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Rada Cutlery French Chef Knife with Aluminum Handle
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2011
Color Name: Silver
I am a culinary arts professional who works at not one, but two restaurants. The first one being a spiffy fine-dining establishment and the other is a popular corporate chain. I use this knife at BOTH locations because it's unique properties allow me to make cuts I wouldn't ordinarily be able to make with industry standard or boutique knife blades. This knife has a thin blade and is very light. It is also made of very hard steel. Ordinary chef knives that are rented from sharpening houses that are actually similar in cost to this knife while heavier and made of thicker steel will dull in a matter of days. I can use one of these Rada knives for a few weeks(under HEAVY professional use) before I have to send it out to be sharpened. I really enjoy using it for jobs that don't require a heavy knife in which precision and speed matter most.

At the fine dining restaurant, these are the favored knives of choice for almost everything. We have no rental knives and essentially a collection of each other's knife kits there and this knife is reached for way more than anything else we use. At the corporate restaurant, we are supposed to be using only the standard-issue knives that everybody else in the company is using. It is against rules and procedures to use other knives, however; time and time again management has made an exception for us to use these knives because they simply allow our crews to have a leg up and get certain long prep jobs done faster, easier and with much better results than if we had used the company equipment.

So basically this knife is a superb addition to any kitchen. I keep one at home and at the homes of other people if I think I might cook at their house someday. I need something that is not obnoxiously large that can handle any household cutting task and do a fantastic job. Heavier knives have their purpose, but this thin blade really is a winner for doing many, many things. It is rather laughable that people pay $$$ for chef knives for any reason. I'll tell you that most working chefs use cheap rented Chinese knives and those fancy German ones they get when they graduate from chef school just collect in a drawer somewhere never to be used. It's a still a good idea to buy quality if you can. This is a quality tool, but surprisingly affordable.

I will note that the handle allows for a firm grasp. This likely attributes to some of it's precision because it feels like an extension of your hand. It's not a regular rounded handle that most people are used to though. This doesn't require a new learning curve. It's just different. And in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing with this bad boy, it is quite the extraordinary tool. In the hands of a novice, it might just be the best knife you have. Best of all, if using this knife at home and taking care of it properly(honing it, not washing it in the dishwasher, only cutting food), you may never need to have it sharpened more than every few years if that.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
Color Name: Silver
For as long as I've been watching cooking shows, which is about 30 years now, I've longed to cut onions like they do on TV. Just put the onion on its side and chop straight down.

With this knife, my dream has come true. I don't even have to slice back and forth, just press down.

Cutting tomatoes is a breeze. My wife loves this knife too. I bought mine from a Christmas gift show for $15. I've only had it for a few weeks, but I love it. Haven't had to sharpen it yet. Usually my grandmother makes me sharpen her knives frequently. They get dull again after a month or two. I expect this one to stay sharp for quite some time.

The aluminum handle is a bit rough, but I'd get this one again for longevity and someone else said the other style turns his hands black after a few years of use.

Update 2/5/2013: I've had this knife for just over a year now and it's still sharp. I hone it on a steel once a week or so about 5 strokes on each side and the edge stays really nice. I haven't had to sharpen it once. Still cuts very well.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2011
Color Name: Silver
I've had this knife through two full summers of use at a professional kitchen job. It is very easy to sharpen/hone with a decent steel. Cuts on most vegetables are very easy. Meats and larger vegetables/starches require some effort. The knife is very light and does not have the heft necessary to go through very dense food quickly. It still gets the job done, but I wish it had some more weight at the heel and thickness in the spine. Chiffonade and julienne are effortless with proper technique. Overall it is very balanced if you use a pinch grip, I have had no strain issues with the knife unless I am pushing myself to go extremely fast. A minor setback is that when chopping with a rocking motion the front of the knife tends to cut into the cutting board, sometimes making for inefficient cuts.

For the price, you can't beat it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2014
Color Name: Black handleVerified Purchase
I'm willing to admit that I'm a bit of a knife snob. However, this doesn't mean that I only enjoy expensive knives. I genuinely believe that there are some inexpensive knives out there that will work perfectly well for the average home chef. Unfortunately, this knife is not one of them. The price is unbeatable and the blade is extremely sharp but the balance is completely off (in my estimation) and the resin handle is extremely uncomfortable. The grip of the handle is adequate but due to the way that it's molded, it actually has some very sharp edges near the blade which dig into your hand as you cut--and this is exacerbated by the fact that the handle is quite narrow. (I have added two photos to this item, which show the sharp edge of the resin handle.) I should note that I also purchased the Rada Cutlery R129 Chef's Dicer with Aluminum Handle, which I find to be much more comfortable to use--so it's possible that the aluminum handle could bump this chef's knife up an extra star.

