These chef’s knives cut it off in Consumer Reports tests


SAN ANTONIO – The holiday season is fast approaching, a time when even novice cooks often enter the kitchen. A good chef’s knife is a tool that can make meal preparation and entertaining easier. Consumer Reports has put several to the test.

Consumer Reports has rated 8-inch chef’s knives from Henckels, Wusthof, Mac, KitchenAid, Global, Zyliss, Keemake, and Mercer.

CR’s ergonomics expert says that a knife with a well-designed handle lets you do more work and keeps you from getting less tired, and that lowers the risk of accidents. The testers verified the balance, comfort and feel of the knife handles, as well as the transmission of force from the handles to the blades.

A trained chef then used the knives in his house to prepare a variety of vegetables and debon the raw chicken. Which are best sliced, diced and boned?

According to the testers, the Henckels Premio 8-inch chef’s knife for $ 40 seems to be suitable for all hands, with a contoured handle that is comfortable to grip. The weight of the blade is perfect and it is neither too heavy nor too light.

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For the best classic design, they recommend the heavier 8-inch Wusthof Classic Chef’s Knife for $ 150. The blade is a single piece of steel that goes from tip to handle.

The best budget pick is the KitchenAid Classic Forged 8-inch Triple Rivet Chef’s Knife for $ 20. Although not made of carbon steel, the blade cuts easily.

Some good tips for taking care of your knives: Keep them sharp and avoid lumping them loose in drawers. And don’t put them in the dishwasher because the blades can be knocked over and dull.

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