Submitted by notproudortired t3_zq4rbu in BuyItForLife

Looking to buy a BIFL all-rounder chef's knife that's comfortable for large, meaty hands and adequate for large meaty meat. Knife will be a gift, so test driving isn't really an option. I'm leaning towards western style (vs. Japanese). Recommendations?



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Clandestinique t1_j0wcsjh wrote

I took the advice I've seen over and over on r/KitchenConfidential and bought myself a Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife. I do find that it sharpens up really well and feels effortless to use, and keeps that edge a long time, just like they said. I got mine on sale last year but even full price it's inexpensive, about $55. Mine is 8 inch and I'm an average size woman. Maybe you'd want a longer knife for your "meaty" giftee. Anyway, check out that sub for a lot of info on knives professionals like and why they like them.


TheDeliciousMeats t1_j0wr1lw wrote

This. I was a chef for years and if these can last in a commercial setting they're going to do just fine at home. They're great, and can go in the dishwasher.


xj_scuba t1_j0zfsmc wrote

For anyone reading this looking for a BIFL kitchen knife I HIGHLY recommend hand washing all your knives. The dish detergent is bad for them and if not loaded in the washer correctly the water pressure often knocks items into each other quickly dulling knives.

If you have the bandwidth hand wash all (sharp) knives and bamboo/wooden cutting boards.


Artesian t1_j1gshlt wrote

100% this. Engineer here. Putting anything other than ceramic, glass, metal, or very high temp silicones in the dishwasher is just ridiculously bad for your stuff / you. Plastic leaches, sharp blades dull. You’re poisoning yourself with micro plastics mainly. Any of those nylons or cheap PET/PETE/PETT variants are all prone to be mislabeled and even if they don’t melt they can leach.

Yes blades are metal but they’re sharp and handles often aren’t metal. Ergonomics yo. It takes seconds.

Hand. Wash. Please.


BrainDistinct t1_j0x7w0h wrote

I have the 8” Fibrox in my block of Wusthofs and I continuously reach for the Fibrox. It is fantastic and certainly BIFL.


GIjohnMGS t1_j0x222d wrote

YES! I did the same several years ago. It is my Go-To knife and has never failed me. A few strokes on a Steel, and it is good as new.


Bologna-Bear t1_j0xdu4p wrote

Tip of mine broke! Stays sharp forever though. I was butchering a rather ornery chicken at the time.


DadTaunWesHere t1_j0xe6gb wrote

This was my first knife as well, big fan. It's handle is nice and grippy, and does well with meaty hands


Gopokes34 t1_j0xjfww wrote

You could even get the rosewood one if you want s little nicer looking one


FlamingLobster t1_j0xsq3w wrote

I got my rosewood as "used like new" in amazon for 40$ shipped


PiersPlays t1_j0xg0kb wrote

This is a great value for money option for oneself. But for a gift I'd probably steer towards a forged knife.


DirkDouglas69 t1_j0wgjuf wrote

Wusthof classic


-Chris-V- t1_j0xcnd6 wrote

I love mine! My phd advisor gave it to my wife and I as a wedding gift with a note that said "For cooking and resolving marital disputes."


MaereighLeigh t1_j0y7wik wrote

Do you love it for cooking or for resolving your marital disputes?


-Chris-V- t1_j0yqckg wrote

So far, only cooking. Marriage has been pretty easy on us. The thing is damn sharp though...


scribblemacher t1_j0x650m wrote

I have a wusthof pro and pretty good. Sturdy, easy to use, and can hold a decent edge.


ToastyCrumb t1_j0xjkhn wrote

Indeed. I've used my Wusthof Classic 9" professionally and then at home for ... dang ... 31 years.


YCGrin t1_j0xp5zu wrote

Have had my Wusthof Classic for the past 5 or so years and love it. Great all rounder knife that feels solid.


The_Real_Scrotus t1_j0yijq7 wrote

I'll also recommend Wusthof, although I prefer the Ikon to the Classic, mostly due to the handle.


