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Best Kitchen Knives

Written by Blade HQ Staff Writer Logan Rainey on 11/27/2020

Best Kitchen Knives

With the holidays right at our doorstep, we’re all going to spend a lot of time in the kitchen either cooking or stealing a bite of whatever is being thoughtfully prepared. No kitchen is complete without a great knife or two and boy do we have just the stuff to help your holidays go off without a hitch. Whether you’re carving up roast beast or putting together a veggie tray you’re going to need a knife to do it. Here’s our list of the Best Kitchen Knives of 2020. Let’s get to it!


1. Cold Steel Kitchen Classics 8" Chef Knife

Cold Steel Kitchen Classics 8-inch Chef Knife

If you were to pick only one knife to put in your kitchen, a chef knife is the knife to get. The Cold Steel Kitchen Classics 8” Chef Knife is a robust, versatile, and affordable chef knife with all the right features and no nonsense. It features a durable 4116 cryo-quenched steel blade with a healthy belly and a thin spine. This combined with a comfortable, reinforced polymer handle makes using the knife a breeze whether making a quick snack or prepping ingredients for the day’s meals at a restaurant. Check it out by clicking below.

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2. Boker Cottage-Craft 6.75” Santoku Knife

Boker Cottage-Craft 6.75-inch Santoku Knife

The Blade HQ exclusive Boker Cottage-Craft 6.75” Santoku Knife is the stuff of kitchen knife dreams. Gorgeous lines, quality materials and a price that leaves money for more bread on the table make this knife great for starters and seasoned chefs alike. It features a beautifully hand-crafted C75 handle and a plum wood handle. Over time these materials will allow this knife to achieve a handsome patina and old-world look. Give your kitchen a serious upgrade by clicking below.

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3. KAI Wasabi 6.5” Chef Knife

KAI Wasabi 6.5-inch Chef Knife

Far East flare and great materials make the KAI Wasabi 6.5” Chef Knife an amazing do-it-all kitchen knife. Its slender Daido 1K6 steel blade makes slicing and chopping a breeze while its bamboo-infused polypropylene handle keeps things germ free and easy to maintain. This knife is well balanced, has a large belly made for rocking and a comfortable handle. What more could you ask for in a chef knife. Pick up the KAI Wasabi 6.5” Chef Knife by clicking below.

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4. Victorinox Fibrox 6” Flexible Boning Kitchen Knife

Victorinox Fibrox 6-inch Flexible Boning Kitchen Knife

Victorinox Fibrox series knives are known for their incredible durability and comfort. They feature a unique polymer handle that’s slip resistant and NSF-approved for use in hospitals, school kitchens and restaurants. This dishwasher safe boning knife comes standard with a high-carbon stainless steel blade made to handle the use and abuse of professional kitchens. It sharpens easily and can be honed with a honing steel if need be. Learn more by clicking below.

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5. Wusthof Classic 9” Bread Knife

Wusthof Classic 9-inch Bread Knife

The bread knife is one of the most important pieces of cutlery in the kitchen. Though it only has one real purpose, having a bread knife is the difference between perfectly sliced homemade bread and a crumby mess you’re better off throwing away. The Wusthof Classic 9” Bread Knife is the crème de la crème of bread knives. Its blade is precision forged from high carbon steel and given the PEtec treatment for a 20% sharper blade with twice the edge retention, and its comfortable POM handle features traditional styling and incredible durability. This is an amazing knife and whether you buy it by itself or as part of the complete Wusthof Classic kitchen knife set, it’s an amazing knife to add to your collection.

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6. Miyabi 8” Chef’s Knife

Miyabi 8-inch Chef’s Knife

Sometimes I have a difficult time finding the words to describe certain knives I write about. The only word I can really use to express how I feel about this incredible chef knife is an emphatic “WOW!” From tip to tang, the Miyabi 8” Chef’s Knife is clad in some of the best materials found on knives. Its blade is skillfully crafted from premium Damascus steel with an SG2 core then ice hardened to 63 HRC. It also features a gorgeous raw birchwood handle with burls and knots that offer both unique grip and character. This chef knife is truly a statement piece and part of a mind-boggling set of kitchen knives. Feast your eyes on all its glory by clicking below.

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7. Zwilling Twin Signature 19-piece Kitchen Knife Set

Zwilling Twin Signature 19-piece Kitchen Knife Set

The Zwilling Twin Signature 19-Piece Kitchen Knife Set is one of the best sets of kitchen knives we’ve had the opportunity to handle and use. Its classic design and premium construction make it a great investment and addition to any kitchen. This set of knives features high carbon NO STAIN steel and comfortable polymer handles. Get yours today by clicking below.

