There are only three knives the average person needs. It's advice a chef gave me awhile ago, and after three years working with a test kitchen, I wholeheartedly agreed. A chef's knife, a serrated knife, and a paring knife—with those three things, you can prep just about anything you'll need to make. That random chef was right, too. Despite owning a full butcher's block full of knives (that most cliched of wedding gifts), I really only used those three. And I was totally content with them, until I heard about Chrissy Teigen's bizarro hybrid knife.
As part of her Cravings By Chrissy Teigen line for Target, the cookbook author (and model, and Twitter truth-teller) released a 7-inch serrated Santoku knife. It had the potential to whittle my three essential knives down to two, but at first, I dismissed it as hype. Could it really mimic the equivalent of a serrated knife, easily slicing through crusty bread, and be just as useful as a Santoku (AKA a Japanese, all-purpose blade that's a lot like a chef's knife)?! Then I saw it selling on eBay for three times its retail price.
And I wrote it off as more hype. People were trying to turn a quick buck by flipping celebrity-endorsed goods. But still, I was curious, so when I found a single knife left in stock at my local Target, I scooped it up, ready to scoff at it. Then I tried it, and my world was changed.
Test One: Apples
Maybe it was the luck of a new knife, freshly sharpened and out of the box, but it chopped apples for a pie like I was tearing through those Velcro-ed fake vegetables in a kids' kitchen play set. The blade was wide enough, too, that I could easily use it to scoop up an entire apple's worth of slices and toss it onto my pie plate in one swoop.
Test Two: Tomatoes
Ah, a real challenge: Could the teeth on this blade slice through cherry tomatoes without smooshing the flesh of the fruit? I figured it'd fail here, but the teeth didn't snag on the tomato's skin, making clean cuts with every chop.
Test Three: Grilled Chicken
The packaging on Chrissy's knife claims it can handle chicken with ease...and it lives up to that promise. In fact, I diced the chicken for a salad so easily that I actually worried I was stabbing my cutting board a little too vigorously. It seemed like the serrated teeth could dent the wooden board, sending splinters into my food. Thankfully, it wasn't that powerful (turns out, I'm not Thor).
The Verdict: Obsessed!
After trying it out with three very different food textures, I had to admit: This knife might replace my go-to chef's knife. The serrated edge makes it a little more annoying to sharpen, admittedly, and I'm fighting the urge to throw it in the dishwasher afterward (a no-no for most knives, but well, I'm lazy). This Santoku's quickly become my go-to while cooking, leaving my poor butcher's block to sit in the corner, collecting dust.
While you can find it on eBay, , so you don't have to pay triple the price to try it out.