Whenever I interviewed chefs in the past, I used to always ask, "What's your favorite tool in the kitchen?" After a while, however, I realized I had to adjust my question to, "What's your favorite tool in the kitchen … besides a chef's knife? Because everyone says that."
A good chef's knife is one of the few truly indispensable parts of your cooking kit. While how many (and what kinds) of knives you need depends on how you cook and your preferences, if you can only have one, it has to be a chef's knife. Models and sizes vary, but in general the long (but-not-too-long) blade with a pointed end makes it a worthy tool to tackle a number of kitchen jobs, from fine minces to rough chops.
Prices also vary, and can range from suspiciously cheap to prohibitively expensive. The good news, however, is that one of our all-time favorites is currently only $44 on Amazon.
Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife, $44
The Victronix Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife has long been a favorite of professionals and home cooks alike. In fact, the knife currently has more than 5,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. Happy users rave about its sharp blade that resists dulling, the ergonomic design of the handle, and, of course, the price.
The pros are equally enamored of the knife — back in 2010, Daniel Humm revealed that Victronix has been one of his go-tos since day one in the kitchen. And our own Editor-in-Chief, Faith Durand, has written before about how she still goes back to her trusty eight-inch Victronix knife.
Have you tried it? What did you think?