From slicing and dicing to carving and boning, every cook needs a decent knife. In fact, a reliable blade that retains a sharp edge and feels ergonomically sound is one of the most important kitchen tools you’ll ever invest in.
Always choose a knife that has some heft to it and don’t forget to check that the blade does not bend easily. Most importantly, opt for quality over quantity (forget those too-good-to-be-true knife set deals that come with an ab cruncher). Purchase fewer knives, but invest in the best quality you can afford as it’ll pay itself off in the long run.
For culinary dunces or guys preparing to fill their kitchen, check out these super fine knife brands from around the world.
Most guys shun the kitchen, but with a Shun knife (pronounced “shoon”, as in “moon”), the chore of preparing meals becomes pretty enjoyable. In Japanese, “Shun” refers to the exact time of year when a certain food is at the peak of perfection.
As such, Shun knives are as close to perfection as a blade can get. Taking cues from legendary Japanese sword makers, each knife is made with expert precision in the famed culinary district of Seki City.
Here, skilled craftsmen forge knives that act as functional pieces of art, with edges so sharp you could shave your face with them.
If you haven’t heard of Wusthof, you’ve been living under a rock. As one of the most well-known knife makers on the planet, the German business has over two centuries of blade-wielding prowess under their belts. Favoured by top chefs like Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay, Wusthof knives bare the recognisable trident logo that proves their products are fit for a ruler like you.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels
Dating way back to 1731, Zwilling J.A. Henckels is a legend in the knife world. Founded in Solingen, Germany, each piece enjoys contoured handles, Proprietary Friodur ice-hardened steel and Sigmaforge construction for sharp, strong and flexible blades.
While they also dabble in premium cookware, flatware and glassware, it’s their knives that have us doing backflips. We particularly enjoy the meat cleavers, but every knife in their range is top quality and boasts an enduring lifespan (in fact, these knives will probably outlive us).
Edge Of Belgravia
From the oldest to the youngest, Edge of Belgravia is relatively new on the knife scene, but they’re quickly slashing their way to the top with inspiring blades worthy of being mounted in a museum. Established in London in 2010, and officially launched to the UK market two years later, Edge of Belgravia is popular thanks to the use of contemporary design, high-tech materials and super sharp stainless steel.
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As the creator of the original Swiss army knife, Victorinox have been keeping military men, scouts and home cooks ready for anything since 1884.
From basic bread knives to more elaborate chef varieties, one of their best sellers is the slicing, dicing, and mincing powerhouse that is a ‘santoku’ blade. More affordable than other entries on this list, Victorinox is perfect for the home cook setting up his cutlery drawer.
Combining traditional Japanese Samurai sword-making techniques with 21st-century technology, Torijo produces multi-layered blades from their Niigata City factory in Japan, an area famed for its smooth sake and superior knife forging (what could go wrong when you put booze and knives together?).
The company produces all sorts of kitchen tools and accessories, but we’re currently obsessed with their new Flash range of kitchen knives.