Designed to do it all, from mincing garlic to chopping meat, a good chef’s knife is a must-have in your kitchen. LIM TSIAO HUI minced onions, sliced tomatoes, diced chicken and chopped pumpkins with these.
Under $100 1 Atlantic Chef Chef’s Knife (21cm)
$28.70, from Tott Weight: Moderately heavy It excelled in all tasks, from chopping to mincing, tackling ingredients of all sizes and textures equally well. Its textured, rubberised handle is less shapely than the rest, but gives the most reassuringly comfortable non-slip grip – a high-quality knife for a steal! 2 Giesser Messer Bestcut Chef’s Knife (20cm)
$80.30, from Tott Weight: Heavy It has the makings of a more expensive knife – it’s the heaviest and most sturdy, useful for cutting through hard foods like pumpkins. But it’s a tad clumsy to use, even though its ergonomic handle gives a good grip. 3 Zwilling J. A. Henckels Zwilling Style Chef’s Knife (20cm) $45, from major department stores Weight: Light This nifty knife is ideal for dicing small ingredients like onions and tomatoes quickly, but it’s harder to slice a pumpkin with it. Because it lacks a bolster, inexperienced cooks might find it less comfortable to handle. 4 Jamie Oliver 19cm/7.5” Chef’s Knife
$54.40, from Tott Weight: Moderately heavy It has the most ergonomic grip – the smooth handle’s contours fit the hand perfectly, making cutting less tiring even though it’s not light. It cuts well through all foods but isn’t as smooth and deft as the Atlantic Chef knife when slicing tomatoes.
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5 Zwilling J. A. Henckels Twin Pollux Chef’s Knife (20cm) $118, from major department stores Weight: Moderately heavy This is the most versatile across different ingredients – cutting through them smoothly. Even without a thick bolster like the rest, it’s well-balanced and comfortable in the hand with its slim handle that’s curved in the right places. 6 WMF Grand Class Chef’s Knife (20cm)
$169, from major department stores Weight: Heavy Both the WMF knives boast a solid build and sit well on the chopping board when mincing food. This slightly heavier knife’s bolster has smoother edges for a more comfy grip. Its straight handle is slim nearer the blade and is easy to hold. 7 Richardson Sheffield One70 20cm Cooks Knife $109, from Isetan Scotts and Westgate, John Little Plaza Singapura and Takashimaya D.S. Weight: Light It’s the lightest, and it impressed by gliding through tomatoes most effortlessly. But slicing a watermelon took strength with its narrower blade. Its handle is straight but the bolster is tilted in such a way that it fits the index finger more comfortably than the others.
8 WMF Spitzenklasse Plus Chef’s Knife (20cm) $159, from major department stores Weight: Heavy It’s sturdy and slices, dices and chops competently. The edges of its bolster are less polished than those of the WMF Grand Class knife, so it’s less comfortable on the index finger.
Bolster The thick ridge of metal that joins the blade and the handle. When buying a knife, hold it in your hand to make sure this part feels comfortable and gives a good grip. Feel the knife’s weight to make sure it’s not too heavy or light for you. Great