A chef knife is crucial for any home cook. The shape of the knife allows you to rock the blade back and forth for better chopping/mincing control. Chef knives run from $1.99 to hundreds of dollars. In most cases, you get what you pay for and should base your investment amount on how often you cook. I do think that every kitchen needs a chef knife but don’t waste money on an incredibly expensive knife that will barely see the side of a vegetable.
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