Last updated: 16/10/2022

Welcome to our big Global knife test 2022. Here we present all the Global knives we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best global knife for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a Global knife.



  • Global knives are high-quality knives with a Japanese design, which are notable for their light weight.
  • Global knives come in different series. Each series has its own characteristics or advantages and disadvantages.
  • Global knives are very popular with star and top chefs. They are enthusiastic about the high quality of the knives.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Global Knife

What is a Global Knife?

Global knives are knives that are characterised by very high quality and inspire cooks all over the world.

Global knives are particularly popular with star and top chefs because of their high quality.

Global knives are very popular with star and professional chefs because of their high quality. (Image source: / 23760022)

All Global knife blades are made of Cronova 18, a type of steel that gives the knife excellent cutting results and a long service life.

In addition, Global knives are characterised by an extremely low weight, which allows the knife to be perfectly guided.

What distinguishes Global knives from other manufacturers?

Global knives stand out from other manufacturers primarily because of their high quality and design.

Because they are hand-ground, they are extremely sharp and usually sharper than other knives on the market.

In addition, Global knives are characterised by an enormously long service life. Often you can only use a conventional knife for a certain amount of time before it becomes unusable, but a Global knife, with the right care, lasts a lifetime.

The design of a Global knife also stands out. Because the handle of a Global knife is also made of stainless steel, the entire knife has a silver, elegant look.

Also worth mentioning is the particularly light weight of a Global knife. Since it is modelled on Japanese knives, which are lighter than European knives, Global knives are very light.

How do I recognise the authenticity of a Global knife?

It happens again and again that there are counterfeits of Global knives in circulation.

These fakes are usually made in China, not in Japan, and are made of inferior materials. This means that an expert can quickly recognise when it is a fake Global knife on the basis of quality and cutting performance.

The Global Messer website therefore advises that knives should only be bought from authorised specialist dealers. A list of these authorised dealers can also be found on the website.

How much does a Global knife cost?

The price of a Global knife depends mainly on two factors, namely the series and the area of application. In the following table we have summarised the price ranges of the individual Global knife series:

series price range
G approx. 100-250 €
GF approx. 130-200 €
GS approx. 50-100 €
GSF approx. 40-70 €
SAI approx. 70-200 €

What alternatives are there to a Global knife?

In addition to Global Messer Manufaktur, there are many other knife manufacturers that stand out for their high quality and exclusivity.

So if you value craftsmanship in knives and are prepared to spend a little more money, you can also find it elsewhere. Examples include the manufacturers Haiku, Schmiedeglut and albMesser.

Of course, a conventional kitchen knife can also do what a global knife can do, namely cut. There is a considerable difference in quality, but in the end even the cheap kitchen knife does its job.

So if you want to pay attention to the price, a knife from another manufacturer is certainly suitable for you.

What Types of Global Knives are there and which is the right one for me?

If you want to buy a Global knife, you can choose between five different series:

  • Global G-Series
  • Global GS-Series
  • Global GSF Series
  • Global GF-Series
  • Global SAI Series

Each Global knife series uses a different blade and is suitable for different tasks. Depending on what you want to use your Global knife for, a different series is suitable for you.

In the following section, we would like to make it easier for you to decide.

What distinguishes a Global G-series knife and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The Global G series is probably the classic series. Global knives in this series are the best-selling knives. The Global knives in this series have a large stamped blade, which makes them real all-rounders in the kitchen and therefore popular with chefs all over the world.

  • Great diversity
  • Easy
  • You need many different types of knives

This series of Global knives has a high diversity of different knives. For example, there are Global knives in the G series for a wide variety of uses and types of preparation.

Whether you are looking for a classic chef’s knife, a vegetable knife, a meat knife or a bread knife, you will find what you are looking for in the Global G series.

What distinguishes a Global GS series knife and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The Global GS series is relatively similar to the G series and offers mostly the same knives. But on the one hand, the blade is smaller here – it is a stamped, medium-sized blade – and on the other hand, the handle is different.

Global knives in the GS series have the characteristic triangular handle, which holds the hand away from the work surface when working.

  • Secure handle
  • Great diversity
  • You need many different types of knives

The GS series also offers a high degree of diversity. However, because the knives are a little smaller than those in the G series, the Global knives in this series are well suited for finer cutting tasks such as filleting fish or cutting cheese.

What distinguishes a Global knife of the GSF series and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The Global GSF series knives are the smallest Global knives. They consist of a forged, small blade and are suitable as a complement for smaller kitchen tasks and eating food.

  • Handy
  • Ideal for eating food
  • Not intended for larger cutting tasks

For example, office knives are offered in this series, which are particularly suitable for precise cuts.

But smaller paring knives are also offered here, as well as steak knives, which are ideal for eating steaks.

What distinguishes a Global knife from the GF series and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The Global GF series knives consist of a forged, large blade with a wide back. This makes them the heaviest Global knives.

This series was created at the request of European chefs, who prefer heavier knives with a larger handle.

  • Sturdy
  • ideal for large cutting tasks
  • Heavier and larger
  • less handy

Similar to Global knives in the classic G series, knives for a wide variety of uses can be found in the GF series.

The difference, as already mentioned, is the heavy weight. A GF series chef’s knife, for example, weighs twice as much as a G series chef’s knife.

What distinguishes a Global SAI series knife and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The Global SAI series is the latest series of Global knives. The designer Komin Yomada has changed and optimised both the handle and the blade of the knife in this series.

