Victorinox 47520 Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

Victorinox 47520 Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Victorinox 47520 Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife Rating:
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Product Description

The chef's knife is a kitchen staple, with a wide straight edged blade ideally suited to cutting and chopping fruits and vegetables, herbs, and so on. Some may find the 10" length too awkward and unwieldy, and for those people we recommend this slightly shorter knife. R. H. Forschner is a division of Swiss Army Brands, Inc, renowned for the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. These knives are specially ground and tempered so that they can be resharpened over and over again, keeping a sharp edge throughout their lifetime. State of the art technology blended with old world craftsmanship produce cutting instruments of excellent quality, at reasonable prices. Forschner Victorinox Fibrox knives have earned high marks in a well-known cooking magazine which stringently tests kitchen products.

Details

  • 8-inch multipurpose chef's knife designed for chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing
  • High-carbon stainless steel blade provides maximum sharpness and edge retention
  • Blade is conical ground lengthwise and crosswise for minimal resistance while cutting; laser tested to ensure optimum cutting power
  • Patented 2-inch Fibrox handle is textured, slip resistant, and ergonomically designed for balance and comfort
  • Hand washing recommended; lifetime warranty; expertly made in Switzerland

Comments

  1. John Brook Monroe says:

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    I’m not a professional chef, but I know my way around a kitchen. One thing I never stint on is knives. Cheap knives are a waste of time–good knives are a joy forever. By “cheap” I mean badly crafted knives, not inexpensive knives, because it’s always possible to find a moderately-priced knives that outperforms knives double or triple the price.

    This is one of those knives.

    I haven’t been able to determine whether this knife is forged or stamped. The price makes me think it must be stamped, but the Victorinox site implies it’s forged. No matter–either way, this is a fantastic knife.

    It weighs a bit less than my Calphalon 8″ chef’s knife, and while I don’t think the Calphalon is too heavy–many people do–I find that the Fibrox knife just feels better over the long haul–easier to manuever and control. It doesn’t have a traditional bolster (another reason I wonder if it was stamped) but I find that it makes little or no difference–it’s so well-balanced that gripping the front of the handle is perfectly adequate for control. (And you know what? The fibrox handle is very, very comfortable.)

    Sharp? Yes, very. The reviewer who found hers to be dull must have had a knife that was damaged in some way, or somehow got past quality control, because out of the box this knife was exceeded in sharpness only by my Shun santoku.

    Over the last two days, I’ve used this knife to trim and cube chuck steak and Boston butt, chop kale, slice chorizo, and dice roasted red peppers. I used it to carve our turkey at Thanksgiving, and it’s equally at home doing a chiffonade of basil or dicing carrots. At this price, I’m likely to buy duplicates to keep both at my parent’s and in-law’s houses for when I cook there, because it’s rapidly becoming the knife I can’t work without in the kitchen.

    Yes, I paid more for that santoku, but I think I like this knife better.

  2. Rating

    I to bought this knife because of the rating in Cook’s Illustrated. I have Henckels and was interested in something to use in more utilitarian situations. I didn’t want to baby it; I wanted to use it and then put it in the dishwasher and forget about it. After using this knife I realized that I made a mistake in ever buying the Henckels. They now seem heavy and clumsy in my hand. Every time I reach for a knife I grab this one. I only bought one knife because I wanted to see if it would hold an edge and to see how hard it would be to re-sharpen. Well after a year of constant use I still don’t know how hard it will be to re-sharpen because I haven’t had to do that yet. It was yesterday while slicing tomatoes that I realized just how fantastic this knife was. Here I had a knife that hadn’t been sharpened in a year and I was slicing tomatoes like I was using a seriated utility knife! The only reason I don’t have more than one is because my magnet is full of Henckels that I don’t like to use. Anybody want to buy a set of totally babied Henckels? I need more knives I like to use.

  3. Rating

    Have lots of knives and all were more expensive by far than this gem and yet this is the one I reach for more often than not. I was afraid it might feel flimsy but it doesn’t. It holds it edge nicely. I’d be happy to own more than one.

