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1. Furi Rachael Ray 7-Inch East/West
$49.99
2. Furi Rachael Ray 5-Inch East/West
list($120.00)
3. Wüsthof Grand Prix 8-Inch Cook's
$195.00 list($243.00)
4. Shun Ken Onion Chef's Knife
$82.00 $81.95 list($77.99)
5. Global 8-Inch Chef's Knife
$29.99 $23.00 list($37.50)
6. Victorinox 8-Inch Chef's Knife
$56.00 $55.95 list($54.99)
7. Global 5-1/2-Inch Vegetable Knife
$49.99 $46.95 list($75.00)
8. Wüsthof Classic 4-1/2-Inch Multiprep
$69.99 $64.95 list($94.00)
9. Wüsthof Classic 6-Inch Cook's
$121.00 $120.95
10. Global 10-Inch Chef's Knife
$59.99 $47.95 list($88.00)
11. Wüsthof Classic 5-Inch Cook's
$36.00 $35.95 list($33.99)
12. Global 4-1/2-Inch Utility Knife
$89.99 list($109.00)
13. Henckels Pro S 8-Inch High Carbon
$119.99 list($175.00)
14. Kyocera Ceramic Chef's Knife,
$19.95
15. Komachi Series 6-1/2-Inch Chef’s
$79.99 list($104.00)
16. Henckels Four Star 8-Inch High
$89.99 $89.95 list($120.00)
17. Wüsthof Classic 8-Inch Cook's
$31.99 $24.99 list($54.00)
18. Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery
$102.95 $101.99 list($129.00)
19. Shun Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife
$82.00 $81.95 list()
20. Global 7-Inch Vegetable Knife

1. Furi Rachael Ray 7-Inch East/West Coppertail Knife
list price: $69.99
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B00081J2KK
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Furi Cutlery
Sales Rank: 369
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Features

  • Lightweight; easy-to-clean; lifetime warranty for manufacturing or materials defects
  • 7-inch santoku; designed for and used by celebrity chef Rachael Ray
  • Rocks like rounded, Western-style chef's knife, yet chops like traditional santoku
  • Made of single piece of high-carbon stainless steel; seamless, hygienic construction
  • Wedge-shaped, ergonomic handle with slip-resistant grooves; co-designed with arthritic chefs

2. Furi Rachael Ray 5-Inch East/West Coppertail Knife
list price: $49.99
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B00081J2KA
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Furi Cutlery
Sales Rank: 438
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Features

  • Lightweight; easy-to-clean; lifetime warranty for manufacturing or materials defects
  • 5-inch santoku; designed for and used by celebrity chef Rachael Ray
  • Rocks like rounded, Western-style chef's knife, yet chops like traditional santoku
  • Made of single piece of high-carbon stainless steel; seamless, hygienic construction
  • Wedge-shaped, ergonomic handle with slip-resistant grooves; co-designed with arthritic chefs

3. Wüsthof Grand Prix 8-Inch Cook's Knife
list price: $120.00
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Asin: B00005MEI5
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Wusthof
Sales Rank: 1448
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Made in Germany
  • 8-inch blade, great for mincing, chopping, and slicing
  • Blade is hand forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel
  • Ergonomic, permanently bonded black handle
  • Lifetime warranty

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars I cook for a living...
First, don't let anyone fool you, there are two or three dozen excellent knife makers out there...you just haven't found them yet. I have 9 different brands/lines in my "work bag" and they are ALL flawless.
I bought a 7 piece set of "Grand Prix" knives for my grrlfren two years ago because they were a bargain and all of a sudden she likes to cook. I have used her 8 inch chef's knife and although I think that Wusthof is mostly junk ... I LOVED this knife! Great grip, balance and edge, easy to re-hone and VERY comfy.
I give this one 5*s (but not in my work bag ;-)

5-0 out of 5 stars use it in an industral kitchen
I bought this knife with out doing any home work, I just liked the feeling of it in my hand. I then put it throught 4 years plus of using it five days a week, eight hours a day in an industral kitchen. The knife keeps a razor edge, easy to clean, and it's one of the best knives in the kitchen. If you own one kitchen knife, then this is the one you want. The Trident/Wüsthof Grand Prix series is one of the best buys for your money, hands down beating hankels (which suck by the way). Consumers Report did an evaluation on kitchen knifes, and this knife was the #1 knife.

5-0 out of 5 stars I never thought I could fall in love with a knife . . .
. . . but I did! I can't tell you how awesome these Wustohof Grand Prix knives are, but I'll try. You really need to hold them in your hand, use them on an onion or a stalk of celery, to know the joy of using them. It's almost like your hand becomes part of the blade, like you're slicing and dicing with your mind and your eyes rather than your hands and wrist. I can't believe I made do with that gnarly set of Farberware laser-cut knived fot the past five years (and worse before that). I always thought that any old knife would do--but now I'm spoiled! Yes, they cost a lot of money--but believe me, they are worth it, and you'll want to pamper them (not for what they cost you, but because they DESERVE it!). GET THESE KNIVES--DON'T THINK TWICE. It will be love at first grasp.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great all around chef knife
Before Christmas of 2001, I knew nothing about professional kitchen knives. Then I heard my parents mention how poorly their old knives were cutting, so I decided to treat them to something really nice for Christmas. After much research, I narrowed my choice down to two companies, Wusthof and Henckels. I read more positive reviews of Wusthof, and liked the look of their knives more, so I bought this knife for them. The following is my review as an (non-chef) educated consumer.

Apparently chef's knives commonly come in 6, 8, and 10-inch varieties. I went with the average of those (the 8-inch) for a combination of good weight and control.

Purely for aesthetics, I went with the grand prix style handle over the classic. If you're curious, grand prix is a modern-looking black handle with a non-slip surface; the classic is wooden with rivets. The actual blade is exactly the same in either style.

Christmas morning, my parents unwrapped the gift. The box the knife comes in is pretty simple, but shows it off nicely. What was their first reaction? "Wow this is beautiful, but it scares us to death!" This knife has some weight to it, and the edge is *extremely* sharp. Unless you are a bladed weapon collector, or a chef, this will probably be the sharpest knife you've ever used.

About a month later, I checked back in with my parents to see if they actually used the thing. They are in love with it! They told me after a month or so of getting used to the weight and sharpness, they now can't live without it. From what I'm told, they use it on everything from vegetables to meats. They tell me it cuts through pretty much anything (except bones obviously, don't try to do that!) like a laser. They tell me the only thing this knife is not good for is tasks that require small details. It is, after all, 8 inches long. So, they've hinted about getting them a smaller Wusthof pairing knife for next Christmas! What have I gotten myself into?

Important: Please be careful with this knife, it's insanely sharp. Don't put it in the dishwasher; wash it by hand. Consider having it professionally sharpened every 4-6 months or so at a kitchen store or knife shop. That way you'll get the longest life out of your knife. Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Chef Knife, Probably Best Size
There are really two main competitors in the high-end mainstream kitchen knife market: Henckels and Wusthof. Those who have used both usually have a preference. My preference (and therefore bias you should know about) is for the Wusthofs.

The Wusthof Grand Prix line is a more modern design than the Classic series, with a simple black handle. The balance and grip of these knives are as close to perfect as I have found. For those wondering what benefits a higher priced knife provides, one benefit is that the blade (or tang) is one piece all the way through the handle. This makes the blade much stronger, and less likely to snap.

This particular model, the 8 inch chef's knife, is a great knife. Wusthof offers three sizes of chef's knives, 6, 8 and 10 inch. For most home cooks, I think the 8 inch knife is the best choice. The 6 inch is a bit small for bigger jobs, but the 10 inch is too big for most jobs. While the 8 inch isn't perfect for all uses, if you are only buying one size chef's knife (and most people only buy one), this is the one I would recommend.

