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Here It Is: Our Recommendations For The Best 8-inch Chef’s Knives

Anne Kocsis Contributor

Now that fall is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about the impending holiday gatherings and celebrations . I know, personally, that my family benefits from more home cooked meals during the cooler months.  At this time of year, I start looking at my appliances, utensils, and serving pieces to see what might need to be replaced for holiday entertaining. One of the most important items to check is your knives. It is probably the single most important item in your kitchen when it comes to food preparation. If you don’t have at least one good chef’s knife, get one now. They come in many sizes and shapes. If you are only buying one size, look for one about 8 inches long. This utilitarian size offers you a lot of versatility. Here are my top three recommendations at different price points.

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(Photo via Amazon)

Based on my own personal use and other customer reviews, I recommend the Zwilling professional chef’s knife. The Sigmaforce knife is forged from a single piece of solid high carbon stainless steel to provide the ultimate stability. The precision-honed blade is manufactured in Germany. The reliable blade has 57 Rockwell Hardness for excellent edge retention and it is ice-hardened for corrosion resistance. It is very resilient and and stays sharper longer than other knives. The black rivet handle is ergonomically designed for ease of use. It also has a sturdy bolster for balance and guarding your fingers while cutting. The item measures 16.5 X 2.8 X 1.5 inches and weighs 9.8 ounces. Those who have purchased have said, “This knife, right from the get-go, is a lot heavier than the last knife, with most of the weight on the handle, and the tip of the knife feels very light, in comparison. This actually allows me more fluid movement when cutting and chopping things. Chef’s knife always has a special place in my heart, especially the curve on the blade, which allows me to do more and easier than other type of knives that I have”.  J.A. Henckels stands by their product and offers a full guarantee.  The website lists this as a five star product. Other reviewers remarked that it “comes very sharp,” “is comfortable,” “easy to bone,” and “best knife out there, period.”
(Photo via Amazon)

(Photo via Amazon)

Foodandwine.com calls the Wusthof the best workhorse knife. It is an impressive all-purpose cook’s knife that is great for every day chopping, mincing, slicing and dicing. This chef’s tool is aprecision forged from a single block of highcarbon stainless steel and is tempered to 58 degree HRC. It meets the strictest of high quality standards. With a full bolster and finger guard, the ergnomic handle design is crafted from synthetic material to resist fading and discoloration. The company offers a limited lifetime warranty.  Reviewers call is “essential for any kitchen,”an “indispensible knife” and an “excellent chef’s knife.”  They have also raved about the durability of this products with reviews like, “it still cuts perfectly. I’ve tried out a lot of knives over those short 5 years from coworkers and friends, and other personal knives I bought; but this is the best knife I’ve ever wielded. I work mostly with chicken, beef, pork, and veggies where I sometimes prep for hours and it still isn’t dull”.
(Photo via Amazon)

(Photo via Amazon)

Like the others, this product is crafted from high quality German stainless steel to resist rust, corrosion, and discoloration. The ultra-sharp hand-polished durable blade is 2.5 millimeters thick and provides an excellent tool for chopping, mincing, and slicing meat, vegetables, and bread. The solid Micarta handles has a sturdy ergonomic design to minimize wrist tension and provide a safe comfortable grip. The Mosfiata chef’s tool makes a great gift for someone just starting out. It comes with a finger guard, blade guard, knife sheath, and sharpener. Plus, the set is packaged in a beautiful black box. Purchasers remark that this is “a great value and great price,” “lightweight, but extremely sharp,” and “very sturdy and cuts nicely”.  They have also stated, “this knife is my new favorite knife! Top quality for the the lowest price of seen! I bought a knife super similar online that cost me almost $200. It’s literally exactly the same! I love my new knife I will definitely be looking to buy more for gifts”!  So, what are you waiting for?  Buy yours today at unbeatable prices!

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