If you are the chef of the family, you need a knife that’s going to help you prepare meals quickly. This knife needs to hold an edge, cut quickly and precisely and be enjoyable to use. Finding this type of knife is not always easy, but the two knives below may well fit the bill perfectly.
The knives we are reviewing today are chef knives. Chef knives come in a range of sizes, but both of these are 8 inches. This is fairly typical for a chef knife and the size that seems the most popular with both professional and home chefs.
A chef’s knife is the epitome of a multi-purpose knife. It can chop, peel, dice, crush, carve and do everything else you will ever need a knife to do. This means that you can save time by using one knife for every cutting task and save on washing up too.
Below are two excellent chef knives that can really help you take your cooking to the next level. Each knife is professionally made using techniques that are thousands of years old, and both look and feel absolutely stunning. However, there are some subtle differences with these knives that we saw while testing them. Let’s delve into each knife and explore them, shall we?
Zelite Infinity 8 Inch Alpha-Royal Series Chef Knife
As you can see, this certainly isn’t a cheap knife! However, it isn’t the most expensive chef knife in the world either, and the quality of this chef knife certainly matches the price, as we’re about to find out.
This chef knife is made from 67 layers of premium Japanese AUS-10 Damascus steel, which holds a razor edge for a very long time. It also has a full tang which is where the metal of the blade continues through the entire handle and is the same width of the handle too. Because of the steel used and the full tang, this knife has a lovely weight to it. Some may find it heavy, but this weight provides a lot of control for precision cutting work.
Damascus steel can hold a lovely edge for a very long time, if it is tempered correctly. This blade is tempered in liquid nitrogen which rapidly cools the blade and locks in the hardness and keeps the edge cutting smooth. Of course, with any knife, you need to sharpen it to maintain the edge. However, with premium Japanese steel, you do not need to get out the sharpening stones that often. If you hone this knife using a knife steel or strop before every use, you may only need to sharpen it every month or two even if you use it every day!
So, you know that the blade can stay sharp if you maintain it well, but what about the knife in general? Can this knife stand up to daily abuse and live to tell the tale? Well, yes it can. Thanks to the full tang, this knife will take a hell of a lot of force before it snaps. Of course, chef knives are slightly more brittle than other knives so that they can hold an edge longer, but you’ll still need to put a lot of pressure on it to snap the blade.
The handle too won’t break anytime soon. The handle is made out of military grade G10 plastic. This makes the knife more sanitary than a knife with a wooden handle and allows it to be thrown in draws and dishwashers without the handle breaking. The handle is held to the tang of the blade with three rivets too; this makes it almost impossible for this connection to fail. So, will this knife last? We are pretty confident that this knife will outlive most of us!
Where it’s made
Zelite knives are made from imported Japanese steel that we believe are turned into knives in the UK. However, we cannot say for certain. Zelite, from the research we have done, do not say where their knives are made, but the company is based in the UK. So, the knives may be made in the UK, but they may not be.
Well, you’ve seen it, it is a stunning knife. The Damascus of the blade is a thing of beauty and only gets better the longer you look at it! Every time you pull this knife out of the draw, you will be amazed at the quality and the design.
Our final thoughts
This knife cuts beautifully and holds an extremely sharp edge for a long time as long as you hone it every time you use it. The sharpness of the blade is only overshadowed by the sheer beauty of this thing. It is an incredible looking knife that has been engineered and designed to last you a lifetime! If you want a lifetime of joy every time you prepare your dinner, get this knife, you won’t regret it!
Wusthof Classic Ikon 8 Inch Cook’s Knife
The price of the Wusthof chef knife is less than they Zelite above. However, although the price is a little less, the quality of this knife is still exceptional and really isn’t reflected in the price that you are paying for it.
This knife is forged from one piece of chromium-molybdenum-vanadium blade steel. The knife above is made from 67 layers of Damascus steel which is responsible for the amazing pattern on the blade. So, while the blade steel is still an extremely good material to make a knife with, it does lack in some style points when compared to the knife above.
The material of the handle on this knife is either the same or very similar to the one above. We couldn’t find out what the handle material is, but it feels and looks very much the same as the Zelite handle above. This means that the handle will be very robust and hold up to water and constant use.
Well, this knife is made of German steel, so the sharpness is very good, but German steel doesn’t hold an edge for as long as Japanese steel. German knives are still exceptionally sharp so you’ll have no problem using it every day, but you will need to sharpen it more than the Zelite knife above.
This is a professional quality chef knife that we’re sure many professional chefs around the world use every day. It is built for using every day and will likely last you the rest of your life. When it comes to longevity, these two knives are perfectly matched!
Where it’s made
This knife is made of German steel in Germany. Wusthof is a family business, founded in 1814 in Solingen, Germany. For those in the know, Solingen has been home to German knife making for thousands of years. The site has been used since early knife making and is now home to the finest knife makers (like Wusthof) in Germany.
The Wusthof chef knife is perfectly balanced, it has a nice weight to it once again and is made of the best materials. The design of this chef knife is great if you want an exceptionally good knife without the bells and whistles of the one above. It is a simple and elegant design with fantastic cutting capabilities.
Our final thoughts
The Wusthof chef knife is a great chef knife that will help you create amazing meals in the kitchen. It offers you everything a chef knife is supposed to offer you and is engineered extremely well so it will last you the rest of your life. However, it does lack in style and the sharpening and upkeep can be a bit too much if you have a busy life.
So, if you want style and an exceptionally good chef knife, get the Zelite, you’ll never regret the decision. If you prefer a simpler style and don’t mind sharpening your knives regularly, get the Wusthof. Once again, you won’t regret the decision!
We hope this look at these two excellent chef knives has helped you find the perfect knife for your kitchen. To find out more about other kitchen utensils and accessories, please explore our website further. We have everything you need on here to make your kitchen the heart of your home.
Scott is a writer and a passionate home chef. His passion for cooking began when he was 10 years old. Scott has been writing professionally for over five years now and loves to combine his passion for cooking with his day job.