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I bought this knife to replace a $15 chef's knife from IKEA that I loved. I figured this knife would be the same quality some they are both the same price and this one got good reviews. To be honest, the IKEA knife was way better in every way. Sharper, more durable edge, more ergonomic.
Not comparing this knife to the other, this one is much better thev ones on your roommates' cheap knife set, so it's worth $15 in that respect. On the other hand, it's just not quite good enough for me to recommend spending a little more on something you like better. I was cutting up sweet potatoes and the knife was struggling with that. The angle and size of the blade made it unweildy and unnatural in small hands as well. It was much larger than I expected it to be, considering I owned an 8" chef's knife before. Backthe IKEA knife, it was cheap ($15-20?) And I didn't really feel the need to upgrade.
As a previous culinary student I can say the Mercer is where it’s at for your blades. This one in particular happened to meet my price point for my budget and I bought it based on previous reviews of someone having to get stitches after misuse of the knife. I’m here to say that this bad boy is SHARP and is here to cut stuff UP. It is an amazing knife at an incredible price. Get it. Period.
We cut tons of kitcheny stuff with this knife and it still works. Sometimes we try to use the old knife to make it feel better, but it sucks at its job and mostly we keep it around to make it look like we have more knives. This purple beast does all the real work. Sorry, other knife. Seriously, it can't even open the mail. Its like a mildly dangerous paperweight now. Oh and this new knife is purple. The old one is wood. Like a wagon wheel. This one might as well be an iPhone by comparison.
My wife got this for me at the start of my culinary training. I don't even know where to start... I am a Culinary student currently enrolled in my next to last semester. I have had this knife since my first culinary class, and will continue to have it for many years to come. This knife is commercially used 5 days a week, for up to 6 hours a day. I then go home and use it there, for dinners, or prepping the food for my family. I have not sharpened it yet, only honed the blade every other day. It still cuts like the first day, no hesitation, no denting tomatoes before it cuts, just clear, precision cuts every time. I had really thought about spending $100's of dollars on my chef's knife, and was prepared to buy a Shuin Japanese Steel, and am glad that I didn't. This knife meets, and exceeds all of my culinary expectations. I love the purple, as it allows from me to always distinguish my knife from any of the other students easily and quickly. The rubberized handle is comfortable, and is perfectly designed to fit all hand types, even mine which are very large. The only "Con" I have is that the Mercer Insignia Washed off with a little scrubbing fairly quickly. I can still see it when I angle my knife to catch the light just right, but honestly, Don't care. Compared to every other knife I have ever owned (Including Henkels and Global) this is by far the best Knife I have in my tool box.
I bought this for our seasonal home, not wanting to overpay, but also wanting a decent knife as I do a lot of cooking. This is A1 on both counts. It feels good in the hand and cuts beautifully. My husband also likes it. The handle feels a bit cheaper than my favorite Chicago Cutlery chef's knife back home, but they unfortunately don't make that model anymore and this is certainly a worthy opponent!
I’m a chef and worked with Mercer before. I have very small hands so this particular knife is the perfect weight and length. I honestly would have a hard time switching knives after using this one. I highly recommend it.
I have been cooking for over 50 years and have used many different brands of knives even ridiculously expensive ones. I have to say the mercer has been the most sharp of all and it stays sharp. I have 4 of them and I am happy with rhem all.
Sharp as anything and I love the handle. The color stands out and makes it easy to discern which knife is mine in the kitchen so it doesn't get confused with anyone else's. The blade is heavy enough to cut cleanly through whatever I need and well-balanced so it's not going everywhere. I only wish it came with a knife guard because traveling with this thing makes me nervous.