The versatile chef’s knife is the MVP of any knife set. Designed to handle the lion’s share of chopping, slicing and cutting tasks, the best chef’s knives excel at precise knife work and tougher cuts alike: They chop through hard winter squash, mince herbs with necessary delicacy and break down raw chickens with ease. After extensively testing 10 popular chef’s knives, during which I considered sharpness, versatility, comfort and price, I found the MAC Professional Series Chef’s Knife (MTH-80) to be the best option for most home chefs, as it easily tackled just about every culinary task it faced.
The best chef’s knives are kitchen workhorses, featuring super sharp blades and comfortable, secure … [+] handles.
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More than one blade impressed me, though. Here are all the winning chef’s knives from my testing process:
Best Chef’s Knife Overall: MAC Professional Series Chef’s Knife (MTH-80)
Runner-Up: Global Classic Chef’s Knife (G-2)
Best Budget-Friendly Chef’s Knife: Our Place Everyday Chef’s Knife
Best Western-Style Chef’s Knife: Wüsthof Classic Ikon
When a chef’s knife feels like a true extension of your hand—easy to hold, control and maneuver—you’ll know you’ve found the right one for you. While I believe the MTH-80 to be the best option currently available, the sleek, all-steel Global Classic Chef’s Knife (G-2) was a close runner-up, performing every task just as well. However, its thin spine, bolsterless design and stainless steel handle aren’t for everyone. If you prefer heavier, German-style knives that shine during heavy-duty tasks, you can’t go wrong with the Wüsthof Classic Ikon. And for those seeking a more affordable pick, consider the Our Place Everyday Chef’s Knife, which performed nearly as well as the other winning knives for a much lower price. Ahead, here’s what I loved about these knives.
MAC Professional Series 8-Inch Chef’s Knife (MTH-80)
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