DALSTRONG 6-in Gladiator Utility Knife

Last updated date: November 8, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

DALSTRONG 6-in Gladiator Utility Knife

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 52 expert reviews, the DALSTRONG DALSTRONG 6-in Gladiator Utility Knife placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note November 26, 2019:
Checkout The Best Chef Utility Knife for a detailed review of all the top chef utility knives.

Expert Summarized Score
9.6
1 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
96 user reviews
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What experts liked
When you buy a knife online you often have to take a chance. I took that chance with a Dalstrong knife and keep coming back for more. I love these knives for the usefulness of them and their beauty. Well done Dalstrong, keep up the good work.
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From The Manufacturer

Battle Ready Cutlery. Dalstrong, Dalstrong Chef Knife, Straight Utility Knife, Gladiator Series Battle Ready Cutlery Designed for the tough day-to-day demands of commercial kitchens, the Dalstrong 6" utility knife is an essential tool for peeling, slicing and trimming. The length and width create the perfect size for a multitude of small tasks where more precise cuts are needed, such as trimming broccoli, green beans, or other smaller vegetables. The slight curve to the belly allows for moderate rocking cuts. Preferred by some chef's as a smaller alternative to the chef's knife, and others as a larger paring knife, the 6" utility knife is a master of versatility. The Gladiator Series blade is precision forged from a single piece of imported premium quality, high-carbon ThyssenKrupp German steel, ensuring an ultra sharp edge with excellent wear and stain resistance. Hand sharpened 14-16 degrees per side, the Dalstrong Gladiator Series utility knife is a high performance kitchen workhorse. Featuring a beautiful, ergonomic and ambidextrous imported black pakkawood handle imported from Spain (laminated for extra strength, sanitation and water/stain resistance) the Gladiator Series utility knife is carefully designed for maximum comfort and maneuverability. The knife is as pleasing to hold as it is to look at, featuring a perfectly engineered balance with a satisfying heft and presence. Perfectly weighted to handle both thicker, heavy duty cuts and more delicate detail work. The hand polished bolster adds counter weight and offers finger protection, while the triple rivets (with signature Dalstrong center rivet) in the handle ensures the highest level of strength and robustness. Included is a water and stain resistant, BPA free protective Dalstrong PerfectFit sheath. Included: 6” Gladiator Series Utility Knife PerfectFit Dalstrong Sheath Neatly Packed with Dalstrong’s Renowned Packaging The Art of Steel. FEATURES AND BENEFITS ✓ Precision forged, ultra sharp, wear resistant, single-piece, high carbon ThyssenKrupp German steel at 56+ Rockwell ✓ The edge is painstakingly hand sharpened to 14-16° per side, maintaining the perfect balance between blade sharpness and maximum resilience ✓ Tall blade height gives knuckle clearance to assist with food preparation and chopping activity ✓ Beautiful hand polished satin finish blade ✓ Tapered design for hardness and flexibility ✓ Added chromium for stain resistance ✓ Precisely tempered for added durability ✓Polished spine to facilitate a comfortable pinch grip ✓ Full tang for incredible robustness & quality ✓ Premium quality laminated pakkawood handles imported from Spain, for superior strength, refinement, and beauty. Sanitary build perfect for busy kitchens ✓ Triple riveted for even more durability ✓ Mirror polished, finger protective bolster provides for a perfectly engineered balance with just the right heft ✓ Ergonomic handle shape for maximum comfort, grip and maneuverability ✓ Stainless steel second bolster (end cap) adds counter balance and distinction ✓ Engraved Dalstrong center rivet ✓ Cleans easily for low maintenance ✓ Includes a BPA protective Dalstrong PerfectFit sheath Knives To Build A Career On. A Community Of Chefs To Belong To. Over Seventy-Five Thousand Chefs Have Switched to Dalstrong From executive chefs to home chefs and everyone in between, Dalstrong Chefs are treated like family. Over seventy-five thousand chefs have switched to Dalstrong for our superior quality, unconditional support, and loyal community. It may be cliche, but we truly care about you and the blades and products we painstakingly design and develop. From the tinest packaging detail, to hundreds of hours of design and testing, each knife is a work of love, dedication and expert craftsmanship. We proudly believe we are the fastest growing knife company for a reason. Dalstrong supports you, our chefs, everyday and in every way we can. Your Dalstrong knives work alongside you, day in and day out, making you more effective, creative, and precise in the kitchen; delivering plates you can feel proud to present. These are knives to build a career on, and tens of thousands of professional chefs have done just that. From cooking competitions (Dalstrong supports chefs across the country building their reputation), to charitable events (we donate knives to those in need with culinary aspirations), Dalstrong loves the community, loves chefs, and the men and women who prepare food for us all each and everyday. From the heat of the professional kitchen to a simple meal for one, Dalstrong stands beside you every step of the way. #dalstrong Dalstrong Is Out To Turn An Old Industry On Its Head We love cooking. We love design and craftsmanship. Most of all though, we love bringing a feeling of pure satisfaction to chefs around the world who use our tools day in and day out. Whether you’re a hobbyist or pro, our aim is to enhance the experience of your culinary creation. Dalstrong is the new guy on the block. From a foundation of love and respect for an ancient craft, we layer on modern thinking and methods to create beautiful and innovative knives at far greater value than traditional brands. Don’t just take our word for it; look what others are saying, across the web, social media and in professional kitchens around the country. Our goal is to stir up a stodgy old industry with tools chefs love and trust, at amazing value points and with innovative design and improvements. And as a company, we’re out to build life-long relationships with exceptional products and exceptional attention to your individual needs as a chef and customer. Come cook with us. Like you, we strive for greatness every day.

