CUT­TING EDGE

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.

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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.

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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

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