Best Six-Inch Chef's Knives

Best Six-Inch Chef's Knives

Good chef's knives don't have to be long. Sometimes a shorter knife is better, especially for beginning cooks. A shorter blade gives you more control over the knife, which makes your job in the kitchen easier. And for most basic tasks — like slicing vegetables or chopping fresh herbs — six inches is plenty. Here's a list of the best 6-inch chef's knives.

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    Why do I love Kershaw Shun knives? First of all, I love how they look and how they feel. The D-shaped pakkawood handle is designed to fit snugly into the palm of your hand. The ultra-hard carbon steel needs only the occasional honing to maintain its Samurai-sharp edge. Should the knife ever require sharpening, you can send it to a Kershaw Shun-affiliated sharpener that will restore the knife's special 16° edge for a small fee, and get it back to you within two days.

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    Henckels is one of the world's top knife makers and their Five Star series is the company's high-end offering. This knife features a precision-honed, stainless steel blade and an extra heavy bolster, which makes cutting easier. And yet, despite its weight, this knife is exquisitely balanced, so your hand won't get tired while you're using it. Also, the knife's molded, polypropylene handle is ergonomically designed to be comfortable in either hand.

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    Last but not least, the Wusthof Grand Prix II is another top-of-the-line offering from another world-class knife maker. At this level of quality, it's pointless to say that one knife is better than the other — it really comes down to a matter of taste and comfort. Sharp and easy to maintain, this 6-inch cook's knife features a full ​tang and a slip-resistant handle that'll be gentle on your hands. All in all, an excellent piece of cutlery.