Here are three tips to help you cut to the chase as you choose a chef’s knife.
1. Make sure the blade extends the entire length of the knife, including through the handle. Plastic or wooden handles attached to a metal blade can break over time.
2. Don’t be afraid to cop a feel before you buy. Hold several knives and see what weight and blade length feel best to you.
3. Buy the best knife you can afford. A top of the line chef’s knife can cost upwards of $100, but mid-range knives by lesser-known manufacturers can work just as well — provided they meet the criteria in Tip #1.