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A Guide to Buying Kitchen Knives

Apr 27, 2008
It doesn't matter how experienced in the kitchen you are, understanding the importance of choosing a kitchen knife will really help when you need to chop up fruit, vegetables, meat and other produce. When browsing your local kitchenalia shop you might find yourself becoming overwhelmed by the sheer choice you have available to you. You might be wondering whether you even really need so many kitchen knives. What type of knives you buy however will depend greatly on the sort of cooking you do.

If you need to slice and chop with ultra precision then you should look at the Japanese knives that are available. They are very lightweight and have an extra sharp blade. When looking around for a Japanese knife you will see that the most popular brands include Global, Kershaw and Hattori. There is quite a lot of choice when it comes to the style and size of knife and you will find that you can choose from Santoku, cleavers, boning, fillet and pairing knives.

If you require a knife which is strong and sturdy then German kitchen knives can offer some very good quality products for you to choose form. Henckels and Wusthof are two brands to look out for. Other brands to consider that are not German include Victorinox and Sabatier. With these knives you should look to buy forged knives if you want to best quality. If you don't want to spend that much money then looking for stamped knives is a good alternative.

Just because you like to cook doesn't mean you necessarily have the money to spend on these high quality knives. However this doesn't mean you have to buy a poor quality product which is going to fall apart or rust in hardly any time. There are many great deals on kitchen knife sets and many of them also come with a wooden knife block. Typically you will want to own a bread knife, pairing knife, chef knife and a utility knife along with a knife sharpener. Kitchen knife sets will usually save you a lot more money compared to buying the knives individually. Just make sure that the set contains all the knives you actually require. Some might not contain all the knives you need whilst other sets might include knives you know you'll never use.

Some people like to always buy a branded knife from a company they are familiar with. The great thing about this is that you can easily compare prices on the internet. Knives can work out quite expensive so taking the time to compare prices both on the internet and also in local store will be well worth the effort. However if you buy online make sure you know what the postage costs are going to be as this can affect the overall total by a fair amount.
About the Author
April Kerr owns website Best Kitchen Knives site which has details of where to buy Japanese kitchen knives and Kyocera kitchen knives .
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