There is no absolute best kitchen knife for every person. Different budgets, grip styles and aesthetic tastes, not to mention a dozen other micro-decisions, all determine which knife is best for the task at hand.
This guide aims to identify which kitchen knives are best out of the box, hold up the longest and generally offer the most value for your dollar. Our chosen chef knives have all been personally vetted by our team of testers who set out to find the most useful kitchen knives available. Weighing balance, price, materials, craftsmanship and necessity, we’ve narrowed your choice down to 14 kitchen knives — here’s where the chips fell.
All of our testers were equipped with kitchen knives to hack, chop and slice their way to their findings. We judged their sharpness from straight out of the box to how they fared after long-term usage. Besides sharpness, we judged kitchen knives based on how they felt in hand (did they feel sturdy and durable?), how they felt to use after long bouts of cutting, how versatile they were at slicing and chopping various foods and how easy they were to hone and resharpen. Another important factor for judging kitchen knives was price. Higher price tags don’t necessarily mean a knife is better, so for the blades that cost a pretty penny, we wanted to make sure their usage and longevity were worth the premium.
It is a listicle, but a good one. What is important is that it adds value to the reader, and isn’t just a play for affiliate kickbacks. Covers a lot of knives.