Overall Product Rankings

DALSTRONG 6-in Shogun Utility Knife
1. DALSTRONG 6-in Shogun Utility Knife
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 1
Mercer Culinary 5-in Forged Utility Knife
2. Mercer Culinary 5-in Forged Utility Knife
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 0
Zelite Infinity 6-in Utility Knife
3. Zelite Infinity 6-in Utility Knife
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 3
PAUDIN 5-in Utility Knife
4. PAUDIN 5-in Utility Knife
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
Home Hero 5-in Utility Knife
5. Home Hero 5-in Utility Knife
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
Zelite Infinity 6-in Utility Knife
6. Zelite Infinity 6-in Utility Knife
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
Kai 6-in Utility Knife
7. Kai 6-in Utility Knife
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 1
Victorinox 5-in Chef’s Knife
8. Victorinox 5-in Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
DALSTRONG 6-in Gladiator Utility Knife
9. DALSTRONG 6-in Gladiator Utility Knife
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
Victorinox 8-in Chef’s Knife
10. Victorinox 8-in Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 40

An Overview On Chef Utility Knives

There’s a saying that says you should always use the right tool for the job, as the right tool will make the job easier and take less time. The saying is as true as ever when it comes to the kitchen and deciding what knife you need to use for each step of your cooking process.

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Whether you are a professional chef who dices up thousands of vegetables every day or a home-chef who simply needs to chop up a handful of things each night for dinner, you’ll find out very fast that a knife too large or too dull will have you in a snit as you fight to prep the food you intend to cook.

One of the handiest prep-work knives that a chef can have in their repertoire is a chef utility knife. A utility knife is one of the smaller knives you’ll find in the kitchen, similar in size to a steak knife, but it will usually be a total workhorse that is picked up for a multitude of tasks.

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Chef utility knives are sometimes called “petty knives,” according to culinary expert Julie Chernoff, the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine.

“The utility knife is generally 5 to 9 inches long and thin,” says Chernoff. “Because it is a more agile knife, with a thinner though still stable blade, it’s excellent as a carving knife, or for peeling, slicing meats and mincing.”

Stainless steel is the primary metal used in the construction of most of the blades you’ll find in a chef utility knife, though sometimes they have small additives that enhance their strength or flexibility. The hardness of the blade has a big impact on how well it can be sharpened, so products like the Mercer Culinary Genesis Forged Utility Knife, 5 Inch take this into account by forging high-carbon stainless steel for their blades which allows them to be something you can count on for many years with regular sharpening. While we’re on the topic, it’s extremely important to keep a chef utility knife very sharp. 

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“A sharp knife is safer than a dull one, so keep your knives sharpened, either with a whetstone, electric or hand-held sharpener, or a honing steel,” says Chernoff.

When trying to decide on which utility knife is best for your kitchen, it’s best to think about how you plan to use it and what features of a knife are the most important to you. If you have larger hands or even just want more of a thick handle to hold onto, an option like Zelite Infinity 6-in Utility Knife could satisfy this need due to having a more robust handle that feels solid in your hands.

Considering how sharp the blade will be on your utility knife, it might make sense to purchase one that has a protective cover that slides over the blade when it’s not in use. The DALSTRONG 6-in Shogun Utility Knife is another 6-inch blade in our lineup that includes a protective cover that helps the beautifully forged blade stay sharp while also protecting you from inadvertent cuts and slices on your hands.

The length of the blade will have an impact on how you use your chef utility knife. The difference between a 5-inch blade and a 6-inch blade may seem small, but it’s not trivial. The 20% increase in length that makes the 6-inch blade means that it will be heavier and allow for longer slicing motions, while the smaller 5-inch blade will have you making precision cuts with slightly higher detail and accuracy.

Full-tang construction is what you want to find in a utility knife. Full-tang means that the metal from the blade extends as one solid piece all the way through to the bottom of the handle. This is a largely western-style of knife handles and it provides some of the sturdiest and most durable constructions because the handle will never fall off of the knife.

As you head into shopping for the right utility knife for you and your kitchen, keep in mind when you’ll be using it as well. Having a beautiful knife in your hand, like the PAUDIN 5-in Utility Knife, with its rustic wooden handle and elaborate blade, can have people impressed with your cooking abilities before they even taste your food. When making a purchase that will last many years, which this utility knife should easily do with proper care, some of us like to know it will look nice and fit into our kitchen aesthetics. If that’s not a priority to you, that’s great too, just make sure you take into consideration all the factors that go into this new knife and you’ll be well on your way to finding the best product for you.

DWYM Fun Fact

Kitchen utility knives were not originally a specific style of knife, rather the utility knife came about to fill a gap between a small paring knife and a larger chef’s knife. While it can do a lot of precise work that a larger chef’s knife can do, it won’t do it as well as the smaller paring knife. Similarly, it can slice through things much bigger than what the smaller paring knife can do, but it might be a little light or short for some of the beefier tasks that the larger chef’s knife can do. Basically the utility knife was designed to make sure you actually do have the right knife for any job.

The Chef Utility Knife Buying Guide

  • Hand-wash your sharp kitchen knives to maintain their sharp edge and finish. The jetting force of the water can dull a blade and if the knife starts moving around it can hit other items in the dishwasher and potentially damage them.
  • Keep your utility knife sharp by using proper sharpening methods that can be found online. A sharp knife does its job well, while a dull knife fights against you and creates potential problems as you use it.
  • If you end up loving your new chef utility knife, look at the same brand to fill in any needs for other knives. You can build a set of high-quality knives one at a time until you have the full, matching set.