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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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|Blade Material Type||Carbon||Stainless steel||Carbon||stainless steel, carbon||Steel||Steel|
|Item Weight||7.84 ounces||0.55 lb||0.7 lb||—||—||—|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Cromova 18 High Carbon Stainless Steel||Steel||Steel|
|Size||8 Inch||8 Inch||8 Inch||7-inch blade||8 Inch||8 Inch|
The Global Knives 8" Chef's Knife is made of CROMOVA 18 stainless steel, which has a chromium content of 18%. 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
Top customer reviews
・Design is great
・Since the blade and handle is completely made as one piece, it’s very easy to wash and therefore hygienic
The design is very cool, so using it makes you feel great! However, it uses molybdenum-vanadium stainless steel for the blade, so the sharpness of the blade is pretty average. If you’re looking to find a knife that can slice through paper, Global knives might not be the one you’d want to buy.
・Uses AUS8 for the blade so it’s amazingly sharp
・The handle’s a D-shape so it’s easier to grip
・The box is kind of lame
It’s made in Seki city in Japan, famous for their knife making skills, so the blade cuts really well. I’ve been using it for the past half a year or so but the sharpness hasn’t really changed. The design is pretty average so if you’re looking to buy a fancy looking knife, Gougiri wouldn’t excite you.
There are pros and cons to both knives so it all depends on what you’re expecting to get from the knife.
Hope my review helps you in your knife purchase decision!
The knife will be supplementing a Chicago Cutlery Chef knife I have been using for about 17 years. That knife held up well and was easy to sharpen.
Time will tell with this one. So far, I can make the following comments:
-It is factory sharp! I used it to cut some vegetables and it did the job as you would expect.
-It's lighter than my Chicago knife. Not sure how I feel about this. I like hefty tools. I'm not subtracting points - this knife is well made and doesn't feel cheap.
-I like the grip. It works.
-The sand in the handle keeps the knife balanced. It's subtle, but a nice touch.
I bought a sharpener recommended by Global. Have not used it yet.
So, yeah - a new knife! I like it and think the price I got it for is a steal!
Do not put these in the dishwasher and dry after use if you want them to stay pristeen. I use plastic blade covers for extra protection as I store mine in a drawer.
Skinny handle-Great for people with smaller hands and it has dimples to increase grip. The handle is straight (it doesn't bulge out and have a little bump on the finger side).
Heel-There is no traditional heel or bolster at the base of the blade and the square corner at the end is still sharp. Because of this you can't use that end of the blade like a blunt instrument to break apart bones or crack nuts etc. However it's sharp so you can use it to get better control when peeling veggies so you don't have to switch to your paring knife for small jobs.
Lightweight-Much lighter than traditional chef knives due to the design for the handle but it is still very well balanced. But if you're used to traditional knives, make sure you hold the Global at least once to get a feel for the weight before buying.
Point-The point is slightly rounded. It shouldn't interfere with cooking at all. It's probably safer if anything because you can't really stab yourself or cause any accidental harm when you are cleaning it.
Sharpness-It comes sharp and it stays sharp for a long time. But how it keeps its edge really depends on how well you maintain it.
OK, it's not the only problem. The second is that my wife loves it too and I need to buy second one for times when we both cook and need to work at the same time. She loves it for all the reasons mentioned above plus the light weight for such a tremendous "cutting power", which is really great for a lady.
I sharpen it using stones myself once every quarter or so. Couple strokes every other day on a ceramic sharpening rod keep them in perfect working condition in home cooking environment. When resharpening on stones I can get them to shaving sharp state. Not AS scary sharp though as when this baby came out of factory - need to up my sharpening skills to get there :)
The knife also cut through my hand equally well (like butter) when I washed it with a sponge incorrectly: wrapping it around the blade.
10/10 would recommend once I can get the bleeding to stop.