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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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What are the parts of a kitchen knife?

For such a simple instrument, there is a lot of jargon around the different parts of a kitchen knife, with lots of different terms...