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12/12/2017 5:55 am  #1

All Kitchen Knives Are Not Created Equal

Kitchen knives are a tool (yes they can be classified a tool, just ask any chef) that is often taken for granted. Working with an un-sharpened knife or a kitchen knife of poor quality is not fun - and dangerous. "Tools" like this do not cut food as much as they saw or rip food apart and this is dangerous and could cause accidents. If you ever have the opportunity to work with a quality kitchen knife then you realize the advantages and how easy it really can be to prepare a meal. So then why aren't all kitchen knives created equal?

Well let's start by saying it's doubtful that you are going to find a good quality kitchen knife at the dollar store. But it's not always necessary to buy knives and swords at a specialty store, but it is a great place to start. This is a good way to educate yourself to the types of knives and their functions. Doing some investigating on-line is also helpful and can save on time and traveling. First and foremost, quality is a consideration. Pricing should be considered as well. I think what type of cooking and food preparation each person does in his or her own kitchen is important as well.

What does a good quality kitchen knife consist of? The parts of kitchen knives are assembled without the slightest gap at the joint. This is particularly important for hygienic reasons. Neither the blade nor the handle have any irregularities or burrs. See that the blade has a finely ground surface - a sure sign of high-quality workmanship. (chromed and shiny doesn't mean anything) Retention of the cutting edge is important to extend the time needed between sharpening. A good knife keeps its sharpness for a prolonged period. The chemical composition of the steel is a major factor.

For example, the Chromium content has an effect upon the stain resistance but that can compromise other desirable factors such as hardness. Also the more finely the surface of the blade is ground or polished, the more rust resistant it will be. Quality kitchen knives are properly balanced; they lie comfortably in the hand. Balanced weight distribution facilitates working with the pocket lock knife. The handle and bolster are designed to provide a secure grip from which the hand cannot slip. An ergonomically designed handle and the proper weight, will permit years of safe, comfortable use. And of course there is the price factor. After all, one of the reasons most people use a poor kitchen knife is because of price. Good kitchen knives can be expensive. Today it's easy enough to get the best product at the best possible price. And by doing so in the long run you will save money by not having to replace knives that will no longer cut or sharpen properly.

I enjoy working with a chef's knife because it is a "tool" designed for many functions and not necessarily good at one thing in particular. For the person who cannot afford a real expensive knife or knife set or just doesn't work in the kitchen that often, I think a chef's knife is a fine choice. This may be a good place for you to start, but I think it is important to know what type of cook you are or intend to be. If you rely on that then choosing the best kitchen knife will be easier.

12/18/2017 11:52 pm  #2

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12/25/2017 1:52 am  #3

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1/10/2018 11:47 pm  #4

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11/17/2018 12:31 pm  #7

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