Chicago Cutlery vs J.A. Henckels:  Who Makes Better Kitchen Knife Sets?

Chicago Cutlery vs J.A. Henckels: Who Makes Better Kitchen Knife Sets?

chicago cutlery vs henckels

Chicago Cutlery vs. Henckels

By Bobby B.  |  March 17, 2021  | Knife Comparisons

Chicago Cutlery and Henckels are two great knife makers that have made knives for many years.  They’re actually quite similar in their approach to the marketplace.  Both companies make low to mid-priced kitchen knives and offer many options to choose from, primarily focusing on the kitchen knife set.  You might have already seen that they’re popular options on our Best Knife Set Under $200 page.

Both Chicago Cutlery and Henckels produce knives in China to keep costs down (Henckels also makes them in Spain, Japan, and Thailand).  This is main reason they can manufacture high-quality knives for prices that almost any family can afford.  

comparison of chicago cutlery and henckels knives

Chicago Cutlery vs. Henckels Compared

Chicago Cutlery has produced kitchen knives for consumers since 1969.  They basically run a good, better, best business model.  They have knife sets that fall into these three categories:  At the top you have good, forged knives in their Fusion and Insignia II lines.  On the other end of the spectrum you have cheap, affordable knives that use stamped blades lower quality steel.  In the middle, they offer a compromise of the two.  We’ve previously reviewed Chicaco Cultery knives, including knives in all three categories.

Henckels, who also goes by the names Henckels International and J.A. Henckels, is part of the Zwilling brand of knives.  It can be confusing at first, but Zwilling makes higher-end knives and Henckels the low to mid-range knives (Zwilling vs. Henckels).  Like Chicago Cutlery, Henckels makes many different kitchen knife sets.  Almost all of their sets fall within a very affordable price range and use a classic styling and German steel blades. 

Now for the best part, a compare and contrast between our favorite Chicago Cutlery and Henckels knife sets…

Chicago Cutlery Insignia II vs. Henckels Statement

These are not the cheapest or most expensive knife set for either of these brands, but rather some of their most popular knives.  These are both a terrific compromise between cost, quality, and appearance in your kitchen.   It’s time to break down the similarities and differences between the Insignia II and the Statement!

chicago cutlery insignia 2 knife set reveiw

Chicago Cutlery Insignia II

Pieces:  18

Style:  Forged

Bolster:  Full

Chicago cutlery Insignia 2 chef knife

Warranty:  Limited Lifetime

Where Made:  China

Wash:  By Hand

Price:  $$

henckels statement knife set review

Henckels Statement Series

Pieces:  15

Style:  Stamped

Bolster:  N/A

Henckels Statement Chef Knife

Warranty:  Limited Lifetime

Where Made:  China

Wash:  Dishwasher

Price:  $$

Chicago Cutlery vs Henckels Review:

Clearly two great mid-level kitchen knife brands.  With lifetime warranties on both, you can tell that the companies have the comfidence to stand behind their product.  At these prices, a warranty like this is not common.


Both of these knife sets are priced fairly.  Both are made with quality materials at factories in China.  Check the reviews on these knives, both are extremely popular with consumers due to the amount of knives you get and the value they offer.


There are 3 main differences between these knife sets.

  1. The Insignia set has more knives
  2. The Insignia knives are forged vs. the stamped Statement knives
  3. The Insignia set has a built-in knife sharpener


Both of these knives are priced very similarly and they’re both great options for any kitchen.  These companies have sold thousands of these knife sets with mostly positive customer reviews and feedback.  You’d be smart to choose either one of the, but between these two sets, we’d choose the Chicago Cutlery Insignia 2 18-pc Set for the differences mentioned above.  As far as the brands go, both are great!

Zwilling Pro vs Four Star vs Pro S Knife Comparison & Review

Zwilling Pro vs Four Star vs Pro S Knife Comparison & Review

zwilling pro vs four star vs pro s

ZWILLING Pro vs Four Star vs Pro S

By Bobby B.  |  January 7, 2021  | Knife Comparisons

Zwilling originated over 250 years ago and has been making some amazing kitchen knives ever since.  Their headquarters is based in Solingen, Germany, also known as the “City of Blades” because of all the knife manufacturers concentrated in this area.  This is not only one of the oldest knife makers still around, but it’s also a world-class brand.    

