For most people, a Standard Chefs Knife is an 8″ chef with a German curve, but what about all of the other dimensions and options? What steel is used? What is a standard height or width? What about the fit and feel of the handle? There are many options available, so a better question may be: what is the best fit for you?
At Ken Avery Knives we offer Standard, Petite, and Hefty options for our Pro Series Chefs Knives to give our clients a starting point for building a custom knife that fits them perfectly. Almost all of the build can be customized to the individual.
Our “standard” build depends mostly on length – the longer a blade is the more support it needs in the spine – and typically it needs a bit more height in the heel. So for an 8″ Chefs Knife, the “standard” width would measure 0.125″ – 0.130″ at the bolster, and the heel height would be 2.25″. As blade length increases the width would increase to support the longer blade. A 12″ knife would be .140″ – .156″ thick at the bolster. Typically longer knives get a touch more heel height as well. Handle choices, trim choices, blade steels, blade curve, and heel height are all customizable to the individual.
The Petite option for an 8″ Chefs Knife would reduce blade thickness to about 0.100 – .125″ inches thick and reduce heel height to about 2.0″. The reduced blade dimensions make for a lighter knife. The handle is shortened by about .25″ and the height of the handle is reduced to fit a smaller hand. Again, handle choices, trim choices, blade steels, blade curve, and heel height are all customizable to the individual.
A “Hefty” build would increase thickness to 0.140″ and the heel height would increase to 2.375″, this makes for a large heavy knife that some chefs prefer. Great for guys like me with a big hand.
So even though we offer a “Standard Chefs Knife,” it is just a starting point to build a knife that fits you perfectly. Need more information about steel, handles, etc? Check out the design menu – everything you need to know is available to help you design your perfect “Standard Chefs Knife”.