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

Trimming knives

Looking like the shrunken cousin of the boning knife, the trimming knife is used for much the same purpose. Its blade is usually under three...

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...

Carving knives

One of the 'glamor' knives, thanks to its starring role in proceedings at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Carving knives have a blade that's sharp, fine...

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...

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...

Peeling knives

Similar in size and function to the paring knife, peeling knives are distinguished by a downward curve to their short blades, resembling a straightened-out...

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What’s the best kitchen knife blade material?

The novice kitchen knives buyer is faced with a bewildering array of choice when it comes to buying a set or even a single...