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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.

  • NSF Listed

    NSF Listed

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

  • Hand Wash Only

    Hand Wash Only

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

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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Mercer Genesis 8" Chef's Knife

Add durability and safety to your commercial kitchen with the Mercer Genesis 8" forged chef’s knife! It’s NSF Listed and comes with a long-lasting santoprene handle that stands up to kitchen oils and high heat for a non-slip grip.

Add durability to your kitchen knife set with the Mercer Genesis 8" forged chef's knife. This versatile chef knife is designed with an ergonomic Santoprene handle to offer a safe, comfortable, non-slip grip that will not break down when exposed to kitchen oils or extreme temperatures. This chef’s knife also features a high carbon, stainless steel blade that features hand-polished edges for easy-honing and long-lasting sharpness. If you’re looking for a well-balanced, durable, and safe knife for your commercial kitchen, the Mercer Genesis 8” chef’s knife is a perfect, affordable option.

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Mercer Genesis Chef's Knives

Ideal for chopping, dicing, and mincing, Mercer Genesis chef’s knives provide quality, safety, and sanitation! To hear more about the great features of these knives, check out our short video.

Trust Mercer Genesis forged chef’s knives to cut through any ingredient you need for your most popular dishes. These knives are all forged with carbon steel blades that are made to maintain a sharp, precise edge. Available with 6", 8", 9", and 10" blades, Mercer Genesis knives are designed to stand up to everyday use while resisting extreme temperatures, acidic kitchen oils, and rust. They also come with a Santoprene handle that makes them easy to hold and use, and a thick bolster in the end of each tang ensures a strong, sturdy grip. Every Mercer Genesis chef's knife is ideal for chopping, dicing, and mincing, and they're all NSF listed.

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Pickling Mercer-Style

Pickling is an easy, time-tested method for intensifying the sweet and sour ends of the flavor spectrum, and in doing so, escalating overall flavor. In this video, Mercer shows you how to pickle onions and add a fresh touch to your dishes.

Pickling is an easy time tested method for intensifying the sweet and sour ends of the flavor spectrum and in doing so escalating overall flavor. Pickled onions are an excellent example of this technique. To begin carefully remove the papery skin of your onion, in this case cipollini onions. Taking care not to be wasteful. After peeling slice the cipollini onions into thin rings. Remember once the onions are pickled they will lose a little bit of their volume. To pickle the onions you will need to heat up a sugar and vinegar mixture. We'll add some spices and aromatics for extra flavor. Combine all the ingredients for your pickling liquid turn it up to a boil an pour it over your sliced onions. The pickles will pick up strong sweet and sour notes from the sugar and vinegar. To intensify the color you can add a large slice of red beat to the mixture when it is hot.

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Mercer: How to Clean and Store Knives

Watch this video to learn how to clean and store knives.

Place the blade of the knife on the flat surface with the edge facing away from your body. Flip the knife and wipe the other side of the blade as well. Dip the knife in the solution and then take it out. Using a cloth soaked in the hot water solution, scrub the blade of the knife. Do it very lightly to prevent scratches. After you have removed visible dirt from the blade of your knife, clean the handle with soapy water. Rinse the knife thoroughly under running water. Dry the knife by using a clean dishtowel. Wash kitchen knives immediately after using them so that the food does not dry on their blades. It is never accepted to place your knife in a drawer without a plastic guard. Make sure that knives lying on flat surfaces are never covered with towels or napkins. After handling a knife, lay it down in a clear area with the blade and point away from the body and away from the edge of the table or cutting area. A knife guard is a rigged plastic sleeve that fully encloses the blade. A glass knife block sits on the counter offering convenient access when working and when safely putting knives away. A magnetic bar is a wall mounted magnetic bar design to hold knives firmly in place.

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Mercer: Knife Handling

Watch this video to learn how to properly hold a knife

Grasp the knife by the handle allowing your thumb and index finger to rest on the blade for support. Before handling a knife, put a light to medium duty cut resistant glove on the hand opposite of the hand that holds the knife. The glove will stay on the hand until the knife has been cleaned and properly stored. Use the right knife for the right job. Keep it sharp.

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  • Blade Length: 8 Inches

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Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Mercer Culinary M20608 Genesis 8" Forged Chef Knife with Full Tang Blade

    4.8 stars from 38 reviews


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    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.

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    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.

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    Overall this is a great knife for most purposes. I find the handle a bit slippery but the blade is great and not too thin nor too thick.

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    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.

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    My go to knife for any job. Mercer Culinary has some of the best knives I have ever owned. This knife is made of great steel and has always kept a great edge.

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    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 abbreviated bolster web, which facilitates sharpening (item 470M21078), as well as the Renaissance line, which has a triple-riveted full tang handle and a webless bolster (item 470M23510). At any rate, all of these knives are an exceptional value. The balance and blade profile are good, there's some nice distal tapering, and the quality of the steel is on par with more expensive German knives. They're well made and durable enough to withstand daily use in a commercial kitchen. At these prices, it's hard to go wrong.

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    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.

    from bjames llc Posted on

    This Mercer Culinary Forged Knife is really great. The knife comes sharp and stays sharp for a long time. This has definitely become my go-to knife in my kitchen.

    from sweetart Posted on

    This knife is really sharp! Great knife for slicing anything! I love using this knife and have since purchased them as gifts for friends and family.

    from Cucinella Elementary School Posted on

    A very high quality chef knife from Mercer with an 8 inch blade and full tang blade. The knife is very well constructed and perfect for slicing tomatoes and onions. A nice easy grip handle is a great feature.

