A good knife is any cook's most important tool. We've shared our favorites, but it's always cool to see what the pros use. Six rockstar chefs recently shared their top knife picks with Details magazine, and interestingly enough, they all had one thing in common:
They're all Japanese knives!
April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, New York), Stuart Brioza (State Bird Provisions, San Francisco), and Stephanie Izard (Little Goat, Chicago), among others, all cited various Japanese knives as their go-to favorites. Three of the knives in the list are by Korin: the Deba knife, the Misono 440 Molybdenum Santoku, and the Misono UX10. Another — the Asai Aogami Tsuchime chef's knife — is made by a fifth-generation blacksmith.
All of these knives are expensive, with prices running into the hundreds. You certainly don't need one of these knives in order to cook a good meal — and in fact, there are great budget knives out there — but it is something to keep in mind when you really want to splurge.
Originally published April 2013