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Victorinox Grand Maître 20cm chef’s knife
Pros: robust ergonomic design, durable edge, versatile, lifetime warranty, easy to hone, dishwasher safe
Cons: expensive, heavy
Star rating: 4/5
This chef’s knife, from flagship knife maker Victorinox, feels solid and impressively well engineered. Victorinox makes a variety of chef’s knives, and this has one of the highest specs – and it doesn’t disappoint.
In general, stainless steel doesn’t hold a sharp edge as well carbon steel, but this robust, Swiss-made blade aced our longevity tests and improved precision sharpness after resharpening.
Combine this with a dishwasher-proof polyoxymethylene handle and you have an all-round durable workhorse that won’t need obsessive care and should last, perhaps justifying the higher price tag. And, compared to many artisan makers, the price isn’t too excessive.
This knife performed well in our sharpness tests, cutting thin slices of tomato effortlessly, even when slicing freehand with little pressure. It also made light work of the classic ‘paper test’, and was able to mince an onion with ease.
Perfectly balanced at the bolster, the knife chops and slices fairly comfortably, but the extra weight and slightly cumbersome length may be an issue for some users. It also feels natural when rock chopping.
Classically European in style and with a fluid ergonomic design, this chef’s knife looks modern but keeps an eye towards tradition.
Comfort & versatility: 3.5/5
Sharpness & durability: 4/5
Value for money: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5
Length: 34.5cm (20cm blade)
Materials: stainless steel, ergonomic polyoxymethylene (POM) handle
Dishwasher safe: yes
Warranty: limited lifetime
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