Messermeister’s Park Plaza series offers fine prep knives in stamped equivalents of the company’s forged Meridian Elite brand. Slightly lighter than the forged steel version, the Park Plaza 9-Inch Chef’s knife still has full tang strength and a fine edge taper grind.
Stamped from a blank of no-stain X50CrMoV15 high carbon stainless steel and tempered to HRC 56, the Park Plaza chef’s knife will hold an edge well. With a tapered 20-degree edge bevel, this knife slices easily and accurately while being strong enough for a wide range of other common kitchen tasks. Made in the traditional cook’s knife pattern, the Park Plaza knife covers mincing, paring, dicing, and even splitting. Each part of the blade is suited to a different style of work. In skilled hands, few other knives perform as well as the cook’s or chef’s pattern.
The rounded edges of the polyoxymethylene (POM) handle slabs provide a comfortable grip. Triple-riveted to the full tang, the shaped handle slabs prevent slipping either forward or backward. Messermeister guarantees the knife against defects in workmanship for life and offers a sharpening service for the cost of shipping. Reworking the blade at home ought to be within the capability of most chefs and could be easily done with a series of whetstones. Daily sharpening with a honing steel resets the edge quickly.
Although the Messermeister Park Plaza doesn’t look fancy, the knife does have many good features. Built heavier than some stamped brands, the Park Plaza chef’s knife is strong enough for tough jobs and is a good all-purpose choice for the average kitchen.