Most of this article will focus on this knife’s construction and how that construction is related to the ease with which this knife can be used. Before we delve into that conversation, however, allow me to nod a quick show of appreciation in the direction of its aesthetic appeal. The shape of this knife, while built mostly for comfort, incorporates elegant, sweeping curves. Its dark Pakkawood handle adds not only comfort, but also a touch of prestige, as does its steel end cap. As you will see, each of these features is about more than simple beauty, as they each hold very important functions as well.

Sixty-Seven Layers of Sharp Steel

There are few things more important in a knife (especially a large knife) than the steel from which it has been created. The strength of a knife, your ability to sharpen it, how long it will stay sharp, and how to best clean your knife will all be impacted by the type of steel used in its creation and the way that steel was formed into the shape of a knife.

This knife’s blade has been constructed of sixty-seven layers of high-carbon stainless steel. The sixty-seven layers of steel used to create this knife make it incredibly strong. To create a knife in such a way, the manufacturer first forges a single piece of metal. Next, another piece of metal is fitted around it and hammered into shape, and so on. The process of hammering these pieces together creates heat which slowly fuses these pieces of metal together, while simultaneously changing the molecular composition of the metal to create stronger bonds between molecules, thus making it more difficult to break it apart.

This knife’s high-carbon stainless steel is a hybrid of high-carbon steel and stainless steel, both of which have their benefits and drawbacks. High-carbon steel is much stronger than stainless steel and stays sharp for much longer, but stainless steel will not rust as easily as high-carbon steel. In an effort to appeal to more consumers, many companies are trying to create a “best of both worlds” scenario in which they create a mixture of the two types of steel. Essentially, you end up with a form of steel which is stronger than regular stainless steel but not as strong as other high-carbon steels but which does not rust as easily as other high-carbon steels.

After finishing the forging process, the manufacturers sharpened this knife’s blade to an incredibly sharp 12-degree angle. To put this into perspective, consider that many competing knives in this price range feature blades between 15 and 20 degrees.

Just the Right Curve

If you have reviewed our Chef’s Knives Buying Guide, you may already know that it is important for a chef’s knife to have a curved blade. Many of the slicing and dicing techniques these knives are often used for require a curved blade for fast, effortless work to be completed. However, the portion of the blade closest to the handle, often referred to as the “sweet spot”, must be flatter to accommodate the chopping of fine herbs.

The Infinity’s blade is quite curved toward its tip, allowing you to easily rock it back and forth for creative techniques (such as the rolling technique outlined in our Use and Care Guide). It is also beneficial that the blade levels off toward its sweet spot so that you can chop with ease.

All About Balance and Control

Far too often, companies place the bulk of the weight in the blade, opting for plastic or wooden handles which cannot match the heaviness of the blade’s metal. This makes it difficult to gain proper control over your knife as you move it around, causing the knife to pull your hand in one direction or another as you attempt the various techniques chef’s knives are known for.

The Zelite Infinity is well balanced to keep that control within your own hands. First, its blade is full tang, which means that the metal from the blade continues up into the handle, all the way to the butt of the knife. While this offers more balance, the blade is still thicker and, thus, heavier. To counter this problem, Zelite added a steel cap on the end of the handle.

Many chef’s knives feature a bolster (a piece of metal between the handle and the blade) to give you something to hold onto as you perform some of the more intricate tasks many people like to attempt with a chef’s knife. The problem with most of those knives, however, is that their bolsters are often round and difficult to hold onto. The Infinity’s bolster, on the other hand, has been formed specifically to fit your fingers so that you may pinch it with ease and without worrying that your fingers may slip.

A Great Find

Overall, the weight, strength, durability, sharpness and balance of this chef’s knife, in addition to its beautiful appeal, are what granted it the “Best in Class” position in our “Top Three Chef’s Knives” list.