Stellar Taiku chef’s knife review
How does the Stellar Taiku cook’s knife fare in the kitchen with our tough chopping and slicing tests? Find out how we rated it in our review.
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Stellar Taiku cook’s knife (20cm)
Pros: modern fusion design, durable edge, precision point, versatile, lifetime warranty
Cons: blade not as precision-sharp as others
Star rating: 4/5
Harts of Stur (£25.50)
Stellar has created a Gyuto-style, ‘East-meets-West’ knife with a shorter, gently curving blade made from European stainless steel.
It feels surprisingly light and has a a slender, Japanese-style ambidextrous handle that’s dishwasher-friendly. Pair this with the durable steel and you have a knife that will last with even casual care.
The long, gentle taper and distinct point of the blade worked well for all regular tasks. It wasn't the sharpest of our winning batch of chef's knifes but held its own, consistently performing above the average, showing a devilishly fine edge in the “paper test”, as well as making light work of tough winter squash flesh and skin.
The blade itself also holds an edge incredibly well, outshining many competitors in our vigorous and sustained longevity test, showing that it'll stay sharp for longer. That's very impressive at this price point.
If you're looking for a Japanese-style blade with the simplicity and comfort that this shape offers, that's not too expensive and has the added benefits of more hard-wearing European stainless steel, then this knife is a winner. A great cheffy buy for a very reasonable price, it's one for the show-off cook in your life.
Comfort & versatility: 4/5
Sharpness & durability: 3.5/5
Value for money: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5
Harts of Stur (£25.50)
Length: 33cm (19cm blade)
Materials: stainless steel, ergonomic polyoxymethylene (POM) handle
Dishwasher safe: yes
Warranty: lifetime (limited)
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