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Despite all of our mothers’ repeated warnings, everyone here at Foodal loves playing with sharp objects.
We’ve been obsessed with cutting, slicing, dicing, and chopping our way through all of our many knife reviews.
So it should be of no surprise to any of you that we’re equally as excited to review yet another amazing cutlery piece…
In addition to its premium line of direct-to-consumer basic cookware, the company Made In recently launched another kitchen essential that every pro chef and home cook needs to own:
The chef’s knife!
In this review, we’ll analyze the construction, materials, and design of this crucial cutlery piece from the company. We’ll also inform you on how to clean, care, and store it to maintain its high-quality performance.
What You Need to Know, Up Front
The Made In Chef’s Knife is a fully forged, nitrogen-treated blade made 100% in France. It is made from X50CrMoV15 premium metal, with a full tang and stainless steel rivets.
Chef Knife, red, available from Made In
The blade is 8.5 inches long, and the entire length of the knife is 13 inches overall.
It weighs .5 pounds.
There are two different handle color options to consider purchasing: bright red or white.
Bon Voyage, Made In!
From its start in 2017, Made In’s stark determination to become the leading kitchen brand has led the company from working with experienced manufacturers and materials in the United States, to traveling across the globe in France in order to find the best resources possible for its production.
For this cutlery piece, the company partnered with a knife maker business in Thiers, France. This area is also known as the knife capital of the world, due to the city’s passionate history in the cutlery industry dating back over 700 years ago.
Made In chose this region for manufacturing due to a few core reasons, based on time-honored traditions and innovative techniques and designs.
So it’s not just because Thiers is a gorgeous, breathtaking, mountainous foreign village in one of the most romantic countries in the world… but I’m sure that was some sort of influence on the Made In owners…
Much like Made In, whose founders have a deep family history in the kitchen supply business (over a century of experience combined!), the Thiers knife maker they partnered with is a family-owned business, respecting the longstanding traditions of forgery across 5 generations.
The owners of Made In personally travelled to Thiers to meet the makers, to learn more about how both city and maker share the innovation behind artisanal forgery and the passion for creating the best product:
Focusing on Fully Forged Metal
Thiers is one of the few production regions in the world that still makes 100% fully forged knives from just a single rod of metal, a rare practice in today’s production process.
Made In’s knife is produced from a single rod of X50CrMoV15 stainless steel sourced from France, considered to be the best material.
The metal is heated and hammered into the blade, bolster, and handle – it runs the entire length of the blade through the handle, almost like a spine, giving it more balance and structural integrity.
There is no welding, stamping, or laser cutting, cheap and quick methods of manufacturing knives that create a blade that is less hard, less durable, and duller.
And partially forging knives, when the blade is welded to its bolster and handle, yields a tool with less balance and overall inferior quality compared to one that is fully forged.
Quite clearly, there are many advantages to using knives forged with just one piece of metal! The blade is stronger, sharper, and very durable. It won’t break down quickly, and will keep an edge for a longer period of time throughout multiple uses.
Learning More about Nitrogen Treatment
As another unique feature that sets Made In apart from many other brands, the knives are also treated with nitrogen for long-lasting sharpness, strength, and corrosion resistance.
Many other companies add additional carbon to their knives for the purpose of yielding a harder blade. While adding more carbon strengthens the blade, there are serious disadvantages to this decision – the blade is more difficult to care for, since it becomes more susceptible to rust, discoloration, and chipping.
Using a nitrogen-hardening treatment, rather than using additional carbon, offers the best of both worlds – it is both fortified and easy to maintain.
Here’s the basic process: before the rod is forged, the raw metal is first completely immersed in liquid nitrogen at a chilly -58°F.
Chemical compounds are actually transformed during this stage of production (from austenite to martensite), with the final result being a product that is stronger, sharper, and more resistant to corrosion… and a product that you don’t have to worry about polishing and sharpening after every use! Yay!
A Perfect Rockwell Hardness Score
To provide an accurate measurement of hardness, knife producers undergo the Rockwell Hardness test, which measures the hardness of steel with a numerical score.
Chef Knife, white, available from Made In
The hardness of the blade is an important quality of a premium blade – one that’s too hard is more prone to breaking and chipping, while one that is too soft is dull and needs more maintenance to keep the edge sharp.
The combination of a fully forged and nitrogen-treated knife strikes the perfect balance between hardness and softness – it is strong enough to withstand heavy usage, without the risk of breaking.
This gives the tool a superior Rockwell Hardness Score of 58-60.
Care and Keeping
Made In has made it so easy for us to clean, maintain, and store it!
The company (as well as everyone here at Foodal) does not recommend cleaning it in the dishwasher. To maintain the quality of the blade, it is always best to wash by hand with warm, soapy water. Dry immediately.
Each one comes with a custom sheath as part of your purchase for safe and easy storage – and it can easily fit in any kitchen drawer when not in use.
But who are we kidding… we’ll be cooking with this French beauty in the kitchen constantly!
Warranty and Return Policy
Chef knives can be returned for a full refund if they are returned within 30 days, unused, and in original packaging.
You can free shipping, returns, and exchanges if unsatisfied with it.
For more thorough information on their policy, be sure to read the warranty section listed at the bottom of their website.
Any other questions? Contact Made In’s helpful customer service team – all the contact information you need is on the company website.
French, Forged, and Flawless
For a sleek and modern look, a design built on time-honored French traditions, and innovative production techniques, consider purchasing the Made In Chef’s Knife!
You’ll be able to slice through your kitchen prep work with such ease, thanks to the fully forged, nitrogen-treated blade.
Don’t settle for anything less than what is absolutely necessary for a flawless kitchen performance –having reviewed both Made In’s cookware line and now its French-made cutlery tool, I continue to be thoroughly impressed by the company’s passion for superior, high-quality products sold at an affordable price.
You have the cookware. Now get the knife!
Do you own or have used a fully forged cutlery tool? What do you think of it, compared to other designs? And let us know in the comments below what you think of Made In’s ever-expanding line of premium cookware and tools. We can’t wait to try what’s next!
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About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is a hungry foodie living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she is not tearing through her city's best cheesesteaks, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.