The Essential Knife Buying Guide

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The Knife Buying Guide

A chef is like a painter. Without a paintbrush, how can one paint a masterpiece? Without a knife how can a chef create a delicious dish?

In culinary school my instructor told us that our knife is an extension of our hand. Keeping good care of your knife is as essential as washing your hands. And using the right tool for the job is as easy as buying a few knives!

Each knife has a special job and the most versatile, the chef’s knife, is used for a variety of different tasks. You can use it to chop up herbs, dice potatoes and slice whatever else needs to be sliced in the kitchen. A chef’s knife is A MUST in the kitchen. Period.

Cutco provides two different styles of chef’s knives: A classic chef’s knife with a blade of 9-1/4″ and a petite chef’s knife coming in at 7-5/8″. The petite version is smaller which is easier to use on smaller home-kitchen cutting boards. And don’t forget to grab a sharpener to keep your knives their sharpest.

Another essential knife to add to your collection would be a slicer. This 9-3/4″ serrated knife is used to cut soft bread and cakes. The toothed edge keeps the fragile pieces of bread together, making this knife a must-buy.

Speaking of serrated knives, this petite carver makes carving meats like ham and roast beef easy and tender. The teethed edges slices through the meat with the greatest of ease.

Onwards to our next knife: the gourmet paring knife! This small knife makes peeling apples so easy. You can also use it to add decorative touches to mushrooms and radishes, so fancy!

Lastly, if you like making your home meals look like they came out of a five-star kitchen, grab a boning knife. Debone chicken and break down cuts of meat with this handy knife. It’s pointed blade lets you get all the meat off the bone. Every last bit of it.

All Cutco knives come with a forever guarantee, which makes these knives a great buy. Send them in to get sharpened and they’ll be sent back to you good as new.

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Cutco. All opinions are ours and honest.

Lyndsay Burginger

It’s always entertaining when Lyndsay’s in the kitchen. She’s even been known to belt out Broadway show tunes while making dinner (a handy whisk as her microphone, of course). She currently writes for her international food and travel site, Lyndsay’s Travel Kitchen . Lyndsay is also on the editorial team at The Cookful.