Nowadays, there is a wide assortment of kitchen knives on the market. In fact, we can find so many brands that it is difficult to decide. We have selected six brands that, although perhaps not the best known, stand out for their excellent qualities. Behind these brands, in most cases, we find a small artisan workshop that minutely elaborates each knife. They do not follow the patterns of conventional marketing and mass advertising, but their kitchen knives stand out above the rest.
The 6 best brands of kitchen knives:
Bob Kramer has been manufacturing kitchen knives for more than twenty years, seeking excellence in know-how. Since its beginnings in professional kitchens, Kramer has worked on the perfection of this kind of knife. In fact, he has been one of the few craftsmen masters who have specialized in this type of tool. Today he is one of the 100 masters certified by American Bladesmith and a worldwide reference.
Bob Kramer’s philosophy is simple: to work with the highest quality materials and get a geometry adapted to the actual use. His years of experience in the kitchen have helped him to develop very attractive, functional and high quality knives.
Price: from 300€
As we saw in the previous post, Northmen – formerly John Neeman – offers handmade kitchen knives. This allows them to give a unique and exclusive finish, of great beauty. The manufacturing process is also 100% handmade, even using old tools for its elaboration. For example, in the case of Damascus blades, they exceed 300 layers, more than three times that of those of Japanese tradition.
By contrast, the price of Northmen knives remains expensive, at least for most people. Even so, it is worth remembering that to make one of these knives it is necessary a long craft process that easily lasts several days. If we compare it with the price of other brands in this list, we will see that it is in the same line.
Price: from 180€
Solingen, the kitchen knives of German tradition, is a company committed to new and innovative products, of medium-high quality, at a competitive price. Direct competence from Wüsthof and Henckels, Messermeister knives has a better blade.
Messermeister deserves to be on our list mainly for two reasons. First, because of the sharpening, much higher than the most renowned brands and guarantees us a longer useful cut. Finally, we emphasize the balance of its sizes. Messermeister is situated halfway between Wüsthof and Henckels, covering a wide range of needs.
Price: from 135€
Although Nesmuk kitchen knives are made in Solingen, they are another thing. It is a company that bets on tradition, experience and modernity. According to claim, its design is based on a type of knife that existed 3,500 years ago. Nesmuk has reinterpreted it aesthetically, with an improved blade.
The search for the best quality blade has led to the development of scientific studies to obtain a perfect geometry. The result is a kitchen knife with an unconventional, but accurate, extremely hard blade design. In addition, it has a great balance and resistance to oxidation. As an anecdote, the company Nesmuk is committed to offer free knife service for 30 years after purchasing the knife, so we would only pay the shipment.
Price: desde 390€
The Japanese Global is one of the best-known brands of kitchen knives. They are high-end knives, known for their great lightness and excellent balance. This makes Global an ideal brand for professionals and lovers of cooking.
Global offers a wide assortment of knives, covering all cutting needs. In addition, they are all made in one piece, with a perfect grip on the handle. Working with them is a delight, especially for long journeys.
Price: from 90€
Behind Orchard Steel we find Moriah Cowles, a young artisan from Burlington, Vermont (United States). After a long journey of learning, Moriah is today one of the masters of steel. In her small workshop she forges, sharpens, sculpts and gives shape to kitchen knives of great beauty and elegance. It uses carbon steel 52100 and for the handle she uses wood from its own garden, treated for greater strength.
Price: from 280€.
We finish here our selection of the best brands of kitchen knives. Did you already know any of them? Have you been able to try them? What do you think of their designs?
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