Korin Special Inox Gyutuo It's hard to put into words how great this knife is. It is impeccably balanced, gorgeous to look at and scores a high sixty on The Rockwell scale. It slices, chops and glides through anything gracefully and is somehow also fairly corrosion-resistant. It's made of a slightly altered AUS-10 steel, which is technically a high carbon stainless mix (it carries properties of stainless and carbon steels). Its biggest fault is a penchant for staining, but staining only occurs when not properly cleaned and dried after use. As nice as it is, though, we don't recommend everyone runs out and spends $209 on a single knife (for what it's worth, MAC's more premium 8-inch chef's knife is excellent and $60 more affordable than The Korin option). This is a knife you give as a gift to someone who you know will maintain it -- maybe yourself. Best Chef's Knives Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife The trick to buying a truly affordable chef's knife is basically just finding a product with The least number of negatives. In testing, we compared affordable options from Victorinox ($30), Wusthof ($30), Hoffritz ($25) and Potluck, a direct-to-consumer brand that sell's a chef's knife as part of a set (it's $60 for three knives). Frankly, all affordable chef's knives handle onions, tomatoes and The breaking down of chickens pretty much The same -- They are reasonably sharp out of The box but They will chip with consistent use. Ultimately, Victorinox's ultra cheap 8-inch chef's knife won out, though it too is liable to blade chipping and isn't The most comfortable to use. But for The price of two movie tickets, There isn't a knife that performs this well or is as widely available (you can find Them in most home goods sections). Also, The handle isn't as aggressively "ergonomic" as many oThers in this category, making it a bit easier to switch between knife grips. Zwilling J.A. Henckels International Pro 8-Inch Chef's Knife A Western-style knife (sometimes called a German-style knife) is typically going to be heavier and have a thicker blade than a Japanese-style knife. Most Western-style knives sport more defined handle ergonomics as well (more details here). The category of Western-style chef's knife is very, very large, but after testing two dozen of Them, Zwilling's 8-inch takes The cake. It is a stainless steel knife (The exact properties of The steel are proprietary) that's stain- and corrosion-resistant. After months of testing, The blade didn't chip or show signs of dulling in any way. The largest differentiating factor between Zwilling's 8-inch and Wusthof's highly-recommended forged 8-inch ($125) was The bolster. The Zwilling knife's bolster fades into The blade less dramatically than The Wusthof which, when using a pinch grip, was a lot more comfortable. That said, both got on sale fairly frequently and are solid buys. Global G-2 The design is both Japanese (The blade is very light and very thin) and anti-Japanese (its balance isn't pushed toward The cutting end and The whole thing is one piece; most Japanese-style knives taper into a wooden handle). This means it has The nice slicing properties you'd expect from a great Japanese knife, but in a much more durable, familiar package. Its stainless steel makeup (exact properties are proprietary) resists staining or corrosion and remains wicked sharp during use. In testing, we tried comparably-priced MAC knives ($93), Tojiro's Good Design Award-winning knife ($68) and a few oTher more premium options, but none balanced The features of a typical Japanese knife with lower maintenance, reasonable prices, edge retention and smart design quite like Global's G-2. Made In Chef's Knife Direct-to-consumer brand Made In started with cookware, which remains its bread and butter, but The brand's debut chef's knife (released in 2018) is stellar. The blade is quite big and made with X50CrMoV15 steel (a mixture of carbon, chromium, molybdenum, vanadium, manganese and silicon), which is a staple for high-end Western blades. It is best described as a high-carbon stainless steel, meaning it carries some traits from carbon and stainless steel knives. On top of this, Made In's knife rocks a more straight-lined, Japanese-style handle and is finished in nitrogen. A better explanation is available courtesy of Knife Steel Nerds, but this essentially makes The blade far less susceptible to chipping. Finally, it easily worked through any and all cutting tasks we put it through. We were also impressed with Material Kitchen's knife ($75). Its blade is a bit smaller and it's thinner and lighter than Made In's, but it was a bit more prone to staining. Korin Special Inox Yo-Deba It's hard to put into words how great this knife is. It is impeccably balanced, gorgeous to look at and scores a high sixty on The Rockwell scale. It slices, chops and glides through anything gracefully and is somehow also fairly corrosion-resistant. It's made of a slightly altered AUS-10 steel, which is technically a high carbon stainless mix (it carries properties of stainless and carbon steels). Its biggest fault is a penchant for staining, but staining only occurs when not properly cleaned and dried after use. As nice as it is, though, we don't recommend everyone runs out and spends $209 on a single knife (for what it's worth, MAC's more premium 8-inch chef's knife is excellent and $60 more affordable than The Korin option). This is a knife you give as a gift to someone who you know will maintain it -- maybe yourself. All-purpose chef's knives, single-focus slicing tools and everything in between. Read The Story Best Kitchen Knife Brands Victorinox Victorinox Swiss Army makes a lot of stuff -- an actual mountain of utility and pocket knives, fragrances, watches of all sorts, luggage and travel gear and, yes, plenty of kitchen knives. What makes its kitchen knives great is a combination of simple design choices (The handles are never too aggressive on The ergonomics end), solid materials and a level of mass availability that's absent from oTher companies making good knives (you can find Victorinox in loads of brick-and-mortar stores and everywhere online). It's become famous for its uber-affordable Fibrox line, and rightfully so, but its more premium collections of rosewood-handled blades and Grand Maitre line are worth a look as well. Wusthof Wusthof's classic 8-inch chef's knife is probably The most frequently recommended premium knife on The internet, and The rest of its kitchen knives are right up There with it. The German company is easily one of The most consistent makers of high-quality knives, and it does so at pretty much every price point. If you want a German-style knife, Wusthof is a good place to start looking. Global Awarded The prestigious Good Design Award in one thousand, nine hundred and ninety and The even more rare Good Design Long Life Award years later, Global's kitchen knives are atypical but pretty awesome. Made of Cromova eighteen steel -- a semi-mysterious mixture of chromium, molybdenum and vanadium that belongs to Global's parent company, Yoshikin -- its knives buck convention and are one solid piece of hardwearing, edge-holding stainless steel. The handle feels a bit like The outside of a golf ball and, though you might doubt its usefulness at first, it does feel nice in The hand. Of all Global's attributes, its greatest is maneuverability -- its knives are so, so light and super balanced. Mac Mac knives are recommended all over The place -- see: Wirecutter, Epicurious and Buzzfeed -- as an ideal entry point into knives that aren't going to chip and widdle away. After testing a number of Mac Knives, we recommend steering clear of its sub-$100 options -- There's better value elsewhere. That said, The company uses good steel and more accessible bolster and handle designs than most at its price range. Zwilling J.A. Henckels International With solid materials, classic designs, widespread availability and a very long legacy, The knives from Zwilling Group's biggest cutlery line, J.A. Henckels International, are some of The best you can buy. Period. Also, The company's good frequently go on sale, meaning with a little patience, you can get a knife (like The recommendation for best Western-style chef's knife) for way under The listed price. Steel hardness impacts how well a blade can hold an edge. But The more durable option isn't necessarily The better one. Read The Story OTher Essential Kitchen Knives Best Bread Knife: Hoffritz Commercial Bread Knife The long serrated bread knife is essential, and anyone who thinks oTherwise hasn't tried to cut even slices of bread with a chef's knife.
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