JMAC426 t1_j0xv29i wrote

Fantastic knives. Beautiful, heavy duty, hold an edge. I have an 8 inch and a 5 inch, 90% of the time I use the small one for prep, but the big one is Just needed sometimes; and for chicken bones at least you can basically use it as a cleaver.


lechnerio t1_j0yh88j wrote

Very happy with my wüsthof too! Also, OP, get yourself a knife sharpening stick or stone and learn how to maintain your knifes. you can "practice" on your cheaper knifes too


Levaporub t1_j0ym0i2 wrote

Project Farm did a review of various knife sharpeners, and recommends the Lansky style system.


lechnerio t1_j0yphai wrote

the best one is one you can handle. personally I get really good results with a sharpening block, my SO can handle a sharpening stick like noone I've ever seen 🤷


NimrodVWorkman t1_j0wae65 wrote

Hard to go wrong with Victorinox. Almost everyone likes them. I'd suggest the 10" butcher knife.

(All knifes are BIFL if they are maintained and not abused.)


One_Left_Shoe t1_j0xhmcs wrote

Even if they are banged around.

My most used knife in a kitchen was this janky 10 inch blade* that had the front two inches busted off. Cut and prepped just as well as any other knife in the kitchen.

Edit: spelling


NimrodVWorkman t1_j0xmc6v wrote

My wife still uses a Shun with the tip broken off, yep. She's a great cook, and gentle with people and animals, but really hard on "stuff."

A BIFL knife discussion is almost like a BIFL discussion on cast iron pans.


marcerohver t1_j0zqb2o wrote

hey the way you describe your wife is very sweet 10/10


One_Left_Shoe t1_j0xmo4m wrote

Shun’s are pretty, but they chip if you look at them wrong. Still work though! Depending where the chip is.


crinklycuts t1_j0zz8ot wrote

My mom has had the same meat cleaver for almost 30 years. It’s the knife she uses for pretty much anything and I believe she bought it cheap at an Asian market. I learned how to prep veggies with that thing when I was a kid lol.


Legitimate_Street_85 t1_j0wy83s wrote

You beat me to it! I got mine 2nd handed in 2015. Works great. Literally my favorite thing in the kitchen to this date


Jillredhanded t1_j15h1lq wrote

I've rocked mine since I got it in my culinary school kit back in '91.


topcat5 t1_j0wa6xn wrote

Get a Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-Inch Chef’s Knife and a good sharpener. It's inexpensive and long long lasting and doesn't mind being put in a dishwasher. You can buy several for the price of some other knifes.

Don't spend huge sums on a knife that you'll still end up having to sharpen to be good.


mattrussell2319 t1_j0wcwlq wrote

Can you recommend a good sharpener?


rand0m1324 t1_j0we8vb wrote

If you want to enter a rabbit hole you can visit r/sharpening , the gist of that though is freehand stones, specifically the shapton pro 1000. Pretty much every pull-through type sharpener will eventually wreck your blade, or not work well enough once it is too dull


mattrussell2319 t1_j0wfocv wrote

Thanks, and I bet it’s a rabbit hole! I saw honing mentioned in a review for the Victorinox (which I’ve had for 20 years but never even sharpened!) and the Wikipedia page on that was confusing enough … 😆


rand0m1324 t1_j115fz9 wrote

Haha yes, despite working on my skills for almost 2 years I still feel like a beginner. Tbh though, even a poor job with a stone tends to be much better than no sharpening so i’d still recommend giving it a try! Imo it’s a must have skill if you want to keep any knife over a long period of time


T_ReV t1_j14lf65 wrote

As someone who has hand sharpened knives on a stone I don't recommend it unless you have some sort of device to keep a consistent angle.

It is way easier and you will get better results if you use a device like a Work Sharp or a RUIXIN knife sharpening kit.


rand0m1324 t1_j14q11w wrote

There are definitely some great guided systems, I think there are generally trade offs between speed, versatility, skill requirements and cost with whatever system you end up with. Knowing what to go with will depend what you value most of those things. You are correct though that a guided system will generally be easier for someone just starting out.


topcat5 t1_j0x2zli wrote

I use a Chefpro. It does a great job. Also recommended by America's Test Kitchen.

It's simply not worth your time to sharpen a $30 knife with manual stones.


Electrical_Ingenuity t1_j0yerky wrote

Learning to use a whetstone is a worthwhile skill. I only need to use mine once a year.