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    This knife comes sharp right out of the package. It's an all around well made knife that is expensive but definitely worth it considering how long it will last.

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    This is a great knife to have in any kitchen. It's very sharp and has a good weight to it. The non slip handle works well under wet conditions.

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    It is a real expensive knife but it is worth your money it looks like AWESOME and it works really well. I feels like it will last a long time.

    from Foxland market Posted on

    I really enjoy using this knife. It arrived SUPER sharp and cuts VERY well. The santoprene handle is perfect in my opinion. It provides a good grip without being too tacky allowing you to easily maneuver the knife in your hand.

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    Outstanding 8 inch forged chef knife. They come sharp right on the package and hold the edge and sharpness for a very long time. The craftsmanship of this knife is among the best on the market. The price is incredible.

    from Russ' Sub Shack Posted on

    This is my go to knife. I have used this knife daily for years now and i am very happy with the quality of the blade.

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    Love the product. I had to have another one. I got a mercer chef's knife from school. I love it it handles very well very satisfied.

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    We've tried a variety of knife brands, and Mercer and Victorinox tend to be the best. Dexter-Russel is quite similar, but the forged knives tend to have better steel, and the full tang blades make them sturdier.

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    I would recommend this knife to anyone looking for a High quality chefs knife that won't break the bank but give you a knife that will last a long time and perform at the restaurant or at home.

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    I gotta say, these are my favorite knives. I purchased these for our church kitchen because of the price and the reviews, and then purchased a few for my home. I have other brands at home, and I consistently reach for the Mercers over any of these others. They hold their edge, are extremely sharp, and well balanced. I simply make sure that I use my hone on them before each use. Can't beat these knives for the price!!

    from St Anne Orthodox Church Posted on

    Talk about a reliable brand! Mercer blades are my go-to for any size/type. They are sturdy, easily resharped and even look great with the different color options. I don't think I will ever stop using their knives!

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    I received this exact knife in my kit when I went to culinary school and so when I needed an additional knife it was a no-brainer of which type I was going to get. This was the best price that I could find anywhere. The textured soft grip is comfortable and doesn't slip from your hands. The blade holds an edge well with regular maintenance. I highly recommend this particular knife and this brand.

    from Katie's creative baking & dessert catering Posted on

    go to knife for most of my chefs simple knife and so useful for everything from cutting and prepping veggies to meat to seafood great knife to have

    from Yamato Posted on

    This knife is hands down the best I've ever used! No more crushing my tomatoes or bread, this thing will even cut raw sweet potato with ease. Every kitchen needs at least one good knife and this one is mine.

    from Krods Kitchen Posted on

    I bought a lot of these knifes. I love everyone of them. Wow that is what comes to mind when i used these knifes for the first time. I did not know what to expect. but wow.

    from NY PIZZA PIE LLC. Posted on

    These knives use the same quality steel as other expensive brands. Do yourself a favor and simply get these instead at a quarter of the price. They are, however, thinner on the spine, and will require more frequent steeling. I enjoy steeling my knife anyways so this is hardly a problem.

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    Love my chef's knife for the many times I have to chop up lettus, cukes, carrots, onions, peppers. I use it daily and wouldn't be with out this knife

    from work Posted on

    Good awesom quality mercer 8" forged knife this the vest knife that i use personaly to my catering sercvices nice and sharp sturdy forged knife

    from ashlexdrei tradings /sweets by chef jhay Posted on

    This is a great working-chef knife. It holds an edge for a decent amount of time and has a solid weight to it. The handle is comfortable and easy to hold even when wet.

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    Love this chef's knife. We keep one in our office kitchen for everyday use and it's perfect. Also have one at home for personal use.

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    An excellent, multi-purpose knife that is backed by the no-activation-required limited lifetime warranty. The good weight distribution and razor-sharp blade allow the knife to do most of the cutting chores without much effort. The long bolster offers not only weight and balance, but also acts as a finger guard. The signature Mercer-Genesis-logo-riveted, contoured handle provides solid, strain-free grip. The overall length of the knife is 13-1/8"; the handle is 4-7/16". Kudos again to WebstaurantStore for making this and other knives in the Genesis Series affordable to own.

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    This is a great basic chef's knife. I have been using a knife from a cheap set for awhile and have been wanting to get a new one. I finally ordered this knife and it's actually enjoyable to cut now, and I'm not crushing my herbs. It has nice balance, a comfortable grip, and comes very sharp. For the price, this knife is an awesome deal.

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    I love this knife! It's a perfect length for me and is SUPER sharp. I really like the grip handle too. It makes it easy to cut when you have wet hands.

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    Here is a size comparison to an average lemon. Cuts like butter, obviously :)

    I'm a culinary student and this is the chef knife I was given per my degree. In the middle of my last quarter it was stolen so I am now needing to replace it.... The knife is so good and easy to use i'm replacing my stolen one with the exact same copy!

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    This chef knife was part of the knife set given to us at culinary school. Great for young cooks that are starting new in a kitchen.

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    this is a great knife that is well worth its price. it is very good quality and it is very sharp. i would recommend this to all

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    Got these knifes with my knife kit. They are excellent for beginners! The bolster is sturdy, and it chops through lobster shells! Perfect for a Christmas gift.

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    This is a great knife for a beginner. It was my first when i went to culinary school. Its very durable and easy to keep sharp.

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