Henckels International Classic Christopher Kimball Edition 7-Inch Chef’s Knife

I sat down with the folks at Zwilling J.A. Henckels to design a lighter, easier to use hef's knife that would be perfect for someone who is not a professional in the kitchen. The blade is 7 inches, not 8. It weighs a bit over 6 ounces, not 10. It has a deeper blade, a huge advantage that makes it easier to rest the flat side of the blade against the knuckles while slicing, which substantially improves comfort and safety. In fact, this is a cross between an Asian-style knife (a Chinese cleaver is 4 inches deep or a Japanese nakiri is about 2 inches deep) and the classic European chef's knife. The heel of the blade is scalloped, which means there is room to bring up your fingers for a good grip on the blade for close-up work. It also feels like a knife that you can handle, which won't get away from you like a 20-inch chainsaw or a 12-cylinder sports car. It has enough power to do the job, but it's not overwhelming.

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