A good bread knife is a versatile blade that makes slicing loaves, tomatoes, and other foods a joyous exercise. Join us for a look at how these sawtooth sensations work, what types of serrations are best, how to sharpen them, and our recommendations for the models that give the best performance – and value.
Edge Styles. Every knife has an edge style, a way the blade has been ground to make it sharp. The most common, of course, is a V-edge which looks like it sounds—two slanting sides that go straight to the cutting edge. The great majority of kitchen knives have this type of edge.
I was wondering if fluted knives actually work. I came across a comment (possibly an Amazon review) that fluted knives don't actually help in preventing vegetables from sticking to the knife -- causing the user to have to still have to stop and remove the cut product. I've never used a fluted knife, so I literally have no idea.
I recently purchased the “ Folding Utility Knife - VIVREAL Heavy Duty Box Cutter Pocket Utility Knives with 11 Replaceable Stainless Steel Blades, Belt Clip, Easy Release Button, Quick Change and Lock-Back Design” to replace a very old utility knife that would not retract the blade - very dangerous.
Knives are a commonly used tool that we often take for granted. We expect them to perform and cut with ease, but we rarely pay any more attention to our knives than that. To understand your knife, it is important to learn about its construction and be able to identify the various knife parts.
A paring knife is a very small knife, but one of the few that a home cook will probably need. This knife is a specialty knife, meaning it is meant for very specific tasks. Many chefs consider it the second most important knife to own beside the chef's knife, although not everyone agrees.
A tang is the protrusion of the blade steel into the handle of the knife. Below is a picture of the handle of 2 kitchen knives. The one on the right has a full tang while the one on the left has a partial tang. Generally speaking, a full tang knife will be stronger than a partial tang knife.
The Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 10-Inch Serrated Bread/Slicing Knife is one of the best bread and slicing knives that you are going to see on the market today. It is made by the famed Chicago Cutlery company. This is a 10-inch knife that has a serrated edge that helps with slicing.
Santoku knives are shorter, lighter, and thinner than Western-style chef’s knives. Because of the thinness, they tend to be more hardened than Western knives, to add strength. Many santoku knives have flat divots on the sides of the blade near the cutting edge, which is known as a granton edge.
A utility knife is a knife used for general or utility purposes. The utility knife was originally a fixed blade knife with a cutting edge suitable for general work such as cutting hides and cordage, scraping hides, butchering animals, cleaning fish, and other tasks. Craft knives are tools mostly used for crafts.