We enjoy expensive kitchenware, but we also recognize that not everyone can afford them. It’s important to pull back and examine products that won’t kill your credit card but still offer you quality. In today’s Victorinox kitchen knife review, we’re looking at one such product.
The Victorinox, a Switzerland-based company, is most famous for its Swiss Army Knives, but it also makes fine kitchen cutlery. This Victorinox Fibrox 10-inch carving knife is one of the brand’s finest pieces, and it possesses all the characteristics of a high-quality knife.
Victorinox Kitchen Knife Review: Main Features of the Fibrox Carving Knife
Like most quality kitchen knives, this one is made from high-carbon stainless steel. The metal offers the rust resistance of ordinary stainless steel with a little added carbon for better edge retention. It’s not 100% immune to corrosion, mind you, so it’s best to wash and dry it promptly after use.
The blade is razor-sharp straight out of the box. And as with all knives, you should hone the blade every once in a while to maintain its best form.
Victorinox’s Fibrox line uses a type of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material for their handles. It results in a cheaper feel than some fancier knives with a wood handle but is good for maintaining a firm grip on the handle. Additionally, you won’t need to worry about treating the handle with oil to retain water repellency like you would with wood.
This Victorinox is a stamped knife. The blade of stamped knives is less thick and less tough than that of forged knives. As a result, the stamped blade is much lighter, but it tends to flex more easily. Keep in mind that having the blade well-honed and well-sharpened helps a lot with the flexibility issue.
The handle also favors low weight. As mentioned earlier, the scale is TPE, which is a lightweight material. What’s more, the blade has an incomplete tang (that metal mass of the knife that runs down to the handle) as opposed to a full tang, which also cuts down on weight.
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This Victorinox carving knife is designed for rocking cutting. It has a curved edge and a high belly. This particular blade is 2 inches longer than the average chef’s knife. Despite the extended length, because the blade is light and razor-sharp straight out of the box, many have shared their love for its versatility.
However, the knife feels flimsy when cutting into tough food (watermelon, for example) compared to a more expensive, forged knife. This is mostly due to the thin spine and the lack of a full tang.
The Victorinox homepage states that Fibrox knives are dishwasher safe but do so with cautions. Certain cycles and dishwasher cleaners may damage the cutting edge of a knife. Plus, the knife might damage the other wares in the machine as well.
Since it’s not that much of a hassle to clean knives, we recommend manual washing and drying.
The knife is under a lifetime warranty.