Victorinox 8-in Chef’s Knife

Last updated date: November 8, 2019

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Victorinox 8-in Chef’s Knife

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

Update as December 14, 2020:
Checkout The Best Chef Utility Knife for a detailed review of all the top chef utility knives.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 51 expert reviews, the Victorinox 8-in Chef's Knife placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

A TRUSTED FAVORITE Preferred by both home chefs and culinary professionals, the 8″ Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife can handle nearly every kitchen task imaginable. Crafted with a comfortable handle, superior weight and balance, and a razor sharp edge that rarely requires re-sharpening, this knife is an essential tool for every kitchen. KEY FEATURES High-quality, lightweight European steel. Handle design reduces hand and wrist fatigue. Fit for dicing, mincing, chopping, slicing, and shredding. Long, sloping curved blade that “rocks” for effortless mincing and chopping. Flat spine for extra power to slice through hard-skinned items. Non-slip patented Fibrox Pro handle for a secure and comfortable grip no matter the hand size. National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) approved and dishwasher safe. CARE AND USE Be good to your knives and they’ll be good to you. Following these simple guidelines will ensure that you get the longest life out of your knife! CLEANING Victorinox Swiss Army recommends washing all knives by hand. For best results, hand wash your knives with a soapy cloth and dry immediately. While Fibrox Pro knives are dishwasher safe, we recommend hand washing as dishwashers are designed to spray water at a relatively high pressure, which can jostle the silverware and cause the knives to collide, dulling the edge. SHARPENING For optimum performance, knives should be honed after every couple of uses. Proper and frequent use of a honing steel will keep your knives sharper and performing at their best. FORMERLY FORSCHNER In 1937 Victorinox began selling cutlery in America through a Connecticut distributor called R.H. Forschner & Co. A well-known manufacturer of butcher scales, Forschner soon became the exclusive U.S. distributor for Victorinox knives, and was the name by which Victorinox knives were known.

