Cheese Knives - Review
If you are looking to buy there are several types of cheese knives available. Prices vary depending upon whether you are buying an individual cheese knife, or a set. And a brand like
Individual knives, of which there are two primarily, are designed to
either cut hard cheeses or soft cheeses.
Other cheese knives include:
Several popular brands
include: Henckels, Global, Wushof, Laguiole, Prodyne and Swissmar.
Cheese Knife Sets and Cheese Board Knives
For serving and cutting cheese, there are assorted cheese knife sets available. Coming in 2,3, 4 and 5-piece sets; sets can be bought to function as serving tools, cheese spreaders, or be a grouping of more defined knives such as a stainless steel cheese plane slicer, cheese cleaver and Parmesian cheese knife. Sets also often come with convenient storage cases.
What is a nice choice is, to buy a cheese board knife set. These, along with other sets, make very nice gifts. Look at brands: Pinzon and Henckels (both make cheese knife sets that include a bamboo cutting board. Pinzon's set has a bamboo storage drawer and cutting board); Prodyne (has a beachwood cheese board.)
Matching the Right Cheese Knife to the Task is Essential!
Soft cheese knife:
In fact, in a Cook's Illustrated test to determine whether or
not a holed cheese knife would in fact cut soft cheeses like chevre and
mozzarella better than a traditional chef's knife: The answer was YES!
Reviewers found that the holes (or skeletons) of which there are 3, punched
out of a soft cheese knife, minimized the area where soft and semi-soft
cheese would stick or cling.
Hard cheese knives:
A very sharp edge is a typical feature of a hard cheese cutting knife.
You will also find that many of these knives are designed with a forked
tip, so that they may also be used also as a serving utensil. One particular
firm cheese knife, known as the Parmesian cheese knife is designed specifically
for slicing extremely hard cheeses.. You will find these knives designed
with short thick blades allowing you to put good pressure into the cut.
List of Popular Cheese types:
Hard cheese - Gruyere, Parmesian, Pecorino, smoked Gouda
Medium-hard cheese - Emmenthaler, Cheshire