Chefs Knife

German-Style Chef's Knife

The high-carbon stainless steel forged chef knife is distinctly German in style, Its spear shaped blade rocks up the front half of the cutting edge to end at a sharp tip, and the bolster is thick to add heft and balance. It has a stylized, rectangular collar, characteristic of the German class knives, and a full tang sandwiched between two form fitted layers of plastic. The blade is deep for uniform dicing and slicing: with all that heavy, rigid steel and a little momentum, it would be difficult to make rough, jagged cuts. Length ranges from 6 to 14 inches in 1-inch increments and is always a matter of personal preference, but the 10-inch blade seems to suit home use while a professional does better with a 12- inch one. This knife is also available in carbon steel and various stainless steel blends; some have full tangs and others rattails encased in hard rubber, plastic, or hardwood.

Chef's Knife


Established more than a century ago by settlers from Germany and Italy with a heritage of making the finest-quality German cutlery, Mundial is now based in Brazil and is one of the biggest producers of professional knives. Over the years, the company has developed into a world-renowned leader in the production of knives, cookware, tableware, and other items. As a premier cutlery maker, Mundial is devoted to providing the most durable knives in the marketplace, as well as the most creative knife designs seen around the world.

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A number of Japanese manufacturers now forge high-carbon stainless-steel knives with full tangs and similarly angulated collars, but these usually have thinner, weaker bolsters.

French-Style Chef's Knife

Long, strong, and weighty, this classic, forged French knife may look like the German model, but it differs subtly. Its rock the easy curve along the cutting edge from heel to tip- graduates to a more triangular shape, which many prefer. The collar design, rounded rather than angular, may have evolved from the time when the collar was capped with a ferrule, a metal ring that strengthened the knife and prevented its wooden handle from splitting This knife has a 10-inch carbon steel blade, but it is also available in stainless and high-carbon stain- less steels with blades that graduate in length from 6 to 14 inches in 1-inch increments.

Stamped Chef's Knife

The blade shape of a 8-inch and 10-inch stainless-steel stamped chef's knife is much the same as its forged French-style counterpart long, wide, and triangular. It is also reputed to be a good value for the money: it performs the same tasks as a more expensive forged knife, and its stainless-steel composition assures as keen an edge as on any blade of similar steel. But there are differences. Stamped blades must be cut from a thin sheet of steel, causing them to be 20 percent lighter than forged blades. Less weight means less leverage, which translates into more exertion for the chef. Sheet steel does, however, have an advantage over the steel used for forging: Because rolled steel is not as rigid as cast steel, any blade produced from it is more flexible and resilient. Stamped blades can also be cut: from carbon and high-carbon stain- less steels-they are always bolster free-and range in length from 12 inches. Many have full tangs, some have three-quarters, and either can be sandwiched or encased in hare rubber, plastic, or hardwood handles.

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Mundial, which has its roots in the German cutlery industry and is now located in Brazil, has been around for more than a century. It has developed to become a global leader in the production of professional knives, as well as pots and pans, tableware, and more. As the top cutlery manufacturer, we take pride in offering the highest standard of long-lasting knives, as well as some of the sharpest knife designs ever seen.