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Massdrop x Apogee Vital 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Massdrop x Apogee Vital 8-Inch Chef's Knife

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Verified Purchaser
I have been an avid knife user and collector for a long time. I've owned everything from cheap stainless knives for camping that are more to take a beating, to gorgeous custom hand forged blades and swords. I know steel and I couldn't be happier with this knife. It came sharp enough that I didn't even bother touching it up and gets use almost daily without complaint. I have very large hands. For reference I can palm a 10-lb medicine ball, and I find the handle very comfortable and easy to manipulate. I'm mostly leaving this review to reinforce that at least some of these blades arrived exactly as advertised. Wonderful knife and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.
Verified Purchaser
It's the first nice chef's knife I've ever owned, and I'm glad I finally went for it. Chopping through big vegetables like butter is such a satisfying feeling. Haven't had much chance to use it so don't know how it'll hold up over time. But overall very sharp and easy to handle.
Verified Purchaser
It was acceptable while using it, not quite worth the price and came blunt. It has been treated very well and cared for only to completely snap during light chopping. This should not have happened at all.
Verified Purchaser
Not good at all.. As if there is no quality control.
Verified Purchaser
Sharpens well and a pleasure to use.
Verified Purchaser
So far so good. Extremely sharp, well balanced and comfortable grip. Just a little discoloration on the blade.
Verified Purchaser
Mine cracked....
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sreeb
Looks like a poor heat treat. A while back I bough $150 Bowie knife and the same thing happen on it.
sreeb
Mine snapped right in half on the blade an inch after the handle. Im thinking maybe a bad heat treat. Anyways, Massdrop replaced it no problem and no issues since then.
Verified Purchaser
Edge arrived very sharp and the handle is super comfy. The geometric grip is surprisingly natural in the hand.
Verified Purchaser
Disclaimer: I am not a metallurgist, professional chef, or knife enthusiast.
My knife came straight and pretty sharp out of the box. I did not scour the surface looking for imperfections, and I really don't care what kind of metal it's made from. I needed a good, not very expensive chef's knife for everyday household use, and I think this one works perfectly.
Verified Purchaser
Knife is OK... At best... For this price though I probably would've gotten something else. Main issue is that when i cut through veges, I could feel that the knife is bent towards the left compare to all my other knives. Veges does not get a perfect straight cut. Its not an issue when i just make big cuts, but its especially annoying when i am trying to get that really thin slice. The knife definitely does not hold its edge well as what it was supposedly advertised. It didn't come very sharp and it is definitely not as sharp as it came now... and this is probably only after 10 uses at most. Like a lot of others they have gotten screwed over with their knives, you could be the lucky one who ends up with no issues or just don't notice these kind of things. I do like the handle, but a knife that isn't even straight is just as bad as a cheap knife. I actually joined the drop due to this "Apogee" brand but if thats the quality you were expecting from most of their other knives, Then be sure to know that you are in for a huge disappointment.
Verified Purchaser
I use this knife mainly for slicing up buckets of chicken breasts, and sometimes other meats. Coming from a “stainless steel“ Chinese chef’s knife this knife definitely feels like an improvement for this particular task! (I still prefer my VG-10 Santoku for vegetables)
The Apogee knife is easier to handle and takes a good edge that lasts significantly longer than “stainless steel”. I am deducting one star because of finishing issues, specifically because the handle isn’t aligned properly with the blade.
Overall, I had higher expectations but it gets the job done well.
Edit: deducting one more star because of light, but widespread staining despite keeping it dry and clean after use.
Edit2: deducting YET ANOTHER star because a crack has formed in the blade near the handle, despite having only used the knife lightly for slicing tasks. The review of this knife just went from “acceptable“ to “barely acceptable” and now it’s simply unacceptable. I have never been so disappointed in a Massdrop collaboration product.
Mimimouto
Mine snapped right in half on the blade an inch after the handle. Im thinking maybe a bad heat treat. Anyways, Massdrop replaced it no problem and no issues since then.
Verified Purchaser
Straight out of the box it felt good and seemed like a good knife but it did not last. The knife was originally delayed multiple times due to quality issues but I don't think they were all resolved. I think that they had severe quality issues with the first run of this knife and just gave up trying to fix it.
Verified Purchaser
This knife formed a one inch crack within a week of use, close to the heel. I presume it happened while chopping through a dense root vegetable, but what the hell?
