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Your definitive guide for finding the sharpest kitchen knives out there
Your days of slushing and mushing with blunt knives are finally at an end…and we’ll show you why you need to learn all about modern super sharp kitchen knives.
This might sound familiar:
When my cooking adventures first started out, I was just making do with the cheap knife (the only solid one I had at the time) in my kitchen. Then I discovered the different types of cooking knives, and I have to say it blew my mind.
So…I saved up and invested in a brilliant 8 inch Chef’s knife and my life as I knew it was forever changed.
The Point is:
You don’t need the best knife skills, but you DO need the sharpest knife you can afford, because having the best piece tool for the job will get you that much more amped to start cooking. I warn you – once you discover really sharp knives, slicing and dicing will become much more of a hobby than a chore!
I’m not saying that by investing in a sharp knife you’ll avoid knife sharpening duties altogether (I have some great advice for sharpening methods by the way), but it’s the best investment you can make and you’ll be reaping the rewards with the way your food looks pretty soon.
What’s wrong with dull knives?
Not only does cutting with a dull knife make absolutely no sense, it’s also super dangerous. Super sharp kitchen knives require much less force and much less slicing to get the job done. I don’t know about you, but adding extra schlep to the prepping routine with a dull knife when I’m cooking doesn’t get me excited.
How to keep your knife blades sharp:
Okay so before I tell you what the sharpest kitchen knives are, I’d just like to share my experience and tell you the best practical ways to help keep your blade in tip-top condition for as long as possible:
- Please use proper cutting boards and never chop in a plate or the countertop, unless off course you want to dull your knife instantly. Wood or plastic (I prefer the latter) is the way to go.
- Wash your kitchen knives by hand. If you value your investment, you’ll avoid the dangers of a dishwasher.
- Store your knives properly. I have a few recommendations for the best knife block sets that will help protect your knives when you’re not using them.
- If you don’t want to take your knife to a professional to get sharpened, please make sure you know how to sharpen a knife the right way.
Okay great, so I’ve got the boring info out of the way, now it’s time to get down to the real juice of this article.
I’ve rounded up the best and sharpest kitchen knives out there, all designed with superior edge retention in mind to make your culinary adventures as fun and hassle-free as can be.
Just to clear things up…the knives listed here are all chef’s knives.
Some Of The Best Super Sharp Kitchen Knives
MAC MTH-80 8 Inch Chef’s Knife
I love this knife because it has a high-carbon blade that’s perfect for edge retention, a sleek tampered shape and a handle that feels just right in your hand.
When it comes to weight and balance, this knife has got you covered. It’s agile and just by holing it you can feel its super durable. The MAC happens to be one of the only knives I’ve ever tested that has dimples on both sides of the blade, which is awesome because it minimizes the schlep of food sticking to the knife.
In my opinion, this is one of the very few knives that will work for anyone…from a rookie home cook to an experienced chef, the lefties and the righties.
- Cuts through even the thickest of objects like a butternut squash -straight from the box!
- Cuts clean through foods that oxidize easily, which just backs up the fact that it’s a super sharp kitchen knife.
- It has a perfect weight of 6.6 ounces, so it’s lighter than German drop-forged knives yet sturdier than Japanese knives.
- Some of you might actually find the MAC’s handle to be a little short
- The price might also be a little off-putting, but I reckon it’s actually a really good price when you consider what great value the MAC brings to the table
- If you’re considering the MAC, you’ll need to practice the push and pull cutting motion to really utilize this knife to its full extent.
Okay so I really like Japanese knives because they’re best known for their super sharp edges, but this one…I love it! The Tojiro DP is a Western Style Japanese knife that brings you sharpness, easy maintenance and a very reasonable price tag.
Honestly, for the price you pay, you’ll be amazed to see what this baby performs like. From personal experience, I’d say that the Tojiro DP is all you could ever want and need from a sharp kitchen knife, yet it’s basically a steal with that awesome price!
- The thin, razor sharp blade doesn’t bruise food that oxidize quickly
- It handles like a dream
- It has some heft to it, which makes it feel more durable and gives you more precise slicing
- If you’ve got big hands, the handle will simply be too small
- This knife is not recommended for cutting pumpkin or frozen foods
Wusthof Classic Ikon 8 Inch Chef’s Knife
If you’re a serious food processor, and you’ve got a lot of heavy cutting tasks that you regularly tackle, I’d happily advise the Wusthof Ikon. The Ikon is drop-forged with stainless steel and its prefect for cooks who prefer a heavier feel to their knife and don’t like the cutting style required for Japanese knives.
- Because it has a heft, this knife is perfect for tasks like spitting chicken breasts
- It has a super sharp edge and tip on a thin blade all wrapped up in a comfortable handle
- Thanks to the gently curved angle of the blade, the Ikon is very user-friendly
- Stainless steel will dull a little faster
- It’s not cheap, but it IS a solid investment
This 8 inch chef’s knife is a popular and loved chef’s knife, and I totally get why. It’s a stamped knife (so you’re not getting the best quality in all honesty) and it has an ergonomically shaped plastic handle that works really well for just about any cook. I would say that the Fibrox is a great starter knife if you’re new to the world of cooking, but if you’re getting a little more serious in the kitchen, you’re going to want something with a little more power in its punch.
And that’s all for now. My choice is kind of obvious, but if you haven’t figured it out, the MAC MTH-80 Chef’s Knife comes in as the sharpest kitchen knife out there, plus it’s also comfortable to use and with the right care, it should easily last a lifetime.
Coming up next, I’ve got some great reading material for the fish lovers out there when I tackle the issue of determining the best boning knife.