The Opelware Chefs Knife is a stainless steel forged knife with a beautiful Pakka wood handle. It is handcrafted and designed to provide balance, performance, and reduce fatigue.
- Materials & Contruction 50%
- Usability 60%
- Design 75%
- Cleaning & Maintenance 50%
Materials and Construction
The handle is made from Pakkawood (Pakka wood). Pakkawood is an engineered wood/plastic composite material. It is waterproof and resistant to warping and splitting. Although it is engineered, it has a natural wood look and can be dyed to any color.
The knife does not have a full tang although the silver endcap gives that appearance. Further examination of the knife I noticed some imperfections in the steel. Small dings and scratches were apparent right out of the package.
This chef knife came very sharp out of the box. At first use I thought that I had good quality knife. As with all of the knives review, I put it through a series of sharpness tests:
Sharpness Test #1
Sharpness Test #2
(After Kitchen Use Test)
I have not been able to find the angle of the blade. I would guess it is somewhere between 15 – 20 degrees. The softer blade material requires it to be honed regularly.
The handle is the most beautiful part of the knife. Even though it uses Pakka wood, the look and feel is outstanding. The handle definitely sells the knife as having a higher quality than it actualy has.
Full length: ???” (actual)
Made In China
If you are using to that old dull knife, then you will find that this knife provides a lot of usability in the kitchen. It’s not until you test it side by side a higher quality knife (like the J.A. Henckels Chef Knife) that you realize that it is lacking.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The 5Cr15MoV stainless steel quality makes it extremely difficult to keep a sharp edge. I regularly honed the blade before each use, and still, the blade quickly became dull. Even sharpening it on a whetstone did not help this blade in the long run. The cheap materials of this forged knife do hold up to home kitchen use.
Opelware is a small company with a few kitchenware products being sold on Amazon. Their website does not have a lot of information, and their contact phone number is based out if India.
A few red flags go up for me on this company. First, the Amazon description of this knife has several misspelled words. If they cannot put in the effort to have that correct, then it concerns me on how they have developed their product. The other concern I see is the reviews that their other products have gotten on Amazon. Based upon an analysis of those reviews, there have been a significant number of reviews deleted from the product pages. I am not sure the background behind those deletions, but that tells me there is something being covered up.
The Opelware Chef Knife is offered through Amazon.com, so it can be returned within 30 days of purchase. It does not qualify for free returns, and since the cost of this knife is so low, the return shipping will take a good bit of your refund.
The Opelware company on the other hands has a statement that you can try it risk-free, and if you are not satisfied for any reason they will give you a full refund.
There isn’t any mention of a warranty on the product page or the company site. The closest thing to a warranty is the company’s money back guarantee.
This knife is one that I go back and forth on with value. The quality is definitely lacking; however, at a cost of about $10 you get what you pay for. If you have some tasks that require that you be rough with you knife then this would be the perfect knife for the value.
Who Should Buy the Opelware Chef’s Knife?
I would recommend the Opelware Chef’s Knife to home chefs who want: