Kitchen

10 Best Chef Knives in 2018

Updated in: January 2018

Whether you’re an experimented chef or simply a cooking aficionado and like to spend countless hours in the kitchen, at one point or another you’re going to start looking for the best chef knife. We asked dozens of chefs and cutlery experts what their opinion on this subject is; the best chef knives should be precise, have good balance, and be resilient. For home cooking, you should choose an 8’’ chef knife, whereas professional cooking would require a 10-12’’ blade, as it can cut more volume. However, the latter also requires some experience as handling such a chef knife is a whole different experience.

Our top contenders are Japanese, German, and Swiss knives and their prices range anywhere from $30 to $150.

10. Alpha Inspirations Ceramic Chef’s Knife

Alpha Inspirations Ceramic Chef’s Knife

Who says that the best chef knife has to be made of stainless steel? Ceramic is one of the strongest materials in the world, and it makes for a tough yet precise chef’s blade that will get the job done no matter what you put beneath it. According to Alpha Inspirations, ceramic blades stay pointed and true with very little maintenance. Throw in the rust-free guarantee, the no-slip handle and the non-porous properties of the full-sized eight-inch blade, and what you have here is a chef knife that’s easy to use and even easier to clean.

Pros

  • Easy to grip and handle thanks to the nubs at the balance point
  • Modern and elegant design

Cons

  • Being a ceramic knife, it requires a diamond sharpening tool

Outstanding value, April 16, 2017

“I rarely write reviews; which should underscore how impressed I am with this knife. The length is ideal for multiple tasks and the weight is well balanced. It looks and feels professional and slices with surgical precision. Overall, I highly recommend this knife.”

User review

9. Imarku Pro Kitchen Chef’s Knife

Imarku Pro Kitchen 8 inch Chef's Knife

This eight-inch beauty from Imarku is definitely a contender for the best chef knife. Its Japanese blade is made of stainless steel with a 0.6 – 0.75 carbon rating, so it’s twice as tough as American blades of the same type. In addition, its curved edge and ergonomic Pakka handle make it quite comfortable despite its power. Pakka is a little-known material that comes from Africa and has very good strength, stability, and is comfortable to hold and maneuver. If you’re looking for a tough but practical chef’s knife, try this one from the lands of the rising sun.

Pros

  • Very well balanced chef knife
  • Elegant and well polished wooden handle that is easy to grip and comfortable to use
  • Comes in an elegant gift box

Cons

  • Can have issues with taking an edge again after going dull

5 stars, May 9, 2017

“This knife is super sharp. Will cut anything with ease. Went from tomatoes to bread to chicken, no problem. Comfortable handle. Not heavy or bulky. Great addition to any chef kitchen.”

User review

8. Allezola Professional Chef’s Knife

Allezola Professional Chef’s Knife

With a strong steel blade that boasts a 0.6% – 0.75% carbon makeup and a 2.35 mm thickness, it’s a knife that will see you through all kinds of culinary challenges. It’s also 7.5 inches instead of the traditional 8, which makes it more maneuverable. In addition, it also comes with a lifetime no-question-asked guarantee and return policy. Many customers praised it as the best chef knife they used thanks to its ultra-sharp blade.

Pros

  • Cuts so effortlessly it seems to do the whole job by itself
  • Very sharp and well balanced

Cons

  • The handle can come apart after repeated use

Slicing and dicing, July 18, 2017

“Great balance. Sharp as Steven Colbert’s wit”

User review

7. COZILIFE Chef Knife Pakka Wood Handle

COZILIFE Chef Knife - Eagle Series, 8" Chef's Knife, Mirror Poilished, Forged Blade, Full Tang, German Steel, Pakka Wood Handle

Ideally, you don’t want any surprises in the kitchen other than the incredible taste of your dishes. Your knife should come with a sharp, yet predictable blade, that is easy to control. This is precisely what this product excels in. On top of that, its mirror polished finish, combined with a classic cutting curve design make it a timeless acquisition. Its handle is made of Pakka wood which ensures a good grip and comfort while in use.

Pros

  • Very well balanced and high precision knife
  • Has a sleek design
  • Comes in an elegant gift box

Cons

  • The handle can splinter after repeated use

Excellent for any kitchen, July 18, 2017

“Really balanced in the palm, incredibly sharp, accurate. Glad I bought it”

User review

Recommended read: If you are interested in some well-rated budget-friendly chef knives that feel professional, you might also be interested in our collection of the best chef knives under $50!

6. Chef Knife by Kutt

Chef Knife by Kutt | Professional Kitchen Knife Chef’s Knife Chopping Knife | 8 inch Carbon Stainless Steel Knife with Odor Eliminating Soap Knife Set

Perhaps the strongest feature of this chef knife is its incredible versatility. With its ultra-sharp blades and Pakka wood handle, it is capable of slicing anything from carrots, potatoes, meat, onions, to leafy greens while helping you create any international cuisine you desire. It’s made of German stainless steel and is very lightweight for its size, making it incredibly easy to handle.