Expert Reviews

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40 expert reviews

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What experts liked

High carbon steel. Conical ground for max sharpness. Ergonomically designed and slip resistant.
- BestReviews
September 1, 2019 | Full review
The carving knife is a great all-rounder from the Victorinox® professional line of knives. They are highly valued by professional chefs and home cooks. They are well balanced and easy to use when slicing, dicing, and cutting meat and sizable items of food and are made of high-carbon stainless-steel for the blade.
- Cookware Judge
This knife features an 8” blade and 2” wide at the handle. Stainless steel blade is hand finished at Victorinox in Switzerland. High carbon made and special tempering process is used to produce an edge which can be resharpened several times again that’s why this knife can keep its original sharpness throughout its entire life of the blade.
- Bob's Outdoor Products
March 31, 2019 | Full review
Further, the blade is manufactured from stainless steel material. Moreover, the 7.9 inches blade is wide and has a thin edge for cutting easily and effectively. Just as importantly, the plastic handle is non-slip and ergonomic even with wet hands.
- Home KuKu
If you want to upgrade but aren’t interested in spending a fortune on just one knife, this one will suit your needs. The high-carbon stainless steel blade goes through a special tempering process that makes it easy to sharpen regularly, so if it gets dull, take it to a knife specialist, and they will sharpen it back up for you.
- Home Reviewed
The Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife is an excellent option for people who want to start cooking regularly but aren’t yet ready to invest a lot of money, offering a solid performance for around $45. Tate agrees that the Victorinox is the best knife for people who are on a budget (although he, like our testers, prefers a wood handle to the Victorinox’s plastic). Brownstein told us that commercial kitchens often order this knife for their line cooks. If you’re looking for low cost but respectable quality, the Victorinox is a good place to start.
August 21, 2019 | Full review
This 8-inch knife features high-carbon stainless steel and a Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) handle so this knife should be hand washed.
- Ultimate Paleo Guide
Giving you the best of both worlds, this chef knife from Victorinox is affordably-priced while providing users superb quality. Thanks to the Stainsteel edge, it cuts like a pro with the user experience no difficulty or inconvenience.
- The Z8
September 2, 2019 | Full review
Versatile and durable, this knife lives up to the Victorinox reputation. It’s ideal for new chefs who want something easy to use. It has a non-slip Fibrox Pro handle, which makes it easy to handle even when wet; as a result, the cutting process is much safer and more efficient than usual. It’s the best chef knife under $50 if you are looking for an expertly-made knife from a reputable brand.
- Best 10 Anything
April 1, 2018 | Full review
It’s a high-carbon stainless steel blade that provides maximum sharpness and edge retention. Practically, that means it’s going to cut better for longer between sharpenings. The handle is textured and slip resistant so it’s easy to hold too. Whether you’re slicing or dicing, this blade is going to feel good in your hand. It’s a great starting point.
- Review Geek
September 21, 2018 | Full review
Easy handling. Each knife features an ergonomic handle made from thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) for a non-slip grip -- even when wet. This exceptional knife is weighted and balanced for easy handling. Knife Dimensions. Blade made out of stainless steel material -- 7. 9 inches in length. Made with dishwasher safe materials for an easy clean.
- Review Finch
The blade is made from a stamped process which basically cuts the blade from thin sheet of steel. It has a half tang which is embedded into ergonomic back handle. The handle is made from TPE which shares a lot of properties and performs like rubber but processes like plastic. The solid design is able to prevent food, grime, and mold from getting into the seams of the knife.
- Kitchen Ultimate
August 25, 2019 | Full review
But for the price of two movie tickets, there isn’t a knife that performs this well or is as widely available (you can find them in most home goods sections). Also, the handle isn’t as aggressively “ergonomic” as many others in this category, making it a bit easier to switch between knife grips.
- Gear Patrol
November 7, 2018 | Full review
It glided through tough tomato skins with precision and delicacy—we were able to get super thin slices without crushing the fruit at all. Ditto for onion. In fact, the blade on this knife has a nice nonstick finish that seemed to repel onions, which stuck to most of the other knife blades we tested.
- Epicurious
April 4, 2019 | Full review
The blade is made of stainless steel and is just a little under 8 inches in length — 7.9 inches. Crafted in Switzerland, this knife is wider and thicker than your usual Japanese knives, which is great for beginners and cooks who need more stability when cutting and chopping. As for the handle, it's made from thermoplastic elastomer and has an ergonomic design which makes the knife not only easy to use for longer periods of time, but dishwasher safe too (although this is not recommended in general, it's still worth noting). Although some would consider a plastic handle a major downside, for regular home cooks, it's more than good enough.
- Kitchenistic
May 20, 2019 | Full review
A chef’s knife is a multipurpose tool that’s a must-have in every kitchen. It’s used for chopping, mincing, and dicing. If you don’t have a slicing knife, you can use this to slice your roast, and the wide blade makes it perfect for smashing garlic before mincing. This knife is made in Switzerland by the same company that makes Swiss army knives. They use a special tempering process that makes it easy to re-sharpen the blade when needed. It has a high-carbon stainless steel blade that is laser-tested to ensure the best cutting edge. The handle design is patented, and has a textured, slip-resistant grip, and an ergonomic design.
- The Spruce Eats
September 18, 2019 | Full review
The Victorinox Fibrox Pro is priced for home chefs, but with an edge that even a professional would covet. It can handle a wide range of tasks with its durable tapered stainless steel edge.
- Heavy
May 17, 2019 | Full review
Unique patented handle material (Fibrox) will provide an excellent grip and prevent sliding.
- Best Advisor
September 20, 2019 | Full review
The Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife looks to balance out some of the features and design choices found in the earlier Swiss Classic blade from the same company. It is a heavier, more durable blade with a harder steel used in its build. To compensate, the handle is less focused on ergonomics and offers more grip to counteract the extra weight. Otherwise, the blades share a certain number of similarities as well, from the overall finish of the blade to the sloping curve found in both.
- How to Home
August 21, 2019 | Full review
The one thing that makes the Victorinox stand out against competition is the stellar performance. Its European steel blade can slice onions, crush garlic, chop herbs and shred cabbage, making it the to-go-to knife whether you’re a beginner or experienced cook. Just go and get this one if you are not a pro at it because it’s not hard to get control over this knife. It provides you firm grip and good cutting in no time!
- Buy The Best 10
