This Sleek, Super-Comfortable Chef’s Knife Makes My Weeknight Meal Prep Fun (And It Won’t Break the Bank!)

published Jun 20, 2023
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There are a ton of sweet perks that come with my job, but one of my favorite things about working at The Kitchn is that I get to test out a ton of knives, from massive cleavers and cheap Amazon finds to countertop block sets and sleek, restaurant-grade blades. And, while I’ve loved all of the knives I’ve written about (I wouldn’t recommend a bad blade) many high-quality knives can cost a good chunk of change, and these days, many of us are trying to stick to a budget. That’s why it’s always a big deal whenever we spot a piece that’s both up to our (high) standards and pretty affordable. 

Recently, I tried out Hedley & Bennett’s 8-inch Chef’s Knife, and I was immediately wowed. You might know Hedley & Bennett as the brand that makes the chicest aprons and cooking gear in the game — they’re beloved by both our editors and our readers — but I’ll be the first to tell you that overlooking their knife selection would be a big mistake. 

What is the Hedley & Bennett Chef’s Knife? 

Coming in at $115, this isn’t the cheapest knife on the market, but as far as quality chef’s knives go, it’s certainly on the more affordable end of the spectrum. Plus, you get a lot of bang for your buck: Made with three-layer Japanese steel, this ergonomically designed knife is a kitchen workhorse that (if you take care of it) will probably outlast you. If it doesn’t, Hedley & Bennett throws in a lifetime guarantee against “any product failure that falls within intended use.” It’s 8 inches long — pretty standard for a chef’s knife — and the spine is steeply tapered toward the point, which gives you a lot of precision when making delicate cuts. 

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Why I Love the Hedley & Bennett Chef’s Knife

Besides its relatively low price tag, my favorite part of the Hedley & Bennett Chef’s Knife is that it’s super lightweight. Seriously, it feels like you’re holding nothing, which is great when you’re meal-prepping a ton of ingredients or dicing a bunch of veggies for a big stew. It’s also wicked sharp — and while most knives come sharp out of the box, I could have easily shaved my face with this one. There’s also a good range of color choices (I went with Shiso Green) and the blade’s pointy tip is great for detail work. And, with a 4.8-star average rating on the site, I’m not the only one who’s down with the Hedley & Bennett Chef’s Knife. “Great knife, great feel to it,” one reviewer wrote. “Love the light weight. Love the rounded spine. Usually my knives give me calluses or blisters after hours and hours of using it so loving the thoughtfulness on the spine design. Tip is nice and thin. Really sharp, clearly holds its edge. The handle is my favorite, fits to my hand and makes me feel like I’m in control.” 

So, if your go-to kitchen knife has seen better days, there’s no better time to snag the Hedley & Bennett Chef’s Knife, since with backyard BBQs and summer cookouts coming up, you’ll want to make sure your main blade is up to snuff — and with a wicked-sharp edge, an ergonomic feel, and a lifetime warranty, the Hedley & Bennett Chef’s Knife certainly is. 

Buy: Hedley & Bennett 8-Inch Chef’s Knife, $115