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The Best Chef's Knives You Can Buy (2022)

As a cook, your chef's knife should be your best friend; but a bad one can make you not want to cook at all. Let's dive into some of this year's most interesting picks β€” ranging all the way from $13 to $400 β€” and find you a new friend.

Kramer by Zwilling 8" Chef's Knife

Honestly, I expected this to be a very expensive Class Clown. I was wrong; it kicks ass. An absolute unit that glides through anything in its path.
Pros
  • Feels excellent in use despite its weight.
  • Tall profile allows for both a thick spine and a thin, very sharp blade.
  • Very ergonomic in a pinch grip.
Cons
  • A bit gaudy, finish-wise.
  • Holy shit-level expensive.
  • Heavy.
$350
Sur La Table

Steelport 8" Chef's Knife

Every detail of this knife is gorgeous. With that said, the thick spine is super frustrating for common tasks like cutting onions. A slight geometry change would make this a category killer.
Pros
  • Beautiful materials.
  • Fantastic design from the handle to the tip.
  • Sharpens super easily for a pretty hard steel.
Cons
  • Fucking expensive.
  • Blackened finish comes off quite easily (still looks good though...).
  • Spine is too thick for the blade's height.
$400
Bernal Cutlery

Hado 210mm Ginsan Gyuto

Friends have described this knife to me as both "like a scalpel" and "a fucking lightsaber" after using it. More brittle than I'd like, but still my favorite knife ever.
Pros
  • Hands down the most fun knife I've ever used.
  • Gorgeous.
  • Easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Expensive.
  • Can be tricky to find.
  • Easier to chip due to high hardness.
$388
Bernal Cutlery

Hitohira 180mm Santoku

What an absolute gem: the combination of a short-bladed santoku with shirogami steel makes for an absolutely fantastic starter knife (or backup).
Pros
  • Super light + easy to control
  • Shirogami #2 is a perfect intro to carbon steel
  • Cheap for a classic, Japanese-style knife
Cons
  • Carbon steel requires a bit more attention than stainless
  • Still fairly expensive
  • Can be hard to find
$135
Bernal Cutlery

Shun Kanso 8" Chef's Knife

I have bought 3 of these: 1 for myself and 1 for each of my siblings. Pretty, comfortable, solid steel, easy to sharpen. Nothing game-changing, but well worth the price.
Pros
  • Really comfortable handle.
  • Lovely finish.
  • Easy to sharpen.
Cons
  • AUS-10 steel is a bit soft for this price point.
$120
Amazon

Miyabi Koh 8" Gyuto

A great entry level knife modeled after classic Japanese gyutos. If you're curious, you could do worse. Great edge durability for the price.
Pros
  • Nice modernization of the classic gyuto design.
  • Hard steel holds an edge quite well.
  • Lightweight and comfy to use.
Cons
    $110
    Amazon

    Global G-2 8" Chef's Knife

    Not great, but damn good. My road dog for most of the last 2 decades and the standard by which I judge all other knives.
    Pros
    • An excellent balance of hardness/toughness
    • Super light, so it quickly becomes an extension of your arm
    • Easy to sharpen
    Cons
    • Handle is polarizing
    • So is the aesthetic, tbh.
    • I think this has been discontinued 😭
    $115
    Amazon

    Global GU-02 8" Asian Chef's Knife

    Chunky version of my longtime favorite: the G-2. Not bad, but not better than the G-2.
    Pros
    • Probably a less polarizing handle than the G-2.
    Cons
    • Heavy.
    • Thick.
    • Not as nice as the G-2.
    $100
    Amazon

    Global G-56 7" Santoku

    I think this knife is fine, but I wouldn't buy it as my main knife. Just not practical enough due to the curved tip and the hollow grind adds no value.
    Pros
    • Basically a G-2 in a different shape.
    • Far cheaper than the G-2.
    Cons
    • Hollow grind is not super effective.
    • Round tip isn't as practical as the sharp tip of a chef's knife.
    $88
    Amazon

    Misen 8" Chef's Knife

    A perfect everyday knife. Heavy, but well-designed and rock solid. Is it my favorite to use? Not even close, but an excellent cost/value ratio.
    Pros
    • Super durable. Held an edge better than most of the knives tested.
    • Surprisingly comfortable for its weight.
    Cons
    • Heavy.
    • Not the prettiest...
    $75
    Misen

    MAC 7.25" Chef Series

    The easiest knife I've ever used out of the box. Doesn't hold an edge for very long, but super easy to sharpen.
    Pros
    • Sharp as fuck out of the box.
    • Super lightweight.
    • Very comfortable and controllable.
    • Great price.
    Cons
    • Stamped, so it loses its edge fairly quickly.
    $60
    Amazon

    Dao Vua 210mm Gyuto

    A "chaotic neutral" knife in every way. Hard to get one with good alignment. Probably will require sharpening once you get it home.
    Pros
    • Cheap!
    • Kinda cool looking.
    • Uses recycled car leaf springs.
    Cons
    • Dao Vua doesn't give information about their metal and there are rumors that they may contain lead (I suspect this is MSG-style fear mongering but can't be sure).
    $68
    Bernal Cutlery

    Ikea 365+ 6" Utility Knife

    Despite having the worst grind I've ever seen on a knife out of the box, it's still maybe a good deal for the price? It's not good, but it's better than some more expensive knives.
    Pros
    • Only $13!
    Cons
    • Inconsistent grind out of the box.
    • Extremely soft steel requires sharpening constantly.
    • Handle is easy to get food stuck in.
    $13
    Ikea

    J.A. Henckels Graphite 8" Chef's Knife (+ 13-pc set)

    I find it beautifully ironic to have a Henckels as MVP and another as Class Clown. Don't buy knife sets. Please.
    Pros
    • Comes with 12 other knives.
    Cons
    • The knives it comes with are as awful as it is.
    • Maybe worse.
    $174
    Amazon

    Made In 8" Chef Knife

    Runner-up to Class Clown. I hate using this knife. It's unbalanced, heavy, and the blade profile is super awkward. In a market full of overconfident, hyperbolic steel claims, they take the cake. Pass.
    Pros
    • Nice wooden handle on this model.
    Cons
    • Cheap steel.
    • Really awkward profile.
    • Marketing copy is lying about its hardness (Made In claims 58 HRC, <55 HRC in testing)
    $99
    Made In

    Wusthof Classic 6" Chef's Knife

    Mediocre generally, but terrible for the price. Bolster is super annoying when sharpening.
    Pros
      Cons
      • Way overpriced β€”Β even in the context of a steel shortage.
      • Full bolster gets in the way of sharpening.
      • Heavy for such a small knife.
      • Out of the box, it pulls to the side pretty significantly.
      $135
      Amazon

      Victorinox Fibrox 8" Chef's Knife

      The internet loves this knife for its low price. That is the only good thing about it.
      Pros
      • It's cheap!
      Cons
      • It feels even cheaper.
      $50
      Amazon