The Victorinox Fibrox is a stainless steel knife. It has a grippy texturized plastic handle. The Victorinox is seen as a budget knife because of the price point of around $30.
Knife Rockwell Hardness and Core Material
The knife Rockwell Hardness is 56, as specified by Victorinox. It means that the knife-edge retention is around 1 to 2 months if you regularly hone your knife with a honing rod. The knife steel is considered soft steel, while the edge retention is not the best; however, it is very durable and great as a beater knife. Considering the price point and durability, this is a worry-free knife, with no worries about chipping the blade, and can be easily resharpened or honed to the desired factory sharpness.
Blade profile of The Victorinox Fibrox
The knife profile is very good and is similar to a Wusthof or Zwilling. It has a flat spot at the heel and a curved front that is great for rocking.
Knife balance point & Gripping Style & Weight
The knife balance point is in front of the curved indent. The recommended griping style is the pinch grip at the curved indent for optimal balance distribution. The thumb grip and the fingertip grip are not recommended despite having enough knuckle clearance for all gripping styles. The knife is slightly front-heavy, but this is barely noticeable since the blade is surprisingly light at 167 grams for a western-designed chef knife.
The handle is made from a plastic material with a great grippy surface. The handle is very comfortable to hold, especially for people with larger hands. But if you have a smaller hand, then this handle might be too big and not comfortable. The handle and the knife design are best suitable for the pinch grip to get optimal comfort from the handle.
Fit and Finish and distal spine taper
The spine has a gentle distal taper, which is also noticeable during use on a particular food. The spine and the heel are nicely polished with no sharp edges. The knife itself is also very sturdy, and there is no flex during use.
The only downside of the knife is the part where the handle meets the blade. It will catch dirt over time and is harder to clean once the seal wears off. I have used a lot of Victorinox paring knives with the same problems, although the harder cleaning knife durability is excellent. The knife is not the best looking, but it performs excellently, especially if you are going to use this knife as a beater.
Suitable for home and professional cooks?
The maintenance is very low, and sharpening is easy on this knife. If you are someone who leaves knives in the sink for a while before washing, this knife is suitable. It is not something I advise, but you can throw it in a drawer or dishwasher, and the knife will perform just like new after a quick honing. It is excellent for home cooks and chefs at a restaurant that doesn’t want to spend a lot of time maintaining the knife. This knife is a great beater knife; however, if you have smaller hands, this knife might not be the most comfortable for you.
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