Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife Review

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Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife Review
Bottom Line

The Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife comes out either on top or a close second in most of the tests and comparison reviews we've seen -- both old and new. It gets almost universal acclaim for a sharp blade that's easy to maintain; precision cutting, a comfortable handle and an extremely low price when compared to similarly performing knives. The company has a well-established and well-regarded reputation for cutlery, and has been the maker of the iconic Swiss army knife for well over 100 years.

ProsTough, rust-resistant material, Maintains edge well; easy to re-sharpen, Comfortable, sturdy handle, Dishwasher-safe, Lifetime warrantyConsToo flimsy for some

Breaking it down

Performance

Top performer across the board. The blade of the Victorinox Fibrox 8-inch Chef's Knife is sharpened to 15 degrees. That results in a very thin edge that performs very well in tough tasks like breaking open a thick-skinned squash, but the knife gets equally good reviews for trickier, more delicate tasks like slicing or dicing onions without turning them to mush or leaving partially cut sections. Several expert reviewers say this knife, along with a paring knife and bread knife, are all that you'll ever need in your kitchen. It stays sharp, too, say reviewers, although if you use it a lot it will need to be honed every few days and sharpened every two or three months.

Construction and care

Sturdy, durable and dishwasher safe. Made from stamped, high carbon stainless steel, most reviewers agree that the blade of the Victorinox Fibrox is sturdy and durable. There are a few dissenters who say the thin blade feels flimsy, especially compared to pricier chef's knives. The handle is described as "bumpy and grippy" and reviewers say that it feels secure in your hand and is comfortable for a variety of hand sizes and grips. It also comes in 10-inch (Est. $38) and 6-inch (Est. $27) sizes. All sizes are equally well-reviewed, but the 8-inch knife will be the one that fits most hands; if your hands are unusually large or small, you may prefer a different size. The knives are dishwasher safe, but most reviewers do not recommend putting them in the dishwasher. This chef's knife comes with a lifetime warranty, so in the rare event that you break the knife, it's covered.

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Our Sources

1. Cook's Illustrated

Chef's Knives, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, September/October 2013

Editors of Cook's Illustrated test 10 chef's knives, including the Victorinox 8" Fibrox Chef's Knife. The handle comfort, blade design, performance at various kitchen tasks and edge retention are evaluated.

2. Lifehacker.com

Don't Buy Expensive Knife Sets: These Four Knives Are All You Need, Alan Henry, April 20, 2015

In this article discussing the knives that should be everyone's kitchen essentials, Alan Henry recommend the Victorinox Fibrox 8-inch chef's knife as one that, "punches way above its weight." He also recommends the 10-inch Victorinox Chef's Knife.

3. GearPatrol.com

Prime Cut: 6 Best Chef's Knives, Matthew Ankeny, Not Dated

The Victorinox Classic 8-inch chef's knife is the top recommendation in this roundup of the best chef's knife. The Classic is identical to the Fibrox, just with a slightly different handle; the blades are the same.

4. Cooking for Engineers

Chef's Knives Rated, Michael Chu, Not Dated

Michael Chu puts 11 knives through rigorous testing, cutting carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and scallions. The MAC MTH-80 is rated the top knife, but the Victorinox Fibrox 10-in. Chef's Knife does almost as well in his tests and he names it the Best Value.

5. Priceonomics.com

The Minimum Viable Kitchen, Matt Maroon, Jan. 10, 2013

Self-described "foodie" Matt Maroon assembles of list of products that he feels are the minimum necessary to create gourmet food. His choice of chef's knives is the Victorinox Fibrox, which he says is as sharp as much pricier knives and holds a good edge. He notes the handle seems cheap-feeling, but says it's also durable and inexpensive to replace.

6. TheKitchn.com

Buying the Basics: 5 Terrific Chef's Knives, Editors of TheKitchn.com, Not Dated

The Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife is the top choice in this editor round up of the best five chef's knives. Executive editor Faith Durand says the 8-inch model is a good size, but that any of the Victorinox Fibrox knives are a great deal.

7. Amazon.com

Victorinox Swiss Army 8-Inch Fibrox Straight Edge Chef's Knife, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2015

The Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife is one of the top-rated knives on Amazon.com. In more than 3,655 reviews, it receives an overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5. Owners say it's a great knife; sharp, easy to use, sturdy and comfortable. A small minority says it's too lightweight or doesn't hold an edge long enough.

8. ChefsCatalog.com

Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife , Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com, As of December 2015

In more than 60 reviews, the Victorinox 8-inch Chef's Knife earns another 4.8-star rating. In addition, all but one would recommend the knife. Owners agree that it's an excellent knife for the price, sharp and easy to keep that way.