Do you need expensive knives to be a badass in the kitchen?
The good news is that you don’t have to. Number one is learning technique and the knife comes second. Just like photography,. Sure, a good quality camera will help you get those exceptional photos, but it’s also your skill in seeing and know how to get that great shot.
I made a list for knife recommendations under $100, but there are some that don’t want to make that kind of commitment right away – I get it.
You don’t need to spend so much money on a knife, but you also should not buy some of the cheapest knives that won’t last long. You’ll end up spending more in the long run. I’ve gathered this list on 5 knives that I have used in the past and can trust their name. You also have to consider how much you cook and use your knives and that would determine which list you should go by.
As always, I say you do not need an entire knife block. You just need a Chef’s knife, a serrated knife and maybe a paring knife. As always, please ask me questions and I am happy to help!
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Victorinox is a well-known brand in the Culinary industry, (better known for their Swiss Army knives) which is why you will see it pop up two other times on this list. This is a standard 8 inch knife made of stainless steel that is comfortable to hold. $44.32
Wusthof is one of the “big names” in the industry and you can never go wrong with them. Their classics can feel heavy at times but this one has a really nice ergonomic handle that is more comfortable than their counterparts. $24.95
3. Victorinox Swiss army, Fibrox Straight Edge Chef’s Knife, 8-Inch, Black, With Victorinox Cutlery BladeSafe for 8-Inch to 10-Inch Knife Blades. Combo pack
As I mentioned above, Victorinox does not disappoint. I have used this particular blade at times during my career in the kitchen and the edge has definitely lasted. It’s comfortable and cuts smoothly. This particular deal has a knife blade if you want to keep it safe in a drawer. Otherwise, they have options without. They also have one with a nice blue handle which might come in handy if you happen to have a Kosher kitchen and keep separate knives. (This could be your dedicated dairy knife) $44.33 or $33.53
This one, although smaller than the rest coming in at 7 inches – is a great one! It might be very comfortable for you if you have smaller hands, or are intimidated by larger knives. I really like the santoku style which is more of a straight edge. Personally it is very comfortable and is especially nice for doing julienne and other dicing. (It doesn’t rock as much) You can do more of an up and down motion when cutting. The granton blade prevents food from sticking – most of the time. It is high carbon stainless steel. This is an excellent buy. $34.00
This is very similar to the Wusthof above. I have not personally used this one but for the price, it truly is worth a shot. It’s stamped, not forged which basically means that they literally “stamp” out knife shapes from large sheets of metal like a cookie cutter process. That is not necessarily a bad thing, and your wallet will thank you.
I’ll throw an extra one in the list because J.A. Henckels is a really decent company and you cannot beat their prices too. I currently am using a J.A. Henckels santoku knife at home and I love it. this one is a great deal for the knife, but the bolster on this one is pretty big and it can feel heavy over time. I only suggest this if you chop once in a while.