Pros: Value; Sharpness; Wide blade

Cons: Uncomfortable (resin) handle; extremely lightweight and somewhat unbalanced; blade is slightly too flexible

All in all, this is not a bad knife for the price but I would recommend opting for the aluminum handle if you're thinking about trying it out for yourself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2014
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
I own almost all the Rada knives, in addition to several "high priced" knives. While the Rada knives definitely offer excellent value, they are not the equal of quality forged knives.
The primary problem is blade thickness. Even when sharp, they are too flexible for many uses. While a flexible boning/filleting knife is fine, a chef's knife or other general-purpose utility/chopping/cutting knife needs to be rigid for functionality and safety. Try breaking down a butternut squash with the heaviest Rada knives and you'll see what a problem this is.
I also do not care for the feel of the aluminum handles. They are rough. They might be OK if you cook with greasy hands since they would not slip easily. Not a big deal but they don't feel like a quality tool. Also, due to the light/short handles and thin blades, the balance of most knives isn't good.
Still for the price of one "good" forged knife, you can buy a set of Rada knives that will let you perform most kitchen tasks. I'd gladly pay double for these knives if they made the blade twice as thick. Oh, and the Rada knife "sharpener" isn't a true sharpener. It replaces a steel for truing an edge, but it is not putting a new edge on a knife like a whetstone.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2012
Color Name: Silver
I have been replacing my wooden handled Chicago Cutlery and really like these knives. They are sharp (and easy to sharpen) and relatively inexpensive. My only complaint is that even though I do not put them in the dishwasher, the finish is starting to come off of the knives that are about 6 years old.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2012
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
So I read the reviews, everyone seemed to really love this knife. I loved that it was "made in the usa", it was affordable and had great reviews. When the knife arrived, I was totally disappointed, it didn't appear very well made (the reason I only gave it 4 stars), it just didn't look finished. The handle had a few sharp spots, it was extremely lightweight, needless to say, I was concerned. We have had the knife a few months now, it has become the favorite in the drawer and is fought over at the prep of nearly every dinner. The sharp edges have worn down, the blade holds a sharp edge and we have all become accustomed to the weight, which is surprisingly well balanced. I am very pleased with it today and have just ordered a couple more pieces to add to my collection.

My only recommendation to you, be sure to get the rada sharpener to go with it, it makes sharpening this knife simple.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2014
Color Name: Black handleVerified Purchase
This is the single most important piece of gear in my kitchen and I use it every day. Uber sharp, and hones well, this guy slides through just about anything. I even give it as a gift sometimes, that's how much I like it. Definitely pick one up if you're in the market.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2012
Color Name: SilverVerified Purchase
I love this knife! Cut easy everything. From chicken bones to slicing tomatoes. Easy to clean. My only complaint is that the handle could be a little slippery if you choose the metal handle. The rubber handle has better grip. And dont forget is made in USA!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2014
Color Name: Black handleVerified Purchase
Wow. I have to be honest; considering the price of this knife I was expecting garbage. I was incredibly, pleasantly surprised. I think the difference must be the level of quality that is Made in U.S.A. If this were a Chinese-made knife at this price point (or even higher) it would have performed terribly. I'm not a chef, but I am an ambitious and zealous home cook who has gone through a variety of blades. The Rada French Chefs knife has a great edge, great weigh (not too heavy, not too light), good handle and grip, good point for some precision cuts, good heel for chopping and dicing, etc.

Not to mention this knife comes with a Lifetime Guarantee. I'm really not sure how Rada is doing it, but however they are keeping their prices so low, their quality so high, and their manufacturing domestic, I wish more companies could pick up on.

If you want a knife that is not a bank-breaking Japanese steel, but is wonderful for everyday use in a wide range of recipe applications, you can't go wrong here. I plan on getting a whole range from Rada, and I'm sure I'll be pleasantly surprised by their quality again.
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