Introduction

The most used piece of equipment in any kitchen is the trusty cooks knife. They are so versatile and useful that they even named the style of the blade after the very people who would use them the most. Cooks… Most modern cooks knives are made from forged steel or Steel alloy of various lengths and styles. Seeing as I own 5 of the top big brands it seems fitting that I give you my unpaid and honest opinion on all of them.

Number 5

Mundial 10-Inch Chef’s Knife

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This was the first cooks knife I ever owned. If memory serves me correctly I bought this one when I was 16.  I’ve been carrying this thing around for about 23 years. Made from drop forged steel and features a full tang. It’s also the cheapest of the group. It’s perfectly capable at general kitchen duties. The plastics are ok. It takes an edge. Nothing really stands out about this knife other than its a large cooks knife. A tad heavy. so that may be a determining feature that you may or may not like. If you are roughly chopping vegetables or need to open tin of paint this knife will get it done. To me this knife is a bit like remembering the past. She knew I would leave her for someone else but stuck around just long enough to get a few cuts in anyway. Or something like that. Lol

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Number 4

 

Henckels Pro 10″ Chef’s Knife

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This knife was given to me as a gift from an owner of one of the restaurants I used to work for. The restaurant has since changed its name and is now serving curry instead of steaks. Its a very well rounded blade. Fits well in the hand and with good balance. Its made from a proprietary alloy that Heckels is keeping secret. This particular model is manufactured in Germany unlike some of the other cheaper Henkels. Comes with the standard full tang and fitted to the handle with the classic three rivets. The plastic grip feels fine and of a very high quality. This knife holds a fine edge and would make most people very happy. The one area that lets it down is the price.

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PRO Its the classic german cooks knife. Very competent in all departments. No one would be unhappy to have one of these.

CON If I was going to buy “The Classic Chefs knife”  at this price point id just buy the Wusthof Trident. This is a bit like formula 1 in many respects. Ultimately It comes in at number 4 because although it has better ergonomics than the Global its just also very very boring.

Number 3

Shun Classic 10″ Chef’s Knife

This knife is incredibly pretty to look at. The Shun is made from VG10 folded stainless steel. Its a special type of stainless steel that contains cobalt I bought one 5 years ago. It is an expensive item compared with the other knives listed here. Extremely sharp and extremely comfortable to use. It can take the sharpest edge out of all the knives listed. It can go to a full razor sharp blade.  Its main drawback is that it doesn’t feel  as durable as the others when it comes to the more mundane kitchen tasks like cutting through chicken bones or roughly chopping carrots for the stock pot. I also wouldn’t recommend this for anyone who is unsure in the kitchen or at least 100 percent confident in their cutting technique. This knife deserves respect however just like in commercial kitchens, you only get that at after 100s of hours of hard work.  I just don’t see this knife being able endure torture like treatment. 

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PRO Very beautiful.  Very precise. If you are looking for the sharpest knife in the draw then this is it.

CON Ours lost the tip of the blade after it being dropped on the floor. Being such a highly precision piece of kitchen kit I just haven’t gotten around to grinding and polishing  a new edge on it. Very intimidating for novice users. Price, it’s also very expensive.

Number 2

Global 10 inch Chef’s Knife

Produced in Japan. The cutting blade is made from CROMOVA 18 Stainless Steel and then tig welded to the handle. This knife is perfect for use at home being extremely light and easy to maintain. Its ergonomics let it down as I found it can become a little bit uncomfortable after extended use. For most applications where your cutting action is not so repetitious this will not even be noticeable.  Its my number two knife and unlike the the Mundial and the Shun it still gets quite a bit of attention from my wife. The blade is extremely durable by being impervious to any ding or deep scratch.  It also holds its edge fantastically well only needing to be honed with the use of  steel every once and a while. The knife is a little bit lightweight and to me It doesn’t balance  quite as well compared to the Messermeister.

PRO Extremely durable. I have had one for just over 20 years and there is no significant sign of rust, dings or scratches. If comfort is secondary to outright speed then this is the knife for you. Holds its edge for a very long time.

CON Because the blade is extremely hard I would recommend that when it’s time for a new edge, that it be done by a professional knife sharpener and polisher. Alternatively you may want to invest in a diamond stone.

If you use the traditional chefs pinch cutting technique it may give you blisters. If your hands are wet and then your knuckle slips into the back edge of the blade expect it to hurt a lot.

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Number 1

 

 

Messermeister Elite Stealth Chefs Knife, 10″

Made in Germany from high carbon molybdenum/vanadium non stain professional tool steel. This knife is both comfortable to use for extended periods as well as being resilient to to chips and dings. Its s a true single piece forged knife. It’s not perfect though. I caught my gardener using it to cut down a papaya tree and he had indeed put a ding on the cutting edge. This was easily rectified with the use of a wet stone. It holds its edge for an amazing amount of time and is my go to knife 95 percent of the time. Balance is also spot on with a nice center distribution. It feels robust in the hand and is easy to control with absolutely fantastic feedback that gives confidence. It has a bolsterless edge, which makes it really easy to resharpen the entire length of the blade from point to the heel. The grips shape feels perfect in the hand with excellent quality plastics that should indeed last a lifetime.

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PRO Its the best all rounder of the group. Id take it anywhere. Do anything. Excellent build quality. Instills confidence with every cut.

CON I’m struggling, but perhaps its not rated for cutting down papaya trees.  Its not cheep but its so good I just don’t care.

Bonus

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link to our you tube channel where I demonstrate how to properly sharpen your cooks knives.
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