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Final Thoughts

Best Kitchen Knives

Whether you add a showpiece chef knife to your knife block or buy an entire knife set, the right kitchen knives make all the difference when prepping food and cooking. These knives are only a taste of what we have to offer at Blade HQ. They are some of our favorites and some of the best in terms of quality and construction. As we head into the holidays during this crazy year, we hope you find some enjoyment in cooking food and celebrating safely. Check out our full selection of kitchen knives by clicking below. Until next time, thanks for reading!

Blade HQ has way more knives than those featured here! There's bound to be another knife you need for your growing collection. Give our wares a browse, and find the perfect knife to suit your needs!


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Check out our Learn Knives section for more great Kitchen Knife articles including, Best Chef Knives, Best Kitchen Knife Sets, and even a How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife tutorial. Still unsure about kitchen knives and where to begin? 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.


Best Chef Knives

Updated by Blade HQ Staff Writer Logan Rainey on 10/30/2020

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 guide we break down the Top 7 Chef Knives of 2020 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. Cold Steel Kitchen Classics 8" Chef's Knife

Cold Steel Kitchen Classics 8-inch Chef's Knife

The Cold Steel Kitchen Classics series builds on Cold Steel’s reputation for making knives with incredible cutting power and durability. The Kitchen Classics 8-inch Chef’s Knife features a cry-quenched 4116 stainless-steel blade made for chopping and slicing food with precision and efficiency. Its handle is designed for both long-term durability and comfort and is made from food-safe polymer material. The Cold Steel Kitchen Classics 8-inch Chef’s Knife is one of those knives built to stand up to the rigors of professional and home kitchens alike. Check it out by clicking below.

  • 8.00" 4116 Stainless Steel Blade
  • Polymer Handle
  • 5.90 oz. weight
  • Made in Taiwan
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2. 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
KAI Wasabi Santoku Knife Average Star Review

Matt G. says...

"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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3. Boker Cottage-Craft 8.75" Chef's Knife

Boker Cottage-Craft 8.75-inch Chef's Knife

The year 2020 has been an historic year for many reasons, but one of the most important happenings is the introduction of the Blade HQ exclusive Boker Cottage-Craft line of knives. The premium kitchen knives are handmade in Solingen, Germany and built to a quality standard that rivals knives well above their price point.

The Boker Cottage-Craft 8.75” Chef’s Knife features gorgeous lines, quality materials and beautiful workmanship. Its blade is crafted from C75 carbon steel giving it excellent cutting capabilities while keeping it easy to hone and maintain in the kitchen. Stunning plum wood handles provide amazing grip during use and look great while sitting in your knife block. We are excited to introduce these knives and to be the exclusive dealer of Boker Cottage-Craft Series kitchen knives. Learn more about the Boker Cottage-Craft Series by clicking below.

  • 13.375" Overall Length
  • 8.75" C75 Blade
  • Plum Wood Handle
  • 6.92 oz. Weight
  • Made in Germany
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4. Spyderco 6" Santoku

Spyderco 6-inch Santoku Knife

Typically having spiders in your kitchen would be frowned upon, but this one will likely slide. The Spyderco 6” Santoku kitchen knife is ready for action with its precision crafted MBS-26 stainless steel blade. This specialized blade steel is great for kitchen work thanks to its superior edge retention, sharpness and cutting performance. The Spyderco 6” Santoku features a black Sermollan (polymer) handle with excellent ergonomics for comfortable grip and security during long sessions at the cutting board. With an overall length of 12.125” the Spyderco 6” Santoku knife is well balanced and ready for work. Check it out by clicking below.

  • 12.125" Overall Length
  • 6.875" MBS-26 Blade
  • Sermollan (polymer) Handle
  • 5.25 oz. Weight
  • Made in Japan
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Nicholas M. says...

"I figured if Spyderco makes a good pocket knife then they'd make a good chef's knife. I'm glad I went with this one, it's ended up replacing most of my other kitchen knives. Considering I do a lot of chopping and mincing, the santoku blade was the way to go!"

