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  • Ergonomic, easy-to-grip, soft Santoprene handle
  • German no-stain steel blade
  • Thick bolster provides strength and adds durability
  • Great for chopping, dicing, mincing, or slicing
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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Bring the professional quality you demand to your commercial kitchen with this Mercer M20608 Genesis® 8" forged chef knife.

One of the most basic yet crucial hand tools in the kitchen is the chef knife, so make sure you're equipped to handle busy day-in day-out operation by purchasing the right one. This high-quality knife is ready for a lifetime of chopping, dicing, mincing, or slicing fruits, vegetables, and proteins.

  • Hand Wash Only

    Hand Wash Only

    To preserve quality, this item should only be hand-washed and sanitized.

  • NSF Listed

    NSF Listed

    This item meets the standards imposed by NSF International, which focuses on public safety, health, and the environment.

Santoprene Handle

The Santoprene handle material is a high performance, soft material that offers a safe and comfortable non-slip grip for all day use. It will not break down when exposed to kitchen oils, and is able to withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures.

Razor Sharp Blade

This knife's 8" high carbon, traditional German no-stain steel blade features hand-polished edges that are taper ground for superior stability, easy-honing, and long-lasting sharpness. It won't rust, corrode, or discolor.

Forged Design

Thanks to the forged design, this knife has a thicker, heavier blade that is stronger and better balanced than traditional stamped knives.

Heavy-Duty Bolster

A thick bolster strengthens the knife, adds durability, and provides optimal balance for a sturdy grip.

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Can this knife be washed in a dishwasher?
No, hand washing with soapy water and sanitizer solution is always recommended. When placed in a dishwasher, the process will often rust and cause damage to the edges of the blade.

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  • Blade Length:8 Inches

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4.8 stars from 53 reviews


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1 out of 1 found this review helpful

I've owned my Mercer chef knife for almost 10 years now and use it almost daily in my home kitchen. The quality and weight of the knife has always felt more comfortable for me than a lot of the other knives I've owned and now I purchased a few more Mercer knives including a longer boning and a bread knife too. It's still able to hold an edge after a long time and there is plenty left to last another two or three decades of home use.

Benjamin W. on 03/19/2018
1 out of 1 found this review helpful

Decent worker bee knife that is good for every day tasks. Did dull quickly so be ready to hit it with a sharpener pretty soon after purchase.

Michele R. on 01/16/2018
1 out of 1 found this review helpful

I cannot function in the kitchen without my Mercer knives. The 8" Chef Knife is the one I use more than any other. The length is great for just about any type of slicing and I have found that while it does require occasional sharpening, it holds it's edge nicely.

Kathleen K. on 11/13/2017
1 out of 1 found this review helpful

First, I'd like to correct an error in the description- as you can see in the pictures, the handle is a comfortable, soft, slip-resistant molded santoprene which completely encases the rat-tail tang of the knife. It does not have a full tang, nor does it have riveted handle scales (which are what's found on knives with full tangs). At one point, a full tang with a triple riveted handle was considered the best. With modern technology, that is no longer the case, and many actually prefer molded santoprene for comfort, slip resistance and durability. I believe what is meant in the ad copy is that the bolster is fully webbed (the bolster's web, sometimes called a quillon or finger guard, runs down the full length of the choil). The web is a part of the knife's bolster, not part of the tang. Mercer also makes forged knives with an Read More

Jeff M. on 10/30/2017
1 out of 1 found this review helpful

What a knife cuts stuff like butter. Cut bricks of cheese by hand or a Rubén at easy. We replaced all our knifes and for the price you can't beat it.

Brian J. from Bjames Llc on 10/27/2017

OMGosh. What a knife. This one is super sharp. I don’t have a slicer and do all my vegetables by hand. Mostly the knife will dull in a few days. I can never slice tomatoes properly once the knife has been used on other things. This knife stayed sharp for me.

Karla N. from Biscuit Barn on 05/12/2022

I love this knife. It is perfect for daily use and comes incredibly sharp. It has a lot of weight to it, which gives a great feel when holding and using it.

Mason K. on 07/10/2021

I was totally surprised by this knife. I bought it so that I would have something cheap and sharp to use while I work on learning how to sharpen my other knives. So, not high expectations. But, there is no hint of cheap about it. It is sharp; it is very good looking. The handle is comfortable and secure. The balance and the weight are just what I want. I could not be more pleased.

Luther W. on 05/30/2020

Who doesn't need another sharp durable chef's knife? This one cuts and slices with the best of them. Don't hesitate to pick this one up for your establishment.

Danielle A. from Revival Eastside Eatery on 10/15/2019

For the price, these bad boys are a workhorse in the kitchen. With proper care and sharpening, they can last for a lifetime, and are easy to clean.


This is one of the sharpest knives right out of the box. It is my first Mercer, but I do plan on purchasing more from the Genesis line. It is incredibly strong with the forged blade and extremely versatile.

Jim B. on 04/09/2019

This was my very first knife in culinary school. Has a nice weight to it and comfortable handle for a good grip. I would highly recommend this knife. Mercer is a good name brand and this knife is definitely a solid chef knife

Jadon S. on 03/31/2019

I was way overdue for a new knife. After looking over the options went with this knife and couldn’t be happier. Super sharp, nice feel, good weight solid knife. And love the grippy feel of the handle.

Jeffrey L. from Tasteful Cuisine Personal Chef Service on 03/06/2019

This blade has maintained is sharp edges with minimal upkeep. I like that they are useful for many years without needing professional resharpening at all

Tsm J. from Town Square Market on 01/15/2019

My knives of choice for my business is Mercer because their knives are quality made for a reasonable price. They have never let me down and I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Sara K. on 11/12/2018

Bought these knives at the suggestion of a former employee and I must say, he was right. They are a nice quality at a reasonable price. Use these on a daily basis, and I would highly recommend!

Gina J. from Jubilee Leadership Academy on 05/18/2018

Mercer is a brand that I can trust when it comes to knives. First of all, the metal blade is from Japan so I think it's high quality. Secondly, the price is affordable for its quality. As long as we take care of the knives properly, it can last for years. Have hundreds of knives, and Mercer knives are one of the most durable for its price. Highly recommended for cutting vegetables because of this forward back motion handle. Fits well for an Asian sized hands.

Aaron M. on 04/28/2018

This knife is incredible. It's the sharpest knife I have ever used. I highly recommend this product for cutting vegetables, tomatoes, steaks, chicken, pork loin, etc.

Thomas M. from Real Deal Goods on 02/15/2018

This is the best knife I have every used. It is amazingly sharp and maintains that sharpness for a long time! If I ever need to replace it, we will be buying another just like it.

Jessica B. from Otter Juice Co on 02/12/2018

You can't go wrong by purchasing this! This is an excellent quality knife. It is very sharp and firm. It doesn't require a lot of sharpening and it is well made. This is a must have in any commercial kitchen.

Jean H. on 01/18/2018

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