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Best bang for your buck! 20 bux, looks good, just the right size for Cindy's use on the line... hell I trim and filet whole salmon, Pismo, chicken, pork, etc with this lil bastard every single day. If sharpened right, she'll hold an edge nicely... and especially considering it was only 20 doll hairs.
My wife likes to collect different types/brands of knives and has quite the collection of different types both from mainstream commercial brands to the more expensive ones. And after using this knife in the kitchen for a few days to slice and cut through vegetables, fruits and even frozen meats she claimed that this is definitely one of the sharpest out of the box knifes she has used for a budget brand. And even I tested the knife using the paper test and it easily sliced through a sheet of paper with clean cuts - something that is just not possible unless the knife's edge is sharp down to a hair. Very impressive indeed.
DESIGN & USING IT - The knife is very well made and balanced and it also comes in a very nice gift box with a plastic sheath for protection. - The wood grain handle feels solid with rivets bolted on to the tang which gives the knife good weight and balance - It is really razor sharp and effortlessly slices through almost anything in your kitchen- vegetables, semi frozen meats , chicken wings, quarters and even paper! right out of the box - The laser etched pattern matches the look a particular type of steel called as Damascus steel used for sword making and by samurais. The patter looks pretty neat and gives the knife a lot of character
CONS - The only con I would mention of this knife is that there is some confusion as to what type of steel it is made of - You see in one place the listing says that its made of German 4116 (also known as X50CrMoV15 ) steel, and in another it says is made of 5CR15MOV steel, which is an Chinese copy of the German X50CrMoV15 steel . - Then again on the knife itself you have X50CrMoV15 stamped on it i.e which is the German version (4116) - At this price point I am more included to believe that it is made of the Chinese version 5CR15MOV steel as its the cheaper replica . This doesn't mean that the 5CR15MOV steel it is made of is bad, in fact it has very similar properties to the German steel and is almost comparable . - However I still take away one star because of the somewhat confusing claim that it is made of German steel (4116/X50CrMoV15)
FINAL THOUGHTS Overall my wife and I both really like this knife mainly because how sharp it is - it easily slices everything you throw at it .. even paper !
KONOLL Chef Knife Professional 8" Kitchen Knife German HC Stainless Steel Meat Vegetables Knives with Gift Box The knife comes packaged in an attractive matte black gift-worthy box. Inside the box, you have the knife in a sleeve that is held in a foam cut out to secure it in the box. I believe this box would be good for long-term storage to keep the knife safe. The knife is a full tang construction and feels fairly sturdy in the hand. There are three rivets in the handle, with the center rivet being a mosaic pin. The blade sleeve/protector is just a hard plastic cover. It's not a very good sheath. The knife itself is a good shape for general purpose cutting. On the main blade it is embossed, vintage stainless steel X50CRMOV15 HRC56+2. I'm not certain what all of those numbers mean, but I'm presuming that it refers to the properties of the stainless itself. in addition to those words being engraved on the blade of the knife, it has what appears to be an acid wash in a Damascus style pattern. This is not a Damascus steel knife. It merely has an etched Damascus pattern. While this is a fairly well-made knife, I'm not 100% certain that it is a professional cook's knife. I'm pretty sure most professional cooks would not use a faux Damascus blade, eschewing that for the real thing.
The KONOLL Chef Knife Professional 8" Kitchen Knife is *sharp* out of the box, sharp enough to shave with. The fit and finish of the knife overall is very good. The blade extends all the way to the end of the handle and the scales might be wood, but could very well be plastic. The scales fit very nicely, leaving no gaps along the tang and the pins are steel on the outside two and a decorative button on the middle one, giving it a nice little bit of bling. The blade itself is labeled as X50CrMoV15 with an HRC56+-2 which gives good edge retention and wear resistance, but still is easy to sharpen. The laser etched "damascene" design on the blade doesn't go all the way up to the edge of the blade, but does continue up to the spine. The effect would be much more convincing and pleasing to the eye if it had continued up to the actual blade edge. Overall, this blade is very nice to use and thin enough for veggies and fruits and sharp enough to use on meats and I am very happy with it.