I have 30 years of daily use on both my Zwilling 4 star chefs knife and santoku to show for it. They are truly BIFL.


topcat5 t1_j0yo1px wrote

One a year? A good chef knife subject to daily use needs to be sharpened much more frequently than that.


elevenblade t1_j0xxj8e wrote

Spyderco SharpMaker. Works well for serrated blades as well as a conventional edge.


CityofDestiny t1_j0x3lo4 wrote

Agree. I have the santoku version of this. It is a great knife. Reasonably priced. Durable. Holds an edge well. I've got a bunch of German knives that were more expensive, but certainly not any more effective for their purpose.


GullibleDetective t1_j0x1kmf wrote

Yep these are the cheapest and best starter knives that take an absolute beating and come back for more

Granted I prefer my kikuichis and shuns over em but these are absolutely the best you can get for about $30


waterbuffalo750 t1_j0wi95w wrote

I just bought a JA Henckel Zwilling Pro 8" chefs knife as a gift. I have one very similar and like it a lot. It was $150 on sale.


randeylahey t1_j0wtiq9 wrote

Commercial kitchen version. It's yellow for high visibility and that handle won't slip when wet.

$55. I've had it for about 10 years now. Sharpen myself with a whetstone, because worst case Ontario I'm only out $50.


outsidethewire t1_j0xjfud wrote

That’s a new saying, worst case Ontario. Lmao


randeylahey t1_j0xjpp7 wrote

It's all water under the fridge


broadarrow39 t1_j0x79sf wrote

Can't go far wrong with one of these if it's a wieldy hunk of German steel you're after. I've got one of these along with a cheap sharp & lightweight Santoku. Between them they pretty much cover all of my chopping needs.


Bologna-Bear t1_j0xepfl wrote

I was very disappointed with mine. I found it absurdly difficult to hold an edge. Maybe I just suck at sharpening but I don’t have problems with my other knives.


seeker_of_knowledge t1_j14uq3s wrote

I can second the JA Henckel Zwilling quality. I have 3 of their knives that I use daily and adore.


boneman429 t1_j0wb6a7 wrote

Global GF-33 is a very nice knife. All metal one piece design should last a lifetime if not abused egregiously. Edit: it is more of a Japanese style knife but heavier duty than others I have used.


Environmental-Dog219 t1_j0wdhzx wrote

Yeah Global is great! I would perhaps go a size up to like a G-16, which I find just a little more versatile. The blade is 30mm longer and great for chopping large quantities of vegetables etc.


jepeplin t1_j0wqz7z wrote

Global is the best knife I’ve ever owned.


GullibleDetective t1_j0x1d5q wrote

Global's are great but the handle is extremely divisive you'll either love it or haaaate it.

Make sure you test one out prior to purchase


aestheticmonk t1_j0xno9d wrote

20+ years on my Global. Used daily. Sharpened on their two stage sharpener. Looks and cuts like new.


broadarrow39 t1_j0yk2uw wrote

A Global and the 2 stage minosharp pull through sharpener is an awesome combo.


frankslastdoughnut t1_j0wybvx wrote

My global knife is the tits. One of the better investments I've made in the kitchen and in my life. So easy to use


OShaqHenesey t1_j0wje7k wrote

I love my Lamson knives. Made in USA. Fantastic classic chefs knife:


ReadAllowedAloud t1_j0wwt6k wrote

We bought one a few years ago; it stays sharper than our Global, and is much heftier. Our Global is very lightweight, not sure if that's true of all of them.


OShaqHenesey t1_j0x4fiw wrote

I have a 7 or so piece set and their scissors. Can’t speak highly enough about them. It’s everything I want in a kitchen knife. Weight / shape / balance / sharpness. Made in USA. They check all the boxes for me.


notproudortired OP t1_j0wnhyo wrote

I love the look of them.


ryaaan89 t1_j0xirze wrote

This is weird but it is super cool to hear you say this, my grandfather used to work at Lamson as a knife shaper. We have a set of them he brought home one knife at a time forever ago, I do think they look cool.


OShaqHenesey t1_j0x47e4 wrote

Mine are a decade old. They could use a sharpen at this point but I can still slice tomatoes with ease. I’m very happy with the purchase 10 years in and confident they’ll never need to be replaced. I plan on sending them back to lamson soon for a free professional sharpening.


