on June 18, 2003
Based on Chef Tony's recommendations, I put this knife on a Christmas wishlist and was superbly delighted that the Chef knows what he's talking about. The 8-inch Chef's Knife is light, sharp, and versatile. Meats, veggies, fruits, fish don't stand a chance. I recently received another of Chef Tony's suggestions: the Wusthof offset-serrated knife (it's available here for 30-some dollars) and between these two, there's nothing you can't do in the kitchen. Who is Chef Tony? Anthony Bourdain. Go get "Kitchen Confidential" and find out what I'm yammering about :)
on November 20, 2002
This is one of the first global knives I bought. I loved it the first time I held it in my hands. What impressed me most was the perfect balance, the lightweight, and the sharpness. However, what may be perfect for me may not be perfect for you. I'd recommend anyone who is shopping for cutlery to go to a store and try how the knife feels in your hands before buying. And if you can borrow from a friend to try, that's even better.
Having used this knife for several years now, my initial impressions haven't changed. This is still my favorite knife for most tasks. I maintain it regularly with a steel and it is as sharp as it ever was. I have found though that for certain tasks like cutting slits into an onion for dicing or cutting root vegetables, I do prefer a heavier knife (that's why I bought another forged global knife), but that is just personal preference. All in all, a great general purpose kitchen knife.
on March 15, 2013
This is the fourth Global knife I've bought and it won't be the last. I've slowly been replacing my entire collection with global as I haven't found anything else as sharp that holds its edge for as long and that feels as good in the hand. This price is by far the best I've seen anywhere in Canada as well, definitely a great buy.
on April 30, 2013
I gifted this knife to my brother as he was in need of a new chef's knife. First thing he does? Chops the tip of his thumb off. BE CAREFUL AS THIS KNIFE IS SHARP!!! I've used the knife a few times and I'll explain why I like it and why it's a great gift. I found this knife very comfortable to hold. My brother (initially) did not hold the knife properly (pinch grip) so didn't understand why I found it comfortable and he didn't. This knife is also very balanced. Global makes a hollow handle and fills it with a little sand to balance the knife perfectly. I like gifting this knife to people looking to step up from the block set of knives and move onto more professional ones for a few reasons. One, they are very comfortable, sharp and reliable. Two, the alloy they use is dense enough to minimize the number of sharpenings they need but is soft enough not to be brittle (home chefs and students don't often know that a chef's knife is not to be used on bones, frozen items, etc). And three, they are more affordable than some of the other high-end brands but perform just as well. And for the record, my brother's thumb healed very well. There's a superstition with knives stating that a knife doesn't belong to its new owner until it's tasted his/her blood. So my brother has a knife for life now.
on April 29, 2015
Amazing knife. You will not be disappointed. Light. Sharp as He!! and the top edge is slightly rounded just in front of the handle so it doesn't hurt your hand/finger if you are holding it the way you are meant to. We tested several high end brands in stores before deciding on this one and will probably get a few more Global knives over time to build up our collection.
Note - according to the info that came with the knife these are designed for Right handed people. I can't see the difference when looking at it but apparently the blade is sharpened in such a way that it is meant to be used by right handers. The manufacturers info says that Left handed knives are available but be special order.
To be honest, I have tried it in my left hand and can't tell the difference but I am right handed so it wasn't a true test over time chopping a lot of stuff.