I highly recommend the Wusthof 8" chef's knife for most home cooks. ... Read more


4. Shun Ken Onion Chef's Knife
list price: $243.00
our price: $195.00
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Asin: B0007IR2MO
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Shun
Sales Rank: 15866
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Features

  • Dishwasher-safe; comes in gift box
  • Chef's knife; ergonomic, patent-pending design by Ken Onion
  • Forged VG-10 stainless-steel blade; super sharp; rust-resistant; Damascus steel
  • Specially-curved, stainless-steel bolster for optimal safety and control; releases arm tension
  • PakkaWood handle for strength and stability; resists moisture; fits neatly in the hand

5. Global 8-Inch Chef's Knife
list price: $77.99
our price: $82.00
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Asin: B00005OL44
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Yoshikin
Sales Rank: 806
Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

High tech from tip to handle, Global knives from Japan created a sensation when they burst onto the world's culinary stage as an alternative to traditional European-style cutlery. Blades are made of hard molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel and "face-ground" with a long taper rather than a short bevel so edges remain sharp longer than even the best high-carbon stainless-steel knives. Edges also are ground at a more acute angle than traditional European-style knives and arrive from the factory razor-sharp. Although Global also makes a "heavyweight" line for cooks who prefer hefty knives, its original knives--of which this 8-inch chef's knife is an example--have thinner blades and are lighter than traditional European-style knives. Global also dispensed with bolsters on its original knives to reduce weight. Balance is achieved by injecting a precise amount of sand for a particular blade style into a hollow handle. To ensure balance is continuous, the sand flows inside the handle as a blade is maneuvered. A finger notch between blade and handle provides safety.

Stainless-steel handles are Global's most striking feature. They're molded to fit the hand and dimpled to resist slipping. Smaller around than many European-style handles, they're easy for small-handed cooks to grasp and seamless for sanitation. Global recommends using a ceramic sharpener or a diamond steel instead of a metal sharpening steel for its knives, supplemented by a synthetic whetstone, a ceramic whetstone, or a Shinkansen sharpener. Global also makes a Sharpening Guide Rail so blades can be honed on a whetstone at the proper angle. Global knives should be hand washed to protect edges. They carry a lifetime warranty against defects and breakage. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Lifetime warranty against defects and breakage
  • Lightweight, precisely balanced 8-inch chef's knife
  • Blade made of high-tech molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel
  • Edge retains razor sharpness exceptionally well
  • Stainless-steel handle molded for comfort, dimpled for safe grip

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
This is one of the first global knives I bought. I loved it the first time I held it in my hands. What impressed me most was the perfect balance, the lightweight, and the sharpness. However, what may be perfect for me may not be perfect for you. I'd recommend anyone who is shopping for cutlery to go to a store and try how the knife feels in your hands before buying. And if you can borrow from a friend to try, that's even better.

Having used this knife for several years now, my initial impressions haven't changed. This is still my favorite knife for most tasks. I maintain it regularly with a steel and it is as sharp as it ever was. I have found though that for certain tasks like cutting slits into an onion for dicing or cutting root vegetables, I do prefer a heavier knife (that's why I bought another forged global knife), but that is just personal preference. All in all, a great general purpose kitchen knife.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best knife I've ever used, hands down
Where to start. I recently graduated from college, and still had my cheap, dull, second-hand knives that I used. I wanted to buy a good knife that would be good for a large number of uses, and one that would last me a long time. A beginning to a lifetime set, if you will. I did some research, and kept coming back to the Global knives. They're a little pricey, but man, its worth every penny.

Right out of the box, it had an edge that amazed me. Its got great balance, great quality, and best of all, great style. My girlfriend's first remark was, "That looks like some serial killer knife." I didn't notice it until afterwards, but they're the same knives that Patrick Bateman uses in American Psycho. Go figure.

I've used this knife for pretty much everything. For fish you can get perfect slices without any damage whatsoever to delicate flesh. But it really shines with tomatoes. I can take a super-ripe tomato and slice it into thin slices without causing the insides to gush all over, it just slides right through.

Bottom line, if you're looking for a great knife and don't mind spending an extra few bucks for quality, get this knife. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars This bad boy rocks
A knife is a knife is knife right? No not really. I had a friend who was a sushi chef, who the majority of his coworkers had these crazy custom made knives from japan that were imported (i dont even think they had a brand to them) but he was too cheap to pay and got a set of these. i tried his out right before i was ready to purchase some expensive henckles and found the balance and shape of the knife to be much more... well how can you describe a cutting expierience? i guess it was more cutt-arific...like i said i was ready to buy some henckles (spelling?) and he suggested to spend a few extra bucks and grab these... After forking over the dough, I have to say that I am huge huge fan of the global brand in general now and i bought one more knife and when i get the chance I am going to get more. i am excited to have some steak knives soon.

like others mentioned, these are lightweight, which some chef's and wannabe chefs probably would discredit or not like. Also the handles are smaller than other knives... but it doesn't seem to matter... i have big hands and i still love em'. they just feel good and they make me want to cut things for the sake of cutting... i guess i'm insane. call the mental institution

I have had mine for about 2 years now and still haven't sharpenend it yet (i use it a lot, i have yet to cut a tin can with it like Popeil would, but maybe some rainy day i'll try it)... anyway i'm not saying you don't need to sharpen them because it is probably a good idea... but i have yet to after two years of abuse and they seem to be about as sharp as when i first got them.

i would recommend this brand over others such as henckles or weisterholdodsodaidfpdslfj (or however you spell it). in fact i was so picky about making sure i found the knife that defined me as a person, that i forced the kids at the store up the street (williams sonoma) to let me play with a few different brands one evening after a cooking class and i have to say hands down this is my choice for knivery.

i'm sure there are others out there that might argue not having the weight on the knife is bad, but this damn thing is so sharp you don't need the weight. the only thing missing is a dragon in the blade (that was a joke referring to the QVC channel)

what else to say? the design is pretty damn contemporary and i have had several girls compliment me on them saying they look hip. in fact they did go well with the chicken, and i think they may have even raised brownie points!

maybe cooking utensils can define you as a person?

GO GLOBAL and HAPPY CUTTING!

5-0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY SHARP!!!!
If you are looking for the sharpest, lightest knife you will ever own, this is the knife for you! I have a recovered thumb (three stitches and a 5 hour emergency room visit) to prove it! And I KNOW how to use a knife with chef training under my belt... Just be careful because you won't believe how sharp it is!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Cut through a whole chicken like nuthin!
I just got my Global chef's knife last week. First cut was to split a chicken in half. It did it with one clean slice. No chopping, just slicing. No bones about it, I was amazed. Time will tell how well this knife holds up but all indications is that its got legs. The second chore was to slice fruit the next morning, it handled this job with aplomb. ... Read more


6. Victorinox 8-Inch Chef's Knife
list price: $37.50
our price: $29.99
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Asin: B0000E63ZQ
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Victorinox
Sales Rank: 1569
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Dishwasher-safe; lifetime warranty; made in Switzerland
  • 8-inch chef¿s knife for chopping, dicing, and slicing
  • Stamped from a single piece of high-carbon, stain-resistant steel
  • Includes locking blade protector for safe storage and transport
  • Patented Fibrox handle construction; hygienic and slip-resistant

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars A great blade
Like the other reviewer of this knife, I read the review in Cook's Illustrated and was curious. My friends all have the fancy $80 German blades...could this one be as good? I've owned mine for a year now and it's great. If you look in any professional kitchen, you'll see knives similar to this one, if not this exact brand. A workhorse of a knife, and a darned good deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Fantastic Knife!
This is really a great knife at a super price! I was very skeptical about purchasing a stamped knife rather than a forged one but I took a leap of faith and purchased it based on a top rating by Cook's Illustrated. It quickly became my knife of choice. The blade remains incredibly sharp for far longer than any similiar knife. But the real beauty of this knife is in the handle feel and blade balance. Unlike any other chef knife I have ever used, I can work all day with this knife with little hand fatigue or blisters. The handle remains firm in my hand even when wet or oily. I strongly recommend this knife - you won't be sorry. It is a real winner! ... Read more


7. Global 5-1/2-Inch Vegetable Knife
list price: $54.99
our price: $56.00
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Asin: B00005OL3V
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Yoshikin
Sales Rank: 1940
Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

High tech from tip to handle, Global knives from Japan created a sensation when they burst onto the world's culinary stage as an alternative to traditional European-style cutlery. Blades are made of hard molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel and "face-ground" with a long taper rather than a short bevel so edges remain sharp longer than even the best high-carbon stainless-steel knives. Edges also are ground at a more acute angle than traditional European-style knives and arrive from the factory razor-sharp. Although Global also makes a "heavyweight" line for cooks who prefer hefty knives, its original knives--of which this 5-1/2-inch knife for precisely slicing and chopping vegetables is an example--have thinner blades and are lighter than traditional European-style knives. Global also dispensed with bolsters on its original knives to reduce weight. Balance is achieved by injecting a precise amount of sand for a particular blade style into a hollow handle. To ensure balance is continuous, the sand flows inside the handle as a blade is maneuvered. A finger notch between blade and handle provides safety.

