4 Kitchen Knives That Are Worth Every Penny

I need some new knives. How about you? 

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s when I grab a knife for an important part of food prep, and I find it dull. Or Not the right size. Or with an uncomfortable handle. But if you’ve ever “knife shopped”, you know the possibilities are endless! How on earth do you choose? Well…hopefully this post will help you out!  

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If you are a keen admirer of the culinary arts and want to take your cooking to the next level, buying a high-quality knife is one of the best things you can do. While going for a cheaper alternative might be a tempting proposition, you can save a lot of time and effort by investing in a durable tool that could last you for years. Since, like I said,  there are many choices out there, I’ve rounded them down to just four that are considered to be the best bargain for your money. Here are four kitchen knives that are worth every penny!

4 Kitchen Knives That Are Worth Every Penny

Kuma Multi-Purpose

Kuma is a family run company whose purpose is to produce the finest items related to cutlery and craftsmanship. The whole design philosophy behind Kuma chef knives is to create tools that combine high cutting performance with maneuverability and aesthetics.  

The Kuma Multi-purpose has the smallest price tag on this list – a little over $50. However, you can expect the same quality and performance as the knives from the more popular international brands. The bolster is thick, safe and practical, providing a reliable layer of protection between the blade and your hand. Like all respectable knife models, it comes sharpened right out of the box.

However, this model has a few downsides that could determine some people to give it a pass. It requires more sharpening compared to other brands, and the blade is prone to chipping. Nevertheless, if you are on a budget, this is the best knife under 100 dollars that you can find on the market.

Pros:

  • Balanced
  • Sharp right out of the box
  • Best chef’s knife under $100

Cons:

  • Requires frequent sharpening
  • Blade prone to chipping

Wusthof Classic Santoku WU 4176 – 7

Wusthof is one of the most celebrated producers of kitchen knives in the world, receiving outstanding reviews and praises from kitchen experts. This particular model follows their renown blueprint and improves upon previous iterations.

Boasting a design of Japanese inspiration, with an arched, ergonomic and easy to use handle, the Wusthof Classic Santoku is a must have for people who want to take their cooking to the next level. This knife usually costs around 175 dollars – but people who expect quality and efficiency from their knives should not be too concerned about the price, as this model delivers on all possible aspects.

Apart from its aesthetic qualities, this knife is also practical and constructed out of high-quality materials. It is an all-purpose knife perfect for dicing, mincing chopping. But the task where the Wusthof truly shines is slicing, allowing the user to cut the meat or vegetables in highly precise, elaborate models without compromising the quality of the food. Moreover, it is evenly sharpened, from its bolster to the tip of the knife.

However, the Wusthof Classic is not as inclusive as one might expect from a knife with this price tag. Some people might dislike the curved handle as it is not suited for large hands, and the 7-inch blade might be a tad too long. Fortunately, you can easily get the 5-inch alternative at around the same price.

Pros:

  • Great at precision thin slicing
  • Stellar design
  • Ergonomic, curved handle
  • High carbon stainless steel
  • Stable
  • Balanced

Cons

  • Some people might dislike the arched handle

Mac Knife Professional MTH-80

This particular Mac Model is basically a professional knife made for home use. Crafted by one of the most reputed brands in the world, this tool comes at a hefty price – it can cost as much as 175 dollars, or even more depending on the retailer. Fortunately, it is frequently discounted, so make sure to check the stores daily.

However, as soon as you grasp and use it, you will realize it is worth every penny. Since it is the product of high Japanese finesse, praising this knife for its aesthetic is almost redundant. Just by taking a quick glance at yet you can determine that the manufacturers have keen eye for fine details. The dimpled  2,55 millimeter steel blade is a wonder of design, coupled with a gently arched handle constructed out of the finest Pakka wood.

The producers did not add the dimples just for visual reasons – they prevent the blade from getting sticky and makes removing tiny bits of vegetables and meat easier to remove. Another positive aspect is that it comes sharpened right out of the box, so you can start dicing and cutting as soon as you get home from the store. The handle is very comfortable, so you can cook for hours without feeling the slightest pain in your joints or wrists.

However, despite its price tag, the blade is not made out of stainless steel. If you are concerned about this aspect, you might want to give this knife a pass.

Pros:

  • Comfortable handle made out of Pakka wood
  • Visually pleasing
  • Respected manufacturer
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Prone to rusting
  • The blade is not made out of stainless steel

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pro S 31021-203

Another country that excels when it comes to knife manufacturing is France. French chef knives are famous for their simple, elegant design and practicability, and this particular model is an accurate representation of the country’s style.

The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pro, part of the company Professional S series, is a visually pleasing knife that is suited for a variety of kitchen tasks. It has a wide, firm blade made out of high carbon, stainless steel, with an elegantly curved edge, providing the user with a balanced and accurate cutting experience. Moreover, the 8-inch is catered to all users, regardless of the size of their hands.

Despite being quite heavy for its size, this model is not too taxing on the joints and wrists, with many users reporting that they were able to carry out their kitchen tasks with relative ease. Furthermore, you can go for months without sharpening it, although it requires honing before every use.

Pros:

  • Balanced
  • Visually pleasing
  • Inspired by French knife models
  • Weighty without affecting the joints and wrists

Cons:

  • Prone to chipping
  • Handle is not as durable as it should

Buying a high-quality kitchen knife that can last you for years is one of the best things you can do. On the long run, it is better to invest a hefty sum instead of constantly buying cheaper, less durable knives. Since there are many models and varieties out there, hopefully, this list will act as sort of a guide and make your choice easier. If you like, you can also check out this list of the: best kitchen knives in UK!

Do YOU have a favorite knife? What brand is it? Any interest in those listed above?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

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