We Know: All About Kitchen Knives
What do I need to know in order to buy a kitchen knife?
Before considering how to buy the right kitchen knife, it is useful to understand the basic component parts of a knife. The sharp, front edge of the knife is called the blade. The handle is where you hold the knife. The tang is the part of the knife that descends from the blade and is enclosed by the handle. Some knives have an unsharpened extension of metal between the handle and the blade called the booster. The booster serves both a balancing and a safety function.
What are the manufacturing processes for most kitchen knives?
There are three basic ways to manufacture a knife.
What types of steel are used for the blade of a kitchen knife?
There are two basic types of steel available.
What can I expect when I buy a set of kitchen knives?
Four types of knives come in a store-bought kitchen knife set.
What else do I need to know when I buy a kitchen knife?
Some types of knives require more maintenance than others, and this depends on the manufacturing process used. Knives that need to be sharpened more tend to cost more. One can buy inexpensive knives that require less maintenance, but the trade off could be that the knives don't maintain their pristine sharpness. Another thing to remember is that the handle of a knife should provide counter balance in weight to the blade. The best thing to always do before buying a set of kitchen knives is to test it. Fitting a knife to a particular hand is more likely to lead to a happy buying experience then buying an untested set off the Internet.