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August 08, 2020 3 min read

Chosen For You - Finding The Right Knife Made Easy

With many different designs, sizes, blade shapes, and brands it can get confusing how to separate each knife apart and understand what each is designed to do and what is best suited for you.

We have cleared the air by...

  • Putting together a grid that clearly lays out what each knife does, it's purpose, and any unique characteristics they have.
  • For each knife type, we have handpicked the best knife for 'Under $50', 'Entry-Level/Home Cooks', and 'Chefs/Serious Cooks'.

Knife Buying Guide

Without further ado, let's dive into the top picks for each knife!

Best Boning Knives for...

Under $50

Furi Boning & Trimming Knife 13cm

  • Japanese stainless steel 
  • Reverse-wedge handle
  • 25 year manufacturer warranty

Furi Pro Boning & Trimming Knife 13cm

Entry-Level

Tojiro DP3 Series Boning Knife 15cm

  • Razor-sharp
  • Balanced and comfortable
  • Lifetime manufacturer warranty

Tojiro DP3 Series Boning Knife 15cm

Serious Cooks

Shun Kai Classic Boning Knife 15cm

  • VG-MAX core
  • 324 layers of Damascus Steel
  • Lifetime manufacturer warranty

Shun Kai Classic Boning Knife 15cm

Best Bread Knives for...

Under $50

Tojiro Bread Knife 23cm

  • Handcrafted in Niigata, Japan
  • Single-edged serrated blade
  • The blade has a full tang and a composite wood handle

Tojiro Bread Knife 23cm

Entry-Level

F Dick Premier Plus Bread Knife Serrated Edge 21cm

  • Laser-tested cutting edge
  • Perfectly balanced
  • Long edge retention

F Dick Premier Plus Bread Knife Serrated Edge 21cm

Serious Cooks

Miyabi Birchwood 5000MCD Bread Knife 23cm

  • SG2 super steel core
  • 100 layer Damascus pattern
  • Honbazuke hand-honed edge

Miyabi Birchwood 5000MCD Bread Knife 23cm

Best Carving Knives for...

Under $50

Furi Pro European Design Carving Knife 20cm

  • Japanese stainless steel 
  • Reverse-wedge handle
  • Carve with a new-found precision & confidence.

Furi Pro European Design Carving Knife 20cm

Entry-Level

Tojiro DP3 Series Carving Knife 27cm

  • Razor-sharp
  • Balanced and comfortable
  • Hand polished high quality steel
  • Lifetime manufacturer warranty

Tojiro DP3 Series Carving Knife 27cm

Serious Cooks

F Dick Premier WORLDCHEFS Carving Knife 21cm

  • Forged knives with bolster
  • Integrated tang non-slip.
  • Hygienic non-sticking coating and a precious mother of pearl handle.

F Dick Premier WORLDCHEFS Carving Knife 21cm

Best Chef Knives for...

Under $50

Furi Pro Chef's Classic Cooks Knife 20cm

  • Japanese stainless steel 
  • Reverse-wedge handle
  • 25 year manufacturer warranty

Furi Pro Chef's Classic Cooks Knife 20cm

Entry-Level

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Four Star Chef's Knife 26cm

  • One-piece precision forged
  • Ice-hardened FRIODUR® blade
  • Hand sharpened & polished

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Four Star Chef's Knife 26cm

Serious Cooks

Miyabi Birchwood 5000MCD Chef Knife 24cm

  • SG2 super steel core
  • 100 layer Damascus pattern
  • Honbazuke hand-honed edge

Miyabi Birchwood 5000MCD Chef Knife 24cm

Best Cleaver Knives for...

Under $75

Furi Pro Heavy-Weight Cleaver 16.5cm

  • Japanese stainless steel 
  • Reverse-wedge handle
  • 25 year manufacturer warranty

Furi Pro Heavy-Weight Cleaver 16.5cm

Entry-Level

F DICK ErgoGrip Butcher's Knife 36cm Wide

  • Uncompromising functionality and safety
  • Polished stable blade
  • Laser precision

F DICK ErgoGrip Butcher's Knife 36cm Wide

Serious Cooks

Shun Kai Classic Meat Cleaver 18.7cm

  • Hand-sharpened
  • Proprietary VG-MAX cutting core
  • 324 layers of Damascus Steel
  • D-shaped ebony Pakkawood Handle

Shun Kai Classic Meat Cleaver 18.7cm

Best Filleting Knives for...

