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The Best Chef's Knives Available on Amazon

Updated on August 2, 2018

As a chef, I love knives. A chef is only as good as his or her knives, and owning a unique knife for yourself makes cooking feel even more enjoyable. The greatest knives will never let you down. This list compiles my favorite chef's knives. You might find it helpful if you are shopping for a sharp and shiny new blade for your kitchen.

#5: Sky Light 8-Inch Chef's Knife

The Sky Light 8-Inch Chef's Knife — This is one of my favorite knives, despite being so low on my list. This knife glides easily through even the most strenuous cutting jobs. But I have found it's not as versatile as some others, and it needs to be sharpened more frequently than any of the other knives on this list. The grip also feels a little uncomfortable, like it may be a bit too small or short. (I am a man with large hands. Women may find this grip appealing, as my wife likes the feel of it compared to some of the other knives here.)

The Sky Light 8-Inch Chef's Knife.
The Sky Light 8-Inch Chef's Knife.

#4: Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-Inch — Another one of my favorites. This is a very versatile knife with a relatively comfortable grip. I use it almost daily, as it is great for quick slicing, dicing, and chopping jobs. I rarely have to sharpen this knife. It keeps an edge very well and slices even some more difficult prep with relative ease. I bring this knife along to work with me when #3 needs to be sharpened. It is a simple, no--frills blade with a great edge, I highly recommend this knife for beginners and cooks on a budget.

The Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-Inch Chefs Knife.
The Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-Inch Chefs Knife.

#3: Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Knife — There is something special to be said about all Wusthof brand knives. I have never had one and been disappointed. The first chef knife I ever bought for myself was this knife. I am in love with it. The Wusthof Classic truly lives up to being a "classic" knife and has never let me down. The grip is extremely comfortable to hold for long periods of time, the blade is always exceptionally sharp, and it rarely requires sharpening.

The german steel edge has a nice look and feel to it. The weight of this knife is perfect. It never feels like my arm is getting tired, even over long periods of time. This is the knife I take to work every day. It is extremely reliable, and I don't have to worry about damaging it. The Classic I own has been through a lot, seen a ton of use, and even cut off a good portion of my finger. But it's not going to be replaced any time soon. A serious necessity in any chef's arsenal.

The Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife
The Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife

#2: Shun Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Shun Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife — We are getting into the serious chef's tool kit now. Shun knives come with quite a price tag, but they are worth it for career chefs or serious home cooks. This knife is beautiful from the blade to the handle. Crafted in Japan, it has 32 layers of the highest quality Damascus steel. The folding process leaves beautiful impressions on the blade. The pakka wood handle is easy to hold, and it's very unique. I almost never have to sharpen this knife, and it can really cut through just about anything.

This knife is extremely fun to use. Mincing vegetables or chopping herbs does not feel like a chore with this beautifully crafted culinary tool. Typically, I don't bring this knife to work due to its price tag and beauty. I can't worry about it all day! But I can't stop recommending it for home use. Your friends and family will definitely be jealous of this one!

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

#1: Sakai Takayuki Ginsan Ebony 10-Inch Chef's Knife

Sakai Takayuki Ginsan Ebony 10-Inch Chef's Knife — Coming in at number one, we have the Sakai Takayuki 10-inch chef's knife. This beautiful blade, made from silver and steel, is the sharpest knife I've ever owned. I have never had to sharpen it. Honestly, I keep this knife put away on its decorative knife block most of the time, because it is so beautiful that I'm scared to use it! But when I do, it never ceases to impress me. The octagon-shaped handle fits perfectly in my hand—the knife truly feels like an extension of my arm. This knife is expensive. But if you have the skills, it's an investment you won't regret. This is an absolutely gorgeous piece of artwork.

The Sakai Takayuki Ginsan Ebony 10-Inch Chef's Knife.
The Sakai Takayuki Ginsan Ebony 10-Inch Chef's Knife.

Thank you for reading. I'd love to hear about your favorite knives, and any feedback you may have about my article would be greatly appreciated. I hope you have enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing for you, and as always, good luck on your culinary adventures.

Sincerely, Daniel.


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