You might remember from our How Are Zwilling and J.A. Henckels Different? post that Zwilling is the high-end brand knives between the two, both owned under the same umbrella.  Most of their knives, including the three models being compared here, are forged .  They all use special, high-carbon German steel proprietary to Zwilling.  Each of them also carries a lifetime warranty showing you just how confident they are in their knives.

Pro vs Four Star vs Pro S Review

We must start out by saying, these knives are all awesome in their own right. They’re actually very similar to one another as you’ll see, but the nuances that make them different might matter to you more than you think at first. Check out this comparison table to see what think think about the Pro, Four Star, and Professional S series of knives by Zwilling.

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zwilling pro chef knife

Zwilling PRO Series

Blade:  German Stainless

Hardness:  57 HRC

Edge Angle:  15 degrees/side

Bolster:  Half (Rounded)

zwilling pro series half rounded bolster

Made in Germany

Handle:  Novodur

Tang:  Full-Tang

Warranty:  Lifetime

Price:  $$$

zwilling four star chef knife

Four Star Series

Blade:  German Stainless

Hardness:  57 HRC

Edge Angle:  15 degrees/side

Bolster:  Full

zwilling four star series full bolster

Made in Germany

Handle:  Plastic

Tang:  Full-Tang

Warranty:  Lifetime

Price:  $$

zwilling pro s chef knife

Professional S Series

Blade:  German Stainless

Hardness:  57 HRC

Edge Angle:  15 degrees/side

Bolster:  Full

zwilling pro s series full boster

Made in Germany

Handle:  Novodur

Tang:  Full-Tang

Warranty:  Lifetime

Price:  $$$

Zwilling PRO vs FOUR STAR vs PRO S Review:

As noted at the outset, all three of these high-end knives are very similar and have very little difference when you look at the stats.


There are many similarities to note between these three knives.  First, they’re all forged from the exact same German steel and all made in Solingen, Germany.   They all carry Zwilling’s lifetime warranty, have similar plastic handles, and are expertly made with a full-tang.  They even all use a classic styling that Zwilling is well-known for.


The differences in these knives are very subtle, but to those who care, they matter.  

First, the differences between Zwilling Pro and Four Star… the most obvious is the handle.  The Pro uses the classic, triple-rivet handles you see many knife brands use, but the Four Star uses a slightly different handle.  This difference is is merely cosmetic as the handle shape is neearly identical as you hold it in your hand.  The other big difference between these knive is the bolster.  The Pro series uses a half bolster that’s more rounded in shape versus the larger, more traditional full bolster on the Four Star.  

For the differences between the Zwilling Pro and Pro S series… the handles on these two are the same, but you’ll see the same bolster difference in these two knives.  We’ll discuss more on why you might want a half bolster versus a full bolster below.  


While all these Zwilling knives look the same, and are actually very similar, they’re not identical.  The Pro series knives take the bold step of removing the traditional full bolster and replacing it with a lighter weight, more rounded half bolster.  We actually really like that move! 

The half bolster allows for an easier pinch grip on the knife while cutting.  The lighter weight of the bolster is made up in a thicker tang, which also makes the tang stronger.  Of course if your preference is for a more balanced knife, the full boster knives will fit your style better. 

It wasn’t mentioned above, but check out the shape of the blades.  The Four Star and Pro S series knives have a more traditional look.  The blade on the Zwilling Pro series knife has a rounded blade, perfect for more of a rocking motion that’s uses in Western countries like the United States.

Zwilling’s Best Knife Series

This is of course personal preference, and all of the knives shown above really are pretty similar anyway.  Our favorite is the Zwilling Pro series knives.  Their modern take on the half bolster and rounded blade make today’s knife stills (pinch grip and rocking motion when cutting) easier than the others.  That’s not to say they aren’t good.  There are many traditional chefs around that believe they’re better too.  

What should be said before we end is that Zwilling is a world-class knife brand.  The quality, materials, and craftsmanship that goes into all of their knives is on par with the best out there.  It’s no wonder they’ve been around since 1731.  

Zelite vs Dalstrong Kitchen Knives

Zelite vs Dalstrong Kitchen Knives

Zelite vs Dalstrong Comparison

Zelite vs Dalstrong: Which Newcomer is the Better Buy?