Stainless-steel handles are Global's most striking feature. They're molded to fit the hand and dimpled to resist slipping. Smaller around than many European-style handles, they're easy for small-handed cooks to grasp and seamless for sanitation. Global recommends using a ceramic sharpener or a diamond steel instead of a metal sharpening steel for its knives, supplemented by a synthetic whetstone, a ceramic whetstone, or a Shinkansen sharpener. Global also makes a Sharpening Guide Rail so blades can be honed on a whetstone at the proper angle. Global knives should be hand washed to protect edges. They carry a lifetime warranty against defects and breakage. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Lifetime warranty against defects and breakage
  • Lightweight, precisely balanced 5-1/2-inch knife for slicing, chopping vegetables
  • Blade made of high-tech molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel
  • Edge retains razor sharpness exceptionally well
  • Stainless-steel handle molded for comfort, dimpled for safe grip

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Compromise
I truley adore my global vegetable kife. My husband grew up only using a giant meat cleaver in his family kitchen. So he believed that you only needed one knife in the kitchen of all uses. So for him to actually pick up this knife to use for normal day to day use is a major accomplishment.

Great balance, Beautiful design, keeps its edge, and a lot less intimidating then a giant meat cleaver.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE hard vegetable knife
I got this knife because chef's knives are too wide at the back and wedge the cuts and santoku knives with their ultra thin edges should be saved for softer foods. For cutting squash,carrots and other hard foods this knife is perfect. Great balance, amazingly sharp, cleans easily, and worth every penny.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just about perfect!
I loved my 8 inch Global chef knife so much I ordered this veggie knife. Oh wow, this thing is perfectly balanced and because of it's smaller size it is just about perfect for most veggies. It also fits in your hand extremely well. If you are going to cut up a potato, it is hard to beat the chef's knife. However, for cutting up a tomato, carrot, etc. this thing is the best tool I have ever used. Just wonderful!

5-0 out of 5 stars winner in every way
Until 2 years ago, I used German knives, but even though I steeled with every use, they seemed to dull too quickly. When introduced to the Global line, the first thing that struck me was how well they held a razor sharp edge. Add to that excellent balance and outstanding design and you have top stock!

I've 8 in my collection now and my previous work horse 10" chefs knife has been relegated to cutting pizza!

The only other piece that rates a bit higher is my KASUMI DAMASCUS Japanese SANTOKU Chefs Knife... that is my all time favorite piece.

In summary, this global vegetable knife serves us well everyday. It is simply a pleasure to use, doing its job well while never stressing your grip.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Knife
This is a really great knife. It looks great, is really sharp and fits well in your hand. ... Read more


8. Wüsthof Classic 4-1/2-Inch Multiprep Cook's Knife
list price: $75.00
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B0001FAT7S
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Wusthof
Sales Rank: 5028
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Amazon.com

The Wusthof Classic 4-1/2-inch Multiprep knife combines the strengths of two different knives without compromising its own usefulness. It has the leverage of a cook's knife but is light and agile enough to be used for paring and peeling jobs, too. The wide blade and long curve of a bigger cook's knife allows for slicing, mincing, chopping, and dicing, and it's shorter and lighter to give the maneuverability of a parer. Of course there may still be times when a knife more specifically suited to a certain task might be preferable. But the 4-1/2-inch Multiprep is a wonderful all-purpose kitchen knife for a novice cook, and its lightness translates into portability for catering, camping, or cookouts.

Wusthof-Trident employs almost 200 years of experience in designing their knives. On each of Wusthof's Classic knives, the blade, bolster, and tang are forged (as opposed to stamped) from a single piece of steel. Wusthof uses a high-carbon stainless steel that retains the edge and resists wear; each knife has the alloy's formula printed on the blade. The blade is polished to a super-sharp edge and then hand-buffed. Its slightly curved edge--for a smooth rocking motion on the cutting board--is laser tested to ensure a uniform surface.

As with all Wusthof Classic knives, the black synthetic handle is built for strength and durability; it's triple-riveted to the steel tang, which shows through on the edges. Though technically dishwasher-safe, Wusthof recommends that their knives be hand washed to preserve their fine cutting edges. The Wusthof Classic Multiprep knife has a 4-1/2-inch blade and is 9 inches long including the handle. Wusthof offers a limited lifetime guarantee that its knives will be free of defects in materials or craftsmanship. --Garland Withers ... Read more

Features

  • Professional-quality, black-handled, 4-1/2-inch forged steel cook's knife
  • Forged tang-to-tip from high-carbon stainless steel; solid triple-riveted handle
  • Cook's-knife contours and finger guard with parer's heft for flexibility and agility
  • Dishwasher-safe; hand-washing is recommended to preserve sharpness
  • 4-1/2-by-1-1/4-inch blade; 9 inches long; limited lifetime guarantee

9. Wüsthof Classic 6-Inch Cook's Knife
list price: $94.00
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B00005MEGR
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Wusthof
Sales Rank: 2826
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Heavy 6-inch blade superior for chopping and other cutting tasks
  • Forged high-carbon stainless steel blade, hand-honed for razor-like sharpness
  • Traditional-style composition handle is triple-riveted for strength and permanence
  • Dishwasher safe

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Delightful
Previous to owning any quality knives I had always used an 8 inch chef's knife for most kitchen tasks, because It was the only one I bothered to keep sharp. Later I acquired 4 Pro-S blades. I still used the 8 inch predominantly at first, but grew close to a 4 inch parer in thr group. I had always wanted to try a Wusthof Classic to see what the difference is if any in craftsmenship of the blade, handle etc. Additionally the slightly more curved shape of the Wusthof blade seemed to appeal. I was also wondering about the usefulness of having a knife in between the parer, and the 8 inch chefs yet, with more heft than a 6 inch slicer. This wusthof 6inch Chef's knife has proven to be the perfect knife for filling that gap. It is wonderful for cutting on smaller cutting boards when grilling on the patio. The greater amount of curve in the blade shape than that found in a similar Henckel seems to give more freedom of movement, and replacement on the cutting surface during use. As far as the handles go, I actually prefer the handles on the Henckel Pro-S knives. The "corners" are rounded down more on the Pro-s knive.

5-0 out of 5 stars How big is your hand? and what will you be cutting?
This high quality model with its forged blade, good weight, and full tang handle is an excellent choice, overall. However, knives need to be bought with the end user in mind. The first question--how big is your hand?--is THE critical question to answer before buying an expensive chef's knife for the average home cook. (Professional chefs trained in culinary techniques have their own needs, which will differ from the rest of us.)

If you are a woman with small to average sized hands, you may prefer a 6 inch chef's knife for most of your chopping/slicing needs. If you are a man with large hands, the 6 inch size will likely feel too small.

Our kitchen has both the 6 and 8 inch sizes. The 8 inch was a wedding gift, bought to fit my husband. I tend to use the larger one when cutting heavy or thick items, but the majority of the time, the 6 inch chef's knife is the one I reach for. (I bought that after trying to accommodate unsuccessfully to the larger size.) However, when I'm cutting something really big or dense, I do reach for the 8 inch knife.

For most people looking for quality knives, this will fit the bill. I recommend that you consider starting with this one.

A final note: Please don't put a knife of this quality in the dishwasher. If you're worried about salmonella after using it on poultry, a spray of kitchen disinfectant or of a dilute bleach solution will take care of that. (After all, you can't put the countertop in the dishwasher!) Plan to hand wash it immediately in hot soapy water, learn to use a steel properly and sharpen with a good quality sharpener as needed. In return, this knife will provide you with a lifetime of service and is likely to outlast you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Handles MOST jobs the 8 inch Cook's knife does
I have Wusthof chef's knives that range in size from this 6 inch up to the 12 inch Wusthof, The 6 inch seems to be the one that gets used the most for kitchen chores. Most "professional" chef's and even Wusthof sales literature call the Wusthof 8 inch cook's knife the "flag ship" of their line. Indicating that it's a "must have" for the home kitchen. Since Amazon doesn't allow price quotations in their reviews check for yourself, the difference between the 6 inch and 8 inch Wusthof Cook's knives.
For the difference, I can also buy another knife I truly feel IS a "must have" - a good Wusthof paring knife.
The 6 inch model is well balanced, sharp from the factory as are all Wusthof knives, easy to maneuver. If you're building a good knife set I recommend looking at the 6 inch Wusthof and comparing it to the 8 inch. The extra difference in price could be better spent on the paring knife. The 6 inch is made with the same high quality metal as the 8 inch too.

