One of just three that excelled at cleanly slicing tomatoes, the Wüsthof Classic 8-Inch ($120, amazon.com) is also expert at slicing and chopping onions, cutting up carrots, and neatly creating thin ribbons of basil. - GoodHousekeeping.com
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Traditional Co-Winner At less than half the Wüsthof's price, the J.A. Henckels Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife ($50, amazon.com) cuts no corners on performance, with perfect scores on our onion and basil tests (and near-perfect scores on the rest).