One tool essential in every kitchen is a chef’s knife! For home cooks and professional chefs, there is a knife for everyone and choosing one depends on your needs and personal preferences.
One thing is for sure, a chef’s knife should be sharp for slicing, chopping, dicing, and mincing tasks. A good knife should be an extension of your hand with a decent grip, well balanced and not too heavy.
The best knife for you isn’t necessarily the same as for another cook. It is important to find a sturdy knife you feel comfortable holding and using, making your chopping tasks easier.
List of best chef knives
- Best overall – Wusthof CLASSIC 8” Cook’s Knife
- Most popular – Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
- Best 6-inch – Mercer Culinary Genesis Forged Chef’s Knife
- Best all-metal – Global 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
- Best ceramic – Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution 8-inch Professional Chef’s Knife
- Best budget – Utopia Kitchen Chef Knife 8 Inches
Things to consider before buying
Chef knives are available in different shapes and sizes. The most common ones range from 6-10 inches (15-25 cm). Blades with a curved tip are best for cutting and chopping whereas longer blades are best for slicing larger pieces of food. The size of a knife chosen will depend on the size of your hands and what you feel most comfortable to cut with.
A knife should be rust-free, sturdy, and always sharp. A knife used often will need sharpening more regularly. It is recommended to hand wash knives to retain their sharpness for longer even if some brands specify dishwasher safe.
Although a chef’s knife is an essential kitchen tool, it doesn’t mean you have to ‘break the bank.’ If you cook often, we recommend investing a little extra into a knife that will last, however there are many affordable options available.
What to use a chef’s knife for
A chef’s knife is the answer to all your cutting needs. Meat, fish, herbs, soft or hard produce, this knife will chop, slice, cut, and even ‘smash’ ingredients you need for your recipes. Front, back, and sides, the entire knife can be used depending on the required cooking task.
Overview of best chef knives
Best overall – Wusthof CLASSIC 8-Inch Cook’s Knife
At Wusthof they call this knife a workhorse. This German made knife has a curved blade and a synthetic handle that allows a good grip. Although this knife feels a little heavier than most other chef’s knives, it is sturdy, sharp, and well balanced with a thin blade that cuts smoothly through the hardest vegetables. The long blade with full bolster and finger guard allows safe cutting. Vertical indentations on the blade push food off the blade and reduce friction and grade during cutting.
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Most popular – Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
This mid-range Swiss made knife is perfect for home cooking. The ergonomically shaped Fibrox handle appeals to many because the knife feels comfortable, is non-slip, and is easy to manoeuvre.
The straight blade is made from high-carbon stainless steel, it has a curved tip and maintains its super-sharp edge.
Best 6-inch – Mercer Culinary Genesis Forged Chef’s Knife
Another mid-range chef’s knife with a 6-inch blade which is perfect for smaller hands or people with limited storage.
The handle is made from Santoprene, is NSF certified, and provides a firm, non-slip grip, even when wet. The blade of carbon forged steel from Soligen, Germany, is rust and corrosion resistant. The edge is taper-ground for added stability and allows easy honing for long lasting sharpness.
Best all-metal – Global 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
We personally love Global knives and might not be completely objective. Although the entire knife is stainless steel without joints or a plastic handle, it is still lightweight and easy to use. The handle has dimples to offer a non-slip, comfortable grip, and the blade is razor sharp.
The knife is made to offer a good balance, and as we said in the introduction, it should be the perfect extension of your hand. Global knives come with a lifetime warranty against defects and breakage.
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Ceramic cookware and knives are becoming increasingly popular and with good reason. Ceramic is resistant against rust, corrosion, and acids. This 8-inch knife is large enough for people with big hands and it is lightweight with a great balance and an ergonomic handle to reduce fatigue when lots of cooking is required. The blade is ultra-sharp and maintains this sharpness longer compared to stainless blades.
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Best budget – Utopia Kitchen Chef Knife 8 Inches
Finding a good chef knife under 10$ is easy but not all are sturdy enough for all chopping tasks. This knife is made of 100% stainless steel which is rust and tarnish resistant. This knife is a little heavier, but the handle has a decent grip for safe handling. All Utopia knives are dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended to retain the fine quality of the blade as with all knives.