By Bobby B.  | Updated May 28, 2020  | Kitchen Knife Comparisons

Probably the most glaring detail you’ll notice when comparing and contrasting Zelite vs Dalstrong is that both are relatively young companies.  In fact, when comparing them to other kitchen knife brands, they’re mere babies in the space.  Some of the others have been family-owned and making knives for hundreds of years! 

The other major difference between these two and the bulk of other brand-name knife makers is that both Zelite and Dalstrong are made in China.  That term, “made in China”, often gives products a negative connotation.  Die-hard kitchen knife connoisseurs often mention this first when discussing these brands.  But, something to consider if you’re still learning about knives, both of these companies still use both German and Japanese steels and higher-end processes and materials in their products.  They aren’t using cheap Chinese steels like many of the no-name brands you might see selling online.  This is the key to their success!

German Kitchen Knives

Zelite vs Dalstrong:  Brand Comparison

As mentioned above, both Zelite and Dalstrong make kitchen knives with high-quality materials.  They don’t skimp on the manufacturing process either.  Their knives are full tang, fully forged, and often decorative with Damascus steel, grantons, and other designs in the blades.  Despite this, both knife makers produce products that are offered at a relatively low price compared to other brands.  We believe they can do this for two reasons. 

The first reason is because they are made in China and therefore, their labor rates are much lower.  Second, their knives are mass produced using the latest in factory automation to increase production rates.  Many of the older, more popular knife brands still hand-make many of their knives, or at least hand produce parts of the knife. 


Another thing we at BladeAdvisor have noticed with these two brands is their marketing.  For example, both do a fantastic job of marketing their knives, producing high quality images, great videos, and advertising.  Similarly, both also tend to sell the bulk of their knives directly on Amazon, and that’s where we recommend you find them for the best price and selection.  So, these links will take you to their most popular knives respectively:


Zelite vs Dalstrong:  The Knives

Now that we know a bit about the brands and companies behind the knives, it’s time to discuss the real meat and potatoes…the knives themselves.  Below we cover their similarities, their differences, and if consumers even like them, or if they regret buying knives from Zelite or Dalstrong.

Zelite Alpha Royal Japanese Chef Knife


The knives made by Zelite and Dalstrong are more similar than they are different really.  Both manufacture knives made out of quality materials and do it through several model families.  Zelite makes knives that range from a value series called “Comfort Pro” to a German, mid-range series, “Alpha-Royal German” to their professional series called “Alpha-Royal Japanese”.  You can find lots more information on these and more by reading our full Zelite Infinity review.

Of course, Dalstrong too has several different families of knives that range from the economical to professional-grade.  They make something for almost every household, or any chef really, in their wide range of available kitchen knives.  Similarly to above, you can dig much deeper into their offering by checking out our Dalstrong review.


Probably the most glaring difference between these two brands is how they market their knives.  While both do a great job pushing their product and getting it in front of the consumer via Amazon, Dalstrong does a fantastic job of providing chefs of all types with amazing “knife sets”, whereas Zelite appears to focus almost exclusively on individual knife sales.

We see enthusiasts that fall on both sides of this “set” debate all the time.  The argument for having a set is likely obvious.  You get all the knives needed in your kitchen (maybe more), and they all match and all fit neatly in a knife block that we designed to match the knives themselves.  Knife sets come in all shapes, sizes, and number and quality of knives, so there’s really something for everyone.  

Dalstrong Knife Sets

But, of course, there’s a counter-point to this argument, and there are some chefs that feel very strongly about it too. That point is that if you buy a set, you’re getting whatever knife the manufacturer decides to include with the set, which is just whatever matches the rest.

The die hard enthusiasts would argue one of two things…

1. That “brand A” makes the best of one knife, say a bread knife, and “brand B” makes the best of another, say a Santoku knife.  They believe you should buy the top knife in each category to make up your own, home-made set.

2. That you should spend the big bucks on getting the very best of whichever knife you use the most of.  And, you should spend less on those knives that you rarely use, or maybe don’t even need. 

While I can understand both sides of this argument, here’s where I fall.  If a manufacturer offers cool knife sets, you have both options.  You can either buy one of those sets OR buy knives individually.  Everyone wins.  For this reason, I like the way Dalstrong handles this topic in particular.


