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  • High carbon no-stain German steel
  • Great for culinary students and professionals alike
  • Slices, chops, dices, and minces large variety of ingredients with ease
  • Forged construction with short bolster
  • Full tang creates better balance
  • Edge sharpened to 15 degrees
  • Santoprene handle provides safe and efficient grip

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Bring the professional quality that you've come to expect from Mercer Culinary Cutlery to your commercial kitchen with this M21078 Genesis 8" forged chef knife.

Part of the Mercer Culinary's Genesis collection, this chef knife features an ergonomically designed handle comprised of Santoprene, a high performance material that feels soft and is comfortable to hold. The Santoprene handle will not break down when exposed to kitchen oils and is able to withstand hot and cold temperatures. Plus, it offers a nonslip grip for safety with extended use.

  • 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.

Taper Ground Edge

This knife's 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.

Short, Thick Bolster

It's designed to resist rusting, corroding, and discoloration, and has a short, thick bolster that allows users to choke up on the handle and blade for a better grip and added control.

Versatile Design

This knife's versatile design provides excellent control when chopping, dicing, mincing, or slicing fruits, vegetables, and meats. Add it to your kitchen to ensure you and your staff have the proper tool to complete food preparation tasks effectively and efficiently.

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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: How to Clean and Store Knives

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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

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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 M21078 Genesis 8" Forged Chef Knife with Short Bolster

    5.0 stars from 11 reviews


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    I'm just about as far as you can get from being a professional chef, but this is one of the nicest knives I've ever owned. Holds an edge nicely, and cuts through most anything I have tried with ease.
    Our chef has used many knives and this is the one he repeatedly asks us to order time and time again. You can spend more but the Mercer line makes a great knife. We highly recommend them and they are the only brands we use in our kitchen.
    Mercer has great knives and I think the Genesis 8 inch short bolster is one of the best and most diversified knife s you could want , it can handle almost any task and is very inexpensive
    This knife is amazing. We love the quality! We were so pleased by their performance in our bakery that we bought one for use at home. Will certainly buy again.
    great knife! stays sharp for a long time, and big handle makes it easier to slice multiple tomatoes and cucumbers, good value for the money
    Best "1st Chefs Knife" ever. Very versatile, stays sharp, amazing grip, light weight and gorgeous. I always love Mercer knives. Always makes a good gift too.
    This knife is totally legit razor sharp great grip and a very solid feel cutting veggies ,fruit, or meat ,It has great balance highly recommend !
    Very good and sharp. Order come in so fast. Good. If you want to save money combo your order. You will see how much you going save.
    This has turned out to be my favorite knife. I have large hands and I can chop vegetables, cut meat, mince herbs and can use it for all my needs without getting my hands pinched between the handle and the cutting board. If you watch any of the cooking shows and they cut their veggies easily with a toe to heel method this is probably the exact kind of knife they use. I highly recommend it.
    I bought a lot of these knifes. I bought the 8" the 9" and the 10" 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
    The balance of this knife is great. I purchased this knife because it is forged and has a short bolster so sharpening is a breeze and you never end up with a birds beak shaped blade. I will be ordering more for other chefs in my kitchen. My only complaint is that I can't get a full hibachi set (knife? , fork? , spatula ?)

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