As famed Japanese Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto once said, “a kitchen without a knife is not a kitchen.” And he certainly was not wrong. More often than not, a strong, durable chef’s knife is the true workhorse behind any great meal. But unlike the celebrity chefs we see on TV or read about in magazines, most of us aren’t about to shell out thousands of dollars for a premium set of kitchen knives.
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The good news is that you don’t actually have to. Today, there are plenty of high-quality kitchen knives available that will not only get the job done, but can also stand the test of time. So whether you’re an aspiring Bobby Flay, or more of a home cook amateur looking to step up your kitchen game, these kitchen knives from Calphalon and Zwilling will help you out.
Best Kitchen Knives
This absolutely flawless eight inch chef's knife is a powerhouse forged from a single piece of solid steel.
This kickass German knife brand is known for standout quality that lasts years. And this chef’s knife, made from no-stain high carbon steel, has a laser controlled edge that ensures you get an ideal cutting angle for sharpness and durability. Use it to chop or dice anything you want.
Wüsthof is a family-owned German knife manufacturer that has been crafting some of the world’s finest blades for more than 200 years.
The brand’s Classic Ikon collection is a favorite of chefs across the globe thanks to their versatility and elegant design. This knife, slightly on the bigger side, has superior blade control and the full-tang construction you want.
If you buy one chef's knife, you should grab this one. Not literally of course. Its standout features include VG-1 Japanese steel for sharpness and ultimate edge retention.
If you’re chopping veggies or dicing anything, this is the knife to get. Because of its layers, this kitchen knife is exceptionally sharp, and never loses its edge. It takes a whopping 42 days to manufacture each of these knives, so you know you’re getting something good.
Inspired by the Zen principles of simplicity and the elimination of the non-essentials, the Shun Kanso Chef’s Knife cuts right to the chase. The 8-inch Japanese blade is forged from refined high-carbon, vanadium stainless steel and comes with Kanso’s Heritage finish, giving a rustic look that effortlessly hides dings and scratches.
Full-tang construction allows for balance and precise control, and its slightly contoured handle uses sturdy tagayasan (also known as wenge) wood. It also features a flat profile and wider heel, so even beginners can master every cut. This knife goes back to basics, which lets you master any task at hand, from slicing vegetables to cutting up protein, and even gently julienning fresh herbs or spices.
Another 8-inch blade, the MAC Professional Series Chef’s Knife is one with a bit more personality. The thin 2.5-millimeter blade is dimpled along the edge, helping the knife glide through such sticky foods as squash, apples, and starchy potatoes.
It’s one of the most popular Western-inspired models available today, beloved by professionals and newbies alike. Thanks to MAC’s proprietary chrome-moly vanadium steel blade, the entire knife weighs just 6.6 ounces, making it extremely maneuverable. Fans praise the knife for its long-lasting blade and sheer usefulness for virtually any kitchen task. The company is so confident in their product that each knife comes with an impressive 25-year warranty against any defects in materials or workmanship.
This laser-cut mincing knife lets you power through herbs in seconds.
We love us a great mezzaluna knife, and this nine inch blade one is the one to get so you can chop up herbs and spices like a pro. You can also use it to chop up cheese and meat, as well as garlic.
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