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swgpotter t1_j0x7xlp wrote

Second this. I bought a Wustoff in 1989 for my first job in a good kitchen. Used it hard commercially for 6 years and hard at home since. Great blade.


johnbouwsma t1_j0wsnz1 wrote

Tojiro dp is a great one for around $100!


brd111 t1_j12150a wrote

I have a couple that I have used in a pro kitchen for 15 years


lobsterpasta t1_j0wk0k4 wrote

Serious eats has a pretty good article on this. I ended up with the Mercer 8 inch knife. I’ve had it for 4.5 years and it’s required minimal sharpening:


notproudortired OP t1_j0wnytd wrote

I was wondering about those. Mercers never seem to top anyone's lists, but they're reliably on them.


jondes99 t1_j0xe0lu wrote

Came here to say the same thing. Bought the Mercer Renaissance a couple years ago and love it. Gave one out as a gift, and have also bought a few of the other knives in this line. Comfortable, nice balance, and holds an edge for a long time.


fatbrucelee t1_j0xy0pz wrote

Had a Henkels classic 8 inch knife I got used over 10 yrs ago. A few months ago I took it out of the block and somehow bobbled it. Fell tip down on counter and the scales popped off in addition to damaging the tip. In a pinch I got the 8” Mercer with white handle. $10. I’m surprised how much I like it. I like it way more than my victorinox I had because this things got heft.


lobsterpasta t1_j0x31xf wrote

It’s been pretty solid. I was looking for a knife that a) wasn’t dangerously sharp and that i’d feel comfortable having others use, b) performs well and c) wouldn’t be a major loss if my partner accidentally put in the dishwasher


MaximumGorilla t1_j0yn53n wrote

The Mercer Genesis handles are my favorite of any knife I've ever used! They just never move in your grip unless you intend it. Effortless control.

I just with they had a narrow blade paring option as theirs is a bit wide and I use the Henkel for more fine work. In retrospect, I'd just get a Mercer Mellenia for detail work


Builderwill t1_j0weqns wrote

Former kitchen manager here. I found the Henkel food services knives to be the best value. I've been out of restaurant work for 20 years but used the ones I purchased from our vendor for 3 before leaving. The balance is excellent, they hold an edge for a very long time, and they cost about $30 US at the time. My only complaint is that after all these years the blade shape has changed a bit (flatter) from use and sharpening; I'm thinking of having them reshaped but know that would shorten them a bit and I really like the length. Maybe it's time to just buy a new one.


notproudortired OP t1_j0wo616 wrote

I can't find anything on that. Is it only available through corporate accounts?


Builderwill t1_j0wtvla wrote

Could be. Our food service rep brought them one day which wasn't unusual, they often brought swag at very good prices.


uniqueuser96272 t1_j0wq4sm wrote

Victorinox fibrox knives are cheap and good


babathebear t1_j0wfpf4 wrote

I will recommend Wustoff (since you asked for European) but no knife is BIFL unless you or whoever you gift it to maintain the knife aka sharpen time to time. Victrinox is good but it will loose sharpness very quickly (it’s mostly molybdenum). Korin in NYC makes Japanese knives with European handles and ergonomics. They also have in-house sharpening service. If you ever into Japanese knives (like me) that’s another rabbit hole lol… check Japanese Knives Imports. A dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp one!


bad-monkey t1_j0wou9i wrote

Misono UX-10 240mm chef's/gyuto. I can't think of a better do-it-all chef's knife, with an extra 30mm of blade length for slicing meaty meats.


brd111 t1_j121guz wrote

This is my most recent purchase for using in a pro kitchen. Really nice knife. A bit overpriced. Still recommend tojiro over this for durability and price.


bad-monkey t1_j121oym wrote

UX-10 is definitely a bit premium, but for a 1-knife collection i thought it would be appropriate to spend a little more!

i do like my Toji DP 210 Gyu. Unexpectedly good finish for such an affordable knife.


