The F&W Test Kitchen tested a selection of steel chefs' knives from around the world, many borrowed from Manhattan's Broadway Panhandler; here's how they performed. —Nicole Cloutier


Lightweight knives with blades that are renowned for keeping their razor-sharp edge longer than other types; especially good for fine dicing and slicing.
Japanese Brands
Global, Shun, Masamoto


Versatile, well-balanced knives that are good for everything from mincing to heavy chopping; generally these knives are good value.
American Brands
LamsonSharp, Dexter-Russell, Chicago Cutlery


Relatively lightweight and narrow-bladed all-purpose knives. The metal collar that separates the blade from the handle is rounded, making it comfortable to grasp.
French Brands
Sabatier, Deglon


Sturdy knives with wide blades that are great for "rock" chopping—rocking the knife back and forth on the cutting board, which many chefs favor.
German Brands
Wüsthof-Trident, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Messermeister