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Best Chef Knives

Written by Blade HQ Staff Writer Logan Rainey on 4/29/2019

Best Chef Knives

Knives are right at the top of the list of must have kitchen tools, and the chef’s knife is the most important knife in the block. Whether you're a well seasoned chef or a budding culinary expert, adding an amazing knife to your collection will pay off incredibly. In this Best Chef Knives guide we break down some of our most popular kitchen knives and what makes them great.

In addition to an overview of the specs and details of each knife, we will feature a review of each knife left by one of our beloved customers. If you're new to chef knives or looking to expand your collection, read on to learn more!

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1. Kai Wasabi 6.5" Santoku

KAI Wasabi Santoku Knife

The KAI Wasabi 6.5” Santoku knife features a broad blade large enough to use with medium and larger pieces of produce and meats. Its handle offers optimum hygiene thanks to the special combination of bamboo powder and polypropylene – assisted by the natural anti-bacterial properties of the bamboo parts. This knife makes quick work of general kitchen cutting chores and is made from the stuff that stands the tests of time. Check out more below.

  • 6.50" Daido 1K6 Santoku Blade
  • Polypropylene Handle
  • 8.40 oz. weight
  • Made in Japan
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"The 'Salad Samurai' - I am no chef, but I prepare a salad every night for the next days lunch. This knife is comfortable and sharp. After many dozens of uses it still cuts pretty effortlessly."

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2. Shun Sora 6" Chef's Knife

Shun Sora Chef's Knife

This is the place to start your Shun Sora collection: the Sora Chef's Knife. Of course you know it's the essential kitchen knife. But what you might not know is that since the Sora line features traditional Japanese blade and handle shapes, in Japan, the Sora 6" Chef's Knife would be called a gyuto. It's used for all the same purposes as a chef's knife—all-around food preparation. But the Sora Chef's has less curve than a Western chef's knife, which means it contacts the cutting board along more of its length, so more food is cut per slice. Sora uses Shun's proprietary Composite Blade technology to bring together a VG-10 san mai cutting edge with a Japanese 420J stainless steel upper. Its blade features an attractive wavy pattern at its joint based on traditional Japanese sword hamon lines. While Sora's blade shapes and handle design are traditional Japanese, the textured PP/TPE polymer blend handle material provides a contemporary look, secure grip and balance, and is easy to maintain. This amazing chef knife is a great addition to any knife block.

  • 11.25" Overall Length
  • 6.25" VG-10 Drop Point Blade
  • Polymer Handle
  • 4.40 oz. weight
  • Made in Japan
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3. KAI PRO 8" Chef's Knife

KAI PRO 8-inch Chef's Knife

The KAI PRO series chef’s knife was created to provide professional-level utility blade for home or commercial kitchens. It’s built with Japanese AUS-6M steel, which has been NSF certified for use in professional kitchens. Each blade in KAI’s PRO series is hand sharpened and finished to a 16° cutting edge for maximized sharpness. The hammered finish not only looks great, it also reduces drag to release food quickly and easily. A solid full-tang POM riveted handle finishes off the high-performance design.

  • 13.25" Overall Length
  • 8.00" AUS-6M Drop Point Blade
  • POM Handle
  • 6.81 oz. Weight
  • Made in China
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4. KAI Pure Komachi 2.9" Slicing Knife

KAI PURE Komachi Slicing Knife

Whether you’re slicing chicken breast for a family dinner or you want to make your dinner guests sit up and take notice, the Pure Komachi 2 9" Slicing Knife is your answer. This attractive, plum-colored slicing knife offers a full nine inches of blade length so you can make a smooth slice in a single cut. The sharp blade glides through your roast, making thin, even slices almost effortless. The knife is light weight and the handle is comfortable, so you always have complete control of your cut.

  • 14.00" Overall Length
  • 9.00" High Carbon Drop Point Blade
  • Polymer Handle
  • 3.20 oz. Weight
  • Made in China
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5. Spyderco 6" Serrated Utility Knife

Spyderco 6-inch Serrated Utility Kitchen Knife

This Chef's Knife model has a fully serrated cutting edge. Spyderco designed this 6" Utility Kitchen Knife to pass easily though both soft and fibrous foods with its thin and semi-flexible blade. Made in Seki City, Japan, this razor sharp kitchen tool features a stainless steel fully scalloped serrated blade that holds a keen long-lasting edge and premium Sermollan handle that gives the knife great ergonomics during use and makes clean-up easy. Like other Spyderco products, this knife is built to last and made to impress. Get yours today!

  • 10.875" Overall Length
  • 6.50" MBS-26 Drop Point Blade
  • Sermollan Handle
  • 2.05 oz. Weight
  • Made in Japan
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6. Kanetsune Petty Fixed Blade Knife

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Some knives are purchased for the performance they offer and some knives are purchased because to be show pieces. The Kanetsune Petty is one of those knives that falls in both categories. Thanks to its Tsuchime finished 17 layered Damascus steel with a VG-10 core, the Petty kitchen knife by Kanetsune is a graceful, beautiful and practical tool for any kitchen. Gorgeous mahogany wood handles provide a comfortable grip while allowing control right up to the cutting edge. Next time you are having a gathering or prepping a meal with visitors, pull out this knife and watch them gaze at its glory.

  • 9.75" Overall Length
  • 5.50" Damascus, VG-10 Sheepsfoot Blade
  • Mahogany Handle
  • 3.10 oz. Weight
  • Made in Japan
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7. Kanetsune Medium Gyuto Chef's Knife

Kanetsune Medium Gyuto Chef's Knife

The Medium Gyuto Chef’s Knife from Kanetsune is a precision slicing machine. When purchasing a Chef’s knife it’s important to take into consideration the balance of the knife and its overall feel in hand. This knife offers amazing balance, ergonomics, looks and quality. Its 33-layer Damascus steel blade and comfortable contoured wood handle give it the chops you need to make quick work of cutting chores. Chop, mince and slice with ease and minimal effort. Pick up a Kanetsune Medium Gyuto today!

  • 13.125" Overall Length
  • 8.375” Damascus, VG-10 Drop Point Blade
  • Wood Handle
  • 6.00 oz. Weight
  • Made in Japan
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Best Chef Knives

Odds are you have a set of kitchen knives. If you know your way around the kitchen it’s likely that you use them lots and they have their fair share of wear and tear. Chef knives are known for their versatility and general capabilities. They are well sized, balanced and easy to use and that’s why they are a must-have for any knife block. Though this list is short, it is a great start for looking for a designated chef knife to accompany your kitchen gear. Whether you’re into simplicity or intricacy, there are plenty of great chef knives to choose from. Stay tuned for more great kitchen knife guides.

Now that you have our recommendations, we've got way more knives than just the 7 featured here. Give our wares a browse, and find the perfect piece for yourself. Once you've built out your Kitchen Knife collection, leave a review of your knife! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for all your knife updates.

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Still unsure of the best Kitchen Knife for you? No sweat. This video breaks down some of the best kitchen knives for knife guys. Whether you’re a well-seasoned chef or someone who cooks just to eat, there are tons of great kitchen knives to choose from. Watch and enjoy.

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Still in that information gathering phase? We've got a whole bunch more lists of all the Best Knives! Happy hunting and may you find that one special knife of your dreams!

*Customer reviews may be condensed for clarity and edited for grammatical errors. You know we have to make our high school English teacher proud. Check product listings for current pricing.