When it comes to cooking, the knife you use is crucial. The 8-inch chef’s knife is one of the most versatile tools in the kitchen for both amateurs and professionals, but with prices upwards of $100, you want to make sure you’re investing in the best option.
For those new to navigating the cutlery market, Wired has made your job easier. They tested 8 of the most popular 8-inch chef’s knives on the market, taking into account usability, design, price, and upkeep.
The verdict? The Gyutuo by Korin is deemed the “best” of the group, although users will face difficult upkeep. At $100, it’s also one of the most affordable on the list. Notable mentions are the Wüsthof Grand Prix II, a close runner-up to the Gyutuo, and the Richmond Addict 2 (for larger-handed cooks).