Mac Knife Steel Lightweight Chef Knife, 8-Inch

Last updated: July 10, 2023

You won't have issues cutting through sticky foods when you use this chef's knife, which features specially designed dimples. This No. 1 chef's knife is lightweight and easy to use with an attractive steel blade and solid Pakka wood handle.  Always hand wash this knife, as it could suffer damage from the heat of a dishwasher.

We looked at the top Chef's Knives and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Chef Knife you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: This chef's knife is very lightweight, easy to use and an attractive addition to any kitchen.

In our analysis of 45 expert reviews, the Mac Knife Steel Lightweight Chef Knife, 8-Inch placed 4th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

This 8″ knife is commonly used for home and professional kitchens. The thin blade and bolster allows you to easily cut and slice almost any food. This knife features dimples which help cut foods like apples and squash.

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The MTH-80’s blade shape strikes the perfect middle ground between German and Japanese chef’s knives, curved just enough for rocking but still straight enough for push-pull choppers.
These hybrid knives take hard Japanese steel and forge them to be all-purpose like traditional Western chef’s knives, sharpening both sides of the blade.
The MAC’s granton edge — aka the “dimples” along the side of its blade — are designed to prevent food from sticking to the knife as you chop.

What reviewers didn't like

We understand that the price of the Mac MTH-80 may be offputting for some people. But because it’s made of quality materials, we think it could last a lifetime with proper maintenance.
Beginners may benefit more from the sturdiness that comes from a traditional, German steel chef’s knife.
The MAC is one of the best kitchen knives around, but it comes at a high price. It’s not more expensive than most high-end knives, but if you’re a beginner cook spending over $100 for a kitchen knife might seem like too much.
View our Chef Knife buying guide for in-depth advice and recommendations.

From our partners