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Global G-2 - 8 inch, 20cm Chef's Knife

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  • Lightweight, precisely balanced 8-inch or 20cm chef's knife
  • Blade made of high-tech molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel
  • Edge retains razor sharpness exceptionally well
  • Stainless-steel handle molded for comfort, dimpled for safe grip
  • Lifetime warranty against defects and breakage
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The Global Knives 8" Chef's Knife is made of CROMOVA 18 stainless steel, which has a chromium content of 18 percent. The chromium in the blade adds to its stain resistance, while components such as vanadium and molybdenum help the blade retain its sharp edge over time. Because it is made of a single smooth piece of metal, this knife doesn't have any divots or crevices where food can get trapped, and the long taper stays sharper for longer than a traditional beveled blade would. At 8 inches long, the blade is ideal for cutting large vegetables and meat, or you can use it for chopping herbs, dicing onions, or other common kitchen tasks. You'll love the superior balance of this knife, which is achieved through a unique hollow-handle design that is filled with sand, and the sand shifts as you maneuver the knife to adapt the balance to the position of your hand. Dark dimples on the handle help you keep a steady grip, so you don't have to worry about slips even when the handle is wet, and a finger notch where the blade meets the handle improves safety. The lightweight knife is comfortable enough to let you engage in major chopping jobs without fatiguing your hand, and it comes with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.


High tech from tip to handle, Global knives from Japan created a sensation when they burst onto the world's culinary stage as an alternative to traditional European-style cutlery. Blades are made of hard molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel and "face-ground" with a long taper rather than a short bevel so edges remain sharp longer than even the best high-carbon stainless-steel knives. Edges also are ground at a more acute angle than traditional European-style knives and arrive from the factory razor-sharp. Although Global also makes a "heavyweight" line for cooks who prefer hefty knives, its original knives--of which this 8-inch chef's knife is an example--have thinner blades and are lighter than traditional European-style knives. Global also dispensed with bolsters on its original knives to reduce weight. Balance is achieved by injecting a precise amount of sand for a particular blade style into a hollow handle. To ensure balance is continuous, the sand flows inside the handle as a blade is maneuvered. A finger notch between blade and handle provides safety.

Stainless-steel handles are Global's most striking feature. They're molded to fit the hand and dimpled to resist slipping. Smaller around than many European-style handles, they're easy for small-handed cooks to grasp and seamless for sanitation. Global recommends using a ceramic sharpener or a diamond steel instead of a metal sharpening steel for its knives, supplemented by a synthetic whetstone, a ceramic whetstone, or a Shinkansen sharpener. Global also makes a Sharpening Guide Rail so blades can be honed on a whetstone at the proper angle. Global knives should be hand washed to protect edges. They carry a lifetime warranty against defects and breakage. --Fred Brack

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Product Dimensions 14.7 x 3.5 x 0.9 inches
Item Weight 7.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Department Cookware
Manufacturer Global
ASIN B00005OL44
Item model number G-2
Customer Reviews
4.8 out of 5 stars 429 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #12,213 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#27 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories > Chef's Knives
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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he uses this knife. Hands down, it is the best knife I have ever owned or used. It is expensive, no doubt, but well worth the cost. It holds an edge like no other knife. The grip is comfortable, with a nice balanced feel in the hand. (The notch where the blade meets the handle adds extra versatility.) I've found that when I do need to sharpen it (and this is the only knife I ever reach for) it sharpens with only a couple of passes. Overall, a great knife.

Updated September 2013:

More than 10 years later, this is still the only knife I reach for when I cook. I've never had it professionally sharpened and yet it still only requires a few passes on the steel and it's razor-keen. Despite ten years of ribs and chicken wings, the blade nick-free and cuts everything from tomatoes to water melon to paper-thin roast beef. I'm looking forward to updating this review in 2023!
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So... you want to buy a nice knife for the kitchen, but aren't quite sure what's best? The truth is, there is no "best" knife as everyone hopes for. The idea is finding a knife that feels right in your hand, is sharp, stays sharp, and is easy to re-sharpen and hone.

If you're looking for a heavy knife that uses its own weight to crush through everything in its path, keep looking. Global knives are extremely light. That's the number one complaint I hear from my coworkers as to what they don't like about my knife. But the blade of this knife is very thin and holds an edge better than any other knife I've seen. So when I'm cutting an entire five gallon bucket of carrots for crudités, the knife glides right through the last carrot as smoothly and evenly as it did the first carrot. I rarely ever sharpen this knife, and I use my honing steel once a day at the beginning of my 10-12 hour shift. And despite this, everyone who touches my knife is always amazed by how sharp the blade is. For me, low maintenance is a blessing. Who doesn't love that?

The second complaint I hear a lot is the grip. Many firmly believe that the stylish metal grip becomes slippery when wet or combined with a little grease or fat from the food that is being cut. Sure, that's true. But first off, what knife handle doesn't get slippery when fat or grease is involved. That's what fat and grease does. It makes things slippery. Second, your knife hand should be holding the knife, not the food. If you put the knife down to handle the food, you should be washing your hands. Now dry them off and there's no worries, right? That complaint never made any sense to me.
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We registered for this knife as a wedding gift after many friends recommended Global. I really wanted to like this knife. It's very sharp, holds an edge well, and is an absolute pleasure to hold and use compared to my heavier German knives.

But it's *incredibly* fragile.

I'm not a knife expert, but I know the basics of knife use and care. My cutting surfaces are the proper materials & density. I follow cleaning best practices. I've never sharpened the knife. And yet, after only 3-4 uses, a 2mm piece chipped off the edge while I was cutting an onion. A second piece chipped off a month later, in the same location.

Given the volume of positive reviews for this and other Global knives, I suspect I just got a defective knife. But I've tried for over a year to contact Global and they have never responded. They're based in Japan and have no US contact information; I'm not even sure whether my emails and calls are being received. So much for the "Lifetime warranty against defects and breakage."
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I have been a keen amateur chef for more than 30 years. I was given a full set of Sabatier chef's knives as a wedding present and have been using them since 1970. I had recently decided that 30+ years of sharpening had taken their toll on the Sabatiers and that new knives were called for - but what should I buy?
At heart I am a traditionalist and the appearance of the Global range had put me off them. Fortunately I recently read Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential and noted his ringing endorsement of the Global range. I decided to buy the 8-inch chef's knife to see how I got on with it. I have never looked back!
Despite its rather unconventional look, the knife has excellent ergonomic design. It is well balanced, readily gripped when wet and astoundingly sharp. TMOT, you are unlikely ever to meet a sharper knife. Hold a sheet of paper from the top with one hand out in front of you and then cut downwards with the other - this knife readily cuts the paper without it being tensioned. That is what we mean by a sharp knife.
As noted in the Amazon description, the knife's handle is fairly small. My hand is a medium male hand - about 3.25 inches or 8.5 cm across its back. The knife is an excellent fit for my hand - and could probably accommodate a hand upto 4 inches or 10 cm across the back. However, I have seen some chefs with meaty hands that might find this knife a less than perfect fit. The knife is fairly light - it weighs 5.5 ounces or 160 grammes.
In all I am well satisfied with this purchase and shall go on to replace all my Sabatiers with the Global equivalents. Oh yes - and if you haven't yet read Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential, buy that too - but be careful not to cut yourself when you start laughing thinking about some of the things he has to say about professional cooks...
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