As you may know, 11.11 is a special day on AliExpress, where most products are temporarily reduced in price. I will show you my recommendations for the knives that I have tested in 2020.
Xinzuo is a brand that surprised me with the heat treatment of the multiple core materials that they use. It is a brand that delivers quality knives for an affordable price tag, but the biggest surprise was with their 440c Gyuto. They managed to keep the traditional Gyuto profile and kept all the Japanese properties of a thin blade without sacrificing durability. While other knives from Xinzuo are great too, the 440c Gyuto has my recommendation.
Shibazi is another brand that surprised me. They offer Chinese cleavers and western chef’s knives at multiple prices ranging from budget to mid-range quality. Some have a lower Rockwell rating, meaning that you need to sharpen the knife more often. Their F208 is a vegetable Cleaver that is also quite durable and has decent edge retention. I recommend the Shibazi F208-1 for home use.
I’m currently still testing some more knives from Dengjia. The TM-9080 is a highly modernized knife with excellent ergonomics. The knife is on the heavier side, but thanks to the ergonomics, it is less noticeable. The core material that they use is also sharper than the Shibazi F208. This knife is highly catered to the home cooks that seek sharper performance from a Chinese Vegetable cleaver.
Since this bone cleaver from Dengjia participates in the 11.11 sale, I will add this to my recommended list. Only buy this knife if you seek a bone cleaver to go through bones bigger than a chicken bone. The Dengjia BZ-4401 is an excellent bone cleaver that can chop pork ribs with ease. A full review of this bone cleaver will follow.
While the review for this Dongsun knife has not been released yet, I can say that I like the knife and why I have included this knife in my recommendation for 2020. This knife did not disappoint me from the fit and finish to the core material and heat treatment. Their 7-inch Japanese cleaver-styled knife and profile were a pleasant surprise that I enjoyed a lot. Dongsun is not participating in the 11.11 sales day, but I believe that their knives are very undervalued for what they deliver (Update, Dongsun prices have increased a lot my price was 35 euro approx $38 USD). They currently include a free wooden Saya, and I highly believe that Dongsun will eventually increase the price or stop, including a free Saya. I recommend this 7-inch Japanese-styled vegetable cleaver from Dongsun.
There are more knives that I have tested and recommended, but those 5 surprised me the most in their quality and price ratio for the knives that I have tried in 2020. I highly recommend that you watch my YouTube playlist, where I have reviewed multiple AliExpress knives.
Community requested knives
I’m currently testing more knives, and I will also buy three new knives that have been requested by the community on my YouTube channel.
The three knives that I will be buying on the 11.11 sales day:
The first knife is TwoSun TS999. It is a brand that is popular among the pocket knife community. And I’m curious about what they have to offer when it comes to kitchen knives.
The second knife is a brand called Hezhen while. Many of you in the comments told me that they are very similar to Xinzuo and maybe even made by the same manufacturer. Since you guys were curious about my opinion, I have decided to order a knife from their Master series.
The third knife brand is a knife that I discovered during a conversation in the comment section and was also requested. And that is the Chinese dual-purpose cleaver made in Leshan, China. All their knives are entirely hand-made. What makes their knife interesting is the very thick spine but very thin profile taper.
11.11 2020 AliExpress Sales Day
Keep in mind that 11.11 sale day is a hectic sales day. And with the current situation around the world and the increase in online orders, you should expect a very long delivery time.
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