Good Product: Victorinox 8-inch Chef's Knife

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I'm in love, but I'm afraid it's unrequited. My new Victorinox knife slipped out of my grip this weekend and bit me just a little on the finger. Two BandAids and some embarrassment bear witness to some rather clumsy knife skills.

Perhaps I can blame the wonderfully sharp blade and light handle, however; accustomed to heavier, more awkward knives, I was unprepared for its lightness and agility. That lightness is part of why this Victorinox Forschner 8-inch Chef's Knife ($22.99, Amazon) took top honors in a recent equipment test by Cook's Illustrated, helping it to beat out much more expensive knives.

The lighter weight, given my rather small hands, and low price was appealing, and it has been a pleasure to use thus far. It is very sharp and well-balanced, with a nice curve to the blade, which rocks easily and quickly over garlic and herbs to chop them fine.

The knife's manufacturer, Victorinox, is also the maker of the classic Swiss Army knives, so hopefully the blade will stand up over time. It's a classic knife at an extremely good price, and highly recommended, especially for those who want an everyday, high-quality chef's knife without breaking the bank.