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#10
Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife
#9
Mercer Culinary Renaissance 8-Inch Forged Chef's Knife
#8
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife

The best knife you can buy for under $50. From the makers of the Original Swiss Army Knife, the Victorinox knife  is perfect for a first professional knife or for an aspiring chef at home on a budget.

Blade Material: Carbon
Color: Silver
Weight: 7.84 Ounces
Length: 8 Inches
Material Type: Stainless Steel

The Mercer knife set is one that many new cooks and chefs choose to get started, and the 8" blade is the linchpin of the set. This knife stays sharp, is easy to maintain and is priced affordably.

Blade Material: Carbon
Color: Silver
Weight: 7.84 Ounces
Length: 8 Inches
Material Type: Stainless Steel

Every professional kitchen in America has at least one Henckels knife, and for good reason. This knife will last forever, stay sharp for a long time and is priced below $100. 

Blade Material: Carbon
Color: Silver
Weight: 7.84 Ounces
Length: 8 Inches
Material Type: Stainless Steel

#5
Global G-2 - 8 inch, 20cm Chef's Knife


#6
Okami 8 Inch Chef's Knife, VG10 Damascus Kitchen Knives Steel
#7
Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook's Knife

My first ever knife, the Global series holds a special place in my heart. This is a heavy duty, workhorse knife priced around $150. I wouldn't reccomend this for someone looking to do precision work, but if you need a horse of a work knife I can't reccommend a better knife than the Global.

Blade Material: Stainless Steel
Color: Silver
Weight: 7.9 Ounces
Length: 8 Inches

Now we're getting to the good stuff, The Okami is designed to be a lighter knife with a little more finess than a Wusthof or Henckels knife, but is in the same price bracket at just under $100. The wooden handle helps differentiate this knife from a crowded field at this price point
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Blade Material: Alloy
Handle Color: Dark Wood
Weight: 6.98 Ounces
Length: 8 Inches

This knife is almost identical in every way to its Henckels competitor 8" blade. Many people prefer the grip on this knife, which is why it gets the slight edge coming in at #7.



Blade Material: Carbon
Color: Silver
Weight: 7.84 Ounces
Length: 8 Inches



#2
Shun DM0706 Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife


#4
ZELITE INFINITY Chef Knife 8 Inch 
#3
Messermeister Meridian Elite Kullenschliff Chef's Knife, 8-Inch
My recent purchase of "Zelly" has been one of my favorites to date, this thing is freakishly sharp, but you will need to maintain it well to keep it that way. The grip is pretty average, but it easily makes up for it in style points making this a top 5 knife on the market.

Blade Material: Japanese Steel
Color: Silver
Weight: 11 oz
Length: 8 Inches



The first Shun to make the list comes in at #2 as one of the best values on the market.  The blade feels great in your hand, is flexible, light and extremely sturdy, perfect for almost any task in any kitchen.  Its a step down from its big brother the Shun Premier, but it doesn't get much better than this knife.

Blade Material: VG-10 Stainless Steel
Color: Silver
Weight: 7.4 Ounces
Length: 8 Inches

The Messermeister is another classic german brand that has been around forever. The knife isn't all that flashy, but its a middle weight, well balanced knife with a great, long lasting blade.




Blade Material: Carbon
Color: Silver
Weight: 7.84 Ounces

Length: 8 Inches

#1
Shun Premier 8" Chef Knife
The best knife you can buy for under $200. Its a little heavier than the classic Shun, but it puts the weight to good use. The angle of the steel is perfect, the grip feels great, and it will always be the sharpest knife in your kitchen.  Treat yourself to this purchase once, and I promise you'll never need to buy another knife in your lifetime.

Blade Material: VG-10 Stainless Steel
Handle Color: Light wood finish
Weight: 8 Ounces
Length: 8 Inches