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Kitchen Knives Rating Sources

Total of 19 Sources
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Kitchen Knives Ratings
by Editors of
Our tests 47 kitchen knife sets, for cutting performance, handle comfort and handle balance. Eight are recommended, and one set is also designated as a Best Buy. The report includes a buying guide and some of the knives have consumer reviews as well.
2. Cook's Illustrated
September/October 2013
Chef's Knives
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentEditors of Cook's Illustrated test 10 chef's knives for handle comfort, blade design, various kitchen tasks and edge retention. One is highly recommended; two are recommended, one is recommended with reservations, and six are not recommended.
3. Cook's Illustrated
Jan. 1, 2011
Paring Knives
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentEditors of Cook's Illustrated test 10 paring knives for cutting, peeling, precision and edge retention. Three are highly recommended, with one being named a best buy as well; three are recommended and four are recommended with reservations.
4. Cook's Illustrated
March 1, 2008
Serrated Knives
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentEditors of Cook's Illustrated test 11 serrated knives, using both right- and left-handed testers, on bread, tomatoes, sandwiches, cake and sticky dough. Two knives are highly recommended, with one being named a best buy as well; four are recommended with reservations and five are not recommended. Although this is an older review, Cook's Illustrated constantly reviews content for changes, updating reviews accordingly.
5. Cook's Illustrated
Nov.1, 2011
Knife Block Sets
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentEditors of Cook's Illustrated put together two a la carte knife sets -- based upon their recommendations of the best commonly used knives -- and eight pre-selected knife sets, sold along with a storage block by the manufacturer. The editors test every knife over several days performing a variety of tasks to make their recommendations.
6. Cook's Illustrated
May 1, 2007
Steak Knives
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentEditors of Cook's Illustrated test six sets of steak knives, testing each for performance. It's an uncharacteristically brief review, and it's not clear how the knives were tested. One is highly recommended, one is recommended, two are recommended with reservations and two are not recommended. This is an older review, but it is still relevant.
7. Cooking for Engineers
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Chef's Knives Rated
by Michael Chu
Our AssessmentMichael Chu puts 11 knives through rigorous testing, cutting carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and scallions. Each knife gets a thorough review, and he comments on other factors as well, such as weight, shape and comfort. He also asked other testers to try the knives to bolster his conclusions.
8. Cooking for Engineers
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Ceramic Chef's Knives Rated
by Jordan Milford
Our AssessmentJordan Milford followed the same procedures Michael Chu used in his test of steel chef's knives to test seven ceramic test knives. He also added a steel knife as a control. He rates each knife as Excellent, Serviceable or Unacceptable, in addition to rankings based upon cutting performance. He notes that he does not take into account cost, handle shape or weight.
Sept. 17, 2013
The Best Chef's Knife for Most Cooks
by Michael Zhao
Our AssessmentThis review was originally written on July 18, 2012 and was updated in September 2013 with additional research. It does not seem to include any testing, rather, it's based upon extensive research, but Michael Zhao compares quite a few knives to his ultimate winner, the Victorinox Fibrox 8-inch Chef's Knife.
March 24, 2014
The Best Paring Knife
by Lesley Stockton
Our AssessmentIn this thorough review, Lesley Stockton, an experienced cook and researcher, put in more than 30 hours of research and testing of eight popular paring knives. She consults experts, looks at roundups and reviews, and tests the knives herself as well. In her roundup, she only included knives that she felt were appropriate for the home chef, not unreasonably priced and not high-maintenance.
June 21, 2013
The Best Knife Set (Though We Prefer Piecemeal)
by Christine Cyr Clisset
Our AssessmentChristine Cyr Clisset tests four knife sets, after narrowing them down through research and popularity in reviews. She puts the through their paces in various kitchen tasks, ultimately choosing the Wusthof Classic 8-Piece Deluxe Knife Set. She also recommends a budget pick and alternatives for different included knives.
Feb. 26, 2014
The Best Steak Knife Set
by Christine Cyr Clisset
Our AssessmentChristine Cyr Clisset, an experienced cook and author, researches and tests a 10 steak knife sets for fit feel and performance. She first narrows them done through research and examining reviews and professional tests and expert roundups. She also interviews expert chefs for their input. She also includes a discussion of alternatives to knife sets.
June 27, 2014
The Best Chef's Knife
by Shane Roberts
Our frequently polls its readers for their recommendation of the most commonly used household items, and they often get hundreds or thousands of responses. In this case, the poll question was on what their readers thought were the best chef's knives. Editors called the results one of the closest votes they ever had, with the Victorinox Fibrox coming in a very close second to the Wusthof Classic.
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Buying the Basics: 5 Terrific Chef's Knives
by Editors of
Our AssessmentSeveral editors at weigh in on their favorite chef's knives, calling it a starting point for anyone who might be looking. Each of the five chosen knives gets a brief overview of why it's a favorite. All five knives are among the most popular with users and reviewers.
As of September 2014
Kitchen Knives
by Contributors to
Our has hundreds of kitchen knives in all models and price ranges. It is an excellent source for real world reviews of kitchen knives over the long-term, especially to judge edge retention and sharpening experiences. It's also a great way to learn how well the kitchen knives perform in real-world use. The top-rated knives get hundreds, some thousands, of customer reviews.
As of September 2014
by Contributors to
Our has fewer knives and many fewer reviews than, but it still has a sufficient selection to make it worthwhile as a review site. In addition to ratings, reviewers have the option to recommend a product, and to indicate if they think it's a good value. Separately on the site, editors list top-rated products in each category based upon top reviews.
17. Good Housekeeping
April 17, 2011
Ceramic Knives: Do They Make the Cut?
by Sharon Franke
Our AssessmentSharon Franke is the director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute's Kitchen Appliances & Technology Department and in this informative article she weighs in on her experience with ceramic knives in her own kitchen. She does not specifically review any knives, but she explains the basics of using and caring for ceramic knives.
Jan. 10, 2013
The Minimum Viable Kitchen
by Matt Maroon
Our AssessmentSelf-described "foodie" Matt Maroon assembles of list of products that he feels are the minimum necessary to create gourmet food. This includes a chef's knife and paring knife, and he makes specific recommendations. He also notes that many people like a bread knife, but he doesn't name a brand.
Dec. 4, 2013
Equipment: The Best Chef's Knives
by J. Kenji López-Alt
Our AssessmentThis thorough review includes some of the most high-end, priciest knives on the market. He chooses the Wusthof Classic 8 or 10 inch chef's knife as the best "Classic Western-Style Chef's Knives." There are no affordable, non-German, non-Japanese knives included in this roundup, an omission that quite a few commenters take the author to task for.

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