Global G2 8-Inch 20cm Cook’s Knife
A complete alternative to traditional European cutlery. An eastern Yin to the western Yang, Global knives from Japan are high-tech all the way from tip to handle. They are forged with hard molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel and “face-ground” with a long taper so the edge remain sharp longer than even the best German high-carbon stainless-steel knives.
Lightweight is the focus here and the stainless steel handles make the Global G2 stand out from the pack. It has been actually described as “sexy.” The handles have dimples to make the knife non-slip, and it forgoes the bolster in favor of a hollow handle that is filled with an exact amount of sand for balance and weight.
The Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain in his famous, “Kitchen Confidential” highly regards the Global line and we can assume would have No Reservations about recommending the Global G-2 Cook’s Knife. Sorry, we couldn’t resist.
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Global G2 8-Inch 20cm Cook’s Knife Features
- Lightweight, precisely balanced 8-inch or 20cm chef’s knife
- Blade made of high-tech molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel
- Edge retains razor sharpness exceptionally well
- Stainless-steel handle molded for comfort, dimpled for safe grip
- Dishwasher safe (although we at Best Chefs Knife do not recommend doing this)
- Lifetime warranty against defects and breakage
- Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.5 x 0.9 inches ; 10.2 ounces
Global G2 8-Inch 20cm Cook’s Knife Review
This featherweight chef’s knife has received many excellent reviews online, both on forums and shopping sites. An overwhelming majority of reviewers attest to the razor-sharp blade being the sharpest knife they’ve ever owned.
The first thing most reviewers address is just how light this knife is. It may be off-putting to those looking for heavier, European-style chef’s knives (like the Henckel Pro S) that are more suitable for, say, splitting lobster shells. Several mention how this is great, however, for smaller hands and if you have any kind of carpal tunnel problems in your wrist or arm. The light weight of the Global G2 8-Inch allows for easy chopping without the wrist strain that a heavier chef’s knife tends to give.
The one-piece design of the handle is often praised for easy cleaning and the handle does not have the possibly of breaking off or hiding food/germs. Several reviewers remarked upon how the “nubbies” allow for a good hold on the knife, even when wet. To that point, the reviews are often divided by those that feel the Global G-2 is easy to use when wet, and those that think the non-slip metal grip suffers when it is.
One particular review caught our attention: A full-time chef (we’re suckers for the “Best Chefs Knife” kind of feedback) left his Global G-2 8-Inch at work for a few days. While gone, the head chef (who readily agreed it was the sharpest knife in the kitchen) used it heavily, disregarding his German Wuhstof knives. He came back and noticed the chef had not honed the edge so it had deteriorated well beyond repair. He advised, “I make sure I keep the edge honed and this knife treats me better than any knife I’ve ever used. I own Shun, Wuhstof, Henckels, Sabatier, etc. I am sold on Global.”
As with any high-quality knife the key is to maintain the edge. As the knife is used you will need to re align the edge, using a ceramic (like Kyocera) knife rod, or a smooth steel daily to retain the razor edge.
For all the positives we found regarding the Global G2 8-Inch 20cm Cook’s Knife, the only negative reviews that we could find seemed to be in the difference in weight preference. If you prefer a heavier knife or have very large hands then you might have a difficulty getting used to the Global. One reviewer mentioned that the heel of the blade is rather pointed which can cause difficulties if your hands are big.
Price-wise the Global seems to be in line with other high-end knives if a little closer to the bottom of the range. When compared to the Shun Elites, one reviewer actually returned two of his Elites for an entire set of Globals.
Hot Chef Knives Recommendation
Overall, we feel without hesitation that the Global G2 Cook’s knife belongs close to the top in the category of Best Chef’s Knife. Only the matter of personal preference regarding weight should be the deciding factor in your purchase of this outstanding knife.
Where to Buy
If you go to Williams-Sonoma.com the G-2 is about the same price as Amazon at $115.00. However, Williams Sonoma has unusual shipping in which you pay based off the total retail, which we found odd. Depending on where you live, Amazon will definitely beat that. Click here to get the Global G-2 at Amazon’s discounted price.