Pros

  • High-quality and long-lasting chef knife
  • Comes in an elegant gift box
  • Also comes with an odor-removing soap

Cons

  • The handle is too lightweight according to professional chefs, but most users are very happy with it

Beautiful knife!, May 21, 2017

“I have only used my knife a few times, but it’s wonderfully balanced knife with an extremely sharp edge out of the box. It is comfortable on the hand and is great to use. Took me a bit to get used to the lightness of it, as I have been used to a heavier knife, but I’m very happy with the knife. One important thing with this knife is to wash and DRY it right away after using, I tend to do this anyway, but it super important with this one to keep it nice looking”

User review

5. Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife

Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife

Described by its manufacturers as an “all rounder,” the eight-inch Fibrox Pro it up to any task from chopping onions to sawing through steak. Its stainless steel Swiss blade is very lightweight, eliminating hand and wrist fatigue from long-term use, and its curving slope and flat spine will allow you to wield the blade at a variety of angles. You don’t have to worry about maintenance, either; the Fibrox Pro is easy to wipe, rinse, sharpen, and polish. You can even throw it in the dishwasher with no damage to the blade, which makes it the best chef knife for those who hate doing the dishes.

Pros

  • Comes with a plastic sheath to protect the blade while not it use
  • Ultra sharp blade right out of the box

Cons

  • The plastic handle feels cheap
  • Too lightweight for a pro chef knife

 Best. Chef. Knife. Ever., July 17, 2017

“Best chef knife ever. I’ve used expensive ones and this still trumps them. Nicely balanced. Not too heavy but substantial enough to do what it needs!!”

 User review

4. Zelite Infinity Chef Knife Comfort-Pro Series

ZELITE INFINITY Chef Knife X50

If you’re serious about your kitchen knives, you’ll want to splurge a little on the Zelite Infinity Chef Knife. It’s made of X50 Cr MoV 15 German steel, an ultra-sharp and high-hardness material that can slice even through the toughest of meats. In addition, it’s been ground to 15-18° on each side to ensure the perfect balance between precision and edge resilience. The eight-inch blade is a full tang, and the tapered handle has been designed for both comfort and control. If we consider its design and attention to detail, it’s a serious contender to the best chef knife title.

Pros

  • High-quality design that makes it easy to handle and clean
  • Comes in an elegant box
  • Very sharp right out of the box

Cons

  • It can chop vegetables and meat, but it’s not meant for finer, thinner items like parsley or other leafy greens

Great Buy – Great Knife, July 4, 2017

“Awesome heft and feel in your hand. The very first chefs knife that is sharp enough to score pig skin and nimble at the tip to remove pepper stems”

User review

3. Mercer Tool Corp. Genesis 6″ Short Bolster Forged Chef’s Knife

Mercer Tool Corp. Genesis 6" Short Bolster Forged Chef's Knife

This short bolstered chef’s knife has three main features that are guaranteed to make it a long-lasting acquisition: it has an Ergonomic Santoprene handle, which makes it easy to maneuver and offers increased stability; it is made of high-carbon, German steel, which prevents discoloration, rust, or corrosion; the taper-ground edge allows maximized efficiency during chopping.

Pros

  • Perfectly balanced chef knife
  • Good grip on the handle

Cons

  • The edge will eventually chip away if not properly stored

Perfect fit, July 12, 2017

“When I opened the package with this knife, I felt like I’d found the perfect Tinder date. I have a smallish hand, but the weight of this knife is perfect, the blade is sharp and sturdy. This is my new go to everyday knife for meal prep. Love it.”

User review

2. ZELITE INFINITY Chef Knife Alpha-Royal Series

ZELITE INFINITY Chef Knife 8 inch >> Alpha-Royal Series >> Best Quality Japanese VG10 Super Steel 67 Layer Damascus - Razor Sharp, Superb Edge Retention, Stain & Corrosion Resistant Chefs Knives

This cutting-edge product is a true mark of craftsmanship. With its 8-inch blade and its premium Japanese steel, you are bound to get an unrivaled performance from it, allowing you to prepare your meals with the utmost precision and efficiency. It’s the second best chef knife on this list, so you can’t really go wrong with picking it.

Pros

  • Perfectly balanced full tang knife
  • Designed with great attention to details
  • The company offers great customer service

Cons

  • The handle is just a bit heavier than needed for the classic pinch grip

Love it !!!!, July 10, 2017

“This is my first high-end knife. It arrived with the royal look and feel packaging. Ideal packaging to give it as a gift to some who loves to cook. After opening, first thing I did as to see if it can cut through a paper …wow…it was razor sharp..It took some days to get adjusted to the knife. This knife needs to be handled very carefully. I love this knife.”

