10 Of The Best Kitchen Knives. Tried. Tested. And found to be True.
Armed with a good kitchen knife, anyone can master basic culinary skills and up their game in the kitchen.
I’ve talked about what is my favorite In The Best Quality Kitchen Knives, but since the market is always evolving, it’s never a bad idea to look at what the professionals are using.
Here’s the deal:
The best kitchen knives are NOT the most affordable knives, and while your life won’t depend on one of them, but if you feel like splurging a little to get the best experience and results, these knives are just what you’ve been looking for.
As to not keep you in the dark anymore, I’ve rounded up the top 10 kitchen knives of the bunch. Here they are in no particular order
Top 10 Kitchen Knives – You Should Know
Number One – Wusthof Classic 8 Inch Chef’s Knife
You already know I’m a massive fan of Wusthof right, which is why this pick shouldn’t really surprise you. I love the classic design and all the versatility that comes with this knife. The Wusthof Classic Chef Knife is pure German quality, which means it will tackle whatever I throw at it.
- It has a super sharp edge
- It comes with a limited lifetime warranty
- It has great balance and a comfortable grip
- You might have to sharpen the edge a little more often that you would like to
Number Two – Shun Classic 8 Inch Chef’s Knife
If you need a hard work Japanese knife, look no further than Shun. This knife just radiates elegance and precision engineering. I love the metallic glow of the strong forged blade, but it also cuts like nobody’s business with the signature annular ridges on the razor sharp blade.
- The blade is dangerously sharp
- It slices through food like nobody’s business
- It comes with a lifetime warranty
- Once the edge is going, it’s gone, and you’ll have to send it in for free sharpening or do it yourself
Number Three – Shun Premier Santoku Knife
Not only does the Shun Premier Santoku look strong and durable, it actually exceeds what you might have expected from it. The sophisticated and delicate blade almost looks more like it should be somewhat of a decoration, but the Damascus stainless steel layers prove its worth through and through with every slice you make. The (comfortable to hold) Pakkawood handle sealed the deal for me after seeing what this impressive knife was capable of.
- The hand-hammered finish is great because it reduces drag as you slice
- The balance and weight is exceptional
- It’s comfortable to hold and work with for extended periods of time
- The handle length is going to be an issue for large-handed users
Number Four – TojiroSenkou Classic 8.25 inch Chef’s Knife
Coming in as one of Hestn Blumenthal’s favorites, the TojiroSenkou Japanese knife really lives up to expectations. The blade itself is forged wit 62 layers of folded steel around a hardened blade core, which means that it’s not only razor sharp, but it will hold its edge for ages. Rust, stain and pitting resistant, this knife was made with durability in mind and thanks to the molded handle, it’s a total dream to work with.
- The handle and the VG10 blade is very strong
- The balance and weight is perfect
- It comes with a razor sharp edge straight out of the box
- The blade has a heel at the back end, which means the blade doesn’t sit flush on your chopping board
Number Five – Global Heavyweight Chef’s Knife
I love this 11 inch Chef Knife from Global. From the tip to the handle, this knife just screams high tech. The hard molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel and ‘face-ground’ blade on blade together with the long taper comes together to make this chef’s knife superior at edge retention. The European style knife is great for those of you who like a heftier knife to work with, and the stainless steel handles just complete the look.
- The harder steel blade holds a fine, razor sharp edge for a longer time
- The balance and the weight was great to work with
- The accurately ground edges means this knife is razor sharp right out of the box
- The handle gets too slippery when it becomes wet
- If you don’t like thick and heavy knives, this won’t cut it for you
Number Six – Zelite Infinity 7 Inch Santoku Knife
I recently discovered the awesome Zelite Infinity knives and man was I impressed! This 7 inch Santoku is a looker of note and the best part is it actually performs amazingly well. The heft is just what I needed and the full tang and premium materials means this life will likely outlive me! The VG10 Japanese Super Steel means the edges of the blade are razor sharp, plus the non-stick coating, hollow ground blade, Damascus patterns and liquid nitrogen tempering all make this a serious force to be reckoned with.
- It’s a simple yet elegant knife
- It’s extremely light weight
- The super hard steel bade is amazingly sharp out of the box and holds it edge really well
- It is a little on the small side, so it’s not the best option for those of you with large hands
- The light weight of the knife might catch you off guard and could take some getting used to
Number Seven – Dalstrong Shogun Series Chef’s Knife
This Dalstrong Chef Knife comprises of serious looks, the best craftsmanship, cutting-edge technology and some of the best materials out there. Finished to a razor sharp edge with an 8-12° angle per side, the blade is seriously sharp. It’s also a robust knife thanks to the full tang and triple riveted design. Aesthetically appealing, physically pleasing and backed by the likes of kitchen professionals from across the globe, the DalstrongGyuto is all you could want and more!
- It has a razor sharp cutting edge
- It handles like a dream
- It comes with a lifetime warranty against defects
- Even though there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s not the best knife for professional use, but will surely be a home cook’s dream come true
Number Eight – Yoshihiro Damascus Chef’s Knife
I really love Japanese knives for their sheer brilliance, and this is a perfect example. The Yoshihiro Chef’s Knife is amazingly powerful and with its VG10 Japanese Stainless Steel blade core and 16 layers hammered outer steel, it surely will prove to beat the test of time and kitchen tasks. I love the fact that the blade is easy to sharpen, even though you might not do it that often thanks to brilliant edge retention properties. I would say this is one of the best knives to turn for if you’re just starting to find your feet in the real world of culinary craziness.
- It has a razor sharp edge
- It’s amazing at edge retention
- Once the edge starts to wear down, sharpening it is fool-proof
- The 7 inch blade isn’t going to be the best pick for those of you with big hands
- The balance is a little off, with the majority of the weight resting on the front of the blade
Number Nine – Mac Knife 8 Inch Chef Knife
I have to admit that I was never really a massive Mac Knife fan, until I tested out their Chef Knife. I loved the thin blade and bolsters that let me cut through almost any piece of food and the dimples in the blade helped me obtain a smoother slice. The Pakkawood handle looks great and the fact that it’s a lightweight piece means it’s versatile, so it’s suitable for most cooking uses.
- Sharpening the blade couldn’t be easier
- The thin blade feels amazing to work with
- The handle and balance is going to be great for just about every home cook out there
- This knife calls for push-cutting, so if you’re used to the European style of cutting, you might need to adjust your slicing style
Number Ten – Messermeister Meridian Elite Chef’s Knife
This 9 inch Chef Knife from Messermeister stands out thanks to its superbly forged blade. I totally loved the fact that the blade design allowed me to tackle just about any task with this knife; peeling, trimming, slicing, dicing, chopping and mincing, it will take care of it all and much more!
- It has a nice heft and great balance
- It’s very well-priced for its versatility
- It’s a big knife, which means it will take care of big jobs with the utmost of ease
- The knife’s weight might get you down
Got that? My roundup of the top 10 kitchen knives out there!
If you don’t have one in your collection already, I promise you these are worth the investment!
I’ll see you next time when I’ll share my thoughts on what the best kitchen knife holder looks like and discuss whether or not blocks are still the only way to go!