usual quality forged knives. This set includes a  block set with an 8-inch chef’s knife, a slicer, a paring knife, a utility knife,  a Santoku knife and a bread knife. Also included are 6 steak knives a sharpening tool and a wooden storage box. It really constitutes a complete set of kitchen knives.

The good thing about these knives is their nonslip rubber handles, which cushions your hands securely. The steak knives also come with smooth edges - not serrated - which is unusual, but they cut meat nice and neatly. However, one comment about this knife set is that they need steeling to realign the edge regularly. Not a major issue - just a few strokes on each side and they will be sharp as new.

Shun Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife
Shun Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Shun Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife

The Shun Classic is an 8-Inch Chef’s knife that is very versatile - use it for slicing, chopping and more. It is a stainless steel knife with 32 layers of high-carbon. The carbon content of steel makes it hard and sharp. It has a stunning look with a Pakka Wood D-shaped handle which gives much comfort to the user. The knife measures 12 x 2 inches.

This knife is also dishwasher safe. It is really a good knife for its price. However, it is expensive but it is really a nice piece since the blade is so thin, making it good for almost all kinds of chopping and slicing. It is more of a knife used by expert cooks than for beginners. I have owned one of these for many years, and although it is supposed to be designed for smaller hands - I have quite large hands and have always found it extremely comfortable. If you only ever buy one kitchen knife - this is the one to buy.


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