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Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Inch Forged Chef's Knife
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- Ergonomic Santoprene handle offers superior comfort and a non-slip grip, even with wet hands. Will not break down from exposure to kitchen oils and is able to withstand hot and cold temperatures
- High carbon, no-stain German X50 Cr Mo V15 cutlery steel resists rust, corrosion, and discoloration
- Precision forged construction for better strength and durability with a full tang that runs the entire length of the handle for superior balance
- Taper-ground edge allows for added stability, easy honing, long lasting sharpness, and increased efficiency when cutting and chopping
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
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One of the handiest knives in the Genesis collection, this 6-inch chef's knife chops veggies, meats, and herbs with less weight and greater maneuverability than larger chef's models. A complement to the Genesis full-size chef's, carving, and santoku knives, the piece is made in Taiwan using European components and technology. It should be washed by hand for best results and carries Mercer's one-year warranty. --Emily Bedard
From the Manufacturer
A perfect blend of modern technology and classic craftsmanship.
Precision forged German steel.
High carbon, no-stain German cutlery steel resists rust, corrosion, and discoloration. Precision forged construction for better strength and durability. Taper-ground edge allows for added stability, easy honing, long lasting sharpness, and increased efficiency when cutting and chopping.
Ergonomic Santoprene handles.
Ergonomic Santoprene handle offers superior comfort and a non-slip grip, even with wet hands. Will not break down from exposure to kitchen oils and is able to withstand hot and cold temperatures. Bolster strengthens the knife, adds durability, and provides excellent balance for better handling when cutting food. Also available with a short bolster.
NSF is a global provider of public health and safety-based risk management solutions. It's a highly respected independent organization that has rigorously tested and certified that Mercer Genesis knives have met their standard for safety, quality, and performance.
Care and handling of Genesis cutlery.
The performance of a knife can be diminished if not cared for properly.
Cutlery should never be washed in a dishwasher because intense heat and harsh detergents may cause the handle to deteriorate. Carefully wash by hand with soap and warm water, rinse and dry with a soft towel. Do not soak or submerge in water for long periods of time or use chlorine bleach because it can pit and discolor the blade. Avoid soaking in aluminum or stainless steel sinks because these metals may cause pitting on the blade.
Store in a cutlery block or sheath to preserve the cutting edges and prevent injuries.
A brand you can trust.
Mercer is synonymous with high quality professional cutlery. A leader in the food industry for more than thirty years and the predominant supplier to more than 90% of culinary academies in North America, Mercer manufactures a wide variety of precision culinary tools that are crafted to exceed the demands of professional chefs. Exceptional quality materials, unique design, and dedicated craftsmanship makes Mercer the first choice for kitchen professionals and food enthusiasts.
Top Customer Reviews
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 :\
I'm not disappointed- this paring knife lives up to the reputation that the chef's knife has, and in some ways, stands out from the pack even more. The non-slip grip is really useful on a paring knife, and so is the relatively large grip. Makes for quite a bit of controllability and comfort.
My next kitchen knife purchase will likely be Mercer Genesis.
How To Use A Knife Sharpening Steel
Using a knife steel, also called a sharpening steel or honing steel, helps smooth out that roughness, leaving a nice, straight edge.
With your left hand (or your right hand if you're left-handed), hold the sharpening steel point-down, with its tip resting firmly on a dry cutting board -- as if it were a large nail you were about to hammer into the board.
With your other hand, hold the knife crossways against the steel with the back of the blade (the part nearest the handle) touching the steel. You're going to be pulling the knife backward, toward you, so you want to start with most of the blade in front of the steel.
Tilt the knife so that its cutting edge meets the shaft of the sharpening steel at a 22½-degree angle. Don't have a protractor handy? That's OK! Remember that 90 degrees is a right angle, and 45 degrees is half of that. So 22½ degrees is just half of that. You can pretty much eyeball it.
Now, maintaining this 22½-degree angle, gently pull the blade toward you while simultaneously gliding it downward along the shaft of the steel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a Christmas present for my son who is in Culinary school studying to be a Chef! He is awesome! and he says Mercer Cutlery products are awesome!Published 2 days ago by Julia Zazenski
Comes a tad dull out of the box, easily fixed with a sharpener.
DO NOT use on a glass cutting board or other hard cutting surface you will put a nic in the blade, also if you... Read more
The best paring knife in my kitchen! Really stays sharp and requires only a minimum of periodic sharpening.Published 3 days ago by m9777
WOW! This knife is SHARP! Feels great in your hand. Looks nice too! If you're looking for a good paring knife on a budget, and don't want to go with the Victorinox, buy this.Published 3 days ago by Kenton
Cannot say enough about this knife. Have been wanting a good sharp Chefs knife for a long time and when I look at them all, i because more confused than ever based on the wide... Read morePublished 5 days ago by jvg
I bought this to replace a cheapo stamped blade henckels i paid all of $4 for, what a difference, this knife actual feels solid in my hand, the blade is longer and it actually has... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Marites Inocencio
The best knife I've ever owned! Great quality and nice non slip grip coating.Published 7 days ago by LolaBijou
Believe the hype - this knife makes me feel like a proper professional chef! I've tried Ginsu, Victorinox, Wusthof, and Henckels, but this is truly the "Baby Bear knife"... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Esmond Chiou
Nicely weighted so feels comfortable in hand. First one I purchased rusted right away but I did purchase another one which has not rusted. Very sharp and easy to work with. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Buyer