  • Ergonomic handle
  • High comfort
  • Durable and stable steel

Global knives in this series have an ergonomic handle that has a support surface for the thumb and thus ensures great comfort and a high level of safety. The blade has also been optimised and now consists of three layers.

As usual, the core is made of Cronova 18 steel. This is sheathed in SUS410 stainless steel. This gives Global knives in the SAI series even greater stability.

Buying Criteria: You can use these Factors to compare and evaluate Global Knives

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many Solingen knives.

The criteria you can use to compare Global knives with each other include:

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in each of the criteria.

Global knife series

Probably the most important criterion when buying a Global knife is the question of which series your Global knife comes from. In the decision section, we have already presented the four different series with their features, advantages and disadvantages.

A Global knife from the classic G series is suitable for many cutting tasks and is the right choice in most cases.

However, if you are used to heavier knives and do not get along well with the light Japanese knives, you should prefer Global GF series knives.

Range of use

Another important criterion is the question of what you want to use your knife for. This is because there is a high diversity of Global knives for the most diverse areas of use.

In the following table we have summarised the different types of knives and their corresponding areas of use:

Type of knife area of use
Chef’s knife universal knife for general cutting tasks
Carving knife cutting fish and meat
Chop knife weighing, chopping and mincing vegetables, herbs or meat
Salmon knife fine slicing of Serrano ham, fish or meat
Bread knife Cutting bread, crusty roasts, pastries or hard fruit thanks to serrated edge
Sashimi Japanese fish knife
Santoku knife Japanese chef’s knife
Boning knife removing meat from the bone
Cleaning knife peeling, cleaning or cutting fruit and vegetables
Steak knife cutting steaks without tearing
Cleaver cutting bones

Knife sets

Global knives are often offered in multipart sets consisting of several Global knives.

If you are thinking of buying more than one Global knife, a knife set could be an option for you. Here you not only save money, but also have a knife set with complementary Global knives.

Right- or left-handed

Whether a Global knife is more suitable for a right-handed or left-handed person depends on the grind of the blade.

Knives ground on both sides are naturally more suitable for right-handers, as the right side is ground 70% and the left side 30%. However, by sharpening the left side more, such a blade can become a left-handed knife.

Global serrated knives, especially bread knives, and single-edged Global fish knives are available for both right-handers and left-handers.

Facts worth knowing about Global Knives

Who is behind the Global Messer brand?

The Japanese design professor Komin Yamada is behind the Global knife brand. The fact that a professor of design is the mastermind behind the Global knives is also evident in the knives.

Each knife is characterised by elegance and quality and is like a small work of art.

How long have Global knives been around?

In 1954, the Japanese knifemaker Yoshikin was founded with the aim of developing new technologies to produce high-quality chef’s knives.

Thirty years later, in 1985, Yoshikin brought the first knives with stainless steel handles onto the market, the Global knives.

Since then, these knives have inspired amateur and top chefs all over the world.

Where are Global knives made?

Global knives are made in Japan by the knife manufacturer Yoshikin. This is why Global knives have the typical Japanese grind, i.e. a pointed angle instead of a bulbous shape. This makes the blade razor sharp and ensures particularly fine cuts.

How popular is the manufacturer Global Messer?

Global knives enjoy great popularity. This is mainly due to their special sharpness and durability. This also makes Global knives particularly popular with German celebrity chefs.

In an EssenZ survey, Global knives came in first place when asked which knives German celebrity chefs favoured.

What guarantee do Global knives come with?

Global knives have a ten-year guarantee against material and manufacturing defects. Normal signs of use are of course not covered by this guarantee.

To be able to make a claim under the guarantee, you should keep your receipt. You will have to hand it in with your defective Global knife to your dealer so that you can get a new knife.

Is a Global knife suitable for the dishwasher?

No, Global knives should not be put in the dishwasher. The aggressive salts in a dishwasher would damage the delicate steel of a Global knife too much. You should also avoid leaving a Global knife in the sink for too long.

To clean your Global knife, we recommend rinsing it with lukewarm water after use and then drying it. A knife block is best for storage.

What accessories are available for a Global knife?

There are all kinds of accessories for your Global knife. You can distinguish between accessories for knife storage and accessories for sharpening a knife.

In addition to the knives, Global also offers suitable accessories for knife storage. For example, there is a blade protector for the Global knives. This is suitable for transporting or storing the knife.

There are various accessories for storing Global knives. (Image source: / 89437876)

However, you should make sure that they are the right size for your knife. Then there are magnetic strips on which you can hang your Global knives.

Here, too, there are different sizes, depending on how many knives you have and how many you want to hang on the magnetic bar.

Knife blocks are another accessory for knife storage. With these, you can store your Global knives gently and safely.

There are knife blocks for 8 to 20 knives and they are available in different colours. Knife bags in different sizes are also available for optimal transport.

When your Global knife gets dull, you should sharpen it. Global also offers a range of accessories for this. In addition to a sharpening rod and a sharpening stone, a manual hand sharpener, the minoSharp, is also available.

More information on sharpening a knife follows in the next point.

How can I sharpen a Global knife?

As mentioned in the previous point, there are various ways to bring your Global knife back to its former sharpness.

If you notice that your Global knife is no longer cutting properly, it is important that you sharpen it. Detailed instructions on how to sharpen your knife wet with a whetstone can be found on the Global Knives website.

Another option is to sharpen your Global knife with the minoSharp. This manual sharpener makes it easier and, above all, quicker to achieve the desired result.

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