8-inch Chef Knives

The 8-inch chef knife is the cornerstone of any serious kitchen – either at home or in a restaurant. The standard features of these knives are an 8-inch (20 cm) blade with a curved edge rising from the belly up to the tip. Of course, even this may vary among different brands and knife makers.

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

A light, modern knife popular among home chefs and professionals alike, the Global G-2 chef’s knife is a top quality blade in every possible way.

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Shun Premier 8-inch Chef Knife


This is a classic Japanese knife by the renowned knife company Kershaw Shun. An elegant, lightweight knife with a beautiful hammered Damascus steel, it’s both utilitarian and gorgeous.

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Wusthof Classic 8-inch Cooks’s Knife

A great European style knife by Wusthof, a name famous for knives the world over.  A heavier, tougher knife with a hi-tech edge, these knives are revered for their simplicity and cutting edge.

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Wustfhof Classic Ikon 8-inch Cook’s Knife

A stunning European knife with a more modern flair.  Between a slightly different blade shape and an ergonomic handle, this series of knives from Wusthof are a modern classic.

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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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