The Rockingham Forge 20cm Chef’s Knife, as sold here at Kitchen Knives, was recently featured by BBC Good Food as their best Japanese-style knife for under £40.
They put some of the most widely used chef’s knives through the wringer, testing for sharpness, handle comfort, balance and weight, and ‘tang’ (the part of the metal blade which becomes the handle).
After hacking through lots of butternut squash and tomatoes and finely chopping and rigorously shredding plenty of shallots and carrots, the Rockingham Forge came out on top!
Here’s exactly what BBC Good Food had to say about the knife:
“Not sold as a Japanese-style, this is more of a hybrid which combines the weight and forged handle of a modern kitchen knife with the sleek shaped blade of a ‘deba’ style Japanese knife. This paired with a great balance makes the knife easy to rock from the tip to the heel of the blade so it’s an excellent knife for slicing skinnier ingredients like carrots or celery sticks.”
In particular, the judges praised the Rockingham Forge’s rocking action and its forged handle as its best features.