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A roundup of the best rated kitchen knife brands for the avid home cook’s delight!
Since a dull knife is one of the most dangerous tools in your kitchen, I’m going to kick thigs off with saying that the sharpest knife brand is always the best knife brand for the home cook.
You might already know this, but I stick with one general rule: A good Wusthof is an unmissable tool in the home cook’s arsenal and MAC knives bring outstanding quality to the table that make for one kick-ass addition to a collection.
So are Wusthof and MAC the best kitchen knife brands?
Well it all depends on whether you’re a fan of German or Japanese style knives and whether or not you’re willing to teach an old dog some new tricks. If you’re used to how German knives operate, Japanese knives are a whole new ballgame and vice-versa.
Each to his own though, but that’s why I’ll show you some more great options for selecting the best brand for your bucks.
What is my personal favorite kitchen knife brand?
This has actually changed a couple of times since my journey in the cooking world started. Right now, I’m hooked on the MAC brand, more specifically their MAC MTH-80 8-Inch Chef’s Knife. It’s one of the sharpest, most durable and comfortable knives I’ve ever worked with, and yes, it’s stamped. I know, the durability kind of blew me away too, but the razor sharp blade just doesn’t stop performing. But let me show you what other brands the MAC contended with…
Best Kitchen Knife Brands Lineup
Here are the best kitchen knife brands (according to the world out there and my personal experience). Enjoy!
I’m referring to the MAC MTH-80 8-Inch Professional Hollow Edge Chef’s Knife. I love it because it has a super sharp edge, a sleek, tampered shape and a handle that just screams comfortable grip. It effortlessly takes care of everyday slicing and dicing and since it boasts a high carbon blade, it’ll stay sharper for much longer than stainless steel. In my opinion, this is one of the most universally appealing kitchen knives on the market today and guaranteed to fit just about every home cook’s style.
Heads Up: this isn’t a budget pick, but it’s worth the price every slice of the way!
So I took the Tojiro DP 8.2 Inch Gyuto for a little test drive, and it was a pretty close call between 1st and second place. The Tojiro DP is a Western-Style Japanese knife (I love hybrids!) but the reason why it didn’t ace the prize is because it’s a little less durable than MAC. It is however seriously sharp and the edges are easy to maintain, and yes, it’s also a little more affordable than MAC. I love Tojiro’s balance and the fact that the blade steel is much the same as you can expect to see on MAC knives.
Heads Up: if you’ve got large hands, Tojiro knives will probably let you down with insufficient knuckle clearance between the handle and the cutting board.
Wusthof was my very first big crush, and I still love the brand. They bring great quality drop-forged knives to the table that support stainless steel blades. I own a Wusthof Classic Icon and have to admit that the edge dulls out a lot faster than Japanese style blades BUT I love its heft which comes in very handy for heavy-duty tasks. If you love German knives, Wusthof is always a great option because their knives are sturdy, sharp and very reliable.
Heads Up: Wusthof blades will dull faster since they’re made from stainless steel
As one of the world’s leading knife manufacturers, Henckels is an amazing kitchen knife brand, albeit it heavily depends on the line you’re investing in. One of their finest lines is the Pro S line, boasting fully forged knives with bolsters, full-tang and a three-rivet handle, these knives are about as classic as they come. The Pro S line handles look and feel like wood, but they are actually super durable synthetic materials. Investing in a Henckels Pro S ensures you’ll get a bit of heft, a nice balance and an edge that stays very sharp with regular honing.
Heads Up: the plastic handles are really not ideal for such a great quality knife and can (probably will) break before a year has gone by
If you’re on a tight budget, I’d recommend the Walnut Tradition 8 Inch Chef’s Knife from Chicago Cutlery at the drop of a hat. Boasting an 8 inch high carbon stainless blade with exclusive Taper Grind edge for maximum sharpness, the knife’s performance really can’t be beaten considering its price tag. It’s made with a full tang construction and solid brass rivets, so it delivers a nice classic look and the walnut handles are super elegant and comfy to grip onto.
Heads Up: Don’t expect the world from this knife, but at just around $20 I think it’s freaking amazing!
The Best Kitchen Knife Brands – Final Thoughts
And that’s it! 5 of the best kitchen knife brands that you can use to improve your cooking skills and style. Before you know it you’ll be on your way to becoming a pro in the kitchen!
If you liked the idea of the budget-friendly Chicago Cutlery Chef’s Knife, then you’re bound to be interested in my Chicago Cutlery Insignia Review.