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

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...

Bread knives

The greatest thing since before sliced bread, it does exactly as it says on the box it comes in – it cuts bread. Bread knives...

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...

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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Chef knife sets

Having a full Chef knife set in your kitchen is always more advantageous than having one or two pieces of knives that are used...