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Bernal Cutlery

8" Chef's Knife

Every detail of this knife is gorgeous. With that said, the thick spine is super frustrating for common tasks like cutting onions. A slight geometry change would make this a category killer.

When we walked into my favorite knife shop, I spotted this on the wall and immediately let out an audible "Oh, wow...". I still feel that way every time I see it. Steelport have made what has to be the most beautiful chef's knife on the market with tons of thoughtful features, a stunning blackened finish, and a price tag to match.

First, this is made of 52100 steel, which is a high-carbon "ball bearing" steel. It's medium-hard and super durable — especially at this thickness. It's a lovely steel to sharpen and maintain and 3 of my 5 favorite knives are made of it.

Really, the only thing stopping this from being my favorite knife is the geometry — it gets just a little too thick at the spine — and I'm at a loss for anything else I don't love about this knife. It's got a hell of a price tag on it, but I've never really met a knife that I thought justified its price better with its materials and design.

I just wish that spine were a *tiny* bit thinner.

  • Beautiful materials.
  • Fantastic design from the handle to the tip.
  • Sharpens super easily for a pretty hard steel.
  • Fucking expensive.
  • Blackened finish comes off quite easily (still looks good though...).
  • Spine is a smidge too thick for the blade's height, imo.