John Row

5-0 out of 5 stars the knife i use the most...
This is an overall excellent kitchen knife! Its a great size, not too big for easy use or storing. It is something I use almost everyday for most cutting jobs. I will say that for larger, harder veggies, like winter squash i think i could use a bigger knife...but if i had to pick one, i would pick this one. I bought a shapening tool at the same time and use it often.

After every use I wash and dry it totally. Leaving these knives to drip dry (or using a dishwasher) will i think stain the blade. I do have a dark water spot or two from before i realized this.

The knife is sturdy. When you are cutting, if the blade is sharp you do not feel like it will *slip* off the food your cutting. Its solid but not heavy...

5-0 out of 5 stars Housewife
This is the perfect knife for me. I'm not a chef by any means, just a normal homemaker, and this 6 inch knife fits perfectly in my kitchen. It does most jobs very nicely and is small enough that I feel comfortable using it everyday. I use it for almost everything from fruits and veggies to all kinds of meats. The blade is excelent, and the full tang construction really adds a nice weight and balance to the knife as well as strength.
Overall, my knive of choice! ... Read more


10. Global 10-Inch Chef's Knife
list price: $121.00
our price: $121.00
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Asin: B00005OL4O
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Yoshikin
Sales Rank: 7715
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

High tech from tip to handle, Global knives from Japan created a sensation when they burst onto the world's culinary stage as an alternative to traditional European-style cutlery. Blades are made of hard molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel and "face-ground" with a long taper rather than a short bevel so edges remain sharp longer than even the best high-carbon stainless-steel knives. Edges also are ground at a more acute angle than traditional European-style knives and arrive from the factory razor-sharp. Although Global also makes a "heavyweight" line for cooks who like hefty knives, its original knives--of which this one is an example--have thinner blades and are lighter than traditional European-style knives. This 10-inch chef's knife, however, is intended for large-handed cooks and is relatively heavy. Global also dispensed with bolsters on its original knives to reduce weight. Balance is achieved by injecting a precise amount of sand for a particular blade style into a hollow handle. To ensure balance is continuous, the sand flows inside the handle as a blade is maneuvered. A finger notch between blade and handle provides safety.

Stainless-steel handles are Global's most striking feature. They're molded to fit the hand and dimpled to resist slipping. Smaller around than many European-style handles, they're easy for small-handed cooks to grasp and seamless for sanitation. Global recommends using a ceramic sharpener or a diamond steel instead of a metal sharpening steel for its knives, supplemented by a synthetic whetstone, a ceramic whetstone, or a Shinkansen sharpener. Global also makes a Sharpening Guide Rail so blades can be honed on a whetstone at the proper angle. Global knives should be hand washed to protect edges. They carry a lifetime warranty against defects and breakage. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Lifetime warranty against defects and breakage
  • Precisely balanced 10-inch chef's knife for chopping, mincing
  • Blade made of high-tech molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel
  • Edge retains razor sharpness exceptionally well
  • Stainless-steel handle molded for comfort, dimpled for safe grip

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Sharp as nothing else, extremly well balanced.
I have the 12 inch version of this knife as well
as the 10 inch bread knife!

Both are incredibly sharp and wonderfully balanced.
Global knives use a very hard steel, so they are not
dish washer proof and need to be cleaned and dried
by hand after use! On the other hand it means they
stay sharp for longer! Another detail is that they
use a non-standard angle for the blade, so a normal
knife sharpener will not work on them as well...

Very expensive, but will last very, very long if

cared for and I really love these knives. I take
them with me whenever I go to a cooking/eating party
at friends places, as using other knives just feels
awkward now...

worth every penny....

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I recently got this knife; I had been wanting a Global Chef's knife since I was given a Global utility knife as a gift. I was very impressed with it, to say the least.
This knife is very sharp and Stays sharp. Unlike the famous European colleagues that look very classic, but go dull in a short time and require round the clock steeling and sharpening, the Global can do the same amount of work with much less upkeep.
I would recommend this knife to anyone working in a kitchen, commercial or home use.
It is extremely light, and perfectly balanced. I use it at work, and it has never let me down. I do recommend the handheld sharpener for touch-ups, it returns the blade to a close factory edge.
It should be noted that the handle should be kept dry when you are working, because it will slip because of the nature of the design. That is it's only flaw.

4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful tool
The Global 10" is a great knife that comes with a very sharp edge. It is rather light (at least for a 10" knife) and is well balanced. It is well situated for both slicing meats and cutting and dicing vegetables, as it is easy to hold the knife forward towards its blade for a quick and balanced wrist action. The only reason I gave this knife 4 stars and not five is due to the handle. While it is dimpled it can still get slippery when cutting fatty meat. I would prefer a synthetic handle covering, but otherwise this is a well designed tool -- perhaps the best chef's knife available now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfectly balanced and versatile
I actually bought this knife locally and compared with the 8.25" GF-33, 10.5" GF-34 and 11" G-17 without knowing the size of each (they were pulled bare from a display case.) This forced me to pick the knife that actually felt best in my hands. I already own the 6.25" chef's knife so the 8.25 was out. The two bigger knives felt, well, too big and heavy. The 10" felt just right when held properly - thumb and forefinger on the aft most portion of the blade (just ahead of the handle.) The long slender profile really works in a knife of this length. It makes it feel more manageable without sacrificing the strengthes. The strengthes are of course more "rocking" length and more momentum when slicing. You cut right through an onion with minimal effort. If I were starting all over I'd skip the 6.25 and go straight for the 10. That being said, you really should hold a knife before you buy it since personal preference means everything.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite...
I own both wusthof-trident and henckels sets but this is my favorite knife. I wasn't sure if a 10 inch was too large and unwieldy but this knife is beautifully balanced and so light weight that I have had no problem. Another great featuere is the fact that it is one solid piece so there is no yucky gunk that gets trapped in the haft or hinge area.

It sharpens very easily on a hardware store whetstone and for the finicky there are cheap knife guides available from the manufacturer to guarantee that you have the correct angle when grinding and sharpening.

If you want light weight with a very nice edge in combination with easy maintenace I would choose Global over either Wusthof or Henckels. For the style conscious -- it is very cool looking indeed. ... Read more


11. Wüsthof Classic 5-Inch Cook's Knife
list price: $88.00
our price: $59.99
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Asin: B00005MGKB
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Wusthof
Sales Rank: 3079
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Cook's knives are indispensable kitchen helpers. They perform a widevariety of cutting chores, from mincing to dicing and slicing. The 5-inch bladeof this definitive example provides sufficient heft to allow the knife ratherthan the cook to do most of the cutting labor; it's modest blade length makes itparticularly useful for small chopping jobs, slicing, and cubing. Many peoplefavor a cook's knife of this size because it combines the maneuverability of aparing knife with the strength and weight of a larger cook's knife.

Part of the Classic series, the knife represents two centuries of unexcelledWüsthof craftsmanship. Like other cutlery in the series, it's hand-forgedfrom a single piece of stainless steel for maximum strength; the hand-polishedblade is exactingly calibrated to be hard enough to resist dulling yet softenough to take a keen edge when it's honed or sharpened. Dishwasher-safe andwith a traditionally shaped, ergonomically designed handle that istriple-riveted for durability, this knife brings a guaranteed lifetime oflow-maintenance cutting to any cook who owns it. --Arthur Boehm ... Read more

Features

  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Heavy 5-inch blade superior for chopping and other cutting tasks
  • Forged high-carbon stainless steel blade, hand-honed for razor-like sharpness
  • Traditional-style composition handle is triple-riveted for strength and permanence
  • Dishwasher safe

Reviews (10)

3-0 out of 5 stars a compromise knife which does not do anything perfectly
I already have the 6 and the 8 inch wide wusthof chef's knives. I was looking for a more intermediate knife, which might let me chop, pare, slice and trim some without having to change knifes all the time.