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5. 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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6. Victorinox Cutlery 10” Chef’s Knife

Victorinox Cutlery 10-inch Chef's Knife

Victorinox knives are an incredible investment whether you buy a simple Classic SD multi-tool or a full-blown kitchen knife set. The Victorinox Cutlery 10” Chef’s Knife is a quality kitchen knife built for daily cooking tasks. It features a quality 10-inch, multipurpose blade designed for everything from mincing to chopping. Its high carbon stainless-steel blade provides superior edge retention and maximum edge retention, and has been ice tempered for long-term durability and sharpness. Lastly, the Victorinox Cutlery 10” Chef’s Knife features patented Fibrox handles which are designed to be comfortable and slip resistant. Learn more about the Victorinox Cutlery 10” Chef’s Knife by clicking below.

  • 15.25" Overall Length
  • 10.00" High Carbon Steel Blade
  • White Fibrox (polymer) Handle
  • 5.59 oz. Weight
  • Made in Switzerland
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7. Wusthof Classic 10” Cook’s Knife

Wusthof Classic 10-inch Chef's Knife

The Wusthoff Classic 10-inch Cook’s Knife is a precision crafted blade built for everyday kitchen tasks. This all-purpose knife features a forged, high-carbon stainless steel blade with Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) making it 20% sharper with double the edge retention. Its handle is made from durable polymer giving it a traditional look and feel while making it comfortable and easy to clean. The Wusthof Classic Cook’s Knife has an overall length of 15.25” making it a well-balanced knife for everything from cutting vegetables to deboning ing below.

  • 15.25" Overall Length
  • 10.00” High Carbon Steel Blade
  • Polymer Handle
  • 10.32 oz. Weight
  • Made in Germany
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Final Thoughts

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.

How To Sharpen a Kitchen Knife

Written by Blade HQ Staff Writer Logan Rainey on 08/27/2020

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They say a knife is only as good as it is sharp, and a chef is only as good as its knife. Keeping your kitchen knives well maintained and properly sharpened is, to some, more important than how you use them. If you’re anything like us, your kitchen knives take far more use and abuse than your pocket knives do and they’re likely the least maintained and cared for.

This guide breaks down how to hone and sharpen a kitchen knife using everything from basic tools to advanced sharpening systems. Grab your kitchen knives, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to learn because things are about to get real! Let’s go!

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Supplies

Sharpening Supplies

While basic kitchen knife maintenance can be done with a honing steel and a pull-thru sharpener like the Smith’s Sharpener’s Edge Pull-Thru Sharpener, taking the time to put a great edge on your kitchen knives can make all the difference in the long run and requires using the right tools.

What you’ll need to sharpen your knives includes:

  • a sharpening system or sharpening stone set
  • stropping compound
  • leather strop
  • bevel gauge (helpful the first couple times you sharpen, but not entirely necessary)
  • patience and a relaxed afternoon
  • a cold beverage ;)

Method 1: Honing Steel

Honing Steel 1, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife

At its most basic, maintaining a kitchen knife can be done with the use of a honing steel. A honing steel is like it sounds, a piece of hardened steel, usually with a handle and a subtle grooved texture, used for aligning the edge of a kitchen knife.

When honing a kitchen knife, it’s important to understand that we aren’t actually sharpening the knife, but rather straightening the edge of the knife and adjusting the burr enough for it to make smoother cuts. If the edge of your knife doesn’t have much damage or looks like it’s in generally good condition, using a honing steel is a quick way to ready it for food prep. Let’s break down how to use a honing steel.

Steps:

  1. Examine the edge of your knife making note of any damage. An excessively damaged or dull blade will require the use of additional sharpening.
  2. With the honing steel in your non-dominant hand, place the tip on a flat surface at a comfortable angle.
  3. Holding the knife in your dominant hand, place the edge, facing away from you, on the honing steel at a 15º to 20º angle. Start with the blade at the base of the handle.

  4. Honing Steel 2, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife

  5. Gently push your knife along the honing steel while maintaining the same angle you started with making sure to hone the entire edge.
  6. Alternate passes on both sides making sure to maintain consistent pressure and edge angle.
  7. Check your work and make sure your knife cuts smoothly before using it for large prep jobs, and strop your knife if you would like to.

Sharpening System, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife

Method 2: Sharpening System

Sharpening System, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife

Like anything, there is always a better way to do something. Putting a wicked sharp edge on your kitchen knives improve the performance of each knife and make the process of prepping food and ingredients much safer.

The next method of sharpening a kitchen knife requires the use of a more advanced sharpening system than what’s found with pull-thru sharpeners. Sharpening systems like the Spyderco Sharpmaker or Worksharp Benchtop include better quality sharpening stones and are easily adjusted to match the angle of different knives. Most sharpening systems like these give the user the flexibility to sharpen knives to the angle they were made with. These systems also allow the user to set the stones flat for freehand sharpening.

