The Xinzuo Utility knife is made from German Stainless Steel called 1.4116. It is a mono-steel construction, which means that the complete Steel is made with the German steel type without any cladding. The blade has a brushed vertical finish, which helps break down water content from food so that it sticks less on your blade. The knife comes with a full tang wooden handle and three rivets. The middle rivet has a mosaic pattern.
Knife Rockwell Hardness and Core Material
The Xinzuo Utility Knife Rockwell hardness is specified with a Rockwell of 56 to 58. But during my testing, the Rockwell came close to 57. The German Steel is also very sturdy and durable, so you don’t have to worry about chipping your blade. There is also no noticeable flex during use.
Xinzuo Utility Blade profile
The Blade profile is interesting. It is pretty much a smaller version of a western chef’s knife profile. It is interesting to see this kind of profile as a utility knife, but if you prefer a straighter utility knife, then this knife is not for you.
Knife balance point
The knife balance point of this utility knife is at the handle behind the curved cap. It makes the knife back heavy, which I don’t recommend on a utility knife. When it comes to a utility knife, you use the knife on special occasions. You use it for smaller produce like fruit and precision work that still requires a cutting board. In this case, I would prefer a middle-balanced balance point from where you grip or pinch the knife. And if you use it for more precise work at the knife tip, then I prefer a slightly front-heavy balance point but not back-heavy, which in my opinion defeats the purpose of a utility knife.
The knife handle is made of Ebony Wood that sits comfortably in your hand. It has a slightly curved belly that sits snugly around your fingers. It also has a butt at the end of the handle, which prevents you from slipping.
Everything is nicely flushed, there are no protrusions on the handle or at the rivets. The polish on the spine and the choil are good. There is no shrinkage of the wooden handle, either.
My Conclusion & Recommendation
Quality control and heat treatment of the German Steel are excellent and better than most other brands that sell the same steel type. The balance point of this utility knife and the knife profile just do not fit correctly. It is a mini version of a Chef’s knife without knuckle clearance. It simply failed as a utility knife, which is a shame since the knife itself is of good quality. They do sell an 8.2-inch Chef’s knife, and if the quality is the same as this version, then I can recommend the Chef’s knife but skip this 5-inch utility knife.
🛒S H O P:
Since I don’t recommend the 5-inch utility knife I will link you to their 8.2-inch version:
A knife that I personally have tested and can recommend:
Official Amazon Store (not all knife versions available):
N O T E S:
While I like the consistent quality control of the Xinzuo brand their knife style and design choice from the profile, balance point, etc is sometimes questionable. This utility knife that is sometimes also sold as a 5-inch chef’s knife failed at being a utility and a chef’s knife. A back-heavy balance point is counterproductive for a petty/utility knife in my eyes.
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