After spending 4 weeks experimenting with it in depth, these are my conclusions:

- chopping - the blade is not quite wide enough or its curve convex enough, so when making a lot of chopping you end up rapping your fingers against the butcher block when doing your downward movement. You can still chop by being a bit careful, but it is way more efficient to use the 6" wide chef's knife or bigger.
- paring - too long, too wide, too heavy
- trimming and slicing - easy and comfortable

All in all, as a compromise knife I like the 3.5" wide blade Global knife a lot better - it is wide enough to chop and small enough to pare (although if you wanted to do a lot of paring you would want to use a true parer). Still, it is a good short utility knife and if that is the purpose of your purchase I would have not problem recommending it for that use.

My recommendation to Wusthof - come out with a knife that would have a 3" to 4" blade, a bit more curvy than this one, a touch wider at the base of the blade, with a handle that is slightly angled up from the horizontal (to avoid rapping the bottom of your fingers against the table) and you would have an awesome general purpose kitchen knife -I would also release it in the high end wusthof line, which has an awesome handle, rather than the triple rivet handle.

Best to all from camisdad

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Knife, Too Short
There are really two main competitors in the high-end mainstream kitchen knife market: Henckels and Wusthof. Those who have used both usually have a preference. My preference (and therefore bias you should know about) is for the Wusthofs.

The Wusthof Grand Prix line is a more modern design than the Classic series, with a simple black handle. The balance and grip of these knives are as close to perfect as I have found. For those wondering what benefits a higher priced knife provides, one benefit is that the blade (or tang) is one piece all the way through the handle. This makes the blade much stronger, and less likely to snap.

This particular model, the 5 inch cook's (or chef's) knife, is a good knife. Wusthof offers four sizes of chef's knives in the Classic line, 5, 6, 8 and 10 inch. For most home cooks, I think the 8 inch knife is the best choice. This knife, the 5 inch, is a bit small for bigger jobs (even smaller than the 6 inch). However, the 10 inch is too big for most jobs. While the 8 inch isn't perfect for all uses, if you are only buying one size chef's knife (and most people only buy one), the 8 inch is the knife I would recommend.

Therefore, if you are buying your first cook's knife, I would recommend the 8 inch size. This is a great knife, but I don't think the size is right for mainstream users.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best knives
I have owned several sets of "never need sharpening knives" and other varieties, but this is absolutely the best set of knives I have ever owned. They slice through so easily and with no mashing of whatever you're trying to slice. They do need an occasional sharpening, but that little bit of effort is well worth it. Also, the knife extends all the way to the end of the handle, so it won't seperate from the blade or break like so many others have...especially while trying to slice through hard cheeses. Excellent knife. You really don't need a whole set though, as one serated and one straight would be sufficient.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet Knife
Ok, a lot of people are talking about the size of this knife compared to larger chef's knives. But, really, how many of us are cooking a feast every day? If you are, then, maybe you do need an arsenal of (bigger) knives. But for people who are simply making the family dinner, this is the perfect knife. It easily transitions from job to job and, at the end of the evening, you're not washing 17 knives.

It's fantastically weighted and balanced, has enough room so that your knuckles don't hit the cutting board (unlike smaller utility knives) and does every job that I've ever needed as I've made supper.

5-0 out of 5 stars Size matters
The right chef's knife can change prep time from a chore to a joy: mincing herbs, chopping veggies, opening squash and melons, even carving meat in a pinch. Wusthof makes some of the best - forged of high carbon stainless to keep an edge without being fragile, fully tanged and bolstered for heft and balance, with a comfortable, ergonomically-correct handle that can stand up to water and wear. You will use this for a lifetime.

SO: DON'T buy the five-inch because it's the cheapest one in the line. A chef's knife that's comfortable in the hand is a perfect tool. A knife that's too small is not worth the money. Anyone can use a five-inch knife for occasional fine mincing, but for chopping and carving, the five-inch is about right balance for a petite woman or very small man. Measure your chopping hand from the base of the thumb to the end of the pinkie - if that length is between five and six inches, this is your knife. If not, get a bigger one. ... Read more


12. Global 4-1/2-Inch Utility Knife
list price: $33.99
our price: $36.00
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Asin: B00005OL3M
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Yoshikin
Sales Rank: 2800
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

High-tech from tip to handle, Global knives from Japan createda sensation when they burst onto the world's culinary stage as analternative to traditional European-style cutlery. Blades are made ofhard molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel and "face-ground" with a longtaper, rather than a short bevel, so edges remain sharp longer thaneven the best high-carbon stainless-steel knives. Edges also are groundat a more acute angle than traditional European-style knives and arrivefrom the factory razor sharp. Although Global's original knives havethinner blades and are lighter than traditional European-style knives,Global also makes a European-style heavyweight line for cooks whoprefer hefty cutlery—-such as this 4-1/2-inch utility knife. Globalalso dispensed with bolsters on most of its knives, including this one.Most Global knives have hollow handles, but the handle on this knife issolid.

Stainless-steel handles are Global's most striking feature. They'remolded to fit the hand and dimpled to resist slipping. Smaller aroundthan many European-style handles, they're easy for small-handed cooksto grasp, and the seamless construction between handle and blade ismore sanitary. This knife's wedge-shaped handle is particularly wellengineered for grasping securely with a relaxed hand. Global recommendsusing a ceramicsharpener or a diamond steel instead of a metal sharpening steelfor its knives, supplemented by a synthetic whetstone, a ceramic whetstone, or a Shinkansen Sharpener.Global also makes a sharpening guide set soblades can be honed on a whetstone at the proper angle. Global knivesshould be hand washed to protect edges. They carry a lifetime warrantyagainst defects and breakage. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Lifetime warranty against defects and breakage
  • Lightweight, precisely balanced 4-1/2-inch knife for myriad tasks
  • Blade made of high-tech molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel
  • Edge retains razor sharpness exceptionally well
  • Stainless-steel handle molded for comfort, dimpled for safe grip

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars The finest paring knife you can aquire
I have been an avid amateur cook for 25 years and have worked with a wide variety of kitchen tools during that period. Knives that I have utilized range from the "cheap but effective" to the finest products from Henckels. But the knives I use daily are the Globals', and the one that I cannot be without is this one. Although it is designated by the manufacturer as a Utility knife, it is simply the best paring knife I have ever used, and I've gone through a lot of them. Its razor sharpness is easily maintained, it has a perfect heft and balance, and it is exactly the "right" size and shape. It just feels great. Sorry if I sound so effusive -- I am not connected with the Global Corporation in any way -- but I would recommend this knife to any serious cook who has exacting standards in kitchenware. ... Read more


13. Henckels Pro S 8-Inch High Carbon Stainless Steel Chef's Knife
list price: $109.00
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B00004RFLI
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: J.A. Henckels
Sales Rank: 2372
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This is a classic French chef's knife, with a broad blade and a curved cutting edge for rocking through a chopping task. The 8-inch blade suits most cooks, though those withsmall hands might prefer a 6-inch knife, and those with bigger hands might choose a 10-inch one. Classic three-rivet handles distinguish Pro S from Henckels' other quality lines: TwinStar, Five Star, and Four Star. Pro S handles are heavier and its knives less weight-forward. The steel used in the Pro S line is identical to that of the Five and Four Star lines. High-tech welding of knives this size and larger combines three steel types into what appears to be a single piece, so a knife's parts have distinct characteristics: a hard edge; a strong, stain-resistant bolster; and a stain- and corrosion-resistant tang. Traditionalists insist on single-piece forging for strength, but Henckels says the invisible welds are actually stronger than the steel. While this chef's knife is dishwasher-safe, hand washing is recommended. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars All the knife you'll ever need.
You can spend a lot more on a knife, but you won't buy any better performance where it counts, in the kitchen. Made of sharpenable stainless with a synthetic handle that will never loosen or break apart, this knife has a nice heft and a good edge and should last most home chefs a lifetime. Give it a few strokes with the steel every time you use it and the edge will last for years without needing to see a sharpening stone.