Under $50

F DICK ErgoGrip Fish Filleting Knife 21cm

  • Uncompromising functionality and safety
  • Polished stable blade
  • Laser precision

F DICK ErgoGrip Fish Filleting Knife 21cm

Entry-Level

ZWILLING Four Star Filleting Knife 18cm

  • One-piece precision forged
  • Ice-hardened FRIODUR® blade
  • Hand sharpened & polished

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Four Star Filleting Knife 18cm

Serious Cooks

F DICK 1905 Series Filleting Knife18cm

  • Long-lasting cutting-edge
  • German “XCrMoVMn“ chrome steel
  • Perfectly balanced

F DICK 1905 Series Filleting Knife Flexible 18cm

Best Paring Knives for...

Under $50

F DICK ActiveCut Paring Knife 9cm

  • High-quality alloy X30Cr13
  • Perfectly balanced
  • Double final honing ensures an exceptional sharpness

F DICK ActiveCut Paring Knife 9cm

Entry-Level

Tojiro DP3 Series Paring Knife 15cm

  • Razor-sharp
  • Balanced and comfortable
  • Hand polished high quality steel
  • Handcrafted in Niigata, Japan

Tojiro DP3 Series Paring Knife 15cm

Serious Cooks

Miyabi Birchwood Paring Knife 9cm

  • SG2 super steel core
  • 100 layer Damascus pattern
  • Honbazuke hand-honed edge
  • Stunning Birchwood handle

Miyabi Birchwood 5000MCD Paring Knife 9cm

Best Santoku Knives for...

Under $50

Tojiro Traditional Pro Series Santoku Knife 16.5cm

  • Double-beveled stainless steel blade
  • Magnolia wood handles
  • Anti-rust and easy to maintain

Tojiro Traditional Pro Series Santoku Knife 16.5cm

Entry-Level

Shun Seki Magoroku Shoso Scalloped Santoku Knife 16.5cm

  • Stainless Steel (5Cr15Mov) double-bevel blade
  • Rockwell hardness is 57.0-59.5.
  • Stainless Steel handle

Shun Kai Seki Magoroku Shoso Scalloped Santoku Knife 16.5cm

Serious Cooks

Miyabi Birchwood 5000MCD Santoku Knife 18cm

  • SG2 steel core
  • 100 layer Damascus pattern
  • Honbazuke hand-honed edge
  • Stunning Birchwood handle

Miyabi Birchwood 5000MCD Santoku Knife 18cm

Best Slicing Knives for...

Under $75

Shun Kai Seki Magoroku Chinese Slicing Knife 20cm

  • Stainless steel with Rosewood handle
  • Top-quality steel
  • Exquisitely polished edge

Shun Kai Seki Magoroku Chinese Slicing Knife 20cm

Entry-Level

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Four Star Slicing Knife 20cm

  • Precision forged
  • Ice-hardened FRIODUR® blade
  • Hand sharpened & polished

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Four Star Slicing Knife 20cm

Serious Cooks

Miyabi Birchwood 5000MCD Sujihiki Slicing Knife 24cm

  • SG2 steel core
  • 100 layer Damascus pattern
  • Honbazuke hand-honed edge

Miyabi Birchwood 5000MCD Sujihiki Slicing Knife 24cm

Best Utility Knives for...

Under $50

Furi Pro Utility Knife 15cm

  • Japanese stainless steel 
  • Reverse-wedge handle
  • 25 year manufacturer warranty

Furi Pro Utility Knife 15cm

Entry-Level

F Dick Premier Plus Utility Knife Serrated Edge 13cm

  • Laser-tested cutting edge
  • Perfectly balanced
  • Stainless chrome-molybdenum-vanadium steel

F Dick Premier Plus Utility Knife Serrated Edge 13cm

Serious Cooks

Miyabi Birchwood Utility Knife 16cm

  • SG2 steel core
  • 100 layer Damascus pattern
  • Honbazuke hand-honed edge
  • Stunning Birchwood handle

Miyabi Birchwood 5000MCD Utility Knife 16cm

Best Vegetable Knives for...

Under $75

Furi Pro Asian Vegetable Chopper 15cm

  • Japanese stainless steel 
  • Reverse-wedge handle
  • 25 year manufacturer warranty

Furi Pro Asian Vegetable Chopper 15cm

Entry-Level

Tojiro DP3 Series Nakiri Vegetable Knife 16.5cm

  • Razor-sharp
  • Balanced and comfortable
  • Hand polished high quality steel
  • Handcrafted in Niigata, Japan

Tojiro DP3 Series Nakiri Vegetable Knife 16.5cm

Serious Cooks

Tojiro Hammered Nakiri Vegetable Knife 16.5cm

  • Shirogami #2 carbon steel blade
  • Traditional Japanese wood handle
  • Hand-hammered kurouchi finish

Tojiro Hammered Nakiri Vegetable Knife 16.5cm

 


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