Fashioned from Damascus steel, carbon and even ceramic, our pick of chef’s knives that make the cut
As versatile as the chef’s knife is the Oriental slicer and this one by I.O.Shen is a keeper for several reasons. While the blade will effortlessly glide through both vegetables and meats, the tip of the knife mimics a chef’s knife for precision cutting. Approximately `9,000. Pick this one up at Milly’s Store in Manchester.
Details: 0161 772 0936
Chef Grzegorz Odolak at Park Hyatt swears by Japanese brand Global. Forged from hard Cromova 18 high-carbon stainless steel before being ice tempered and hardened to resist corrosion, this blade is ground straight rather than beveled. The textured stainless steel handle is just one more reason why you must own this one. Approximately `9,000. Be sure to drop by at their showroom in Tokyo. Details: +81 33568 2356
Besides their Swiss Army Knives, Victorinox are also known to make great knives in high-carbon stainless steel or ceramic. Besides being easily available across the country, they also come in a choice of lightweight Fibrox or rosewood handles. The knife featured is forged for added strength. Approximately `4,000. At the store in Bengaluru. Details: 33668888
Work of masters
Forged from a single mass of stainless stel, the chef’s knife by Sabatire is tempered, ground and polished crosswise. Made entirely by skilled workers in the Thiers region of France, the Corol handles of this knife are manually mounted on the tang using three rivets. Approximately `3,500. Be sure to pick this up if you’re visiting France. Details: +33 (0)47380 1103
Another fine Japanese blade, Shun is the first choice of chef Rajesh Radhakrishnan at The Park. Inspired by Samurai sword-making techniques, and constructed with a core of SG-2 powdered steel clad in a Damascus layer of forged nickel and stainless steel, the surface area of this knife gives it additional brownie points. Approximately `24,000 and available online on williams-sonoma.com
Owning the best knives on the market also means that you need to know how to care for them. While any chef will tell you that sharing your knife is a strict no, we would like to add that they must be kept dry. This is where a magnetic rack comes in. Not only do they serve the purpose of keeping your blades dry, they also display them in style. Like many of the knives on this list, you will also find magnetic racks on williams-sonoma.com
A favourite of chef Alok Anand, former executive chef at Taj Coromandel, Zwilling by German manufacturer J.A.Henckels is another go to brand for chefs because of their corrosion-resistant blades that are hard yet flexible. Their range of chef knives (some in Damascus steel) are made via a signature process, which incorporates the Fridour ice-hardening technique. Approximately `12,500. You will find the brand’s showrooms in Frankfurt, Berlin and Solingen. Details: +49 69 282423
You could go in for a set with a blade for every purpose, but a seasoned chef will tell you that an experienced hand needs only one good tool. Well balanced, suited for multiple purposes and charming to weild, chef’s knives are the ultimate cutting instrument. While you’re not likely to get your hands on one of the hand-made masterpieces by craftsman Bob Kramer (the wait can go up to two years for a blade),
you can choose the one made to his specifications by Zwilling (surlatable.com) or opt for the equally coveted Japanese blades, like the Shun, that’s made to be lightweight and severely sharp and strong at the same time.
Read on:Text: Ryan Peppin