I have been testing this Keemake 8-inch Chef’s knife from Sunnecko for more than 2 months in a professional kitchen. We are a Japanese and Asian dining kitchen. They also sell this knife but with a black handle on Amazon but the price there is $80 not including shipping. I got mine from AliExpress for $55 and that does include shipping, however, AliExpress has different pricing for different members depending on your shopping level. New members will see around +/-$60 for the same knife but still cheaper than buying it from Amazon.
Keemake 8 inch Chef’s knife with imported Japanese AUS-10
The main reason for buying and testing the
The knife itself looks stunning and looks definitely better than the cheaper knives from Xinzuo that also have a hammered Damascus look. However, most hammered knives from China also hammer the back of the blade. Therefore the back of the knife will not look straight compared to a knife without a hammered finish. I did not notice anything while using it since I don’t concentrate on the back of the blade. The handle is not wood but a G10 handle and I find that a huge plus for maintenance and hygiene.
I never have heard of a G10 handle, I only used steel like the Global, wood, and plastic like the paring knife from Victorinox. After more research, I saw that they use G10 for survival knives for a long time. I never heard of it for a kitchen knife but it is fiberglass glued together. This has some benefits since no moisture will go in the handle, easy to clean and no maintenance needed. This is a huge plus especially if you work in a busy restaurant where you don’t have time to wash oil and maintain the knife handle.
For me, AUS-10 is my new knife standard, not VG, German steel or Chroma steel from Global. Also after testing a G10 handle for the first time, I won’t go back to wood. Wood has its charm but for a hygienic standpoint, I have to give it to the G10 handle. The only downside for me is that this Keemake Chef’s knife has a rounder belly profile compared to other Chef’s knife. I personally never liked the rounder belly profile from a Chef’s knife but on this Keemake one, the round belly profile is noticeable with my slicing and chopping style.
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