Too bad though, because it came with a good edge and it felt well balanced.
Verified Purchaser
Horrible quality. Not much different than a $15 Target black friday special.
Edge chipping in a way I've never seen with other knives, and I have everything from el-cheapos to high end knives. Something has gone wrong with the processing/ hardened of the blade as it chips easily on one hand and cannot hold an edge for more than a few days.
At this price you would be better off with a budget knife like a victorinox or dare I say Cuisinart.
Learned my lesson and will only buy real knives from real brands (Shun, Global, Wusthof, Zwilling, etc.)
Verified Purchaser
Great knife, came super sharp and feels great in the hand. It is probably too large for it to be my primary kitchen knife but it works well when I need it. Can’t go wrong with this knife, especially for the money.
Verified Purchaser
Blade cracked after 2 months of use.... Guess its time to go back to proven old school brands. Supper let down by this.
Verified Purchaser
I received this massdrop apogee vital chef’s over a month ago.  The finish on the knife I received was absolutely terrible.  The pommel does not line up with the g10 handle, there is a big gouge and scratches in the g10 handle due to poor sanding, and the spine and pommel were not sanded all the way. It would be hard to find a knife at any price sold in a store with this poor of quality control. It was also not very sharp and could not cut a tomato well when it came.  I’m starting to think that paying for something up front before it is made is not the best idea.  I am not impressed with massdrop’s quality control at all. It seems like other people have gotten a knife without these issues and others have gotten worse. Someone should be checking to make sure the quality is up to par before they are shipped. Do you really want to take the chance? I would not recommend buying this knife. I will be hesitant to order anything that has not been made before I purchase it from massdrop again.
Verified Purchaser
It holds an edge well, I only sharpen to every weeks with some stropping between. It feels nice, the grip is good. The handle is a bit long and heavy, but it's pretty minor as my hands weren't killing me after an 8 hour shift. It has signs of staining, but it's fixable and not really a functional problem. It's an HRC of 58 or 59 if I recall correctly. A little disappointing considering BDN1 steel can do 63 no problem.
The price is good at the original buy in, at 80 dollars it's starting to compete with some of those 100 or 120 knives. My knife was fine, but others had QC problems.
TL;DR: at 80 bucks, consider spending a bit more, because 58 HRC is dumb and the QC from round 1 was a coin flip. Otherwise a fine knife.
Verified Purchaser
Very sharp. Feels great. Holds an edge. Showing signs of staining.
Verified Purchaser
I waited about a month to write this review so I could give the knife a fair chance, and so far I'm loving it. I'm seeing a lot of bad reviews, maybe I just got a good one? The bottom line is that the steel holds an edge wonderfully and the knife is a joy to use. It's a bit handle heavy as other reviewers have mentioned, but I consider this a good thing in a chef's knife. A blade-heavy knife is good for survival and chopping wood for a campfire, a handle-heavy knife is good for intricate work where precision is needed and fatigue is a potential problem due to extended use. It feels funny at first if you are used to blade-heavy knives, but you forget you're holding it when you're in the kitchen. It works well with any grip, including a pinch grip.
The knife arrived very sharp, but the contour of the grind was a little abrupt near the tip like someone sharpened it in a hurry. I reprofiled the edge like I do with just about everything. Even Busse's and ZT knives see my belt sander when they get here. The handle has two small scuffs on the bottom near the bolster that annoyed me, but they aren't a big deal. I'm assuming this is related to the handle-forming issue they had that caused the delay in manufacturing.
The blade has developed minor stains from not cleaning or drying it after use, but nothing major--a scotchbrite pad took care of it this evening. It's not quite a stainless as something like DIN 1.4116 which almost everything half-decent is made out of, but for the edge holding I can live with it.
I would like to see the fit and finish improved for future batches, and I'm assuming this will happen as they smooth out the manufacturing process. The reason I'm overlooking the mediocre sharpening job and two small scuffs is because of the edge retention and comfort during use. Hopefully future knives will be prettier. The design and steel are top notch though.
Verified Purchaser
Damaged packaging, off-Center blade, blunt, staining already. I was so excited about this knife but I feel totally uninspired to buy another Apogee product right now.
Verified Purchaser
The knife feels good in the hand is and nicely balanced. I find the blade to be a little thin and the quality of the steel is questionable given that it is already stained.