Ultimately, this really is a tough comparison.  Both knife makers do a great job of marketing cool knives with quality materials to the average consumer.  The knives produced by these brands would likely be priced twice as high if made by one of the larger, more well known brands that have been around for over 100 years.  You know who you are Henckels, Shun, and Wusthof.

That being said, Dalstrong seems to have a slightly larger range of knives from top to bottom.  As I mentioned above, they also offer the knife sets, and actually have some really cool ones too that you should totally check out.

Don’t swear off Zelite though.  They’re right there as well, and both brands deserve a shot at your business.  They are a great way to get knives made of high quality materials without spending $200+ per knife.  Not all of us can afford that.  Even if we could, not all of us care so much about knives.  However, there’s nothing wrong with it if you do either.   

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Wusthof vs Cutco: The Best Comparison On the Web | BladeAdvisor

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Wusthof vs Cutco Comparison

Wusthof vs Cutco:  A Detailed Knife Comparison

By Bobby B.  |  August 12, 2020  | Knife Comparisons

If you’re out there trying to determine which new set of kitchen knives to buy or are just wondering what makes these two brands different, you’re in the right place.  These are two recognizable brands in knives and both have been around for quite some time with tens of thousands of customers around the globe, but for most, it’s hard to differentiate them just by looking at them.  We want to know, what’s the difference between them, and which one’s better, Wusthof or Cutco?  Let’s dig in…

Wusthof vs Cutco:  Brand Comparison

To understand how their knives are made and the type of quality you can expect, it’s important to better understand the brand behind the knives.  Can you trust them?  Have they been around for a long time or are they new?  Will they stand behind their warranty?  These are all questions that you should always ask yourself before potentially spending hundreds of dollars on someone’s product.  


As you’ve probably seen if you’ve read any of our other Wusthof knife comparisons, this family owned company has been around making knives for more than 200 years.  They produce knives in Soligen, Germany and have since day one.  Not only is Wusthof known as a world-class knife manufacturer, but the this particular city is well-known for their long standing knife making skills, tradition, and history.

List most German or Western-style knives, Wusthof makes heavy-duty and very robust kitchen knives.  The steel on their blades is thicker, their bolsters heavier, and the materials more durable than most any other style knives around.  Most of their knives (except their Pro & Gourmet series) are forged and full-tang, ensuring they last for many years.

Here’s a quick video briefly explaining each of the different knives in Wusthof’s line-up.  For more detailed information, check out our full page of Wusthof knife reviews that compares and contrasts each and every series of knife they make.


Cutco has been around for significantly less time, but they’re no new kid on the block either.  They’ve been producing their knives in Olean, New York since 1949.  They’re actually the larger producer of kitchen cutlery in the United States and Canada!  Having kitchen knives that are made in the USA is a huge draw to many Americans.

One thing you’ll probably find very interesting about Cutco, or perhaps you already know this, but they go to market differently than most knife makers.  Most of their knives are sold using independent sales people like you and I that do in-home sales demonstrations.  For some, this makes them very uncomfortable, feeling pressure to buy from friends or relatives that might be trying to make money selling knives.  For others, they like that the product comes to them and they get to see it and feel it before they buy it.  For those that don’t appreciate this concept, don’t worry, many of their knives are available at Amazon.  You can check them out at the link below…

Two more things we felt important to mention.  First, Cutco makes the absolute best kitchen shears!  They’re tough, can cut through almost anything, and last forever.  They’re well worth the money.  Second, it’s common to find the brand Cutco associated with the word “scam” on the internet.  I wanted to point out that these pages/videos/rants are most often referring to working as one of these independent sales people for Cutco (Vector Marketing is the company that does their selling).  There is nothing scammy about their knives or purchasing their product.  It is a good product and they definitely stand behind their warranty.

The Knives:  Cutco vs Wusthof Classic Ikon

Cutco knives really only come in one style.  We’d almost consider it a French-style knife with a very ergonomic handle and polished blades.  Wusthof is quite the opposite and has tons of options to choose from.  For this comparison, we’ve selected one of our favorites, and the one that we believe most matches that of the Cutco knives, the Wusthof Classic Ikon series.  

