Zwilling J.A. Henckels Christopher Kimball Cook's Knife, 7"

I sat down with the folks at Zwilling J.A. Henckels to design a lighter, easier to use Chef‰۪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‰ÛÓ4 inches deep‰ÛÓor the Japanese Nakiri, which 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‰ÛÓit 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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