Victorinox Fibrox Knives are Some of the Best for Your Money
Fibrox is the flagship line of professional cutlery from Victorinox Swiss Army. The series is built on the company's century-old expertise of culinary knife making, a practice its craftsmen were perfecting even before a military knife made the brand a household name. These are the same Victorinox Forschner Fibrox knives that have been on the market for decades.
Victorinox Fibrox knives are highly valued by both professional and amateur chefs because they make such great everyday tools. The low price point strikes a good balance, with a no-frills design to build a forged knife that's as useful as it is economical. In their most recent profile on $50 dollar-or-less kitchen knives, testers at Cook's Illustrated hailed the Victorinox Fibrox 8-in. chef's knife as "Still the best - and a bargain - after 20 years." It beat out nine competitors in a hands-on test that measured the knives' comfort, overall design, and ability to hold an edge.
Part of Fibrox knives' success is the composition of steel used to forge the blades. X50CrMoV15 is a common formula of German steel that indicates a recipe including chromium, molybdenum, and valadium. That mixture, along with Victorinox's own unique tempering process and the blades' extra-thin 15-degree edge strikes a delicate balance between hardness, flexibility, and ability to hold a sharp edge.
The simple handle on Fibrox knives, with its soft edges and no-slip texture, lends itself well to a number of cutting styles and hand sizes. The grip is coated in polyamide, a durable, heat-resistant plastic in the same family as nylon and Kevlar. Fibrox knives, which are dishwasher safe, can be cleaned easily and tolerate temperatures up to 230 degrees F.
Several boning knives in the Victorinox Fibrox knife series are available with a ribbed Vx grip handle that puts the user's wrist at a more ergonomic angle to the cutting surface to reduce the risk of operator fatigue and injury, a design that was perfected by working closely with a large meat-packing company whose workers rely on using the tools for their entire shift.
Color-coded Fibrox Knives
Victorinox Forschner Fibrox knives with color-coded handles are a sensible way to incorporate many kitchen best practices, whether you participate in a HACCP program or just want to make sure each Fibrox knife stays with the cook it belongs to. The five available colors can be used to assign an individual set to each prep station, or you can use the system that Victorinox and health organizations recommend to prevent cross contamination:
- Red for beef and pork
- Blue for seafood
- Green for fresh produce
- White for dairy
- Yellow for poultry.
Victorinox Fibrox color-coded knives include all of their popular pieces: chef's knives, bread knives, boning knives, butcher knives, cimeters, boning knives, and paring knives.
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Crowley, Hannah. "What Makes a Great Cheap Knife." Cook's Illustrated. September and October 2013. Accessed October 2015.