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Every cook deserves a great knife.  Food preparation starts with a knife and great presentation often depends on a quality knife for the perfect cut.  This reviews the top knives for home gourmet chef's.

December 8, 2012
: We started our search with the 2013 Consumer Reports "Buyers Guide."  None were listed so next we checked the January 2013 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.  Again, none were listed in the index!  OK, lets try Amazon.com and see what "the crowd" likes the best since this relies on many to select "best sellers."  We checked this list of Best Sellers in Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories and below is a summary of the top choices.

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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.1 out of 5 stars

We checked Consumer Reports online and found they surveyed models there, but some were not available any more.  Here is a summary of the ones we could find to check against the list above of "Amazon's Best Sellers."
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Score is from Consumer Reports Online Dec. 8, 2012


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Global is a Japanese knife company that produces some very beautiful, yet functional knives. A favorite with professional chefs, the blades are extremely sharp and perfectly balanced. They are made from cromova 18 stainless steel, which holds its edge longer than other steels. The knives are also very lightweight, which reduces hand fatigue. The handles are a metal extension of the blade with dimples for a non-slip grip.

Henckels is a German company.  Henckel five-star knife blades are made from friodur ice-hardened stainless steel. These blades are very sharp and hold their edge for a long time. The handles are ergonomically designed and made from polypropylene for a very comfortable grip.

Kershaw Shun is a Japanese company.  Shun blades are made in the Damascus style with VG-10 super steel which is covered with sixteen layers of high-carbon stainless steel. VG-10 super steel is composed of carbon, chromium, cobalt, manganese, molybdenum, silicon and vanadium. This type of blade has a nonstick quality.

Kyocera High tech blade construction process creates ceramic blades with a Damascus look and a hardness comparable to diamond. Features Kyotop HIP (Hot Isostatic Pressed) blades with greater wear resistance; blades fired under high pressure and temp in a sealed chamber to increase density

MAC Knife, Inc. is an American company in Sacramento, California.  MAC produces some of the sharpest knives around and is recommended by such famous chefs as Charlie Trotter, Thomas Keller, Hubert Keller, and Nobu Matsuhisa. The blades are made of high carbon chrome molybdenum with vanadium. The knives are narrow in the French style, but are light and flexible like some Japanese knives.

Misono (UX10) is produced in Japan. The blades are 440 Molybdenum for long lasting sharpness and ease of sharpening. The handles are comfortable water-resistant wood. A favorite of many professional chefs.

Sabatier knives are made by the 150-year-old French company, Theirs-Issard. The blades are pure carbon steel, which make them softer then most blades. This means the blade is easier to sharpen to a razor sharp edge, but you have to do it more often. Also, 100% carbon steel will oxidize and rust if exposed too much to water. French knives are more narrow than their German counterparts.

Wusthof is a very reputable German company that has been making knives for a very long time. Their knives are thick and heavy in the German style and will stand up to the most brutal punishment in the kitchen. The blades are high carbon stainless-steel which sharpen easily. This is another traditional favorite of professional chefs.

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