While there might be more than a few pieces of kitchen hardware we consider essential, there’s nothing more important than a quality chef’s knife. Man amongst men and traveler extraordinaire Anthony Bourdain would have agreed, which is probably why he so excitedly and, in a decidedly-Bourdain-way, endorsed the Global G2 Chef’s Knife as the people’s chef knife du jour in a world of possible alternatives. Yes, you could spend more for a better alternative. Yes, you could spend less for something comparable. But if you want a high-performing, low-maintenance blade capable of slicing, dicing, mincing and julienning–without having to deal with all the other nonsense–this is your knife. The most important feature is its performance, but it’s also impeccably balanced and looks great in the hand of whoever is wielding it. Even if you have no idea what you’re doing, this knife will insure you make great and strides towards your goal.