Verified Purchaser
My knife box came damaged + the blade had scratches all over it and also i was kind of expecting it to come out of the box sharp but its dull AF >.>
Verified Purchaser
Some people seem to have outright quality problems. I can't say that I do. This knife looked nice enough in the package, and it was sharp out of the box. However, in use is something else. I like the ring of the steel and I was just interested to have one knife of BD1N Steel. Evaluating the steel will take some time. On the whole, the knife is too heavy, and I don't like the handle and the balance - heavily towards the handle - and in practice it becomes 3rd choice. Currently my Misen 8" chef knife is my hands down favorite, with my MAC 7-1/2" "original series" probably being #2. In all, I have about 10 8" Chef knives, but those two knives are ergonomically the most comfortable, which this one is not. In practice, those other knives cut at least as well. Both are very comfortable for a pinch grip, which this knife is not. If I had seen this knife in a store, I would not have bought it.
Verified Purchaser
My knife arrived sharp and without packaging or cosmetic flaws as described in other reviews. It is significantly lighter than my old Henkels but I honestly don't mind the weight after getting used to it. I'm surprised so many people have had negative experiences. I docked a star because I don't think it's an 80$ knife; it's a very good knife but I think I agree that it's about 15-20$ too expensive to be competitive, especially considering the apparent production inconsistencies. I'm keeping it, I'm happy with it and will continue to use it regularly. I think it's a very successful collab that could only be improved by a slight price drop.
Verified Purchaser
I love this knife. The handle/bolster is ideal for the pinch grip, the blade itself feels light as a feather, but go ahead and watch the stress test videos (like burrfection's) about BD1N steel. It's incredibly strong. Love it, and will be going with Apogee in the future for the rest of my knives.
Verified Purchaser
I wrote most of this in the discussion section but thought I would recap here. To start off I bought this because of the description and promises when it was listed. There were a few glowing reviews in that listing. Pictures showed a well finished knife and the marketing hype drew me in.
Well based on that and what I recieved I was very dissapointed when I recieved my version of the knife. Cosmetically it was a disaster. The blabe has scratches on it and blotchiness in several areas. The handle looked nothing like the pictures provided in the listing. Mine was uneven with areas where the matting is visible and others just black resin. It appeared that repairs were attampted that resulted in both the bolster and end cap being scratched. The blade was also off center from the handle.
Some will say that all of this does not matter, as the purpose of a knife is to cut things, but remember the glowing marketing verbiage. Expectations were high for this knife. Especially considering the delays in production. I would have thought that they had time to produce a knife that was cosmetically acceptable, if not perfect.
In use, Well mine was just flat dull out of the box. It would crush ripe tomatos rather than slice them. Yes that bad. The knife is heavy compared to my cmparably sized knives from Richmond Artifex (a low cost line from Chefs Knives to go) and others. I was surprised by the overall weight. It is handle heavy as well. The offset to the handle is alsoa problems as it makes it hard for me to cut straight with it. All of these things may be considered as minor to some. Admitedly, for the people in the target market for this kife they may be, But if you were to use this kife all day for cutting, you would notice more fatigue than with a knif having good ergonomics.
I did sharpen the blade and it takes a nice edge. I straightened the blade and polished out the majority of scratches in the bolster and end cap. The handle remains blotchy and uneven in texture as I didn't want to spend the time that it would take to make it look like the published pictures. I also chucked it up in a vice and got the blade aligned with the handle. Bur in my sharpening business, I would have charged more than the knifs selling price to do all of this work.
The edge. The jury is still out on that. Afew comparisons from brief use. It does not take quite as fine of an edge as my AeBL knives much less the Super Blue blades. Edge retention does not seem to be up to that of M390 with equivalent Rockwell C hardness. It may be slightly better than VG10, but only more use will tell that story.
Bottom line, only based on the knife that I recieved I would not recommend buying this knife at the current selling price. There are better options at comparable prices. I got the Nexus 8" chfs knife from Amazon and it had none of the problems that I described and is $20 cheaper. Also, Amazon has a much better return policy. No photographs required. Nothing required other than you are not happy. Period.
So I will not be counted when they count percentages of returns, as I am sure many unhappy people that find it a hassle to go through the Masdrop return process will not be. I am keeping the knife, but after my laobor, the amount I have spent would have allowed my to buy a knife that would not have all of the problems that this one exhibited. Now some appear to be happy with their knives. But with the number of reports in the discussions of various issues, I think the expression "Buyer Beware" applies (at least to the intial run).