The Zelite Infinity Executive Chefs Knife is a top of the line chef knife in all areas. Every part of this chef knife, from the sheath to the handle, to the blade, personifies craftsmanship. The blade looks the part of a top of the line chefs knife and performs even better.
At first glance, you’ll notice the striking Tsunami Rose Damascus pattern, which is unique to Zelite Infinity knives. The blade itself is forged with 67-layer, high-carbon stainless steel for a long lasting sharpness. The hammered Tsuchime finish gives this knife the style deserving of being called ‘Executive Chef.’
The blade depth – 57mm – gives this chef knife added heft, pairing Japanese steel and design with a German feel. The added clearance can also save you some wear and tear on your knuckles and is beneficial for the ‘rocking motion’ style of cutting.The best chef knives have durable, comfortable and secure handles, and the Zelite Infinity Executive Chefs Knife is no different. The full tang is supported by a black handle, with three rivets. The handle is rounded and ergonomic, making it suitable for long shifts in the kitchen.
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- High carbon stainless steel blade features a razor sharp edge
- Balanced bolster to minimise wrist fatigue
- Durable design includes a full three rivet full tang inside an ergonomic grip
- Deep blade for knuckle clearance
- Stain and rust resistant
The blade is extremely sharp and crafted to hold it’s edge. A traditional, hand sharpening method is used to create a 12-degree edge, virtually unheard of in Western knives. The blade scores a 61 Rockwell Hardness rating, meaning this blade is very hard and will retain its sharpness well.
The blade is deeper than your average chefs knife, which makes this blade ideal for heavy duty chopping. The increased clearance helps facilitate the ‘rocking-motion,’ one of the three major cutting motions.
The handle is solid but comfortable. It’s well balanced, which is important for a blade of this size and sharpness. The tapered bolster creates a handle that fits perfectly in your hand. This quality becomes even more important for those using this knife in a commercial kitchen.
- Beginners will need time to adjust to the 57mm deep blade
- Heavier than most Japanese knives
- Deep blade may not fit in some knife blocks
Because this is one of the best chef knives, it’s also one of the most expensive. It can retail for more than double some of the other chef knives covered in our reviews.
This is not a ‘forgiving’ chefs knife. Meaning, this blade is very, very sharp, and beginner chefs must use caution because this blade can cut you much easier than less expensive models.
Features and Design – Zelite Infinity Executive Chefs Knife
The Zelite Infinity Executive Chefs Knife is one of the best chef knives because of it’s exceptional craftsmanship and top-of-the-line materials used. The balanced, comfortable, triple-riveted handle make this a true chef’s knife, matching high performance with impressive visual design. All told, this is a knife that can handle the rigors of a commercial kitchen, and look good while doing it.
So, just how good are the Zelite Japanese knives? Take a look at this great review of the entire range.