People ask me about my knives all the time. They wonder if they are special kinds of knives. They are not all that expensive. More important is that I keep them sharp and that they are comfortable in my hand.

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I’ve used many kinds of knives over the years but these days I use a Sanelli chef’s knife in all of my videos, and for all my home cooking. I like the weight and I like the grippy handle, which makes chopping easier.

I bought it in Bowery Kitchen Supply in New York City for around $45.


On the right is one made by Henckels, It’s a good knife but I don’t think they make them anymore. I bought it at Kitchen Stuff Plus in Toronto for around $30.

On the left is one is a Korean knife that I bought at PAT Korean market in Toronto for around $12. Korean kitchen knives often have a little plate on the bottom that is perfect for crushing things, especially garlic.

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




  1. Sulehma joined 10/15
    Posted October 21st, 2015 at 12:46 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi :D
    I’ve watched ALL your Youtube videos and because of your cooking
    i have been cooking Korean food, and using the Korean ingredients and i love
    So my question is, in almost all your videos the knife you use has a green handle
    where did you purchase it?

    Thanks Maangchi <3
    " Let Me Taste it <3 <3 <3"
    Love You Maangchi & Thanks (:

  2. mdeniss London 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 ?


  3. Kayla Baltimore, Maryland 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.

  4. 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 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.

  5. 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 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.

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

    thanks!!! :)

  7. 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!

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

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

  9. Maangchi New York City 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. : )

  10. 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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