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What is the best Handle Material for the Chef Knife?

There are four main types of material used for Chef Knife Handles:

  • Wood

  • Plastic

  • Composite

  • Metal

Chef Knife with a Wood Handle:

Most agree that the wood handle looks best on a chef knife.

There are several considerations when getting a chef knife with a wood handle.

A wood handle may lose its varnish coating if left in water, or washed in a dishwasher. If that happens the wood handle can become a breeding ground for germs.

It is advised that if getting a chef knife with a wood handle, make sure to re-varnish the handle every year.

Wood handle on a Chef Knife.
Wood handle on a Chef Knife.

Chef Knife with a Plastic Handle:

Most fast food kitchens, or food factories use knives with plastic handles.

There are two main reasons for using a chef knife with a plastic handle:

  • The production is cheaper, and so is the knife.

  • A plastic handle will not let microorganisms to form in or on it.

There are some disadvantages though.

A chef knife with a plastic handle will not be rightly balanced because the plastic handle is lighter than wood or wood composite.

It may become uncomfortable for the chef in the long run.

The second disadvantage is that the plastic handle may dry up and crack after a while.

Plastic handle on a chef knife.
Plastic Handle on a Chef Knife

Chef Knife with a Composite Handle:

These Chef Knife Handles are made of Laminated wood composites integrated with resin.

Most chefs agree that this is the best material for the knife handle.

The composite material, also called Pakkawood, or Staminawood, weighs and feels like wood, and so gives the right balance necessary for the Chef Knife, and it is as sanitary as plastic handles.

The Composite wood handle is also very easy to care for, and can be washed in a dishwasher.

Pakkawood Handle on the Sakura Chef Knife.
Pakkawood Handle on a chef knife.

Chef Knife with a Metal Handle:

Some companies make the chef knife with a metal handle.

Usually these knives are stamped and not forged, but sometimes also forged knives may have a metal handle.

Most knives with a metal handle are not balanced because the handle becomes too heavy. That makes the knife uncomfortable to use.

Also if the handle gets wet, it becomes very slippery.

That is why many manufacturers make grooves and hinges on the handle for better hold.

Metal handle on a chef knife.

Metal Handle on a Chef Knife.

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Thank you very much.
I got the Knife today.

Believe me I have been in the hotel industry for the last 30 years in four continents and am
an expert in this field.

During my career I have held and worked with superb knives manufactured by companies in Germany, UK, etc.

But Believe me when I held my Sakura chef’s knife in my hand I was amazed at what you have manufactured.

Absolutely stunning and sharp , well balanced and cuts like a razor blade, I have never
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