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Picky Epicurean Knife Snob Loves this Knife
on January 25, 2014
I have spent way, way more on other knives. I am not a professional chef but I do cook and use one or two knives at least every day. I have large hands. I believe the size and strength of the hand relative to the handle and blade weight mostly determines how a knife will balance in the hand and how much edge control and confidence it can be used with. Lower risks of cutting oneself go with proper fit and experience.
I have a few individual Wuesthof-Trident knives some of which cost over $200 per knife. My favorite other knife is a Wuesthof bread knife from the mid 1980s that is 11" long and I can't find anywhere else.
One day while poking around a kitchen supply store, I got sold on trying one of these Mercer 8" Chef's knives and a couple of paring knives. The kitchen supply salesman gushed about how they were the best knives for commercial and retail kitchens where you have higher end employees, they will be very happy, etc. Despite not wanting to be sold on a new knife, I was a sucker and paid the $35 for the knife.
From that point on, 6 years ago, I haven't gone back. This 8" Mercer "genesis" is perfect for my large hands. It hones really well to take a new edge and keeps the edge through a meal prep. They are super affordable, the total weight is appropriate, the balance is good. Solid place to put a thumb and control the knife well.
I really like this "genesis" rubberized handle, super good grip. Doesn't look cheap, doesn't feel cheap.
Best knife I've ever had and I've been using it daily for six years.
PS: My original of these did not come from Amazon. I have since purchased multiple Mercer Genensis products through amazon (through late 2013) and have had the same experience of quality. However, there's always the chance that a lower quality product will wind up being supplied. I've had that happen multiple times where a product is downgraded by a manufacturer after it gets a good name :\