We’ve got strong opinions about Chef’s knives around here. Check out our guide to kitchen knives on a budget to get an overview, but we tend to recommend Japanese knives like Shun or, if you’re on a budget, Tojiro. If you’re insistent on German knives, Messermeister is one of our favored brands.
So, where does that leave Mundial? A bit lost in the middle, perhaps. But perhaps unjustly so.
Mundial has been making professional-quality knives for decades, first in Solingen, Germany and now in Brazil. The 5100 series is their longest running set of fully forged knives, and it’s obvious why the models haven’t been discontinued by now. In some ways, they’re still ahead of their time. The blade is high-carbon chrome molybdenum stainless steel, fully forged for razor sharpness, and extends into the handle for sturdy full tang construction.
Its weight is well balanced, with ergonomic, tri-riveted polyacetal handles. That thick bolster in the middle is reminiscent of traditional German Knives — we’re not crazy about it but some people really like having it there.
If you’re still unsure, Mundial submits their knives every year to a testing facility to ensure they’re still producing top-of-the line… and succeed every time.
This knife is not dishwasher safe and must be treated with the care a professional knife deserves. In case anything should go wrong, it’s backed with a lifetime warranty.