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Zwilling pro chef’s knife (20cm)
Pros: modern ergonomic design, precision point, versatile, lifetime warranty, sharpens well,
Cons: less durable edge, expensive, heavy
Star rating: 4/5
While not quite perfectly balanced due to a slight front lean, this robustly engineered knife feels great in the hand when chopping and slicing.
It takes the bare essentials of a European knife and modernises it with a high pointed tip, sleek, almost aerodynamic shape at the bolster and a robust handle that encourages a comfortable 'pinch grip' style of chopping.
The mix of carbon and stainless steel increases its erosion resistance and adds strength (the steel had a Rockwell hardness rating of 57).
The intricate engineering process, which involves "FRIODUR ice-hardening" (tempering to increase flexibility and erosion resistance) and "SIGMAFORGE precision forging" (only heated at the bolster to protect the blade) – was evident in the feel and versatilily of the blade as it breezed through our challenges.
This was one of the more expensive knives in our test, but it impressed in almost every area. At just over £100, it's an investment buy that feels premium.
Longevity of the edge was the only issue we encountered, but that is compensated for by the fact the blade resharpens so effortlessly.
If you're looking to spend a chunk of money on a knife to last you for years to come and are willing to maintain it with some considered care, this will do the work without complaint. For the price, it's certainly worth its weight.
Comfort & versatility: 4.5/5
Sharpness & durability: 4/5
Value for money: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5
Length: 32.5cm (20cm blade)
Materials: hybrid carbon and chromium (stainless) steel, plastic handle
Dishwasher safe: yes (hand washing recommended)
Warranty: Lifetime (limited)
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