The importance of a good chef's knife cannot be overstated. Professional chefs bring their own knives to work for good reason, avoiding the pain points of dull, low-quality blades and unwieldy handles. High-end kitchen knives (like the kind used by Ina Garten) can cost well over $100. But savvy Amazon shoppers have found an ultra-sharp chef's knife that they say works just as well as pricier models. The best part? It's 25% off right now at just $27.
The 8-inch Paudin Pro Kitchen's Knife has several impressive features that make it easy to maneuver. For starters, it's equipped with German stainless steel with 58 Rockwell hardness. Sharpness is a key quality in any good knife, and this one's razor-sharp blade certainly doesn't disappoint when it comes to edge retention. Its stainless steel construction resists rusting and dulling over time, and reviewers confirm that the knife stays as "sharp as ever" even after a year of regular use.
Of course, one of the best things about cooking is that it's a sensory, tactile experience. This Paudin knife looks the part with its layered steel blade and a balanced, ergonomically-shaped wooden handle that provides enhanced comfort as you mince, slice, and chop. You won't need to worry about this tool slipping while you work.
To buy: Paudin Pro Chef's Knife, $27 (originally $36) at amazon.com
The best-selling chef's knife has more than 2,300 five-star Amazon ratings, with reviewers commenting that it "looks and feels like a sword" in the best way possible. Everyone from professional chefs to first-time cooks are raving about how the knife "slices like a dream," allowing them to swiftly cut chicken, chop vegetables, and mince garlic. Its affordable price is rare in the realm of good-quality kitchen knives and shoppers are taking note, ordering as many of three of them at a time.
"I have a whole kitchen drawer full of various knives, and this is the one I always reach for," one reviewer wrote. "Because this blade has such a smooth, gradual taper from edge to spine, it literally glides through vegetables and meats. The fattest, gnarliest potatoes cut like you are slicing through warm butter. No kidding!"
"Have you ever played Fruit Ninja? Yeah," another reviewer added. "The ergonomics felt like I had a thick laser sword growing out of my arm instead of a hand. As soon as I touched a steak, it was through, and I was sad because the cut was over. I cut that whole slab of meat into dice-sized pieces in 30 seconds flat."
Snag the Paudin Pro Kitchen's Knife before it goes back up to its original price to see why reviewers are calling it an "actual work of art."