If you own any knives in your home, you likely already own a chef knife. However, if you're in the market we're here to help you make the best decision with our extensive knowledge of all things cutlery. A good chef knife starts with a quality steel blade, preferably one that extends from the tip of the blade to the bottom of the handle- known as a full tang. A full tang will help give the knife optimal balance, which improves the cut. When choosing the best steel, we recommend finding a high-carbon stainless steel- all our knives listed below are made of this high quality steel. This type of steel is superior to other types of steel because it is rust free, able to retain a sharp edge, and it won't chip or get brittle with age.
The most typical chef's knives are found ranging from 8 to 10 inches. Yes, they come in sizes that range from 6 to 12 inches but anything out of the normal 8 to 10 inch range will have extremely limited uses. We recommend you go for the 8 inch chef knife if you are planning on chopping small to mid-sized foods, or if you have a ton of chopping to do. This will ensure your hand and wrist won't tire, since the more excessively large your blade is, the harder it will be to use for big jobs. If you have a larger hand and wrist and you tend to cut larger meats, fruits, and vegetables, the 9 or 10 inch will better serve its purpose. In the end, if you find yourself using your 8 inch chef knife all the time, but wish you had a bigger option for occasional use- go for it, buy a 10 inch chef knife to give you endless options in the kitchen.
Since the chef knife ranges from 8 to 10 inches most commonly, it is important that you have a comfortable handle with good grip. This is why we recommend the Dexter Russell Sani-Safe and SofGrip product lines. They are both excellent for home and industrial kitchen use, featuring an impervious blade to handle NSF seal, and grip to make sure your knife never slips in your hand. The SofGrip's main difference from the Sani-Safe is that it has added comfort, making it a perfect match for wrist injuries, or carpal tunnel.
Whether you are after a chef knife that offers full tang for maximum balance and a clean apperance, or a partial tang with a balanced blade with a handle geared towards comfort, we will leave that choice up to you. A full tang is a great option if you are particularly interested in the overall appearance of your knife. However, if you are on the fence, as long as they are both quality knives partial tang versus full tang really comes down to personal preference. They will both work the same, have the same benefits, and last as long as the other- as long as they are both quality knives, you have no reason to worry.