  4. mining engineer says:

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    The knife length is determined by the size of the cutting board, and it is rare to see anything larger than 18 X 24 inch boards in a home kitchen, which is perfect for an 8 inch knife.

    In commercial kitchens, we tend to use 24 X 36 inch laminated maple cutting boards 2 inches thick, and these work well with a 10 inch knife.

    A professional entre-metier can chop about a ton of vegetables per hour with a 10 inch knife, but home cooks are more likely looking at a about a pound per minute, thus the 8 inch knife.

    I have tried almost every knife ever invented for over 30 years now, and I have never found anything even close to Victorinox for balance, edge, and value, even in knives that cost 10 times as much, that are often good only for squashing tomatoes.

    Plus, knives are always kept razor sharp (always buy a coarse/fine carborundum oil stone and sharpening steel), and attempting to wield a 10 inch or larger knife can be extremely dangerous for those that have not been professionally trained (they are also dangerous to those that have been professionally trained, and I have a few scars to prove that). Best Regards.

  5. Fredrick W. Oneal says:

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    I actually learned of Forschner knives from my daughter who works for a caterer and as a prep chef at an Edible arrangements store. She uses the fancy so-called professional chef’s knives at the catering gig where appearences and impressions are crucial and uses the Fibrox knives at the fruit store where function and performance are most important. She loves these knives and gives them as gifts all the time. She does own a set of high end asian knives but uses the Fibrox knives where it matters….on the job. It’s kinda like when those really expensive German hand tool brands claim they are the choice of pros when almost all technicians worldwide use Snap-on hand tools.

    I also own a few Japanese chef’s knives but love the out-of-box edge on the Fibrox. The blade is deep enough so that I don’t knock my knuckles and the handle is shaped so that I can hold it with a firm grip without placing too much downward pressure on the blade. I sharpen my own knives and the Fibrox is very easy to re-sharpen and maintains an edge as well as any kitchen knife I have used. Overall a great value and excellent tool.

  6. Rating

    This knife is a pleasure to use. The blade is deeper than most chef knives, allowing for a more natural cutting position, and less strain on your wrists. The knife comes razor sharp from the factory and seems to hold its edge well. The blade has a very smooth polished finish that helps you glide through food easily. You get full use of the blade because it does not have a bolster. The plastic fibrox handle has an excellent medium sized grip (good for small or big hands) that is very sanitary. The knife is a little on the light side, which I think is good, because maneuvering is less exhausting. All this for a fraction of the cost of a German knife.

  7. Diane Frank says:

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    I selected this knife because it was recommended by Cooks Illustrated as a lighter weight french knife. The handle is easy to grip and the knife is very sharp — a delight to use.

  8. P. Fenton says:

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    I bought this knife after reading a review of 8 inch Chef’s Knives in Cook’s Illustrated. They rated this knife above ALL others, including knives costing more than a hundred dollars. It arrives in extremely sharp condition. I’ve used some expensive Chef’s knives, and even an expensive Henckels Santoku. None were as good as this knife.

  9. T. Denman says:

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    This knife is such a value. I have always had a hard time accepting the high-prices on Wuesthoff or Henckel knives because I never felt the VALUE was worth it. Boy am I glad I held out for the Victorinox knife! This knife, also known as Forschner, is consistently sharp. Just a few swipes of the sharpening steel and its good as new again. I use this knife and a 6″ every day. The handles are comfortable and do not get slippery when wet. They are practically the only knives I use. I wash and wipe dry after each use (NEVER put in the dishwasher). I think you’ll be as pleased as I if you try this knife.

  10. D. Walker says:

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    This is the chef’s knife I’ve been looking for. The blade is the right balance between stiff and flexible. The perfectly curved shape automatically starts that rocking motion that makes chopping a breeze. I’ve been skeptical about ever developing the ability to chop like the chefs on cooking shows. No longer. And to think — it was my bad knives to blame all this time! I’m buying several of these to give as Christmas gifts this year.