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Steps:

  1. Examine the edge of your knife making note of any damage, and use your bevel gauge to determine your sharpening angle.
  2. Place your sharpening system on a solid, flat surface (like your kitchen countertop) and setup the sharpening stones at the edge angle you determined.
  3. Firmly hold the sharpening system with your non-dominant hand making sure to use safety guards included with your sharpening system.
  4. With the knife in your non-dominant hand, place the heel/butt of the blade near the top of one of the sharpening stones making sure to hold the knife perpendicular to the floor or countertop.

  5. Sharpening System 1, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife
    Sharpening System 2, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife
  6. Using light, consistent pressure, glide the knife along the sharpening stone from heel to tip, then switch to the opposite sharpening stone and repeat this step for the opposite edge.
  7. Make several passes on each side of the knife then check for edge consistency and any remaining imperfections. If there is still visible damage, repeat this process until it is no longer visible.
  8. Progressively sharpen your knife with finer grit sharpening stones until there is no visible damage and the edge is smooth and consistent.
  9. When your knife is sharpened to your liking, use a leather strop to remove burrs and fine imperfections.

For more information on the Spyderco Sharpmaker, check out our review by clicking here!

Stropping 2, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife

Method 3: Whetstone

Whetstone 1, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife

Though most of you will probably never use this method to sharpen your kitchen knives, whetstone sharpening has been the sharpening method of choice for professional chefs since the dawn of time. It’s a simple yet complicated way to sharpen a knife, and when done right, will put a sharper edge on a knife than any other method.

Sharpening a kitchen knife using whetstones can be broken down into four parts: abrasive, angle, pressure, and consistency. The right combination of these parts contributes to thin, consistent edges and leads to better performance over time.


Whetstone 1, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife

Before starting the sharpening process, it’s important to choose the right whetstone(s) for what you need. If your knives are beat up and damaged, a lower grit stone will help remove more material faster and help bring new life to worn edges. If your knives are in decent shape and in need of a refreshed edge, a medium or fine grit stone will be a better choice. In this tutorial we are using a Darex Work Sharp Whetstone which has a 1000 grit medium-fine side and a 6000 grit finer side. There are many different whetstones, so be sure to find one that suits your needs and works well with the knives you’re sharpening.


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Steps:

  1. If using a wet whetstone, place it in a tub of water to soak for about 15 minutes. (Be sure to check your manufacturer’s recommendations for what your stones require, some stones are meant to be used dry while others are designed to be used with oil or water.)
  2. Place your whetstone and base on a solid, flat surface (like your kitchen countertop) and setup the sharpening stones at the edge angle you determined.
  3. Examine the edge of your knife making note of any damage, and use your bevel gauge to determine your sharpening angle.
  4. Holding the knife in your dominant hand with the edge facing away from you, place the heel/butt of the blade at the edge of the whetstone with enough room to draw the full length of the edge to you.

  5. Whetstone 2, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife
    Whetstone 3, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife
    Whetstone 4, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife
  6. With your other hand, place light and consistent pressure on the blade then glide the knife along the whetstone from heel to tip making sure to stop the tip on the flat part of the stone to minimize rounding. Flip the knife over and repeat.
  7. Make several passes on each side of the knife then check for edge consistency and any remaining imperfections. If there is still visible damage, repeat this process until it is no longer visible.
  8. Progressively sharpen your knife with finer grit sharpening stones until there is no visible damage and the edge is smooth and consistent.
  9. When your knife is sharpened to your liking, use a leather strop to remove burrs and fine imperfections.

Sharpening System 1, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife
Sharpening System 2, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife

Final Thoughts

Whetstone 1, How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife

Sharpening a knife is an invaluable skill that all knife nerds should possess. The ability to take a dull, unsafe knife and give it new life is worth all the time and effort it takes to learn. If you’re someone who cooks at home or has a job in a kitchen, maintaining your tools is the most important thing you can do with your time.

Not only is a sharp knife a safe knife, it is a tool that makes prep work and other cooking tasks much faster and more efficient. Check out our full selection of cooking knives and sharpening supplies by clicking below.


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The most important part of sharpening a kitchen knife is having a kitchen knife to sharpen. Our selection of kitchen knives at Blade HQ is continually growing. Check our site regularly to see what we have in stock.


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