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10-Inch Chef's Knife

Our favorite chef’s knife features an 8-inch blade. Can a knife with a larger blade make prepping food easier?
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We've also tested the 8-inch (standard size) and 6-inch versions of this product. You can read our full review of chef's knives with detailed brand comparisons here.

How We Tested

We use our favorite 8-inch chef’s knife, the Victorinox Swiss Army Fibrox Pro 8" Chef's Knife, in the test kitchen all day, every day—mincing, dicing, chopping, and slicing. We've found this size capable of handling a multitude of kitchen tasks while also being comfortable to work with.

However, there are a few cooks in our kitchen who prefer a longer blade, especially when breaking down large cuts of meat or big, tough vegetables such as butternut squash. Could we also recommend the Victorinox Swiss Army Fibrox Pro 10" Chef’s Knife? To find out, we used it to chop onions, slice tomatoes, mince parsley, peel and cube bulbous butternut squash, and break down a whole chicken.

The Pros and Cons of a 10-Inch Blade

Testers liked the overall design of the knife; its rubbery, textured handle was secure and easy to grip (the material is the same as in the 8-inch version), and the knife was razor-sharp right out of the box. Its large blade cut right through tough pieces of butternut squash and easily sliced through chicken bones and joints.

However, the longer blade felt unmanageable and unsafe to some testers. With so much blade to keep track of, testers had trouble using the the knife for tasks that required more dexterity, such as chopping an onion, and found that it took them longer to safely complete such tasks. A few also noted that the 10-inch knife felt too heavy. In the end, every tester who tried the knives preferred the 8-inch Victorinox over the 10-inch version.

Recommended with Reservations: Victorinox Swiss Army Fibrox Pro 10" Chef’s Knife

Ultimately, we still recommend the 8-inch version for all the kitchen tasks of the average home cook. If you’re looking for a longer blade with which to prep large, tough vegetables such as butternut squash or to break down large cuts of meat, we recommend the Victorinox Swiss Army Fibrox Pro 10" Chef’s Knife. It features a sharp blade and a comfortable handle.


Methodology

We tested the 10-inch version of our favorite chef’s knife, using it to slice tomatoes, finely chop onions, mince parsley, peel and cube butternut squash, and break down a whole chicken. We noted how it performed, whether its handle was comfortable to grip, and whether its blade maintained sharpness throughout testing. We also had four different users of varying heights and dominant hands use the knife to chop onions. The price listed is what we paid online.

Rating Criteria

Handle: We looked at whether the handle felt comfortable and secure when breaking down a chicken and slicing a tomato.

Blade Design: We wanted a blade that rocked nicely and a spine that did not dig into our hands. We also wanted a knife that could be used effectively by both right-handed and left-handed users.

Kitchen Tasks: We wanted to be able to safely and easily complete a number of kitchen tasks, whether we were chopping an onion, slicing tomatoes, mincing herbs, cubing butternut squash, or butchering a chicken.

Edge Retention: We evaluated the blade right out of the box and at the end of testing by slicing through sheets of copy paper.

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The Results

Winner
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Design Trifecta 360 Knife Block

$33.31*

Design Trifecta 360 Knife Block

Admittedly expensive, this handsome block certainly seemed to live up to its billing as “the last knife block you ever have to buy.” The heaviest model in our testing, this block was ultrastable, and its durable bamboo exterior was a breeze to clean. Well-placed medium-strength magnets made it easy to attach all our knives, and a rotating base gave us quick access to them. One tiny quibble: The blade of our 12-inch slicing knife stuck out a little

Winner
Recommended

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Winner
Recommended

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Winner
Recommended

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Winner
Recommended

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.