Being easier to sharpen than other chef’s knives out there, this one greatly and significantly reduces hand and wrist fatigue due to the clever design. You can even be crushing garlic with the use of this chef’s knife due to the versatility. Added to its other feature is the longer lasting sharp edge that will require less honing and sharpening. The chef’s knife is backed by a lifetime warranty against workmanship and material defects.
- Jen Reviews
Made from a corrosion free blade steel. Extra wide blade rendering useful for beginners who need to master stability. Ergonomic Fibrox Pro handle.
- The Kitchennin
August 30, 2019 | Full review
Can last for several years. Durability is exceptional. Edge sharpness and retention are present. It is very safe to use. Requires less maintenance.
- BBQ Queens
January 13, 2019 | Full review
The Victorinox Forschner 8″ Chef’s Knife is a quality product that is relatively inexpensive. This item excels at all of the tasks involved in the preparation of meats and other foods. Made to handle nearly every kitchen task imaginable, the 8-inch Fibrox Chef’s Knife is able to cut fruits, chop vegetables, or slice meats and never compromise the sharpness of its stainless steel blade.
- Top 10 Geeks
The Victorinox Fibrox straight edge chefs knife is the most affordable knife on this list. While I do recommend that you purchase a higher quality knife that will last almost a lifetime, this knife will do just fine if your budget is limited. For the chef at home who has a tight budget, this is the ideal knife. A huge plus is that the knife is stamped which means you will not have to worry about honing or sharpening it for quite a while.
- Finest Knife
Exceptional quality for a reasonable price. This beloved all-rounder comes with a lifetime guarantee.
- Better Homes & Gardens
The Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife is an 8” blade that can handle a variety of cutting jobs in the kitchen. Constructed of high-carbon stainless steel this professional grade knife is made in Switzerland since 1884.
- Happy Body Formula
The Victorinox line of knives are hands-down the best value you can get for the money in the world of cooking cutlery, built to stand the test of time in professional and home kitchens alike. Though aesthetically they leave a lot to be desired (you won’t be pulling this thing out to impress your friends at a dinner party anytime soon), from a pure utility standpoint they’re nearly impossible to beat.
- Gadget Review
January 1, 2019 | Full review
The Victorinox chef's knife is for professionals. The ergonomic handle and wide blade are easy to grip. The stainless-steel blade is high-carbon material. There’s a three-quarters full tang included, which makes for a sturdy, reliable experience.
- Food Prep Life
December 8, 2018 | Full review
This Fibro Pro chef's knife has been the top choice of both home chefs and professionals alike. Expertly crafted with a tapered stainless steel edge that cuts with ease and efficiency.
- Finderiko
High-carbon stainless steel blade provides maximum sharpness and edge retention.Handle material : Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE)
- Best Cheap Reviews
October 21, 2017 | Full review
It is built for maximum a durability in the home or professional kitchens alike. This knife has a deceptively simple design and aesthetically leaves a lot to be desired, but from a pure utility viewpoint it is unbeatable
- Idea Hacks
The Fibrox handle is easy to keep clean and offers superior grip, even with wet hands. This Chef’s knife can be placed in the dishwasher after use along with your other kitchen utensils.
- Best Chef Kitchen Knives
In keeping with the trend toward dishwasher-friendly options without giving up the strength and reliability of high-carbon steel, Victorinox decided to create this particular knife from a hybrid of stainless steel and high-carbon steel. It will keep its edge much longer than a typical stainless steel knife, but can withstand water and humidity for long periods of time without rusting.
- Cut It Fine
This Fibrox Pro knife, for instance, is a well-built multipurpose model or slicing, mincing, chopping, and dicing. Tempered, well honed, and laser tested for stability, it cutting performance is admirable. Its tapered edge is sharp and dull-proof, while its unique sure grip handle maximizes safety and its ease of control when cutting.
- iExpert 99
The ergonomics is good; It fits in most of the chefs hands. The steel of the handle is also hidden so that the balance is more towards the blade. It doesn’t have an actual bolster, but you can see a look-alike on the handle. It protects the hand, and at the same time, you can hold the close to the blade.
- 10Kitchen
The knife can be used in different modes ranging from chopping to dicing. The knife’s blade is also sharped like razor since it is tested with laser to ensure the quality. The knife edge will also ensure the high performance and durable of the model.
- Economical Chef
Victorinox Fibrox pro Feature a non-slip Fibrox handle to provides a sure grip and easy handling even when wet or greasy, making the knife extremely comfortable to work with for an extended period of time.
- Reviewho
September 21, 2019 | Full review
Razor sharp, laser-tested, tapered knife edge designed to hold a sharp edge longer and ensure maximum cutting performance and durability Ergonomically designed, non-slip Fibrox Pro handle provides a sure grip and easy handling even when wet, making each knife safer and more efficient
- All About Kitchen Knives
Multipurpose chef's knife designed for chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing. The knife is razor sharp, laser-tested, tapered knife edge is ground to form an exacting angle, to hold a sharp edge longer and ensure maximum cutting performance and durability. Ergonomically designed, non-slip Fibrox Pro handle provides a sure grip and easy handling even when wet
- Kitchenette Chef
April 12, 2016 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Some say the blade needs frequent sharpening. Itt's best if a professional does this job.
- BestReviews
September 1, 2019 | Full review
You may have to buy other models for diversity in your cutting accessories
- Home KuKu
Users commented that when compared to their Wusthof, the Victorinox didn’t have the best edge retention thus showing that this knife’s price reflects it’s performance.
- Ultimate Paleo Guide
No extended tang. Thick handle may not work for small hands
- Best 10 Anything
April 1, 2018 | Full review
It has a longer stamped blade which causes the knife to be unbalanced.
- Kitchen Ultimate
August 25, 2019 | Full review
Ultimately, Victorinox’s ultra cheap 8-inch chef’s knife won out, though it too is liable to blade chipping and isn’t the most comfortable to use.
- Gear Patrol
November 7, 2018 | Full review
Knife tip isn't factory sharpened. Serrated version only comes in one size. Some wish it had more clearance for chopping
- Heavy
May 17, 2019 | Full review
Due to a lightweight yet rather big handle, chopping might be a bit difficult.
- Best Advisor
September 20, 2019 | Full review
Can struggle to hold sharpness. Lackluster design for some chefs.
- How to Home
August 21, 2019 | Full review
While not really breaking the deal, the Victorinox 8-Inch Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife does have a few caveats, such as the fact that some people might not like the plastic handle.
- Jen Reviews
No bolster.
- The Kitchennin
August 30, 2019 | Full review
Must be honed after every 1-2 uses. The handle has a good grip, but the upward turn of the handle can be uncomfortable
- Happy Body Formula
Not made with forged steel.. Too flimsy for some
- Idea Hacks
Odd angle of the handle. It’s slightly brittle. Needs frequent sharpening not the best for cutting techniques
- 10Kitchen
Blade needs to be sharpened frequently.
- Reviewho
September 21, 2019 | Full review

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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.

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.

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.