If your cutlery drawer is full of various inexpensive supermarket blades, "miracle" knives and the like, throw them all out and buy one decent blade like this, and you may be amazed how versatile a simple, quality knife can be.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfiect edge and perfect balance
I recently purchased this knife and am overjoyed with the performance. If you don't have a well balanced professional knife you can't imagine how nice it is to work with one. I went to the local restaurant supply stores and handled several brands and sizes to see what felt best. The Henckels Pro S 8" was the best. The 10" seemed top heavy but I'm sure someone else may feel different. The blade holds an incredible edge as well. I steel the blade before each use to keep the edge in the best cutting condition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Save the Cuisinart for BIG jobs
We live on our boat and don't leave the Cuisinart on the galley counter. I found that there is little reason to break out the Cuisinart unless I have a large amount of food to process. The 8 inch Pro S has stayed sharp and in the year I have owned it have only used the honing steel to keep the knife in perfect condition. Use a plastic or wood cutting board and use the steel and enjoy this fine knife. I plan to buy the six inch model soon.
Al

5-0 out of 5 stars A High Quality Kitchen Workhorse
The 8" chef knife is an absolute joy to use in the kitchen. It actually makes prep work enjoyable. Chopping, slicing, dicing, etc. are now effortless. It's razor sharp and stays honed that way for quite sometime under heavy use. I am very good at maintaing its edge by hand, and its high quality carbon steel blade lends itself perfectly to this task compared to stainless steel blades. If you purchase a quality knife such as this, it is imperative that you maintain its edge preferably via manual sharpining or with an electric sharpener. ... Read more


14. Kyocera Ceramic Chef's Knife, Wood Handle, White Blade, 6 in.
list price: $175.00
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Asin: B00069R8S2
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Kyocera
Sales Rank: 23766
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Product Description

6 in. Ceramic blade stain and rust resistant, no metallic taste or smell, lasts many months or years without it being sharpened. Has a light weight and is perfectly balanced. Laminated wood handle. ... Read more


15. Komachi Series 6-1/2-Inch Chef’s Meat Knife
list price: $19.95
our price: $19.95
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Asin: B000288KDO
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Komachi
Sales Rank: 616
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Amazon.com Review

Measuring 6-1/2 inches in length, the straight blade with a slightly curved tip of Komachi’s chef’s knife comfortably cuts meat of any variety. Whether cubing beef or dicingchicken, the sharp blade handles tough and moist pieces with ease. The knife hides whimsical, animal-shaped cutouts beneath its handle.

This unique collection--by renowned blade manufacturer KAI in Seki City, Japan--offers practical kitchen cutlery in cheerful colors. Durable, high-carbon, stainless-steel blades featuring a fluorinated-resin coating offer hygienic food handling. The lightweight knife does not have a bolster but feels balanced thanks to the full tang. Clear, Ionomer-resin handles in coordinating hues are ergonomically designed and fit comfortably in hand. Made in Japan and measuring 11-1/2 by 2 by 3/4 inches overall, this Chef’s knife is dishwasher-safe but hand washing is recommended.-- Amy Arnold ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 11-1/2 by 2 by 3/4 inches; dishwasher-safe; made in Japan
  • Japanese chef's knife; designed to cut and chop beef, pork, and poultry
  • Constructed of high-carbon stainless steel; fluorinated-resin coating; full tang
  • Ergonomically designed handle; made of high-tech Ionomer resin
  • Colorful blade; unique see-through handle with fun-shaped cutouts

16. Henckels Four Star 8-Inch High Carbon Stainless Steel Chef's Knife
list price: $104.00
our price: $79.99
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Asin: B00004RFKS
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: J.A. Henckels
Sales Rank: 3310
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The 8-inch blade on this knife features a curved cutting edge and a blunt back; chopping, dicing, and mincing duties are simplified--and made safer--by utilizing a quick rocking motion on the cutting edge. Part of the popular Four Star series, the hand-honed blade is made with Henckels's Sintermetal Component Technology (SCT), which allows three different grades of steel to be combined to form a single piece, fusing together the blade, bolster, and tang. What does this mean in layman's terms? A strong, high-quality knife that will last a lifetime.

Founded in 1731, the J.A. Henckels company is not only one of the world's oldest cutlery manufacturers, it's also one of the most well respected, creating bestselling knives guaranteed to last a lifetime. --Kim Harwell ... Read more

Features

  • Lifetime warranty
  • 8-inch blade, great for many tasks, from chopping vegetables to mincing herbs
  • High-carbon stainless-steel blade ice-hardened for superior strength
  • Sturdy, black molded polypropylene handle
  • Dishwasher-safe

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars I cook for a living...
I gotta tell ya...this has been the best "out of the box" knife that I have used in a long time and I have purchased and used every FORGED 8 inch chef's knife from every line of every manufacturer listed here on Amazon. The factory edge was perfectly honed and sharp as a razor right from the get go. Usually I have to use a sharpening steel for a few strokes to reclaim the edge but not this one. Maybe I got lucky but I do love it dearly.
The 4 Star line has been around since 1976 and Henckels knows that we "Pros" love it for it's low maintenance, ease in sharpening, comfortable grip, sanitary design AND price. The blade is classic German in shape, a long, round curve for perfect rockin' and a good weight for heavier work (although in the mid to late '90s they went to a French shape and weight for some reason). This 4 Star can't be beat for dollar value.
This is my 5th one purchased in the last 23 years...the previous ones were all "stolen" by line cooks on the job...'nuf said.

5-0 out of 5 stars There is simply no better line of cutlery on the market.
I've been using my Henckel's chef's knife for many years now, and I continue to be impressed with it at every use. The size, weight and balance make it comfortable to use, even for larger "projects" that might cause your hand or arm to get tired with a lesser product. Even after countless uses, the edge remains super sharp, requiring only rare application of the sharpening steel. I found this out the hard way a few days ago with a careless slip of the hand... The heavy duty stainless steel has stood up perfectly to umpteen-bazillion trips through the dishwasher, without the tiniest hint of rust or discoloration.

In short, this is truly a professional quality knife, as is every item in the Four Star, Five Star and Pro-S lines. Yeah, this puppy costs $80 or more, but it's definitely a worthy investment. You really do get what you pay for! Just a word of caution -- stay away from the lower-end Henckel's International line, which is much cheaper but not of comparable quality.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this knife!
I love to cook, and I've spent a lot of money on cookware. For some reason, however, I continued to buy cheap knives. I guess I always felt that the actualy cookware I was using was so important, that I didn't really understand how having such a good knife would improve things.

Then I got this knife as a gift from a friend who comes over for my cooking a lot. I couldn't believe what I'd been missing! The weight of the knife, combined with such an incredible blade makes 'slicing and dicing' one of the best parts of cooking! This blade has taken everything I've thrown at it effortlessy. I bought a Henkle sharpener to go with it, but it holds its edge so well I don't sharpen it too often.

This kinfe also looks great. Plus, with Henckel quality, you know this will last almost forever.

Pros:
-Holds an edge very, very well
-Solid and heavy - makes chopping so easy
-Well balanced - feels great in your had
-Henkel quality

Cons:
-I only have one! (seriously, I don't have a real con).

5-0 out of 5 stars First time "good knife" buyer..and Im impressed.
Bought this just to try out the style and brand of knife to compare it to usual store bought, "comes in a big set" knifes. First impression, very impressed. Solid built, cuts everything like it was melted butter. I will definately keep this brand on my wish list.

5-0 out of 5 stars cuts like butta
This is my primary chef's knife that I use in my kitchen. The balance is great, the edge stays sharp and it feels good in my hands. ... Read more


17. Wüsthof Classic 8-Inch Cook's Knife
list price: $120.00
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B00005MEH1
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Wusthof
Sales Rank: 1877
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The indispensable workhorse of any cutlery collection, a cook's knife performs a wide variety of cutting tasks, from fine chopping to dicing and slicing. The heavy 8-inch blade of this definitive model provides enough heft to allow the knife rather than the cook to do the cutting labor, but is more maneuverable than larger models. The length of the cutting edge makes quick work of all slicing jobs. If you don't yet own a cook's knife, or want the best investment for your dollar, this 8-inch model, which combines size with ease of use, is the one to choose.

