3 Tips To Consider When Buying Best Kitchen Knives

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Most chefs voted that the type of knife you use, in your kitchen no matter the size of the kitchen.

That it tells  more, how dedicated you are,  in making good meals.

To them this statement remains a fact, and practically irreversible. And this still remains the reason why, you should take your time to select a good quality knife, for your kitchen.

To some people using a good kitchen knife, is much more a cool and fun thing to them. Although they know little or nothing about it, but at least to them is actually helping them with their cutting.

Good kitchen knife remains a magic in a way, that is obvious only when you start using it. The sharpness, strength, and durability of a kitchen knife, should always be considered. Because it’s an irreplaceable factor in your cooking.

Are you having a hard time identifying a high quality knife? Even with my five years as an experienced cook, I still had a problem in choosing a kitchen knife of high quality. But I got better at it, when I got  guided by a man. Whom I can’t disclose his identity, but he has  always and still remains a guardian and mentor to me.

So, if you’re faced with the same challenge, I had in the past. Then you have nothing to worry about at all. Because at the end of this article, you’ll will be able to tell the difference between best, better and good kitchen knife.

Here are three surefire tips, that’ll guide you to purchase good quality kitchen knife. A good  quality kitchen knife should be durable, strong, long lasting and have a good balance to grab.

1).   The kind of knife you want in your kitchen

This is the first and important thing, you must consider before buying a kitchen knife. As kitchen knife comes in a various shapes and sizes. So do they differ in the result produced, when each of them is used for a cutting chore.

This is why it’s important to know the best kitchen knife, that best suits a specific  cutting chore or style. So as to get a very good result.

These are various kitchen knives, with their functions you can select from:

a).   Chef’s knife: This knife is also known as a cook’s or french knife. The size ranges from 7.8 inches to 9 inches or 20cm to 23cm. This knife is best used for slicing, dicing, chopping and mincing. For example…

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b).    This knife is nick named multi purpose knife. Because it can actually perform most of the works, you need knife to perform in you kitchen. It’s alawys recommended for upcoming chefs, since it can do lots of things. Its size is 5 inches or 13cm.

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Bob Kramer Knives Euro Line 5″ Utility Knife

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c).   Serrated bread knife: This knife comes with a serrated blade,that makes it easy to slice bread, cake, fruits, and tomatoes without shredding or squeezing them.


Zwilling Cronidur 5 Serrated Utility by Zwilling J.A. Henckels

d).   Paring knife: This knife is best used when cutting little food items, that needs to be held in the hand like vegetable. So it can serve you for peeling and trimming. It comes in 3 inches or 8cm size.

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Pirge 49010 3-Piece Classic Range Paring Set

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e).   Filleting Knife: Though people now prefer to buy already filleted food, but if you an exception to that. That’s you prefer filleting your food by yourself, then you’ll need this knife.

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Global G-18 – 10 inch, 24 cm Flexible Fillet Knife

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Rapala Rechargeable Cordless Electric Fillet Knife

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f).   This is used to cut steak. So when ever a serious meat cutting is on your table. This is the knife, you’ll definitely need  to execute it.

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Wüsthof Classic Steak Knife Set, 4-Piece

g).   Sharpening steel: This is mostly to keep your knives, in a good working condition. You can sharpen your knives at home,by sharpening them with this steel.

sharpenerF. Dick Dickoron 12″ Combi Sharpening Steel, Sapphire/Polished Cut, Square

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2).   Great handle for smart grips

For easy and fun cutting, you need a knife with good grip.

So as to fit properly into your hands when you hold it, and probably make it more comfortable to cut with it. The flexibility of your knife depends strongly on the handle of your knife.

Your kitchen knife is an extension of your hand, so it should perfectly blend with your hand when you get hold of it. It’s very important that a proper examination should be done, to identify how reliable and strong the knife handle is.

For example, this knife set is a good knife set, with its quality handle feature…

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Cangshan V2 Series 59649 22-Piece German Steel Forged Knife Block Set

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Any high quality knife is always hand forged and made from a single piece of steel.  Just like the one showed above. It has no joining with another piece of steel. 

So you must look out for any sign of joint or weld in the knife handle. Because any knife handle, especially in the hilt of the knife. That has such joint, is liable to break or bend at the point of joint.

Don’t buy knives the handle is made of ceramics, it’s not a good idea. As ceramics tend to brittle after some time. And also to avoid wounding yourself, in the process of using it. Because if it breaks in your hand, it’s very dangerous.

 

3).   Check out the blade and the material is made of

With no doubt ceramics is good enough for making knife blade, because it can be sharpened to scalpel quality, retain its sharpness for a longer period, and highly resistant yo rust. But the big problem is that it’s fragile, so it can easily break.

Knives made of carbon have a good edge, they are not difficult to sharpen at home. But you’ll need a close watch on it, as it can easily rust.

While stainless steel doesn’t rust easily, but easily go blunt. The worse of it all, is that it takes longer time to sharpen, and shorter time to go blunt.

This is why knives made of high carbon steel, still remains the best. Because they hold their edge better, and are stronger.

The amazing thing about it, is that it’s highly resistant to rust. Though it needs little sharpening once in a while, to keep it going. Is nothing to worry about, since it’s easy to sharpen.

This an example of knives, the blades made with high carbon steel.

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Calphalon Classic Self-Sharpening Cutlery Knife Block Set with SharpIN Technology, 6 Piece

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Though these variety of knives can be bought as a single knife set  and is even more cheaper than buying them in single.  But still at that, these tips still apply to buying a good kitchen knife set.chi 19

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Chicago Cutlery 19 Piece Knife Block with In-Block Sharpener and Cutting Board, Stainless Steel

Note- A must not buy knife. A very big attention should be paid, to avoid buying knives that are tagged “that you’ll never need to sharpen them.” Because most often, they are not very sharp. And not just that, they can’t be sharpened.

Buying them is like throwing your money away, because you’ll definitely disposed them. It can’t be sharpened when they lose their edge.

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