Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of knives before — including the best steak knives, a guide to buying knives, and the best knives for kids — here we’ve rounded up the best kitchen knives, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated kitchen knife
With nearly 4,000 five star reviews, this Victorinox chef’s knife gets high marks for being easy-to-hold and maneuver. As one reviewer explains it, this knife is “sharp, easy to hold, easy to clean and not heavy,” adding, “I look forward to cutting things now.” Dozens rave about the ergonomic handle design with a non-slip grip, like one who writes, “The handle has a very comfortable grip and the material is slightly textured so that even having water on this knife means that it won’t slip out of your hands.” Another professional chef, who even has his own cooking show in Maui, notes that compared to more expensive knives, these “are truly professional,” adding that for “all you budget conscience cooks out there, these knives are great, you can’t go wrong.” Another professional barbecuer has used this knife for “4 BBQ competitions, a huge wedding cater and a great deal around the house,” adding, “it is my go-to knife for 90 percent of meat trimming, small vegetable tasks and most anything. It is easy to maintain a razor-sharp edge and is an absolute pleasure to use when trimming pork butts.” But as one reviewer warns, “Be careful, it’s extremely sharp.”
Best-rated (less expensive) kitchen knife
“This is a fantastic knife for the price,” writes one reviewer. Another calls these, “the sharpest and cheapest (cheap as in price, not quality) knives I own,” continuing, “I had originally bought one for making sushi and soon realized that it was better than any knife in the expensive knife block I have on my counter.” Another originally skeptical reviewer thought it couldn’t possibly be good for the price because “you get what you pay for,” but this “seriously sharp knife” is now his “go-to,” explaining, “It’s so sharp that I barely have to push down to make cuts.” That word “sharp” comes up in over 300 five-star reviews, with one customer saying, “It’s sharp, stays sharp and is easily sharpened,” as this reviewer articulates. Another has had his Kitchen + Home knife for over three years, and says, “I still reach for it almost every time I cook (which is pretty much every night), it’s still razor sharp and just does some tasks better than my high dollar knives.”
Best ergonomic kitchen knife
Dozens of reviewers appreciate the ergonomic handle on this 12-inch chef’s knife. “The handle is comfortable, ergonomic, and fits the natural curves of the hand,” one explains. Another calls it, “the best knife I’ve ever owned,” adding, “The handle is very ergonomic and comfortable to use, and I find myself reaching for this particular knife every time I need a knife for anything.” Lots of reviewers also appreciate the sharp blade; one reviewer attests that it’s so sharp, they have “eight stitches to prove it.” People also rave about the 12-inch length, though it is intimidating at first. “When I first opened the box and saw it, I was like ‘Oh, my God,’ hell, I almost had a heart attack, as I had never seen a 12 inch blade before and had no idea how large it really was until I had it right in front of me,” one writes, adding, “Well, it certainly is big enough.” One who chose this over pricier Santoku knives, concludes, “If this is the bottom of the Mercer line, I can’t imagine what the other knives are like.”
Best kitchen knife with a non-slip grip
Dozens compare their experience using this knife to “cutting butter.” One reviewer notes, “I’ve never owned something so sharp. This knife is so good. Feels like I’m cutting through butter.” Another agrees, finding that cutting vegetables is like “slicing through warm butter,” while one more adds that he enjoys “the sharpness and the non-slip handle this knife has, it is not too big and yet can be handled with ease.” Lots more comment on the non-slip grip, with one reviewer explaining, “The handle sticks in your hand (a chicken wet work is where one would appreciate such) and is comfortable.” Another concludes, “I’ve had it three weeks now, using it almost every day twice a day and it cuts like the day I got it.”
