One staple you will find in any cooking enthusiast or culinary professional’s kitchen is a chef’s knife. These knives are made up of all-purpose blades that are equipped for a variety of cutting tasks and work with any skill level. With a classic chef’s knife, you can prepare everything from protein to fruits, vegetables, and spices and everything in between.
In addition to being able to handle nearly every kitchen task imaginable, chef’s knives should have a sturdy and comfortably shaped handle, be light in weight yet balanced and have a razor-sharp edge that rarely requires re-sharpening.
Below are a few of our favorite chef’s knife options that are designed to handle kitchen tasks both big and small. Our picks come in multiple price ranges, depending on your needs, and run the gamut from being handcrafted in Japan utilizing ancient blade-making traditions to ergonomic handles and laser-tested blades. Whichever one of these knives you choose, just know that you will be slicing, dicing and essentially chopping your way through any meal effortlessly.
1. Shun Classic 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
Shun’s Classic 8-inch Chef’s Knife is a premier knife with an all-purpose blade that works for a variety of cutting tasks. A staple for every kitchen, this knife has a slightly curved blade that easily cuts through the toughest of vegetables and just as easily minces fresh herbs too. These knives are comprised of 69 layers of alternating steel and a proprietary VG-MAX core which contains additional chromium, carbon, tungsten, and cobalt for increased strength, durability, sharpness and resistance to corrosion.
Pros: The handle is made from ebony PakkaWood which is infused with resin for a durable, water-resistant finish that is easy to clean.
Cons: These knives need to be professionally sharpened.
2. Zelite Infinity 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
Zelite’s 8-Inch Chef’s Knife is made from premium Japanese steel with 67-layers of high carbon stainless steel that is non-stick and liquid nitrogen tempered to ensure long-lasting performance. The handle of the knife is made from top military-grade G10 (high-pressure, fiberglass laminate) that is ergonomically designed and rounded to ensure a secure and comfortable grip. The blade provides minimal slicing resistance for an all-over balanced knife.
Pros: The long-lasting Damascus steel in the knife is stain and rust-resistant.
Cons: The knife does not come with a protective sheath.
3. Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife
The Fibrox Pro 8-Inch Chef’s Knife is an ergonomically designed carving knife designed for all-around kitchen use. It is known for its comfortable, non-slip handle and has an optimal weight and balance for its extra-wide blade. It has a tapered, stainless steel, razor-sharp edge that rarely requires sharpening and cuts food both big and small with ease and efficiency. The Fibrox Pro is swiss-made, affordable and dishwasher-safe.
Pros: Fibrox is a division of the popular swiss army knife and watchmaker, Victorinox.
Cons: The knife is very light in weight.