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Who has the best chef’s knife? Find out in this head-to-head matchup!

We Tested the Favorite Knives of Ina Garten, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, and Ree Drummond. Here’s the One We Liked Best.

A good knife is the equivalent of a home cook’s right (or left) hand, which is why it’s so important to find one you really, really, really love. But buying a knife is a little like buying a car — a lot comes down to personal preference. Because there are so many to choose from, we tracked down the favorite knives from four of our favorite cooks and took them on a test drive of sorts to determine the best of the best.

Methodology: To even the playing field, we started by slicing the same exact thing with each knife to get a feel for the grip, weightiness, and sharpness. We chose onions, and yes, reader, we cried. A lot. When we were done crying, we used the knives for other random chopping tasks throughout the week.

Let’s take a look.

Ina Garten and chef knife

(Image Credit: Joe Lingeman)

Ina’s Favorite: Wüsthof Classic 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

When we interviewed Ina Garten during her Cook Like a Pro book tour last fall, she revealed that the number one tool that every single home cook needs is a “good knife.” Of course, there are lots of “good” knives out there. Ina’s favorite? The knives in the Wüsthof Classic line.

“They’re what I use. They’re pretty expensive, but they last a lifetime. That’s why I say, ask for one as a gift or buy one at a time,” Ina told us, admitting that they’re a bit of an investment — but totally worth it.

The German-made chef’s knife is forged from high-carbon steel that’s meant to help prevent rust and stains. It’s also “full tang,” which is a fancy way of saying that the metal blade runs all the way through the very end of the handle. Simply put, this knife is meant to stand up to even the strongest watermelon or butternut squash.


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