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 need a knife that feels as if it’s been handpicked for you and that will become the central point of your cooking experience.
After asking dozens of chefs and cutlery experts what their opinion on this subject is, we’ve reached the following conclusions:
- A good chef knife should be both delicate and precise
- Price should not be the main criterion when choosing a chef knife
- Balance is extremely important – when gripping its handle, the knife should not feel unstable
- Size it up. For home cooking, you should choose an 8’’ chef knife. For professional cooking, go for a 10-12’’ blade, as it can cut more volume.
In order to make chop shopping a bit easier for our readers, we’ve decided to compile a list of the 10 best chef knives to purchase this year. Our top contenders are Japanese, German, and Swiss knives and their prices range anywhere from $30-$150.
10. Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef’s 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!!”
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.
9. Zelite Infinity Chef Knife Comfort-Pro Series
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”
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.
8. Alpha Inspirations Ceramic Chef’s Knife
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.”
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, you won’t even need to sharpen their blade; 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.
7. Imarku Pro Kitchen Chef’s Knife
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.”
The #1 bestseller in Amazon’s gyutou knives department, this eight-inch beauty from Imarku is definitely a contender for the best chef knife. It’s a Japanese blade 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, yet its curved edge and ergonomic handle make it quite comfortable despite its power.
If you’re looking for a tough but practical chef’s knife, try this one from the Land of the Rising Sun.
6. Allezola Professional Chef’s Knife
Slicing and dicing, July 18, 2017
“Great balance. Sharp as Steven Colbert’s wit”
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 8.0, so it’s unique on top of everything else.
5. Mercer Tool Corp. Genesis 6″ Short Bolster Forged Chef’s Knife
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.”
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.
4. COZILIFE Chef Knife Pakka Wood Handle
Excellent for any kitchen, July 18, 2017
Really balanced in the palm, incredibly sharp, accurate. Glad I bought it
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.
3. Chef Knife by Kutt
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”
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, while helping you creating any international cuisine you desire.
2. ZELITE INFINITY Chef Knife Alpha-Royal Series
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.”
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.
1. DALSTRONG Chef’s Knife
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.”
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.
These were our top 10 recommendations for the best chef knives this year. Have you tried any of them? What are your favorites? Let us know in the comment section below.