KNIFE CARE

How to take care of your knives

It doesn’t matter how many high-tech gadgets and super-duper labor-saving devices you have in your kitchen, it doesn’t take long for any cook to...

What is a honing steel?

We've all seen honing steels in use, even if we didn't realise at the time what they were. A honing steel is a metal...

KNIFE GUIDE

Utility knives

Utility knives can have a multitude of different names, including serrated utility knife, flexible serrated knife, tomato knife or even sandwich knife. That gives...

Chef knives

Chef knives are the staple of any kitchen. If you're only going to have one knife, start here. It's also known as a cook's...

Fluting Knives

Fluting knives are short, straight and sharp-edged. They are normally around 2 to 4 inches long. They're used for delicate peeling and creating decorations. Besides decorating...

Cleavers

Used for 'cleaving' meat and bone, cleavers are a staple in horror movies. The instantly-recognizable rectangular blade is thick, heavy and very sharp, making it the...

Paring knives

Paring knives are also known as vegetable knives and are another must-have in any serious kitchen. The paring knife typically has a short blade around...

Mincing knives (or mezza lunas)

Looking almost as terrifying as the cleaver, the mincing knife will be far more useful in most home kitchens. Also known as the mezza luna...

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Types of kitchen knives

Many people survive with just two or three kitchen knives in their arsenal, but the reality is that there are literally dozens of different...