Best forged kitchen knife
One reviewer calls this “great forged knife at a reasonable price,” and that construction is probably one reason why this knife gets top marks for durability. As one “visual artist and home cook” explains, “I appreciate the fact that the knife is hot drop forged, making the blade stable and prevents it from breaking off or coming out at the joint with the handle.” One reviewer just overall prefers forged blades to stamped, writing, “Much stronger and beautiful blade, you can feel the difference plus with a solid bolster. And they stay sharper much longer than stamped blades.” Another reviewer appreciates that the knife blade is created with “sharp, high-carbon steel,” and “has a good weight to it.” As far as kitchen knives go, there’s lots of reviewers who trust Henckels to provide a quality product, like one who notes, “The more affordable knives were by brands I had never heard of before, and the price difference between those brands and this Henckels knife on Amazon were minimal. This chef’s knife has a higher quality handle which is comfortable to use, and is of the reputable brand Henckels.”
Best lightweight kitchen knife
Dozens comment that even though this chef’s knife has a large ten-inch blade, it’s lightweight. One reviewer comments, “Excellent quality product. Very lightweight, sturdy handle with helpful textured finger grips on both sides.” Another mentions that it’s “a classic” because the “blade stays sharp, and it’s lightweight, balanced, and comfortable.” He also notes that it’s actually a great knife for less experienced home cooks, adding, “The Glock is to rookie cops as this knife is to chef apprentices for a reason, because they’re tried, tested and excellent all around.” One writes that this “slices through fat and meat like butter” while another appreciates that “it literally glides through meat with very little pressure.” A part-time sous chef calls this an “excellent knife” because while yes, it’s good for meat, it’s actually multi-purpose: “It will slice through watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes by the pounds without a hiccup.” One spends “four to six hours every Sunday meal prepping,” and thinks “these knives make my life better.”
Best Japanese-style kitchen knife
“Now this is a knife,” celebrates one reviewer, adding, “This thing slices like no other knife I’ve owned before. I even had our resident sushi chef in our family try this thing and he approves.” More reviewers were shocked over how sharp the blade is, like one who notes, “This is the sharpest knife I have ever held in my hand. One reviewer just likes “the Japanese style blade with no bolster” and another thinks, “The hammered blade metal-work is beautiful and it cuts like a dream.” A few comment even after a lot of use, it’s still sharp, like this reviewer who explains, “I work in a volume kitchen. I cut close to 200 pounds of boneless tenderloin everyday. I used my new Shun Classic today and I tore through the chicken. It was the most effortless chicken cutting session I’ve had in the past 4 years of working in this kitchen.” A few reviewers do scoff at the hefty price tag, but one reviewer advises, “Don’t let the price scare you off. This thing is professional quality, and sure to last a lifetime.”
Best stainless-steel kitchen knife with wood handle
Lots value the stainless steel metal with one calling it “high quality,” adding, “it’s sharp, lightweight, and the handle is very comfortable.” Another agrees, writing, “The blade is made of high carbon stainless steel with a polished wood handle that is easy to grip and hold it comfortable. This knife is very, very sharp.” One reviewer calls this knife “hella sharp.” It’s so sharp, in fact, he rarely needs to sharpen it: “The blade itself cuts like a dream and it’s made from quality stainless steel. I have been using it every night in the kitchen for almost three weeks now and the blade shows no signs of dulling and hasn’t required any kind of sharpening.” Another apparently never used a knife this sharp before, noting, “ What a difference it makes trying to cut something with a knife that is actually sharp.”
Best professional kitchen knife
“You won’t find another German steel knife this good for this price,” explains one customer who adds, “It’s very sharp and the handle is very light compared to other German steel knives.” Lots of professional chefs chime in with their expert opinions on this knife in the reviews. One cook with 19 years of experience thinks “this brand of knives is simply amazing,” continuing, “None of the other knives I’ve owned compare to how well my Dalstrongs perform. I’ve had this knife for a little over a month now and have yet to use a whetstone on it.” One self-described “young upcoming chef” compares this to other top of the line knives, writing, “No other knife can pick up a razor sharp edge like this one. It’s made with high carbon German steel. Similar to Wusthof and Henckels.” Another customer works in a kitchen, using “this knife for 80 percent of all cuts.” A non-professional customer just uses this at home, noting that compared to the “whatever-I-could-get-at-the-store knives” he’d been using before, nothing compares: “The handle has a lovely weight to it and the balance is perfect. It’s almost like the knife were just an extension of my hand.”
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