NumberlessUsername2 t1_j0xbxnx wrote

Surprised I didn't see Shun in here. Still one of my favorite kitchen purchases of the last 10 years. Also given it as a gift to several people who seem to appreciate it after many years. Have had mine professionally sharpened maybe 3 times. Kept it out of the dishwasher. It's fantastic. I bought it because my knife sharpening guy recommended it, and he looks at a ton of knives.


notproudortired OP t1_j11lmbj wrote

Yeah, I'm also surprised Shun hasn't come up more. I've been looking at them for myself. Makes me wonder now if they're overrated, although your experience is reassuring.


huffer4 t1_j1rr8o0 wrote

Pro Chef here. I have bought two Shuns, and one of them (the far more expensive) broke within 2 years of not-so regular use. The handle started spinning in circles. I can't say I really see too many people in kitchens around me using Shun stuff. They do feel nice in the hand though.


NumberlessUsername2 t1_j120inq wrote

Might not be as popular due to the price. I can't say I miss the hundred bucks given how excellent the knife continues to be.


arafella t1_j0xdvqz wrote

Bang for the buck option (not sure your budget): Victorinox Fibrox 8"

More upscale option: Wusthof Classic Ikon 8"


perfectchazz321 t1_j0wmhlo wrote

Misen knives are great and have a lifetime guarantee. If any of the knives here don’t have that, can you really call it BifL?

They’re great quality and on the cheaper end of high-end knives. I’ve been using the set of three for a few months now and definitely put them through their paces, they’re fantastic. Search the sub for the brand name too, I think there was a post about them recently!


Medium_Brood5095 t1_j0wng1z wrote

Wusthof Classic Chef knife 8 inch many people like their Ikon line too


Sekshual_Tyranosauce t1_j0wurs2 wrote

I have had my Lamson Sharp 10” chef for 17 years of daily use. Zero complaints and absolutely on par in quality with the better German blades. I just bought an 8” chef from them a year ago. The same great quality with perhaps a bit better finishing.


Dingo6610 t1_j0ww4ye wrote

Zwilling Pro 8" Chef's knife


FastRedPonyCar t1_j0wz76i wrote

Meaty meat? Get yourself a nice Santoku knife. We use a Shun Classic and it’s amazing and they RE sharpen for free. We use ours all the time and after a year of routine use (4-5 times a week) it’s still razor sharp.


doomedroadtrips t1_j0x1gpe wrote

I love my Zwilling Henkel Santoku knife, it came as part of a knife block set, but I find I use the Santoku most regularly. It's 7-8"?


mrlazyboy t1_j0x34d4 wrote

The reality is that any good knife maker will make a BIFL knife, assuming whoever sharpens it knows what they’re doing.

I’d recommend that you check out the Tojiro DP gyuto. It’s a full 8” and can handle the majority of kitchen tasks, although I wouldn’t want to use it to dice garlic, for example.

It’s a solid, well-build knife in the gyuto style (so it’s a western chef knife style). It is stainless steel so maintenance is much easier. The blade is thin so it will cut very well. It’s also relatively hard so it will maintain its sharpness for awhile.

If you compare that to German chef knives, they are typically thicker and softer but not always.

I would strongly recommend you not go to r/chefknives because you’ll spend way too much. But stainless steel, western blade profile/handle, and a thin edge geometry make it one of the best knives you can get for $100


GullibleDetective t1_j0x3wx5 wrote

Instead of brand you should know what to look for

You want the tang or the metal part to either be part of the handle or forged into it like a global. You want a couple of rivets minimum if it's not forged handle/blade.

Next you need to know what you plan on cutting with it whether it includes bones or other dense materials or just soft vegetables, meats and fish.

Japanese knives have a slighter angle and less material over all (for the standard chef's knife) (there are cleavers as well that can be used for everything). That and the bevel for Japanese is usually about 18°

European knives are different, they're heavier, have a larger bevel and can handle heftier cuts without sharpening. They however won't glide through vegetables as well or be as precise.

Every brand will have its entry level cheaper versions and ones that are designer and others that are great for both the professional and the home cook.

Notable brands are:


  • Victoriaknox
  • Wustoff
  • Henkel


  • Mac
  • Kikuichis
  • Global
  • Kershaw-shun

One_Left_Shoe t1_j0xhf5c wrote

If you’re debating between Wüsthot or Henckels, skip both and get Messermeister.

