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  • High carbon no-stain German steel
  • Perfect for high volume kitchens and culinary schools alike
  • Slices, chops, dices, and minces large variety of ingredients
  • Forged construction with short bolster to enable easy sharpening
  • 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 M21079 Genesis 9" 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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Overall Dimensions:
  • Length: 14 3/8 Inches
  • Blade Length: 9 Inches
  • Blade Width: 1 7/8 Inches
  • Maximum Blade Width: 1 7/8 Inches

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Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Mercer Culinary M21079 Genesis 9" Forged Chef Knife with Short Bolster

    4.8 stars from 6 reviews


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    This is a well made knife! The blade is very sharp and it cuts easily. The handle fits well in your hand and it will not slip out. This is an excellent knife for any kitchen.
    I can honestly say the mercer genesis line is worth every cent! skip the cheaper lines mercer sells and buy this one. You will thank me
    I love this knife because of its design and durability. It keeps its edge after repeated use and works well for large prep work. Also its easy to sharpen.
    As a line cook, picked this up for the extra inch and short bolster to get use of the full range of the blade. Love the balance, right in front of the bolster where I pinch my blade, for an even distribution. After a good sharpening, regular steeling keeps the edge for months. Thick ruberized handle fits comfortable in my hand.
    This is a great house knife. My crew is harder on equipment and such than any other crew I've had in 40 years!! If there is a way to damage these, they will find it. So far, so very good. Full tang, nice heavy blade, but not too heavy. Highly recommend.
    Great knife!! Just bought this knive, cut with precision, cut beautifully and cleanly, extremely sharp! Hadn't bought knives in 33 years and this will probably be my last

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