Part of the Classic series, this knife represents two centuries of unexcelled Wüsthof craftsmanship. Like other cutlery in the series, it's hand-forged from a single piece of stainless steel for maximum strength; the hand-polished blade is exactingly calibrated to be hard enough to resist dulling yet soft enough to take a keen edge when it's honed or sharpened. Dishwasher-safe and with a traditionally shaped, ergonomically designed handle that is triple-riveted for durability, this knife brings a guaranteed lifetime of low-maintenance cutting to any cook who owns it. --Arthur Boehm ... Read more

Features

  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Heavy 8-inch blade superior for chopping and other cutting tasks
  • Forged high-carbon stainless steel blade, hand-honed for razor-like sharpness
  • Traditional-style composition handle is triple-riveted for strength and permanence
  • Dishwasher safe

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars If you can only own one knife...
This would be the one. THe 8" chef's knife was my first Wusthof; and using it for the first time instantly erased any remorse I had about the price. It is an incredibly fine precision tool for chopping, dicing, etc. I cook a lot for fun; and since buying this knife, I have pretty much upgraded every piece of cutlery I use to Wusthof (and I use them all). Still, if I were only permitted to own one kitchen knife, this would be the one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible, with the right technique
If, like some pros, you like to grip the top of the blade between your thumb and index finger, forward of the bolster, and wrap the rest of your fingers around the handle, this knife is hard to beat. Such a grip is said to give better control, straighter cuts, and narrower slices than wrapping all fingers around the handle allows.

Yesterday I took a knife-handling techniques course offered by a Wusthof rep at a local shop and was amazed by how quickly this knife turned carrots, celery, and nearly anything else into neat slices and chunks. Using the grip described above, one merely rolls the knife back onto the item being cut, lifts the back only, and repeats, sliding the food into the knife. The front of the blade merely rolls and slides on the cutting board, and is never lifted. (Compared to this, the instructor said my lift-and-chop technique was fairly effective, but abusive! *L*) With this knife, you could cut a carrot or celery into neat, thin little slices in less time than it takes to lift the lid off your food processor and get ready to clean it.

I've got other good knives - prior to this knife, I already owned Henckels 4-star 6" chef's and fillet knives, a Henckels Pro-S 3" paring knife, and a Wusthof hollow-edge santoku (another awesome tool). The Henckels knives are excellent quality, but do not lend themselves to the forward grip; I tried it with my Henckels chef's knife and found that the forged bolster felt sharp-edged when I gripped the blade this way. Make no mistake - the Henckels is an excellent knife and works well, albeit with slightly less control, when all fingers are wrapped around the handle. The Wusthoff knife has a shallower transition fillet from blade to bolster and lends itself to either grip. I'd chosen the 6" Henckels because it felt well-balanced gripping the handle alone, while the 8" seemed heavier and less agile, but with the proper grip the 8" Wusthof Classic is balanced just right. The Wusthof Grand Prix, like the Henckels, tends to encourage an all-fingers-on-handle grip, though the bolster region may be more finger-friendly. I used to look longingly at Grand Prix knives, but last night's class sold me on the benefits of the Classic handle.

Needless to say, after giving it such a thorough tryout I took this knife home with me!

5-0 out of 5 stars And it keeps on going!
I've had one of these knives since 1968! I've used it several times every week since buying it, have sharpened it many, many times on both a whetstone (with oil) and with a ChefsChoice. The tip is a little bent and worn, and there's a nick in the handle, but it still cuts like new. I would give up my three Cuisinart Food Processors before parting with this knife. It's an essential tool in my kitchen, and I expect to get another 30 years' use out of it.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best tool of the trade
My mom, browsing my Amazon wishlist one day, saw this listed there. She emailed me immediately to ask why I would ever want a knife that is that expensive. Aren't the knives that she gave me as a housewarming gift good enough? They are dishwasher-safe and have a lifetime warranty, she reminded me.

I had to explain that while the knives she gave me were nice, they don't even compare to my Wustofs. My Wustof knives retain an amazing sharpness (even when I'm a little lazy about sharpening them). Their balance is unparalleled. The handle fits my hand perfectly. The knives that she sent me always feel dull in comparision, and the handle is simply uncomfortable.

I consider a good cook's knife to be essential for anyone who cooks. The question of which cook's knife to buy depends on the person who will be using it. There are two different questions: which model to purchase, and which length to purchase.

There are two main knife manufacturers: Wustof and Henckels. I think that Wustof knives are better made. However, some people prefer the handles on the Henckels. The Henckels handle is extremely uncomfortable for me, so I don't even consider them.

The second question is that of length. If you are taller, you will want a longer knife. Shorter people will want a shorter knife. I stand at 5'7" (170cm), and find that the 8" knife is most comfortable for slicing and chopping. My best friend is about an inch taller than me and also prefers this knife. A friend who is a couple of inches shorter than me prefers the 6" cook's knife.

If you have never purchased high-quality knives before, I would recommend that you go to a traditional store and try them out first. You want to see if the handle is comfortable and if the balance is right for you. Then come back here and order it -- the Amazon price is much better than that found in any kitchen speciality or upscale department store.

Also, if you have never purchased high-quality knives before, I would recommend two other purchases: a knife holder of some sort and a sharpening steel. The former, which doesn't need to be very expensive at all (my best friend has one that cost him less a dollar; it is simply a plastic tray with slits for holding the blades), keeps the blade from getting nicked while it's sitting in your drawer. The latter keeps the blade nice and sharp. You should sharpen your knives every time you use them. This isn't very difficult, nor is it very time-consuming, but it keeps your knives in perfect condition.

I am extremely happy with my purchase. I am slowly growing my knife collection. You will always find one of these knives on my wishlist. Even my mother has come around -- after experiencing these knives herself, she bought one for herself, and sent me the 6" cleaver as a birthday gift!

5-0 out of 5 stars Invest in exceptional knives
As a home cook, it took me quite awhile to decide to invest in an excellent knife. I can't stress enough what a difference it makes. This classic 8 inch chef's knife was my first Wusthof. It has exceptional heft and balance, fits comfortably into my hand (I have smallish hands, so this was an initial concern) and, despite my fears and my experiences with other knives, I have yet to cut myself. A cheap, dull knife is more dangerous than a good, sharp one. This knife never slips, it cuts evenly and cleanly, and I *never* have to saw.

In addition to discount store block knives (a waste of money, despite them being so much cheaper), I've regularly used Chicago Cutlery and strongly prefer the Wusthof. It is much easier to clean (no wood handle to harbor microbes), contours comfortably into my hand (CC does not), and I find it holds its sharp edge more readily (CC needs frequent sharpening).

When I finally decided to buy it, I went to a cutlery store and tried out the Henckles and the Wusthof Grand Prix. This knife has much better balance and heft than did the Henckles (though I only tried it in the store) and just felt more comfortable in my hand than the Grand Prix. Additionally, Cooks magazine did a comparison test of chef's knives (ala Consumer Reports) and put this knife at the top of their list, too.

The downside is that this knife is expensive, and it is hard to justify the expense for the regular home cook. In my experience, a high quality Wusthof is not a splurge. It is the right tool for the job. I buy one Wusthof knife at a time, and always keep them on my amazon wish list. This was my first, and is the most useful for generalized chopping tasks.

A drawer full of cheap knives is much less practical than a small collection of a Wusthof Classic chef's knife, paring knife and utility or "sandwich" knife. These three can tackle any job expertly. Do yourself a favor, get the right tool for the job. ... Read more


18. Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery 8-Inch Chef's Knife
list price: $54.00
our price: $31.99
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Asin: B00007IT36
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Calphalon
Sales Rank: 1870
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Fine craftsmanship and premium materials make Calphalon cutlery as outstanding as Calphalon pots and pans. This beautifully balanced, full-tang 8-inch chef’s knife is constructed of a single forged piece of high carbon, no-stain, rust-resistant steel. The hand-ground blade holds a perfect edge that sharpens more readily than regular stainless steel. Contoured for comfort, the seamless handle will not absorb moisture, crack, or chip. Each Contemporary knife is etched on the end with its name and/or size, allowing quick identification when stored in a block. With its medium-size blade, this chef’s knife chops onion, slices potatoes, and even mashes garlic with finesse. All Calphalon knives come with a lifetime warranty. --Ann Bieri ... Read more

Features

  • End of knife is etched with knife identification for ease of identification and reduced wear on blades
  • High carbon, no stain steel from tip to tang; resists rust, stains, discoloration
  • One piece forged blade, bolster, and tang for life long durability
  • Full tang design for better balance and superior strength
  • Contoured, comfort grip handle

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars The knife that lost its edge.
The title is a play on words. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the knife and it is every bit is good as other reviewers say it is. I've been using mine now for over a year, several times a day, every day.

It is a rugged, hefty knife made out of quality steel. It is substantial enough for use in either the kitchen or the battlefield.

The only hint that Calphalon cut the cost (but not the quality) is that the knives I bought had a little sticker that said, "Made in China", a sticker easily flicked off with a thumbnail. But this time the Chinese got it right: no apology needed for the quality.

