Vosteed Morgan chef’s knife review – a western knife with an oriental design
REVIEW – The most important knife in any kitchen is the chef’s knife (aka the cook’s knife). Described as “the workhorse of the kitchen”, this is a versatile utility knife used for cutting and chopping, slicing and dicing, from vegetables to fruits to meat. If you spend a lot of time making preparations in the kitchen, whether out of necessity or just for the sake of cooking, then the first place you’ll want to spend money to upgrade your kitchen technology is with a good chef. . knife. In this review, I’m going to be looking at the Vosteed 8-inch Morgan Chef’s Knife.
What is that?
The Vosteed Morgan Chef’s Knife has an 8 inch blade and features full tang construction, stainless steel alloy with strong edge retention, G10 handle and k-tip style tip. The Morgan series of knives are heavily influenced by Japanese knife design, and it was the original knives that started Vosteed Cutlery. “Vosteed was founded in 2021, with the aim of creating sustainable, high-performance and unique cutlery products with its employees and users.
What’s in the box?
- Vosteed Morgan chef’s knife
- Protective shealth
- A pair of toe guards
- Guide to knives
- welcome letter
- A Vosteed keychain
- Weight: 7 ounces
- Length: 8 inch blade, 5.11 inch handle
- Material: 9Cr18MoV steel blade, G10 handle
Design and features
The Vosteed Morgan chef’s knife was designed by Yue Dong, known for his EDC knives. According to Dong in his interview with Knife News, the challenge of creating a kitchen knife is that they require “more engineering than design”; in other words, they are tools first and works of art second, unlike most EDC knives. Rising to the challenge, Dong managed to bring a healthy dose of design into the engineering of Morgan knives. He took the standard profile of a Western chef’s knife and injected it with the geometry of an Eastern kitchen knife.
The slightly curved blade is accented with a pronounced hamon line, giving it a standout katana vibe. By the way, Vosteed has confirmed that this is a natural, not man-made hamon line, which is super cool. They noted that the knife is triple laminated, made of a three-ply steel with the middle layer being 9Cr18MoV. It is a premium stainless steel alloy that contains 0.9% carbon and 18% chromium and is known for its strong edge retention, hardness and corrosion resistance. The Rockwell hardness is 58 to 60, which is fairly typical for a quality kitchen knife; it is hard enough to retain its edge, but not hard enough to be brittle.
The tip of the Vosteed Morgan chef’s knife is in a style known as a k-tip; it comes from the Japanese word kiritsuke, which means to split. This style of point is used in the preparation of Japanese cuisine, where it is used to thinly slice vegetables or slices of raw fish, and adds to the strong oriental look of the knife.
The Vosteed logo is engraved on one side of the knife and the Dong logo on the other side.
The black handle is G10, a “thermosetting plastic laminate” that is often used for knife and gun handles as well as (interestingly) circuit boards. This material is appreciated because it keeps its shape, even hot or cold, is difficult to break and is relatively light. A more technical explanation of how it is created can be found here.
G10 material is layered over the full tang design and the tail has a distinctive notch. The result is a chef’s knife that is both highly functional (European style) and aesthetic (Japanese style). It certainly has a lot more style than most kitchen knives in the under $100 category.
Setup and Setup
The Vosteed Morgan chef’s knife is well protected in a nice sturdy box with custom foam inserts. There is no real setup or setup for the knife other than removing the extra plastic and washing it once before use.
A chef’s knife is designed to be used in a rhythmic swinging motion, so it needs a curved blade that is balanced with the handle. On the Morgan, the handle is slightly heavier than the blade, but I still found it well balanced.
A chef’s knife can range from 6 to 10 inches, with 8 being the most popular size. The blade is intentionally large allowing the chef to slice more for each move. The goal is for the knife to feel very comfortable in the hand, allowing for a smooth and efficient rhythm.
The ultimate test of the Vosteed Morgan chef’s knife, of course, is its effectiveness in the kitchen. I created the 1080p video below while cooking dinner one night. A caveat: I am not a professional chef; at best, I’m a part-time cook at home. I’m unlikely to use the knife perfectly, so this video only shows how it worked for me.
Now that I’ve used the knife several times to cook dinner, what do I think? I really like this knife. It is sharp and cuts meat and vegetables without any problem. The handle is quite grippy, even when wet, and is noticeably easier to hold than IKEA’s metal-handled knives we have. The knife is well balanced and easy to use in rhythm. Functionally the Vosteed Morgan is everything I want in a chef’s knife.
Style, on the other hand, is more of a personal choice. If you appreciate an Asian influence in your decor, you’ll probably like the look of this knife. Personally, as someone who just got a custom-made katana, I totally agree with the Japanese design that Yue Dong brought into the kitchen.
My wife has also used the Vosteed Morgan chef’s knife a few times and she really likes its sharpness. For her, it was ideal for big jobs, like cutting ham or watermelon. She is, however, a bit shorter (5’4″), and she often wished she had a 6-inch version of this knife, especially for smaller tasks like cutting celery and dicing onions, because the 8-inch blade inches felt a little too big for her. Maybe Vosteed will make one this size in the future.
The chef’s knife comes with a sheath to store it in a drawer. It’s hard plastic on the outside and lined with something velvety on the inside.
If you like the style of this knife, Vosteed sells two more in the series, a 7-inch santoku and a 5-inch utility.
What I like
- Quality building materials
- Japanese-influenced design
- Well balanced, comfortable and sharp
What I would change
I found the Vosteed Morgan Chef’s Knife to be a solid and comfortable 8 inch chef’s knife. Its stainless steel alloy will hold its edge well, and its G10 handle is easy to keep a good grip. The knife feels balanced in my hands and easy to use in repetitive slicing tasks around the kitchen. The knife design is heavily influenced by Japanese knives, which I personally find appealing. If you are looking to upgrade your chef’s knife, or perhaps buying one for the first time, and you like the design, then I recommend the Morgan chef’s knife.
Price: $59.00 or $149.00 for a set of three knives
Or buy: Vosteed online store (chef’s knife alone, chef’s knife in box)
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Vosteed.