Several weeks ago, we reviewed Ergo Chef’s G-1 8-inch Crimson Chef Knife and while this attractive knife made from high carbon steel that slices and dices beautifully, it doesn’t have and specially-angled handle that’s made Ergo Chef knives famous. Enter the Prodigy Series 8-inch chef knife.
Ergo Chef knives were developed by Scott Staib, a former chef, and his engineer-brother. When Staib had trouble with tendinitis caused from repeated knife work in the kitchen, he asked his brother to develop a knife that would be more ergonomic. They came up with an angled handle that offers more comfort and less strain and makes cutting easier and more efficient.
The Prodigy is Ergo Chef’s “value” series. That means Prodigy knives have many of the features of Ergo Chef’s more expensive Pro Series and beautiful Crimson G10 Series, without the big price. The question is, do these less expensive Prodigy knives live up to the claims? Do they do the job of cutting, slicing and dicing with more comfort? In a word, yes.
Similar Features, Value Pricing
The Prodigy Series 8-in Chef knife has the same ergo angled handle found in the Pro series (the Crimson Series, which features beautiful wood-look handles, come in only with straight handles). Instead of the heavier, no-crack injection molded handles of the Pro-Series knives, the Prodigy features solid TRP (a plastic polymer) non-slip grips. The knife, while large, is amazing lightweight thanks to the TRP handle.
The Prodigy chef knife is made from a single piece of durable German high carbon steel that resists staining. The steel has been treated with high heat and the edge is ground and polished to 18 degrees for long lasting sharpness.
I found the Prodigy Ergo Chef knife amazingly easy to use. Its blade had plenty of heft, but the entire knife is amazingly light, which makes is a breeze to use. The angled handle, made of non-slip material, really does make chopping, dicing, and slicing easier.
While the Pro-Series of Ergo Chef knives carry a lifetime guarantee, the Prodigy Series offers value for home cooks. For instance, the Pro Series 8-inch Chef Knife retails for $85-150 (depending on where you buy it). You can have many of the same qualities and features in the Prodigy 8-inch Chef Knife for about $25. While the less expensive Prodigy likely won’t last a lifetime, it’ll last a long time and you can afford to replace it.
Real Bottom Line: I really like Ergo Chef’s Prodigy 8-inc Chef’s Knife. I love the comfortable, angled ergo handle; the beefy single piece carbon steel blade; and the sturdy yet lightweight feel of the knife. If you’re looking for a pro-style knife with proven ergonomic features that makes working with a knife easier and more comfortable, check out Ergo Chef’s Prodigy Series.