If you’re looking for a classic chef’s knife, this is the one to buy. It has a full bolster that extends from the spine to the cutting edge. This extra metal is preferred by some chefs because of the way it affects the balance of the knife. The bolster also acts as a finger guard should you decide to hold this knife with a sword grip instead of a pinch grip. Note: Wüsthof also makes 10-inch chef’s knife [4584/26 cm] with a larger, thicker blade suitable for heavier work. This knife is not recommended.