People ask me about my knives all the time. They wonder if they are special kinds of knives. But most important is that they are sharp and that they are comfortable in your hand.

On the right is one made by Henkels. I got it on sale so it wasn’t too expensive. It’s a good knife but I don’t think they make them anymore.

On the left is one I got at the Korean market, it was pretty cheap.

The reason I like this one is because it has a little plate on the bottom that is perfect for crushing things:

It’s looking worn out! I must be stronger than I thought.



  1. mdeniss London My profile page joined 9/11
    Posted February 20th, 2012 at 9:21 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    I seen in your video you are using Sanelli Chef’s Knife with green handle.

    I thinking to buy one, it is relatively cheap knife, and i d like to know your opinion on this knife. are you happy with it ?

    What size it is? 21 cm or 25 cm ?


  2. Kayla Baltimore, Maryland My profile page joined 11/10
    Posted December 31st, 2010 at 5:40 pm | # |

    The one on the left looks like a santoku-style knife, my personal favorite for multitasking. There’s one at the Korean grocer that I go to that looks similar, though it doesn’t have the little masher at the end. Fortunately, it’s also cheap ($15, I think). I could spend all my money on good knives, I swear. I’m very picky about them.

  3. blessedfin
    Posted September 22nd, 2009 at 9:30 am | # |

    hi Maangchi ! :)
    following you on you tube and really loves the Korean food..
    and loves ur knife to the max !
    want to ask you whether the Korean knife has a special name?
    or is there any specification of the knife ? I don’t live in USA, so hopefully I can manage to find it in the cutlery shop.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted September 22nd, 2009 at 10:24 pm | # |

      I think you can find it only at a Korean grocery store. I don’t remember the brand name. It’s cheap.

  4. perry
    Posted July 26th, 2009 at 5:25 pm | # |

    hey maanchi. i have one more question what brand is the knife you have i want to try and find one,Thanks!!!!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted July 27th, 2009 at 7:08 am | # |

      I have 2: one is from the Henkels and the other is a Korean knife sold at a Korean grocery store.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted July 26th, 2009 at 7:53 am | # |

    thanks!!! :)

  6. perry
    Posted July 25th, 2009 at 7:03 pm | # |

    hi maangchi!! I was wondering if you can find the knife with the steal pounder on the bottom on the internet anywhere thanks!

  7. Michael
    Posted May 26th, 2009 at 5:46 pm | # |

    well……you know……your name does mean HAMMER IN ENGLISH!!! LOL

  8. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted September 2nd, 2008 at 7:15 pm | # |

    Wow you noticed I went back to my old cutting board.

    When I moved down to New York from Toronto, I brought as many cooking utensils as I could. : )

  9. Binyol
    Posted September 2nd, 2008 at 7:40 am | # |

    Hi maangchi!! i really like your cooking videos that you posted in youtube…they are very useful!! i learn to make some yummy kimchi from them..i really like your knife, the one with the steel seems very comfy and awww–very sharp. hehehe…oh yeah, i really like your chopping board too. i noticed that when it was the first time you moved to your new house, you didn’t use it–when you were making those eggs side dishes. But just now, after i saw you making your hwaedupbap, i see it again…i envy your chopping board since mine is super small (around 20×25 cm).hiks..luckily, i have a granite island table to put and sometime to cut things..^^ hope my mom won’t find any scratches on it…hehehe

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