The Top Kitchen Knives You Need in Your Cutlery Collection

If you invest in one cooking tool, this should be it.

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When it comes to slicing and dicing, a great knife saves you time and trouble. The GolfHr Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab tested dozens of chef's knives, both German and Japanese style, rating their cutting prowess on a range of foods as well as their handle and feel. These ones made the cut.

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Kramer by Zwilling J.A. Henckels 8" Chef's Knife


The  is one of the top selling knives on Amazon. We've been using the same one for years and can vouch that it stays sharp a long time between honings.

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Misen Chef's Knife


This multi-purpose knife from new direct-to-consumer company Misen is made of perfectly balanced, super sharp Japanese steel. The sloped bolster encourages the user to hold the knife properly (with a pinch grip).

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Victorinox 8" Rosewood Forged Knife


The has the heft and shape of a traditional chef's knife. It's a quintessential, all-purpose tool that can blitz parsley into dust, dice onions, or debone a chicken.

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Wüsthof Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife

$85 and up

The  was one of just three knives in our test that could cleanly slice tomatoes, chop onions, cut up carrots, and create thin ribbons of basil.

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J.A. Henckels
J.A. Henckels Classic 8" Chef's Knife

$44 and up

At a fraction of the Wüsthof's price, the J.A. Henckels Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife  earned perfect scores for its ability to slice onion and basil in our tests (and near-perfect scores on the rest).

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Zyliss Control Chefs Knife


Regardless of how you hold a knife, you'll find the Zyliss Control ergonomic. The handle offers a nonslip grip, so if you prefer to pinch grip at the rear of the blade (a technique favored by the pros), you'll find the blade rounded and comfy.

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Zwilling 8" Pro Holm Oak Chef's Knife


The  doesn't just look beautiful. In our testing, it made quick work of chopping parsley, slicing tomatoes, dicing onions, and even boning a chicken. The knife's curved handle gives you a comfy, ergonomic grip.

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Chubo Kazan Hammered Santoku


razor sharpness literally glides through ripe tomatoes. The blade's beautiful hammered surface keeps food from sticking, but, because it's so thin, this isn't the tool for hacking through bones.

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Global Ni
Global Santoku Knife


is all stainless steel, so there aren't crevices that trap food. The blade also has hollow notches along the edge, so veggies don't stick as they're cut. This Japanese knife excelled at all tasks but wowed us with its ability to power through chicken bones.

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Brigade Kitchen Santoku Knife


Brigade's Santoku knife is razor sharp, meaning it will slice through delicate herbs or tough cuts of meat with almost no effort. The rounded wood grain handle is comfortable even for small hands to get around.

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How We Tested

Our experts in the Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab tested chef's knives to see how well they cut and retained an edge after slicing and chopping onions, cutting a chicken into eighths, slicing basil into fine ribbons, mincing garlic and parsley and slicing tomatoes, cooked steak, carrots and cheddar cheese. We also checked the comfort of the handle or grip and the overall experience using the knife.

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