Cutco 1728 8-inch petite chef knife

Cutco Knives

Blade Steel:  440A Stainless

Style:  Stamped

Bolster:  None

Cutco 2018 Homemaker 18-pc knife block set

Warranty:  Forever Guarantee

Handle Material:  Thermo Resin

Price:  $$$

Wusthof Classic Ikon 8-inch Chef Knife

Wusthof Classic Ikon

Blade Steel:  X50CrMoV15

Style:  Forged

Bolster:  Full

Wusthof Classic Ikon 14-pc knife set

Warranty:  Limited Lifetime

Handle Material:  POM

Price:  $$$

Cutco vs Wusthof Review: 

Most that you talk to will tell you that these are both great knife brands.  It’s easy to review products that people like, work well, and last a long time!


Both knives are well-revered by previous customers.  Very few that buy these knives regret it later.  They’re both great and each brand stands behind their knives as you’ll see in the warranty comparison section below.


There are two major areas where the knives themselves differ.  The first is the material.  The 440A stainless that the Cutco knives are made out of is a less desirable steel for knife blades than the X50CrMoV15 the Wusthof lines are made of.  It’s not as hard and the edge retention isn’t as good as the German steel. 

The other difference is with the process used to make the blades.  Most Wusthof knives are forged and Cutco’s knives are stamped.  We strongly advise buying forged knives when possible.  Admitadly though, Cutco does make some of the best stamped knives around.


For the same 2 reasons as we mentioned above in the “differences” section, we prefer the Wusthof Classic Ikon series knives over the Cutco offering.  Wusthof also just has more options, including (7) different knife series’ in their line-up to choose from.  This certainly doesn’t mean Cutco knives are bad or poorly made.  They’re not at all.  Many folks love their Cutco knives!


Wusthof vs Cutco:  Warranty Comparison

Okay, so there’s another difference between these two brands that we felt was important to mention.  It doesn’t really have much to do with the build of the knives, but it could play into a decision.  Many top kitchen knife brands, Wusthof included, offer a lifetime warranty on their knives.  Basically what this means is that if for an reason a manufacturing defect causes the knife to fail, break, or become damaged, they’ll repair or replace it.  Great right?

Well, Cutco goes a step further.  They have what they call their “Forever Guarantee“.  It really is one of the best warranty/guarantees that we’ve ever heard of.  This is what you wish all companies did to stand behind their products.  This guarantee says that “if at ANYTIME you’re not completely satisfied with the performance of your Cutco Product, we will correct the problem or replace it.”  This even includes knives that were gifted or passed down through family.  You don’t need the receipt to take advantage of the service, just a Cutco knife.  It goes on to say that they’ll also sharpen your knives forever too.  You just pay for shipping.  

If you’re skeptical of this guarantee, you’re not alone.  We were too at one point.  Who wouldn’t be?  No one does this!  The video below should speak volumes though.  Clearly Cutco wins on warranty!

Wusthof Legende Review

Wusthof Legende Review

Wusthof Legende vs Classic Knives Review

Wusthof Legende Review:  A Comparison vs the Classic Series

By Bobby B.  |  August 2, 2020  | Knife Comparisons

Wusthof has long been known as one of the top kitchen knife makers in the entire world.  They’ve been successfully making top quality knives for over 200 years.  They clearly know a thing or two about the subject.  One thing we haven’t yet covered on Blade Advisor is anything about the Wusthof Legende series of knives, so a thorough review is warranted.  And, the question everyone keeps asking is how the Wusthof Legende knives stack up vs the Classic series knives that everyone already knows and loves.

If you’d like to delve deeper into the rest of their knife lines, check out our complete Wusthof Knives Review.  It’s a detailed and comprehensive assessment of who Wusthof is as a brand, what makes their knives great, and a brief comparison on many of their knives.  However, it comes up short on the Legende series, and that’s because until recently, they’ve be exclusive to one specific retailer and they just weren’t readily available enough that much of the public didn’t even know they existed.

That was then, this is now.  Fast-forward to today, and Wusthof Legende knives are now also available at Amazon!

Wusthof Legende Review

Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, Wusthof is a German knife maker that produces heavy-duty, Western-style knives.  Most of them (all the good ones anyway, are fully forged from a single piece of German steel, X50CrMoV15 to be exact.  You can expect the exact same quality from the Wusthof’s Legende series knives.  They’re also made in Solingen, Germany, the “city of blades”, and come with the same Wusthof lifetime warranty.

