It is widely accepted that specialist chef knives are a better choice than a set of generic knives. However, there are so many different types of knife that are available, it can be difficult to know which ones you will actually need. Some of the most popular and useful knives that you can buy for your kitchen are listed below.
The name for this knife can be translated as ‘three virtues’ in Japanese. It is given this name because it can be used for slicing, chopping and mincing. If you do own several knifes, you are likely to find that this is the one you use most often.
A bread knife usually has a serrated edge, which makes it easy to cut through any type of loaf. However, this serrated blade makes it useful for cutting a number of other items as well, such as meat, vegetables and even cake. If you choose a bread knife with a blade that is at least 14 inches long, you will find it incredibly useful in the kitchen.
A paring knife is useful when you need to do some fine peeling. It can also be used for cutting food up into small pieces. You can get paring knives with either serrated or scalloped blades, but they are cheap enough to buy one of each.
A boning knife is used primarily when you are cutting meat that still contains bones. This could be a whole chicken or a leg of lamb. They are specifically designed to cut muscle away from the bone and have a very thin blade.
A set of universal knifes can be useful to keep in your kitchen. They usually come in a wooden block and have five different sized knives in them. They are convenient to have on hand for situations where you do not really need a specialist knife.