Arguably the best “western” chef knives available.


hitguy55 t1_j0y8ivv wrote

Victorinox fibrox 10” chefs knife


Chrontius t1_j0yvlcn wrote

You're swimming in good choices. But piece of advice, gift it with a sharpener! That's the difference between an okay knife and a great knife.

I use and recommend this one; I got it at TJ Maxx a decade ago and it's held up and performed nicely.

You can't go wrong with a Wusthoff Classic, but my mother's surprise favorite is the now-discontinued Schmitt Bros. "The One", which is shaped like some kind of ungodly kitchen machete, has enough tip weight to chop with, and has glorious ergonomics. If you find one for sale and don't gift it, let me know so I can buy a spare...


EvilLittle t1_j0zxd6n wrote

Lots of reasonable recommendations have been made, but one thing I'd like to point out is that something can be excellently constructed and a good performer, but if you want to replace it in time for something prettier then I'd struggle to call it BIFL. The Victorinox Fibrox and Zwilling Twin Master are both excellent blades capable of decades worth of home use, but for some people they simply aren't what they want their main kitchen tool to look like.

For a gift, I'd also caution against extra hard steels on some Japanese blades like the VG-10 of the Tojiro DP or the more exotic Shuns and Miyabis. Hard steels are great for those who are prepared for them, but they also need to be treated differently as their hardness equates to brittleness and leaves them susceptible to large chips in cases where softer steels would suffer a rolled edge. I think HRC 56-58 is a good sweet spot.

Given that my previous recommendation of the Fujiwara FKM has seemingly been suffering from consistency issues, perhaps my recommendation would be the AUS-8 steel Gesshin Stainless yo-gyuto if it ever comes back in stock.


notproudortired OP t1_j11kku5 wrote

Excellent advice. Thank you. I do feel like my friend would "oh...thanks?" me for the Victorinox because the handle is obviously synthetic. Also, while they like to cook, they're not especially skilled or careful. A resilient blade will be better for them.


pan567 t1_j1grih4 wrote

For gifts, I agree that Western is the way to go. I would recommend considering the Wusthof Classic, Mercer's forged lines, and Victorinox, depending on what you wanted to spend.

Mercer is quite a lot of knife for the money. The Genesis is good for bigger hands.

If you are looking to add a utility knife or two, the Spyderco Utility models with FRN handles are also great.


cappyned t1_j1n4yw4 wrote

I have whustof classics, shuns and cutco. Which are all good, (shun I feel is too delicate) but my favourite is this oyo brand from Norway. It seems to hold the edge the best on sharpening, can just abuse it and it just stands up to everything.


Round_Technician_728 t1_j0waqd0 wrote

How it’s going to be used will probably be determining factor on how sturdy it should be. Some people manage to break 4mm cleavers while cutting vegetables… But have a look at the Wüsthof Classic. Their design with a one piece blade-bolster design is probably as sturdy as knives get.


MyNameNoob t1_j0wbhql wrote

Budget would help. If it’s on the higher end I’ve been looking at oblivion blades small Aussie blacksmith. A lot of blade for the money.


notproudortired OP t1_j0wory6 wrote

Yeah...more like $200 tops. My friend would not understand a $800 knife.


MyNameNoob t1_j0wvh3q wrote

I think you’ve plenty of options from the other people that posted that are great. Victorinox isn’t the most visually appealing but great knife.


An_Alone_Wolf t1_j0wrijz wrote

I know you said you're leaning towards western style, but you can still get something very close to that with Japanese craftsmanship. I highly recommend something made from carbon steel. It gets and stays much sharper than stainless, and is easier to sharpen. Here are 2 examples. I have 2 Skai Takayuki knives, one larger and one smaller, and will likely never need to buy another knife.



notproudortired OP t1_j11mitd wrote

How much would I need to worry about the blue steel rusting?


An_Alone_Wolf t1_j11z4hg wrote

Not much, particularly with the knives from those links. I don't really do anything for mine other than dry them right after use and wash them right after cutting something like lemon or onion. I'll occasionally use some barkeeper's friend to shine them up, usually when I sharpen them, and then give them some oil. That's about it. There's no rust, not even much patina after a year of daily use. The first carbon steel knife I had was more sensitive, it got discolored in just a few minutes after cutting an onion, but bk's friend easily removed that.


