Hands down, one of the most useful tools in your kitchen arsenal is a good chef's knife. No question about it, a good knife is an investment you won't regret.
I prefer a Japanese-style Santoku chef's knife to a standard chef's knife. I like the width in the blade and the overall stoutness. A standard chef's knife always feels a little too long and pointy for me. I have a pretty good one already, but it's what we could afford on a student's budget, so I'm looking to upgrade.
My pick is this beauty by Global.
What's to love?
Razor sharp (of course)
Comfortable handle -- for those marathon chopping sessions, like when you're making a huge batch of soup.
Light. My hand is easily fatigued, so a light knife is a must. The Global Santoku has a hollow handle, making it a total lightweight, in the very best sense.
Looking for a better bargain? Check out this set from Furi. (Yes, it's been branded for Rachael Ray, but Furi makes good knives. I love mine!)
When picking a chef's knife, go somewhere like Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma where they have the knives in house. Ask an associate to let you handle the ones your have your eye on so you can feel it in your hand. Then you can either buy it there or go price shopping online.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite knife or other kitchen tool? Leave a comment!