Chef knives

Chef knives are the staple of any kitchen. If you’re only going to have one knife, start here. It’s also known as a cook’s knife and is the go-to knife when you’re chopping, dicing and mincing.

This all-purpose knife can tackle a range of tasks, from preparing meat to delicate work such as slicing vegetables or chopping herbs. It has a large blade and can come in a range of sizes, from a six-inch blade to over 12 inches.

It’s important to buy one that you feel comfortable using. Chef knives should feel well-balanced and the handle should fit nicely in your hand. If the knife feels too big, get a smaller version.

This is one knife that will repay you for the money you spend on it. Get a good one, treat it well, and it’ll do you service for years to come.

Recommended chef knives

Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife

Victorinox (best known for their Swiss Army brand) is an incredibly popular manufacturer, offering high-quality knives at entry-level prices. Many people swear by them, and wouldn’t swap them for higher-price knives, which is a testament to the strength of their following.

The ‘Fibrox’ in the name refers to the material the handle is made from. Its synthetic, hard-wearing, non-slip and very comfortable in the hand. It is rivet-free, and ergonomically-curved for ease of use.

There’s a larger 10-inch version available, but the 8-inch model is the best seller. Whether you’re just getting into knives or are replacing/upgrading a previous knife, the Victorinox models are well worth a look.

Amazon buyer rating 4.8/5


J.A. Henckels International Classic 8-inch Chef’s Knife

Available in both 8-inch and 10-inch versions, the J.A. Henckels International Classic Chef’s Knife has a high-carbon German stainless steel blade, though the knife is actually assembled in Spain.

It has a full-tang, triple-riveted handle, with a full bolster providing plenty of finger protection. It’s well-weighted and is a mid-point in the Henckels range, offering a nice price/performance compromise.

If you like Henckels but are willing to pay for a better quality knife, take a look at their Zwilling Pro 8-Inch Traditional Chef’s Knife.

Amazon buyer rating 4.6/5


Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook’s Knife



You know what you’re getting with a Wusthof, and the 8-inch Cook’s Knife is a solid example of what the brand does best. You get a forged, full-tang knife, with a high-carbon stainless steel blade. The ergonomic handle has three rivets, while there’s a finger guard for added safety.

The knife is rated to be dishwasher-safe, but it’s recommended that you hand wash it. Backed by Wusthof’s excellent lifetime guarantee, the Classic 8-inch Cook’s Knife is a beautiful piece of kit that will be the centrepiece of your kitchen arsenal for years to come.

Also available in sizes ranging from a compact 4.5 inches up to 12 inches, but the 8-inch version is a nice balance for most people. Highly, highly recommended.

Amazon buyer rating 4.7/5




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