So, "What's the beef?"

Without any cutting remarks (opps, I did it again), it is a question of eroding value. At the time I first bought the knife the price was less than two-thirds of what Amazon is currently charging. Some time later, Amazon had a Friday Sale and I bought three more at one-third the current price as potential gifts.

Now, I will be the first to admit I have never understood Amazon's pricing system, but I will tell you this: if Amazon ever reduces the price of this knife to anything like its former levels....buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars German steel, chinese manufacturing: the best of both worlds
This knife is made from the same top-quality German steel used in Solingen kitchenware, but is ground and manufactured in China. This is a perfect combination, as the material is top-quality. If you want a mirror finish, spend twice as much for a Trident Wusthof...but you won't be getting a better knife, just a better looking one.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most useful thing in my kitchen!
I didn't know how much I needed this knife until I had it. This is my first "good" knife, and boy does it make a difference. For a long time I had heard that one good knife can be your most useful tool in the kitchen, and it is the truth! I used to be a kitchen gadget collector, but I use this knife for a lot of the things that I used to have gadgets for (frees up a lot of space in my kitchen!) I also invested in a sharpener, and try to sharpen the knife every three or four uses.

The balance of this knife is great, and it fits my hand perfectly. It was a little heavier than I anticipated, but I got used to that very quickly. This knife has replaced most of my other cheap knives, and I don't miss them a bit.

5-0 out of 5 stars A bargian at three times the price.
I was fortunate enough to pick this knife up as a "Gold Box" offering. Though the finish of the blade isn't as smooth and shiny as I might have expected from a company such as Calphalon, the overall quality of the knife is really exceptional, especially for the price. As you may have expected, this knife is crafted in a Chinese factory, and they never seem to "buff" their metal to quite the same degree as products from western origin. But I must say, I really love this knife. It's mass and blade curvature make it equally effective for cleaving apart a chicken or rocking through herbs to mince them. It comes with a very sharp edge, which is easily maintained by using a steel or keen to re-burnish it from time to time. The ONLY thing I'm slightly dissapointed about is the fact that the blade is just a little too thick to fit into the slot on my current knife holder block, so it spends a lot of time flat on the counter. I plan to make a new holder to house it along with my other 4" and 6" versions from the same Calphalon collection, which I have since purchased at full Amazon price--I was that impressed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this knife!
Well balanced, a pleasure use, and a real value for the money. My husband and I love to cook and we love this knife - so much so that we are replacing all our knives with this Calphalon Contemporary line. ... Read more


19. Shun Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife
list price: $129.00
our price: $102.95
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Asin: B0000Y7KNQ
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Shun
Sales Rank: 1369
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Dishwasher-safe; made in Japan; lifetime warranty
  • 8-inch chef's knife for versatile slicing, chopping, dicing, and more
  • VG-10 high-carbon stainless-steel blade with 16 layers of stainless alloy for Damascus clad appearance
  • Stainless-steel end cap and traditional ergonomic offset bolster
  • Black laminated PakkaWood handle designed for maximum comfort

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars I like my Globals; I love my Shun
After using a few of the Global knives, with the 7" oriental chef's knife being my everyday knife, I decided after a marathon day of chopping that I wanted someting a little heavier. After holding a few 10" chef knives, I decided these were bigger than I needed, and settled on the 8" chef as my new workhorse. It came down between the Global GF series 8", a Ryussen, and the Shun. After holding and test-driving all three, I settled on the Shun. It is by far the best combination of sharpness (wow!), weight (slightly heavier than the Ryussen and the Global), handle comfort (you don't notice the offset handle when you hold it, until you pick up the Ryussen or Global and it's not there, and then you miss it terribly), and price. In fact, for the rather small price difference between this beauty and the Global, I wouldn't even consider not spending it. Of course, it doesn't quite have the balance of the $1300 Hattori they also had on hand, but this is a great knife that makes me want to stop writing this review and go out and slice something. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceeds even the highest of expectations
As a working cook I use knives more often than I don't. I have been using an F. Dick and it's nice, but very heavy, very tapered and requires regular visits to the sharpening stone.

This Shun knife is everything it's cracked up to be. In addition to the beauty of the knife, which no picture will do justice to, it is incredibly comfortable, perfectly balanced and razor sharp. Slicing carrots is like cutting butter and with the damascus-style pattern, they don't stick as much allowing you to shave valuble seconds (or minutes, if you are stuck in deep) off your prep time.

It's also not too heavy and not too light. It's slightly heavier than a Global, but not much. It has just enough weight to make it feel sturdy. It feels like a natural extension of your hand and is a joy to work with.

The more I use this knife the more I love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Knife...
These Shun Classic knives look beautiful, feel wounderful, and work like a charm. The first thing I noticed when I picked up this knife was the weight of the knife. It's a very well-balanced knife. Second, I noticed the comfort of the handle. It has a "D" shaped handle specifically designed for a right handed chef. This knife is NOT designed for LEFT-HANDED people. I would recommend these knives for the serious home chef who knows how to handle a professional knife (sharpening, care, safety, etc.) or for the professional chef. ... Read more


20. Global 7-Inch Vegetable Knife

our price: $82.00
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Asin: B00005OL46
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Yoshikin
Sales Rank: 7774
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

High tech from tip to handle, Global knives from Japan created a sensation when they burst onto the world's culinary stage as an alternative to traditional European-style cutlery. Blades are made of hard molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel and "face-ground" with a long taper rather than a short bevel so edges remain sharp longer than even the best high-carbon stainless-steel knives. Edges also are ground at a more acute angle than traditional European-style knives and arrive from the factory razor-sharp. Although Global also makes a heavier-weight line for cooks who prefer hefty knives, its original knives--of which this 7-inch knife for precisely slicing and chopping vegetables is an example--have thinner blades and are lighter than traditional European-style knives. Global also dispensed with bolsters on its original knives to reduce weight. Balance is achieved by injecting a precise amount of sand for a particular blade style into a hollow handle. To ensure balance is continuous, the sand flows inside the handle as a blade is maneuvered. A finger notch between blade and handle provides safety.

Stainless-steel handles are Global's most striking feature. They're molded to fit the hand and dimpled to resist slipping. Smaller around than many European-style handles, they're easy for small-handed cooks to grasp and seamless for sanitation. Global recommends using a ceramic sharpener or a diamond steel instead of a metal sharpening steel for its knives, supplemented by a synthetic whetstone, a ceramic whetstone, or a Shinkansen sharpener. Global also makes a Sharpening Guide Rail so blades can be honed on a whetstone at the proper angle. Global knives should be hand washed to protect edges. They carry a lifetime warranty against defects and breakage. --Fred Brack ... Read more

Features

  • Lifetime warranty against defects and breakage
  • Lightweight, precisely balanced 7-inch knife for slicing, chopping vegetables
  • Blade made of high-tech molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel
  • Edge retains razor sharpness exceptionally well
  • Stainless-steel handle molded for comfort, dimpled for safe grip

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Favorite kitchen knife
I use this knife more than any other in my kitchen. It holds an edge and it's light and balanced. Money well spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent knife
This light-weight and stunningly sharp knife is outstanding. As other reviewers of Global knives noted, the exceptionally acute angle of the edge makes them effective at cutting.

The size and balance of this knife are well suited to working with most vegetables, fruit etc. Cuts such as brunoise become much easier to accomplish using this knife.

As a first time user of a Global knife, it took me a few minutes to get used to how light it is. But once I got the feel of it, it became a real favorite.

Take the advice about care and sharpening this knife seriously. You can't just hone it on an average steel. Use the right stone and ceramic steel and you'll avoid ruining the edge.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great knife with slippery handle, Beware on steeling it
Cuts like a Samurai blade quality, and doesn't need to steel as frequent as the Henckels/ Wusthof knives. It has excellent weight for a medium sized hand. However, the handles get quite slippery when wet, so keep your hands clean and dry while using this knife for safety. Also, if you plan on saving money on getting a cheaper steel, DON'T, because this Global blade is much harder than the Henckels/Wusthof blades; a qood quality Diamond coated or ceramic steel is a must, or if you really like the steel design, get the Global steel which can cost quite a bit. Overall, this is a good quality knife with proper care and attention needed, just like a Samurai would do to get use to his sword. ... Read more


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