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Today ladies and gentlemen, it is not one, nor two, but three knives that I will test in front of you! I was very happy to receive several knives recently. The first is a Zyliss novelty. It is a chef's knife with a 14.5 cm blade, sold with a case. The second is also a chef's knife, 16 cm and which has the distinction of being ceramic! It is manufactured by Léo W., a company newly launched in the manufacture and sale of ceramic knives. We do not laugh with the third, a Zwilling chef's knife of 20 cm from the five star range which does not seem to slice soft caramels!
It is important to say before starting that the first two knives are disadvantaged by the overwhelming size of the Zwilling!
Zyliss, the featherweight
Data sheet: Chef knife 14.5 cm, stainless steel and ergonomic silicone handle. With protective blade cover. 82 grams. PVGC € 13.50
Léo W., the middleweight
Technical sheet: Chef knife 16 cm in high density ceramic (minimum 95% zirconium oxide). Anti-slip plastic handle. Convex sharpening of the blade finished by hand. 100 grams. € 34.90.
Zwilling, the heavyweight!
Data sheet: Chef knife 20 cm Five Star range. FRIODUR hardened steel. Ergonomic plastic handle. 194 grams. Around 80 €.
Test 1: handling and ergonomicsAnd now ladies and gentlemen, before your amazed eyes, I will mince onions! Applause!
Once in hand, we realize that the Zyliss knife is really very light, maybe too much. The grip is pleasant and assured but the attack of the cutting edge is not the most effective: the blade slides a little on the skin of the onion. The ceramic knife is a surprise. Light, it is nevertheless very balanced in use, we could cut onions! The cutting edge is very good as well as the comfort. The Zwilling shines by the ease of its cut, but not being pro in cutting onions, I feel awkward with this big knife to cut my little onions from nothing at all. When you get started, you feel like Arthur is removing Excalibur from his rock: we have just found the ideal weapon to face a whole regiment (in a row) of onions. Its weight facilitates cutting, the only effort required is to raise the blade. We feel all the frightening effectiveness of this knife which would cut our fingers without us realizing it immediately - I advise to check from time to time if they are all whole! The 3 knives have a stop (or bolster for Zwilling) which protects the fingers from the edge when cutting. We can say that the 3 are very pleasant in terms of ergonomics even if the Leo W. and the Zwilling outweigh the Zyliss.
Test 2: sharp
For this test, I took a witness knife, an old Victorinox Chef of 18 cm quite dull (and who does not get out that bad after all) to simulate the knife of the average housewife. The Zyliss defends itself anyway, with this thickness, you need a minimum of edge to be able to split the paper without tearing it. We also see that he would not miss much for him to go to the end of his cut. Léo W. splits the leaf fingers in the nose. Likewise for Zwilling which shows a disconcerting ease. I had to kill a tree in the Amazon tonight for the sake of science, I'm sorry.
Test 3: balance
It is the handle of the Zyliss which is the heaviest, which explains the impression of lightness which is a little disabling on the first test. A heavier blade may be welcome. The ceramic knife displays a perfect balance. The Zwilling is not far from showing the same balance but the blade seems slightly heavier.