The Chicago Cutlery Boning Knife – Solid, Reliable And Time-Tested

An unbiased review of the Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition Boning Knife


I’ve tested, used, sharpened and chugged away a lot of boning knives in my years of cooking, and if I had to recommend my favorite pick it would have to be the Wusthof 6 inch, which you might remember from my article about the Best Boning Knives.

But I get it:

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A lot of you don’t want to waste money on something that you’re not going to use that often. And that’s perfectly fine, because unless you’re a serious meat prepper (and eater at that), you’re not going to rely on a boning knife to get around the kitchen on a daily basis.

So what’s the answer?

An affordable yet reliable boning knife, which can be used for the occasional deboning application of fish, meat or poultry! One such a knife is the Chicago Cutlery Boning Knife.

Hovering near the $20 mark, this is a budget buy that won’t let you down.

But let me show you why…

Review of the Chicago Cutlery Boning Knife – Walnut Tradition Boning Knife

First Impressions:

In terms of appearance and functionality, the Chicago Cutlery Boning Knife is very satisfying. The classic walnut handle looks stylish and the sharp blade is set to carry you through many boning tasks with the utmost of ease. I loved the ergonomic design of the handle which was comfortable to hold and the fact that this utility knife carries a lifetime warranty just made the deal that much sweeter.

The Blade

Made from 420 high-carbon stainless steel the boning knife boasts a blade that can resists rust, stains and pitting and thanks to the Taper Grind Technology, the blade’s edge will stay sharper for longer. If it dulls out, sharpening it again is effortless and swift.

The full-tang design of the knife extends from the tip of the blade to the end of the handle and I could really feel the great benefit in its balance and overall weight.

The Handle

The handle is secured to the blade with a triple compression method using brass rivets to make sure the handle stays on the blade at all times, and it also makes the knife a little more durable overall.

The Features:

The Walnut Tradition Boning Knife from Chicago Cutlery’s highlights includes:

  • A very solid, durable and sharp blade that’s good at retaining its edge and easy to sharpen again
  • A full tang blade that adds balance and strength to the knife
  • A classic design
  • A solid wood handle for comfort and safety
  • A full lifetime warranty

Here’s what I loved about this knife:

  • This knife has literally been in use for a good part of the last century which means its durable and it does the job perfectly
  • Since it’s a utility knife as well, you can use the boning knife for everyday cooking and prepping applications, so you’re not limited to just deboning meat with this knife
  • The tapered handle gave me such a comfortable grip and it’s a really durable handle too
  • The overall look of the knife is aesthetically appealing with the walnut finish and the brass rivets
  • The thin blade gets into spaces that just aren’t reachable with regular (big) kitchen knives

Here’s what I had beef with:

  • Even though it fit my smaller hands perfectly, I don’t think the seriously big-handed cooks out there will find the handle very comfortable
  • This is my own fault, but I had already tried out the original (more ancient) version of this knife, so I was disappointed with the edge retention and the handles that didn’t live up to the first models.

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely! If you’re tight on cash and need a great all-rounder, the Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition Boning Knife is an excellent choice! 

Final Thoughts:

If you need a great quality knife that will take care of more than JUST separating meat from bone then the Chicago Cutlery Boning Knife might be your best bet. It’s a great pick for the budget-conscious cook who still wants to ensure he gets great quality and sharp edges that can get the job done, and do it well too!

Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 5-Inch Boning/Utility Knife

Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 5-Inch Boning/Utility Knife

And that wraps up my tales of trials and tribulations for now friends. It’s been fun sharing my thoughts with you. You can count on me to be back soon with some more great informative articles to help you become the master of your home kitchen.

Until then…stay sharp!



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