Best Chef Knives: Ranked
Here is a quick and easy article that will explain to you what you need to look for in an excellent chef knife, the different qualities of the knives, and which ones to get! There are a lot of great knives out there, but some are definitely better than others. Here is a little breakdown of what to look for in a chef knife.
The blade should have a full tang. This means that the metal of the knife goes all the way through the handle of the knife. This gives greater stability and balance. You do not want a knife where the blade is stuck into a handle. It can create pockets where germs can grow and can even fall out of the handle! Stay away from those ones!
Keep your eye out for a good handle. Make sure the handle is made of a synthetic material or is solid metal. A true handle really makes the knife. If it is uncomfortable, slippery, or too heavy, the knife will not cut as good and you could get hurt! If you can, handle the knives before you buy them to see if you like them. This will allow you to select the perfect handle for your hand!
The blade should be at least 8 inches long, but not over 10 inches. You do not want a small paring knife, nor do you need a giant Samurai sword to cut a tomato! You need the right knife length for the job. 8 inches will be able to cut nearly everything you need, but sometimes that extra two inches is what you need! Keep in mind, the longer the knife, the more expensive it is going to be.
Buy from a well-known company. Don’t buy a knife from the supermarket or big box store unless you want to be disappointed. A good chef knife comes from a reputable company and not from your neighborhood 7-11. Be prepared for high prices for each knife! Just keep in mind that this one-time investment will pay a huge dividend in cooking time and preparation and should last you up to 30 years!
Now that we explained what to look for in a chef knife, let’s take a look at a few of them.
1 – Mac Knife Professional Hollow Edge Chef’s Knife, 8-Inch
- 2.5mm blade
- Pakka wood handle
- Hand wash is recommended, not dishwasher safe
- Made In Japan
- ($143.99; amazon.com)