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Knives - Reviews

Looking to sharpen your culinary skills? Arm yourself with the tools to keep you a cut above the rest! Designed for comfort, speed or precision, great knives accompany good cooks. Fulfill your potential with the proper kitchenware. Whether amateur or professional, Gayot’s cutlery reviews will help you select the next great knife for your block.


Korin Masanobu VG-10 Gyutou

Korin Masanobu VG-10 Gyutou
Messermeister Four Seasons Petite Chef's Knife
Grand Prix Wüsthof-Trident Santoku Knife
Kershaw Shun Classic Santoku Knife Model DM-0702
Kyocera Sashimi Knife
The Mac Knife

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Messermeister Four Seasons Petite Chef's Knife

Messermeister Four Seasons Petite Chef's Knife

Small knives are the workhorses of the chef’s kitchen, but all too often big knives get all the glory. With the Petite Chef’s Knife from German innovator Messermeister, compact knives step into the limelight. Messermeister is known for its extra-wide blades and elite edges, among the sharpest of all forged cutlery. We found the 4-inch Petite Chef’s Knife, from their Four Seasons line, to be a secret weapon for small, yet important, jobs like chopping shallots and herbs. The camber allows for precise rocking action, and we appreciated the added safety of the extra-wide blade, which gives greater clearance between hand and cutting surface. It rests comfortably and substantially in the hand; the 3/4” tang made us feel fully in control of the knife. A super-sharp edge and brushed steel finish make it an ideal addition to your chopping arsenal.

Available at www.verticco.com
Retail Price: $45

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Grand Prix Wüsthof-Trident Santoku Knife

With their philosophy of constructing items that will last a lifetime, the Germans know how to make fine cutlery. The Wüsthof knives are no exception. We tried the classic, forged, professional 7-inch Granton Edge Oriental Cook's Knife from their Grand Prix series, and we were impressed. Weight, heft and balance are perfect and chopping is a breeze. The edge, the "Business End" of every Wüsthof knife, is honed by hand and laser-tested and it shows. The extremely sharp blade was polished to perfection and the slip-free handle lies in your hand just right. This oriental cook's knife or Santuko Knife features a hollow edge or "granton." You must try it for yourself.

Available at www.kitchenconservatory.com

Retail Price: $80

Grand Prix Wusthof-Trident Santoku Knife
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Kershaw Shun Classic Santoku Knife Model DM-0702

Kershaw Shun Classic Santoku Knife

Santoku knives are Japanese-style cook knives, basically the Asian equivalent of European chef knives. They're ideal for slicing and chopping large amounts of stir-fry ingredients like veggies. The Shun line is produced in Seki City, Japan, famous for making samurai swords for more than 700 years. Shun is a subsidiary of CEO Koji Endo, the head of Japan's largest blade producer.

Part knife, part cleaver, this tool will help you through heavy cutting with ease, without the weight of a full-fledged cleaver. Made of high-carbon, stainless "super steel" (Carbon, Chromium, Manganese, Molybednum, Silicone and Vanadium) the knife is not only durable but an attractive addition to your kitchen.

Retail Price: $115

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The Kyocera Sashimi Knife

Kyocera Sashimi Knife

A leader in premier advanced ceramics, Kyocera manufactures a Sashimi Knife that sushi chefs won't be able to live without. It only takes a few cuts to be convinced how sharp it is. The lightweight, 8.25-inch single-edge knife is made of a highly advanced ceramic (zirconium oxide) that is close to diamonds in hardness and fifty percent harder than steel. It will never rust and keeps its cutting edge ten times longer than regular steel blade knives.

Retail Price: $243

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"Mac the Knife"

Mac TH-80 Chef's Knife

Mac knives are razor-sharp and determined to stay that way. We've tested them in our own kitchens by performing the three manufacturer-developed tests (Newspaper Test for sharpness, Tomato Test for ability to cut soft foods and Carrot Test for ability to cut hard foods). They performed flawlessly. The 8" TH-80 Chef's Knife, one of Mac's many high-quality knives, has a scalloped Granton edge that resists sticking, and is made from an original alloy of high carbon, molybdenum and vanadium steel. The handle is composed of thin, black lyers of wood veneer pressed together with a phenolic resin, giving it the feel and look of wood with the durability of plastic.

Some might find Mac knives a bit costly, but their durability and light weight are well worth the expense. Prices range from $20 for a 4" paring knife to $275 for a 12.5" chef's knife.


Retail Price of the TH-80 Chef's Knife: $130


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(Updated: 08/31/10 CT)


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