Are you a home chef looking for the right knife but do not want to spend a ton of money? With the wide range of quality knives at variable prices I decided to give one of the more well known brands a try by testing out the Victorinox Fibrox Chef’s Knife.
Does this chef’s knife meet the expectations of a budget knife? Continue reading below to find out!
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Fibrox Pro cutlery has been used for many years by culinary professionals. For this reason and the fact that the brand is familiar led me to purchase this knife as one of my first reviews.
Watermelon, cantaloupe, squash, eggplant, and other large fruits and vegetables can be a challenge to cut up; however, the 10″ Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife provides the right size tool to accomplish these larger cuts. The longer blade provide additional leverage to slice through thicker skinned foods. Yet, the sharp blade creates smooths cuts on softer food like tomatoes and bread. The longer edge also allows you to make less cuts to conserve your energy and time. Fruits, vegetables, meats, and breads can be easily sliced with this knife.
The Victorinox Fibrox Chef’s Knife is made with high-quality, lightweight European steel. The blade is created from a stamped process which essentially cuts the blade directly from a thin sheet of steel. The knife is ground in two directions to create a 15 degree edge. This allows the blade to hold a sharp edge longer and be easily sharpened to ensure maximum cutting performance. This chef’s knife also has a half tang that is embedded into an ergonomic back handle.
The handle is made from a synthetic material (TPE) which performs and has properties like rubber, but it processed like plastic. It is a simple yet solid piece to prevent it from coming loose from the blade. The solid design keeps food, mold, or other grim from getting into any seems.
The larger blade is well shaped to provide a long, sloping curve to aid a rocking motion for mincing and chopping. I found it easy to chop onions and lettuce using a rocking motion.
Although this knife is lightweight and probably provides some relief to those cutting for many hour each day, I found it to be a little lacking when I held it. The longer blade throws off the balance of this knife. The half tang and light handle causes the blade to be the heavier part of the knife. Keeping a solid grip on this knife remedied this issue, but I had to work slightly harder to make the cut.
The Fibrox Pro handle provided a nice and comfortable grip. Even my kids found it easy to hold in their smaller hands. The solid handle has a good texture to prevent the knife from slipping from your hand. Even when completely saturated the knife allows you to maintain a firm grip.
Although the knife came sharp, I found that the blade dulled if I did not keep it honed every few uses. This is definitely not a blade that you want to buy and then forget to sharpen. Good maintenance is an important part of any decent knife that you buy, so this one is not any different. I also opted not to wash this knife in the dishwasher, so that is probably another factor to consider in how long the blade sharpness lasts.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The Victorinox Fibrox Chef’s Knife is hygienic and dishwasher safe although I recommend that all knives be hand washed to ensure their sharpness and longevity (see: Kitchen Knife Care). It has also been certified by the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) that the product has been made with the highest sanitary standards.
The handle is a single piece molded around the half tang. This prevents food juices and particles from getting into joints and seems of the knife handle.
As mentioned earlier, you will want to frequently hone the blade to keep it sharp. I did this about every other use and found the blade to stay pretty sharp.
Victorinox AG guarantees all knives and tools to be of first class stainless steel and also guarantees a life time against any defects in material and workmanship (save for electronic components 2 years). Damage caused by normal wear and tear, misuse or abuse are not covered by this guarantee.
|Blade||Stamped European Stainless Steel|
|Handle||Synthetic Material (TPE)|
|Blade Length||10" (advertised)
|Weight||7.5 oz (advertised)
6.5 oz (actual)
Who Should Buy the Victorinox Fibrox Chef’s Knife?
I would recommend the Victorinox Fibrox Chef’s Knife to home chef’s who want:
- A Budget Friendly Option – A knife that is under $50 always grabs my attention. Normally the quality of the knife is lacking, but the Victorinox Fibrox Chef’s Knife is above others in this price range.
- A Lightweight Design – This knife is very light. Although it’s balance is more blade heavy, it still provides a clean cut with minimal effort.
- A Comfortable Grip – The handle is the right size for about any types of hands. The rubber-like material of the handle allows for a firm grip when when wet. It is comfortable to use for long periods of time without causing pain in your hand.
- A Quality Brand – Victorinox has been creating knives for over a century. This well-known brand backs the quality of their knives with a life time guarantee against defect in material and workmanship.