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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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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
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!
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.Read more ›
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."
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I rec'd this knife as a gift about 9 years ago. Although I have a wide assortment of good knives for specific purposes, none compare with this Global. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Just Ducky
I Love this knife. This is my second global. I owned a Global Santoku before and loved it. This chef's knife is well balanced, good size and nice hard steel that holds an edge. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mylez
Heard about this knife reading Anthony Bourdain's Book, "Kitchen Confidential" (Also recommend). Bought this knife and through all the others in the bin!Published 1 month ago by Chip
Love these knives. Expected to last 1-2 years but it's been 5+.. I just bought a second because the price was too good to pass upPublished 1 month ago by GusMax
Good: Sharp out of the box. Holds a good edge. Attractive knife. I've owned it almost a year now and it hasn't needed to be sharpened, just honed with my steel once in a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Young Benjamin
Absolutely LOVE my new Global knife. The weigh and balance of this thing is almost exquisite! Can't go wrong.Published 1 month ago by Michael Steele
So sharp I cut my hand with this first time out. Slicing like an apple: the blade sort of melted through, and was so quick there was arterial spray on the window. Not kidding. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rob Gordon
This knife is great quality. It was a birthday gift for my husband who loves to cook. It easily cuts through most anything. It washes well in the dishwasher on the top rack. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Temidayo Zendehdel
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