Wusthof Legende Series Knife Example

As you can see in the example above, the Wusthof Legende chef knife uses a half bolster. This makes the knife lightweight and easy to balance in your hand. This is well-suited for chefs with smaller hands, or those that like to do a lot of finesse knife work in the kitchen.  It also makes it easier to sharpen the blade with the time comes since the bolster won’t get int the way.  

The handle in the Legende knives is made of a unique pebbled thermoplastic that’s ergonomically produced for optimal comfort in handling.  It will also look great in your kitchen! 

What you probably can’t see int he picture above is the 14-degree PEtec blade edge, crafted with laser-guided precision.  PEtec stands for Precision Edge Technology, and it’s Wusthof’s state-of-the-art technology fro using lasers and computers to put the edge on their kitchen knives.  This efficient tech makes them roughly 20% sharper than other blades, and they claim it increase the edge retention properties two-fold.  

Wusthof Legende vs Classic

When you’re talking about Wusthof knives, everyone always wants to know how each stacks up to “the Classic”.  It seems cliche’, but it’s true.  The Classic has been around for so long and it’s a very popular and reliable kitchen knife, so everyone measures against it.  When the Legende Series knives came along, it’s only natural that our readers ask for a comparison between the two.  So, here’s our answer to the people…

Legende vs Classic Similarities

Although they might look very different to the average consumer, there really is more similarities than differences.  both knives are forged with a single piece of forged German steel.  They’re both full-tang, meaning the blade steel reaches all the way to the tip of the handle, making it stronger than most average knives.

Wusthof Legende vs Classic Knives - Blade Similarities

The blades are actually pretty similar, with the only difference being a slightly different profile.  Also, just like all of Wusthof’s forged knives, the blade edges are enhanced with their Precision Edge Technology that makes the blades sharper and gives them the ability to retain their edges up to twice as long as most other kitchen knife blades!

You’ll see below that you can also get them in the same 7-piece knife set, with the same knives, kitchen shears, and a similar block. 

Our Favorite
Wusthof Legende Knife Set
Wusthof Legende Knife Set, 7-pc
Our Favorite
Wusthof Classic Knife Set
Wusthof Classic Knife Set, 7pc

Legende vs Classic Differences

This is what most people want to know.  What’s the difference between the Wusthof Legende and Classic Series knives???

Well, the first and most apparent difference lies in the handles, both the material and design.  The Wusthof Legende knives have a very ergonomically designed handle made with pebbled thermoplastic.  It makes a comfortable and slip-resistant handle.  On the other hand, the Classics use a POM handle, which is a Polyoxymethylene synthetic material.  It’s also slip-resistant, but comes in a more classic feel (sorry for the PUN).  I know that sounds funny, but German and other Western-style knife makers have copied the handle of the Wusthof Classics for quite some time.  It’s become kind of a staple in the industry. 

Wusthof Legende vs Classic Knives - Handle Differences

Another feature that sets these two great kitchen knives from Wusthof apart is the bolster.  The Classic has the standard full bolster that goes all the way from the spine to the edge of the blade.  This makes the knife heavy and the weight makes the knife feel very substantial in your hands.  It also helps guard your fingers from the blade itself.  (Disclaimer:  Wusthof actually does make a Cook’s knife with a half bolster in the Classic Series for those the prefer it)  The Legende knives exclusively uses a half bolster.  The benefits of this type of bolster two-fold.  It makes the knife lighter weight due to less metal, and it makes the blade easier to sharpen due to the bolster not getting in the way. 

Wusthof Legende vs Classic Knives - Bolster Comparison

Which bolster you prefer is up to you, but typically a good rule of thumb is this.  Smaller hands prefer a half bolster and larger a full bolster.  Likewise, someone that likes to cut with finesse likes a half bolster and someone that lights to let the knife do the cutting prefers the heavier, full bolster. 

Link to Legende Pricing
Link to Classic Pricing

Wusthof Legende vs Classic Conclusion

Everybody always wants to know, “which ones better?”.  The answer is simple… They’re both great!  This is a case of two great knives facing off in a Blade Advisor battle where both come out victorious.  They’re basically the same knife made by the same company with a few nuances that make them slightly different.  Which is better depends on the person and their preferences between the handle, the appearance, and the bolster sizing.  You pick.  We personally like the traditional styling of the Classic Series knives, but there’s nothing at all wrong with the Legende knives.  They’re awesome too!

