How to Choose a Chef’s Knife

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Chef's Knife

One of editor likes to say, a chef knife “is like a dance partner.” A knife that feels comfortable and graceful in your hand might feel klutzy to someone else. When you start shopping for that perfect chef knife—one that will make slicing, dicing, chopping, and mincing more pleasurable, precise, and effortless—it’s important to identify your personal preferences, and to realize that there isn’t one knife that’s right for everyone. Finding your ideal knife might take a little time, but you’ll know it when you’ve found it. 

Finding The Perfect Blade that Suits your Needs 
Embark on a thrilling quest to discover the perfect knife by exploring cutlery brands, showrooms, or online shops with an extensive collection of sample knives. Experience the exhilaration of holding and maneuvering these essential tools on a cutting surface before making a decision. Engage in an enlightening conversation with knowledgeable cutlery experts like Jacob Maurer, who emphasize the importance of “feeling” a knife and receiving expert guidance during your selection process. 

When looking for a new knife, it is important to consult with knowledgeable salespeople who can help you identify the right one. However, be wary of those pushing certain knives; trust your own judgement and understanding when making any purchase decision as many shops offer return policies if you find that the product doesn’t suit your needs. 

Check it out before buying 
Explore Gunter Wilhelm’s unrivaled selection of remarkable knives! Unleash your inner chef with the Lightning ProCut, a commercial favorite for its superb balance, lightweight design, and full inner tang. Or indulge in the luxurious Thunder ProCut, boasting a dazzling double full tang handle, impeccable balance, and a wickedly sharp blade for flawless functionality. 

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Pro tips to look for before buying a knife 
Discover the perfect knife that feels like an extension of your hand, granting you the confidence of a master chef. As you explore your chopping prowess, observe how your hand interacts with the knife’s distinct qualities, and say goodbye to any fears in the kitchen! 

  • Weight: You’ll need to try several knives to find your ideal knife weight. One school of thought believes a hefty chef’s knife cuts through foods easier because its “falls” with more force. Another person thinks a lighter chef’s knife flows more freely and lets you maneuver the knife more skillfully. Bottom line: Choose the style that feels right to you. 
  • Balance: “Perfect balance” is in the palm of the beholder. Judge balance by gripping the knife by its handle. If it feels uncomfortably weighed toward the back of the handle or toward the blade, then it probably isn’t for you. An unbalanced knife will make you work harder. Side-to-side balance is also important. When you come down on the blade, the knife shouldn’t feel unstable, as if it wants to teeter toward one side or the other. 
  • Size: An 8-inch chef’s knife is the most popular among home cooks because of its versatility. A 10-inch longer blade can cut more volume but may feel intimidating. A 6-inch chef’s knife can offer an element of agility, like that of a paring knife, but falls short when working with volume or when slicing through something large, like a watermelon.


  Why is the Günter Wilhelm Chef Knife your best choice? 

  German-style Chef Knives are known for their superior sharpness, precision, and durability. Günter Wilhelm Chef knives take these qualities to the next level with Premium German Steel used in the construction of the blade, offering greater corrosion resistance, hardness, and flexibility than other competing brands.  

 The multi-stage heat treatment process coupled with advanced CRYO ice-hardening ensures these characteristics remain consistent over time. Additionally, an ergonomic handle shape is designed to fit comfortably in your hand providing superior control and balance for easier access to the entire length of the blade. With a full tang, triple tang, or full inner tang option made from ABS or Packwood materials, feel assured that you are making a high-quality investment when purchasing a Gunter Wilhelm Chef knife.