Mercer Cutlery Genesis 8-Inch Chef's Knife

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$40.69
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Mercer Tool Corp.

General Information

For those who take cooking seriously you can finally purchase the cutlery used in 90% of all culinary academies and is favored by professional chefs. The 8 inch Chef's Knife is made of one piece fully forged German Steel with black nonslip girp Santoprene handle offers superior balance, strength and durability.

Details

Binding
Kitchen
EAN
0765301903251
Label
Mercer Tool Corp.
List Price
$57.99
Manufacturer
Mercer Tool Corp.
Product Group
Kitchen
Product Type Name
ABIS_KITCHEN
Publisher
Mercer Tool Corp.
Studio
Mercer Tool Corp.
Title
Mercer Cutlery Genesis 8-Inch Chef's Knife
Feature
Wash by hand; made in Taiwan with European technology and components
UPC
765301903251
Brand
Mercer Tool Corp.
MPN
M20608
Height
13 inches
Length
2 inches
Width
1 inches
Model
M20608

Latest reviews

Value
5.00 star(s)
Performance
4.00 star(s)
Handle
4.00 star(s)
Blade
3.00 star(s)
Pros: VALUE
Cons: likely to be "borrowed"
I think we've all had one of these in our rolls, most from our school days. And, for a very good reason, they were issued because they are safe, reliable, low cost, and competent. I have multiple rolls that I carry, and this is always a component of one of them.

They bear an uncanny likeness to a WustGrandPrix2. They have similar santoprene handles and almost similar blade geometry and are made of the same Krups 4116 steel (X50CrMov15). It is NOT great steel, but it is probably the best in terms of quality vs cost. Santoprene can be sterilized in an autoclave, it is shock absorbing, it does not promote pathogen growth. The ergonomics of the knife as a whole are very very good for someone doing prep for many hours at a time.

In terms of quality, It is very good. Excellent fit and finish. Good ergonomics,  Certainly heard and shoulders above the Victorinox fiberox that people who watch too much TV and not enough time in the kitchen have given so many rave reviews. Compared to that, it's a 5 star. Compared to a Misono, Tamahagane, Masamoto, etc, it's only a 2-3 star. But when you compare how competent it is compared to it's price, it again earns 5 stars. Again, this isn't the greatest knife in the world. It's a great VALUE knife.

I think a lot of people want to rate it low because it was one of the ones we all got in school and most of us think we've out gown it or think we're "too cool" to use it now that we are using artisan knives or we're using Japanese gyutos of VG10, white or  blue steel. Yes those are "better"  than this "school knife" or (other knives made of "german steel"). That should NOT minimize it's basic quality and  outstanding value.

The ONLY downside to this knife is also the trait that is  it's strength. Because it is so ubiquitous, because tens of thousands of cooks were issued them, someone else might pick it up and think it's theirs. But it's so cheap we don't need to worry if it walks away.
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Value
4.00 star(s)
Performance
3.00 star(s)
Handle
2.00 star(s)
Blade
3.00 star(s)
Purchase Date
2010-09-21
Pros: Cuts well, seems to hold an edge fine. Looks professional, has a thick grip.
Cons: Very heavy knife, handle is a little bulky.
This knife was issued to me as part of my starter pack at the California Culinary Academy. I have only been using it for a few weeks, but am already looking for a different knife.

This one cuts just fine, and I do like how thick the grip is, but I don't like how heavy it is. I feel like I'm using an axe the way it's profile takes up space.

Just my opinion. Otherwise, I really like the quality and low price of Mercer's products.

Comments

Reply to Review: VALUE
I really like the genesis series for their value, I have the 7" santoku and plan on getting either this or a 9" or 10" version. A santoku and 8" chefs were new house equipment at the first cooking job I ever had, and although the other house knives were sharpened and honed biweekly by a knife sharpening service, the cooks seemed to fight for and hoard these two quite abit for prep.
 

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