Kitchen Knives - Review your Most Important Kitchen Tool!
If you ask a professional chef which is the most important cooking tool, the answer will undoubtedly be the knife. And many cooks recommend buying the best quality cutlery you can afford. To find the Best, we have included the top knives in a number of popular catagories (listed below). This will hopefully make it easier for you to get more information and find what you are looking for.
BEST in CHEF KNIVES:
BEST in STEAK KNIVES:
Best in INDIVIDUAL KNIVES:
Best in KNIFE SETS:
Ginsu Chikara: Amazing
Quality for under $100 for a 12 Piece Block Set
Best in CULINARY STUDENT KNIVES:
Best in SANTOKU:
Which knives to buy?
The good news: the average home cook doesn't need to invest in more than a few good quality kitchen knives. With the simple three being : a chefs knife, a paring knife and utility knife. Why? Because these give you plenty of versatility to do much of the basic: cutting, slicing, dicing and chopping.
However, since we are a knife reviewing website, we combine product information and industry reviews about all kinds of kitchen cutlery from sources like: Food and Wine Magazine and Cooks Illustrated. In other words, we aim to delve deeper, taking you from basic cutlery to state-of-the art, razor sharp cutting technology.
About Specific Types of Kitchen Cutlery
Going beyond basics, and matching the appropriate type of cutlery to a particular cutting task will certainly make life easier and grow your culinary knife collection. If for example, you are planning to fillet a fish, bone a chicken, or cut bread; you will want to have an appropriate fillet, boning and serrated bread knife. On the same note, if you plan to carve a roast or butcher meats, having an appropriate carving knife and cleaver will make all the difference in the world. For a kitchen knife that is less specific, the Japanese santoku, made popular by Rachael Ray of The Food Network is one to consider. This knife is similar to a Western style chef's knife and can provide multifunctional use.
Hardwood knife block sets and smaller 3, 4 and 6-piece sets can be very useful and often come accessorized with ones you need such as: chef's, paring, boning or utility, slicer, and bread knife. Buying sets rather than individual cutlery can also save you money. However, it's a good idea before buying, to make sure that the sizes and types are ones you will find useful.
Another useful set worth buying are steak knives. Steak knives are often sold in sets of 4 and 6. Shop with quality in mind and learn more about steak knives before buying.
Tip: For the best knives, look for high quality forged carbon stainless steel blades. For affordability, look for value oriented stamped blades
Eastern and Western knivesChoosing is a matter of preference
For the finest quality, stick with each manufacturers premier collection or line. Premium knives will include features such as being fully forged, and made with high carbon stainless steel blades. They will cost more money, but are definitely worth it.
If you are shopping on a tighter budget, take a look at the more affordable budget lines. These collections drop down a level to being machine stamped, or not fully forged. For the price, the quality will be good.
Sharpening, Cleaning and Knife Storage
Because cutlery varies, it is best to review the manufacturers' care instructions for cleaning. You may have a set of Laguiole steak knives that can be washed in the dishwasher and a Wusthof Cordon Bleu chef's knife that must be hand washed and immediately towel dried.
To keep sharp and honed there are many knife sharpeners including electric and manual to choose from. As with cleaning, follow the sharpening recommendations prescribed by the manufacturer. Once sharpened, be sure to keep the blade protected. A number of good storage options and accessories exist. These include drawer inserts, magnetic strips, and wooden or stainless steel blocks and cutting boards.