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Jan 25, 2007 11:41 AM

Brands to check out for a heavier chef's knife with a wide blade?

My stepfather has a great chef's knife that bought at Jewel (a grocery store) some years back. On a recent visit home, I used this knife and I was very impressed with it.

It was about 10" long and it had a thick blade. It was fairly heavy and was great for chopping things like potatoes. I have a Santoku knife and while it is very nice, I would like something with more weight.

Do any of you knife connoisseurs have suggestions for brands that I could look into for a similar knife? tia for any suggestions!

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  1. Sabatier Au Carbone makes a 12 inch beast of a chef's knife. Very large (obviosuly) and if you simply move the blade, it practically cuts the food by itself! If that's a bit large, they make a 10 inch too ;-)

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    1. re: HaagenDazs

      Gotta second the Sabatier. Have had my 12 inch chef's knife for 20 years and it is still going strong

      1. re: Cheffrank

        Thirds for Sabatier! My 10" is 40 years old (1963) and a joy to use. I also have a 12" that I use less frequently because it is so large. One caution: I don't know where to try/buy one in the U.S. My source here is through the Cooking Enthusiast catalogue ( 1.800.792.6650 that used to be called Professional Cutlery Direct. They handle two Sabatier lines and my recommendation is for the Sabatier au Carbone, not the mix of stainless-carbon steel. Good luck!

        1. re: Sherri

          I saw them for sale in TJ Maxx for a long time

    2. I still prefer my Wusthof-Trident 10-inch chef's knife (Classic series) to my Wusthof santoku, my 10-inch dimpled Mac chef's knife, and the Global knives I bought about 7 years ago and stopped using about 6 years ago (due to the slick polished metal "holey" handle).

      Stay away from Henckels.

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        1. re: FlavoursGal

          I must ask why the "stay away from Henckels" statement. A company that's been making professional grade cutlery since the 18th century deserves a little elaboration. I own both Wusthof (classic) and Henckels (4 star) they are both great tools.

        2. The ten inch Wusthof-Trident Classic 10 inch extra-wide is my favorite, most often used, knife.

          1. Another vote for Wusthof if heaviness is what you're after.

            1. My favourite small chef's knife is the Lee Valley 'French Housewives Knife', carbon steel, 7 inch blade, and worth much more than the $23 asking price.