Builderwill t1_j0wvtce wrote

Ok, I had to do some searching but found what I think the exact knife is:


Also bought a bread knife with it. Its also one of my favorites. I bought them in 1995.

Google that and you should find a number of matches. Not sure about the bread knife.


nunatakj120 t1_j0ww0uu wrote

Victorinox great at a smaller budget, Wusthof classic if you've got a few more quid to spend (can't remember what size mine is - I think 20cm maybe 25), there are better more expensive choices out there but those are both quality and while last a lifetime


solmooth t1_j0x5td7 wrote

Depends on what you're cutting. If versatility is what you need, buy German made. If you're slicing meats or fish, buy Japanese. They have a specific knife for each food. They treat knives like tools so there is a tool for every application. I've been collecting Matsumoto knives every time we visit Tokyo. I am still using my Western style carbon steel knife purchased 18 years ago. Requires sharpening once a year.


barbeqdbrwniez t1_j0xdgh3 wrote

Just to go a bit out of the norm (since all of the other suggestions are absolutely fantastic and you can't go wrong with them!) But since this is a gift, you can see if there's a local bladesmith to your giftee. Chances are it will look nicer than common knives, and I see many local smiths offering lifetime sharpening / warranties.


ADHDavidThoreau t1_j0xh8tg wrote

I sharpen my Cutco butchers knife every other year and use the absolute hell out of it on a weekly basis.

Plus I love the ergonomic grip, and if it ever becomes unsharpenable, I can send it back and get a free replacement for the cost of shipping.


El_Zedd_Campeador t1_j0xjh47 wrote

I like Global knives, Japanese company but they make western styles. The one piece constriction means the handle wont crack over time.


bcw006 t1_j0xklzp wrote

I bought a few MAC knives about 10 years ago. They look and feel brand new today. They hold an edge really well, so I really only sharpen them once a year (or if I’m being honest, every few years). Other than that a periodic hone with a honing rod keeps them pretty sharp. Highly recommend!


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notproudortired OP t1_j11lfbp wrote

Yeah...I see they're universally recommended. I just think they're kinda ugly. This knife won't live in a professional kitchen. My friend's aesthetic is pretty homey.


cherlin t1_j0xqwmb wrote

What's your budget? Hop onto carbonknifeco / chefknifestogo / bernal cutlery (three shops in the USA I have used and trust) and start looking, any knife you buy from one of those places will be BIFL with proper care. I personally like supporting independent or smaller artisan blacksmiths, but there's some great stuff from big names as well.

If you have the budget and want a known quantity, look at the bob Kramer (super well known American blacksmith) zwilling line. Basically his designs produced to his specs by zwilling in Japan. Great western style knife with Japanese steel.


More_Brick9643 t1_j0y4vcy wrote

Cck vegetable cleaver in carbon steel.


ElmerGantry45 t1_j0zjn0u wrote

Kikuichi carbon with western handle...a little more upkeep because the blade is reactive but it will stay sharp a long time, you just need to wipe it off periodically, yes it will react with acidic foods but the edge retention is worth the hassle.


DoubleSoupVerified t1_j10cjgv wrote

Wusthof is king. Just had my parents buy me a set for Christmas because they have had theirs 30+ years.


bigpaulo t1_j10g29z wrote

Whatever you get, don't get one with a bolster than runs into the heel of the knife... because it will make sharpening the knife increasingly difficult over the life of the knife. And if it's really going to be "for life", don't sharpen with a pull-through sharpener, learn how to sharpen on a stone or crock stick sharpener.

Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife is OK, but I'll also suggest a variety of Portuguese-designed (made?) ICEL chef's knives:


idc69idc t1_j10p5j9 wrote

I'm a professional chef, and this is my favorite of the ~30 chef knives I've used. I have "better" carbon steel knives, but this is the trusty, durable go-to. It's sold out and has been for a while, but there are similar knives (240mm, ginsan/ginsanko/silver 3 stainless steel, the handle type doesn't matter).



-SeaBrisket- t1_j0wjj0q wrote

I have a Wustoff 6" chef knife and a Shun 8". Both are great but the Shun seems to hold its edge better


ajfaul t1_j0zw82w wrote

Cutco knives, guaranteed for life and can be passed down to the next generation. We have the full set and my partner loves everyone of them.