Kitchen knives

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

Cutting a green capsicum with a kitchen knife.

Global

G-2 Cook’s Knife

recommended

81

Price guide

$239

Member Reviews

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

    Test results

    • 85
      Handling
    • 85
      Initial sharpness
    • 64
      Edge durability

    Good points

    • Very good handling.
    • Very good initial sharpness.
    • OK edge durability.

    Bad points

    (No obvious bad points.)

    How we test

    Overall score:

    • Handling (60 percent)
    • Initial sharpness (20 percent)
    • Edge durability (20 percent)

    Price is based on a March 2013 price survey.

    Model

    • Price guide

      $239

    • Origin

      Japan

    Specifications

    • Size (cm)

      20

    • Weight (g)

      167

    • Handle

      Steel

    More info

    • Notes

      -

    Member reviews

    6 Member reviews

    Best Knife I have ever owned

    Pros

    Comfort, sharpness and durability. I steel it regularly but it now needs to be professionally sharpened, I have had it for around 5 years and this is the first time I have needed to have it sharpened. It's still much better than your average budget kitchen knife but when sharp its a revelation! I'm sure there are better knives out there for a price but this more than suits my needs as an enthusiastic home cook. unless you lose it, it should last you a life time.

    Cons

    None

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Tim M.

    Used 6 months or more

    Full set of Global Knives

    Pros

    These are all high quality stainless steel Japanese knives.
    Being Japanese they are thinner than European knives. As far as Japanese knives go - the Globals are of medium quality.
    But compared to most other knives they are superb. The blades are sharp from new and the metal handle gives a good grip.
    They need to be sharpened on Japanese Water stones, and finished on a leather strop loaded with diamond paste, by someone who specialises in sharpening.
    I do this myself, and the blades take an extremely fine razor sharp edge. Regular use of ceramic rod to re align edge advised.

    Cons

    Excellent knives, but at this price you would be advised to check out other high quality Japanese knives. Try JCK direct from Japan for a huge selection of superb knives.

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Doug L.

    Used 6 months or more

    Global Kife Set (Including G2)

    Pros

    Good knives that you can keep very sharp , but do require regular honing. I sharpen all of my Global knives immediately before use and again after cleaning and before racking. We don't find rusting an issue.

    Cons

    Yep, brittle edges. Despite careful use and storage the edges nick quite easily. Don't store these knives on magnetic wall strips as a friend of mine does, they snap onto the strip with enough force to put small nicks in the blade. We store our Global knives either vertically or spine down (not blade down) in a knife block.

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Lisa R.

    Used 6 months or more

    The whole set of knifes

    Pros

    Nice balanced set of knifes
    very sharp

    Cons

    Due to Iron content they rust easy so don't put them away in the knife block straight away after drying them, leave out for a while other wist the moisture goes into the wooden block and comes out making them more rusty.

    Pleas note I was informed that the Knives in the set are not the same as the ones sold individually and Global never say this they are are still good knifes but not made the same as the individual ones, I was gutted to find this out several years after buying them for $700AUD in 1999

    Recommend it?

    Maybe, it depends on what you're after.

    David H.

    Used 6 months or more

    Global G2 Cooks Knife

    Pros

    Had one for many years, always sharp and well balanced to use. Have the Global brand sharpener also and use it carefully when needed, which is not often. Never put in dishwasher and preferably don't let anyone else use it! Have just bought one for my holiday home as I tend to cater for more people there and was always bemoaning the lack of my Global knives to help me out. I'm worth it...

    Cons

    None

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Helen P.

    Used 6 months or more

    Global kitchen knives - the full set

    Pros

    The knives are very well balanced and I feel in control when cutting, chopping or slicing. The dimpled texture of the handle means they don't slip in my hand when wet.The design of the blade and handle allows for easy cleaning
    Although not cheap, they are worth the money and are very durable.My set is about 15 years and they are still as good as new.
    In spite advice given by your test team to avoid pull through sharpeners I use the one sold by the Global knife company and find it excellent; the loss of metal has been imperceptible.
    I also use their block for keeping the knives safe.

    Cons

    Not everyone likes the balance of the larger knives and I would recommend trying them, together with other brands for comparison before buying - at these prices you would want to be certain they suited you.
    They are not dishwasher-proof and that can be a nuisance but worth the minor inconvenience. If you do put them in the dishwasher, they will become dull in both appearance and, eventually, sharpness. This dullness in appearance is eventually cured by careful hand washing, and sharpening takes care of the edge.

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Sarah W.

    Used 6 months or more