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The chef knife is also known as a cook’s knife or a French knife. The style we know today (especially from the European knife makers) originated in France as a butchers knife. The long blade and sturdy heel of the knife were originally used to cut up shanks of meat, and even disjoint bones during preparation. Chefs discovered the general versatility of this style of blade, and it has become the standard knife of cooks everywhere.
A chef’s knife is typically used for slicing, chopping, dicing, mincing and even some crushing tasks. A sharp tip is capable of very fine cuts, while a thicker or reinforced heel can still do some heavy-duty cracking and prying apart. To enhance the versatility of these knives, some chefs have been known to sharpen the tip, belly, and heel each to a different sharpness.
A top-quality kitchen knife is more than a tool, it’s a lifetime investment. With proper care and maintenance, a good knife will last for many years. Below you will find a list of some of the best knives on the market today.
Global G-2 8-inch Chef Knife
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Shun Premier 8-inch Chef Knife
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Wusthof Classic 8-inch Cooks’s Knife
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Wustfhof Classic Ikon 8-inch Cook’s Knife
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MAC 8-inch Chef’s Knife with Dimples
This is a Japanese style blade in that it has a smaller bolster, no finger-guard and it’s generally lightweight. It also included the modern touch of dimples, hollows designed to trap air and reduce drag during cutting.
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Shun Ken Onion 8-inch Chef’s Knife
This ultra-modern knife was designed by knife designer Ken Onion, a man with many award-winning knife designs but little cooking experience. The resulting re-invention of the kitchen knife is a stunning blend of form and function.
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Zwilling Henckels Twin Four Stars II 8-inch Chef’s Knife
This is a great knife with a solid combination of weight and an ergonomic grip. It’s wicked sharp and has beautiful balance. Henckels is also one of the most renowned makers of fine knives in the world. With the quality of this knife, it’s not hard to see why.
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