Summary & Conclusion

What a fun exercise in comparing two great kitchen knives.  It was like a face-off between “Old Faithful” and Old Faithful with a more modern makeover.  This Wusthof Legende review showed us that old dogs do learn new tricks.  Even after all these years, they continue to innovate and improve their product line, never becoming complacent in an industry that continues to grow every day.

We hope you agree, but we find the Legende knives to be a great twist on an old classic (there we go again with the PUNS).  It’s a good way to buy the best knives, but have them look a little bit different than all the others.  They’d certainly be a great discussion piece in your kitchen when talking with other like-minded chefs that know Wusthof, but don’t know about the elusive Legende Series knives.  We say if you like them, go for it!

Nakiri vs Usuba

Nakiri vs Usuba

nakiri vs usuba

Nakiri vs Usuba:  What’s the Difference?

By Bobby B.  |  March 7, 2020  | Japanese Knives

These two rectangular veggies knives have no point, in the literal sense, and can easily get confused, especially in our Western culture.  Both are Japanese style chopping knives that look very similar to the untrained eye.  Both have a straight blade edge and are primarily made for cutting vegetables, but that’s really where the similarities end.

If you’re considering buying one of these knives, it’s critical that you don’t get them mixed up.  One of them, the usuba knife, actually requires great skill to use it properly, whereas the nakiri is a perfect veggie chopper for just about anyone.  Here are some more details about both of these fantastic Japanese vegetable knives.

Nakiri Knife

The nakiri knife has a straight blade and a flat front (no tip).  It’s almost exclusively used for chopping veggies in a vertical-only fashion.  No pushing, no pulling, just chop chop.  Like most Japanese-style knives, a nakiri has a thin, sharp, ultra hard blade that requires little effort when used for the job.

Nakiri knives commonly come in lengths of 5-7 inches and their shape is perfect for the chopping motion because it allows ample room for your knuckles so they don’t get smashed.  That being said, it’s a great all around knife, but not a good tool for heavy duty cutting or work around bones.  For that, you’ll need a Japanese meat cleaver.   

Usuba Knife

The usuba knife also has a straight blade and flat front.  The word “usuba” actually translates to thin blade, which tells you a bit more about it.  Not only is thin, but uniquely, it’s only sharpened on one side of the blade.  This is called a single-bevel knife.  This type of blade is also common on a good sushi knife.

Only being ground on one side of the blade means a special knife for left-handers vs righties.  They also don’t cut straight without some training.  Right-handed knives tend to pull to the left and visa-versa.  This is why most usuba knives are used by professional Japanese chefs rather than standard home cooks.  

Whats the difference between nakiri and usuba knives

What are the Differences Between Nakiri and Usuba Knives?

While both knives look similar and are both great knives for cutting vegetables, they do have several differences, including one that really sets them apart.  Because of this, they really aren’t even used by the same type of people typically.  Let’s learn more about each…

Nakiri Knife Characteristics:

  • Thin Blade
  • Perfect for Up and Down Chopping
  • Average Price 
  • Well-Rounded Knife
  • Double Bevel Blade
  • Suitable For All
  • Easy To Sharpen

Usuba Knife Characteristics:

  • Heavy Spine
  • Expensive
  • Exclusively for Finesse Work on Veggies
  • Ultra-sharp, Delicate Blade Edge
  • Single Bevel Knife
  • Must Choose Right or Left Hand
  • Only Suitable for Professional Chefs
  • Requires Additional Skill to Sharpen Blade

Which is Better:  Nakiri or Usuba?

This is really subjective and depends on who’s asking.  For the bulk of the population, there’s no question.  You should be looking at buying a nakiri knife for chopping your veggies.  They’re perfect for this job, safe and easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and well, quite cool-looking and unique.

Where does the usuba knife fit well you might ask?  Its place is in a professional kitchen and with a chef that’s been trained to used it.  It’s ultra-sharp and hand-dependent.  With the thin cuts and often hand-held work it’s meant to perform, it could be dangerous in the wrong hands.  Not sure what we mean?  Check out this video of a professional chef using an usuba… pretty amazing! 

As you can see in the video this chef has clearly practiced this task many many times in the past and is uber-careful when roto-peeling.  It’s easy to see how this could get dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.  For those professional chefs out there that are looking for an usuba, we really like the 6-1/2″ Shun Pro Usuba.  It’s a work of functional art.  It’s both beautiful and high-performance!