I Tested 10 Chef’s Knives That Are $25 or Less — This One Was Amazing

updated Oct 24, 2023
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As a former professional chef and a long-time equipment tester, I have an arsenal of kitchen knives of all kinds, brands, and price points. And I have to admit: I’m partial to ones that cost upwards of $100. So, when I tested chef’s knives that sell for $25 or less, my main concern was that I wasn’t going to like any of them. Turns out, I liked three of them — and would even go as far as to say I loved one of them.

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I rounded up a sampling of 10 inexpensive knives from popular and reputable manufacturers, and put them to the test: slicing ripe tomatoes, chopping onion, mincing garlic, fileting steak, and more! Here are the ones I liked best.

Sabatier Triple Rivet Edgekeeper 8-Inch Chef Knife with Sleeve

This knife gets the first mention because it’s the one I liked best. The one I actually loved. The first thing you’ll notice is that it looks like an expensive chef’s knife. That’s because, just like its high-end cousins, it has a blade that’s forged out of hot steel—not cut out of a sheet of metal—and it’s attached with rivets onto the handle. Because of this sturdy construction, the blade and the knife work together, making the tool feel balanced in your hand and giving you good control as you cut. You’ll also notice that the blade is curved, making it an excellent tool for tasks like mincing parsley or garlic, where you’ll want to rock the blade back and forth. I was able to slice tomatoes paper thin, reduce fresh herbs to smithereens, and easily chop onions. Amazingly, this knife costs only $25.

With the Sabatier, you also get a plastic sleeve to protect the blade. This keeps the blade from becoming dull or nicked if gets knocked around in a drawer and also protects your hand when you go to reach for it or another gadget. Inside the sheath, there’s a small mechanism that actually hones the knife every time you take off the cover. You do have to wash the Edgekeeper by hand, but that’s good practice for all knives.

Sabatier Stainless Steel Edgekeeper 8-Inch Chef Knife with Sleeve

I also liked this $22 knife from Sabatier, which looks and performs a lot like a way-pricier, famous Japanese brand. Constructed from one piece of stainless steel, there are no crevices for gunk to accumulate in, making it exceptionally easy to hand-wash. The handle is shaped to give you a good grip. It, too, comes with a protective sheath that has a sharpener to give it a quick touch-up every time you use it.

Henckels Statement 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

If you find a lightweight tool easier to use, you might like this chef’s knife from Henckels. It features a stamped blade that is cut out of a thin sheet of metal, so it’s not as heavy as my two top choices. However, it’ i’s still sharp, flexible, and comfortable to hold. I loved the way it sliced up a strip steak and maneuvered around chicken bones. Bonus: The company that makes it says the knife is dishwasher-safe. While this German knife has a list price of $27, you can find it regularly sale for around $25.

Do you have an inexpensive chef’s knife that you love? Tell us about it in the comments below.