User review

1. DALSTRONG Chef’s Knife

DALSTRONG Chef's Knife - Shogun Series X Gyuto - VG10 - Hammered Finish - 8" - w/ Chef Knife Sheath

This product has been recommended by chefs all around the world and is definitely worthy of our first spot in this list. Its stark robustness contrasts beautifully with its high-end agility and its hand polished, ergonomic handle. This Dalstrong chef’s knife comes with a 55mm blade and a stunningly sharp edge, which allows for a surgical-like precision and an enhanced performance in your kitchen. It’s made of Japanese super steel folded in 67 layers and is the best chef knife available for online purchase in 2018.

Pros

  • The hammered finish makes it easy to release chopped slices instead of them sticking to the blade
  • Holds an edge like no other
  • Made of highly resistant, rust-free steel

Cons

  • If not properly taken care of, the blade can chip away

This chef best friend!!!, June 27, 2017

“I’d been a chef for 12 years… I desided was time to pamper myself with new knives (again). And I’m loving this product. Great design and quality. I want the collection.”

User review

Conclusion

These were our top 10 recommendations for the best chef knives this year. The absolute best chef knife you could purchase this year is the Dalstrong knife as it’s perfectly balanced and is made from a high-quality steel. However, runner-ups like the Zelite Infinity chef knives or the Mercer one are also good choices for home use. Have you tried any of them? What are your favorites? Let us know in the comment section below.

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43 Comments

  • I get that you’re using reasonable price as a factor but every knife under $50? Really? No chefs knife even for a frugal home cook is going to be worth anything under $150. If maintained with a steel and stone any of these knives would wear down so quick you would be constantly replacing them making their low price point irrelevant. Not trying to nay say, that’s just how I see it friend.

    • Hi, Gage! Thanks for taking the time to read our article and for sharing your input with us. You’ve brought up a good point here and this is why we’ve decided to update our article and include several high-end chef knives, as well. From our initial research, we discovered that most people use affordability as the main criterion when purchasing a chef knife and this is why we had decided to construct our article based on this factor. Also, just because a knife has a selling price lower than $150, that does not mean it’s not high-quality.The manufacturers and the materials used matter considerably. Thanks again for your comment!

  • I have used the Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife> I love the handle and how well it cuts but I love the price! It stays so sharp and with the sheath I know it will be safe in the drawer!

  • I like that you include “inexpensive” chef knives. We like the Calphalon one in our home, which sells for less than $35.

  • A good knife makes all the difference in the kitchen. I need to get a new one and will consider these along with some higher priced alternatives.

  • I’ve used Alpha Inspirations knives at my work.. I’m a chef at a local restaurant and I love these! But I do appreciate all the reviews on the top 10..thanks!

  • I’ve not tried these ones that you reviewed but this encourages me to buy at least one good knife for my kitchen.

  • I have not tried any of these knives as of yet but would love to invest in quality knives, so this was informative!
    My favorite brand of knife that I own, would be my “Jamie Oliver” knife.

  • I have not used any of the knives reviewed. My current knives are old and are not really a matched set, most are Henckels though and I have a few ceramics which I like.

  • Yes. I have used the COZILIFE Chef Knife Pakka Wood Handle and it is one of the best knife around.

  • I have not used any of these knives reviewed but since we are in the market for a new knife set, I appreciate this article to learn a bit more about these particular knives/brands. Thanks!

  • I have never used any of the knives featured in this review. I think the ZELITE INFINITY Chef Knife Alpha-Royal Series looks awesome.

  • While I haven’t used any of the knives on the list personally, I recently asked a friend who is the head chef at an upscale restaurant what he would recommend as I am tired of cheap knives and your number one pick the Dalstrong was actually his recommendation as well.

  • I have used DALSTRONG knife at friends house, it was awesome. Quite honestly I do not own a good knife so any would be perfect. THANK YOU MERRY CHRISTMAS

    • Thanks for your comment, Kate! We’re glad we could be of assistance and let us know if you decide to purchase anything from our list. We’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

  • I haven’t tried any of the reviewed knives but will definitely take them into consideration. I honestly do not know the brand of my knives and theyre sooooo old lol

  • I’ve never used any knives as fancy as these though I would love to. I actually use a titanium tipped set that I bought at a drug store many years ago and havent found a affordable block set to beat it.

  • I have not used any of those. I have a hand me down knife that I received as a gift from someone that has sentimental value to me. It still is as perfect as the day I got it. I keep it in great shape. I ont know the brand but it has to be 20 plus years old.

    • Thanks for your comment, Claudia! We can relate to what you are saying. If the knife is high-quality and if it is properly maintained, it can indeed last for a very long time.

  • I’m not a fan of using a Chef’s knife, I think they’re far too big. I usually use the little knives…what are they called? These are some nice knives though.

  • I have not tried any of the chef’s knives you reviewed but I do have some smaller ceramic knives and I would strongly consider purchasing the Alpha Inspirations Ceramic Chef’s Knife. The ceramic knives have given me superior service with the ability to make incredibly thin slices.

  • I haven’t used any of the knives on this list, but I’d LOVE to try the Victorinox and the price point is perfect for me right now!

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