Cutting a green capsicum with a kitchen knife.
Product review

Kitchen knives

We last tested kitchen knives in 2013. There are no updates planned.

June 2013

Scanpan

Classic Cook’s Knife

Price
From a March 2013 price survey.
Score
80
Recommended

This knife has good handling, very good initial sharpness and excellent edge durability.

Test results

  • 75
    Handling
  • 86
    Initial sharpness
  • 90
    Edge durability

Good points

  • Good handling.
  • Very good initial sharpness.
  • Excellent edge durability.

Bad points

(No obvious bad points.)

Model

  • Price guide

    $110

  • Origin

    China

Specifications

  • Size (cm)

    20

  • Weight (g)

    308

  • Handle

    Plastic

More info

  • Notes

    -

Member reviews

2 Member reviews

Good weight and durability

Pros

I have the smaller 15cm version of this knife and use it as my everyday cooking knife. I find the grip comfortable and a nice shape and weight for handling -I see it is the same shape but smaller than the 20cm one. It has lasted well over 10 years but could do with a professional sharpen now - having siad that, my teenager just sliced a tomato easily with it last week. It is perfect for veges, large fruit and meat.

And at this price $99 for the 15cm length (less 50% at Briscoes), it's a bargain.

Cons

I only wonder if dearer knives maintain their new ultra sharp longer altho this is plenty sharp.

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Lynda G.

Used 6 months or more

Brilliant knives

Pros

I have a full range of Scanpan knives and they are excellent. I have had them for nearly 10 years and they really do stay sharp with regular steeling...I use a diamond steel...also by Scanpan. They are hefty so probably suit bigger hands but I find the heft and balance perfect...I am 5'11". Pricewise they are great value even at full retail but Briscoes regularly has them on special at 30% to 40% off

Cons

They are quite heavy so it is very much a matter of what suits your hand size and strength. Remember, slicing and chopping are very different techniques but I find the cook's knife very good for both...the curved blade gives a very good "rocking" action for dicing and chopping but the blade is also long enough to slice well...it has a very keen edge.

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Peter W.

Used 6 months or more