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The Importance of a Good Knife

Posted by Patrick on Mar 3, 2014

Every chef or home cook has their favorite tool, gadget or piece of equipment that they can’t live without. For most experienced culinary professionals, it's their favorite knife. Since it's our annual Knife Sale month at The Chopping Block, it's a great time to talk about the value of having a steadfast, reliable knife in your kitchen.

shun“That looks more like a sword than a kitchen knife!”

That’s what most of my friends and family say when they see me pull out my ten-inch Shun Chef’s knife. Granted, a ten-inch chef knife can be pretty intimidating at first, but once you start to understand its value, it becomes just another tool in the tool box. A good quality knife makes an enormous difference in any cook's experience in the kitchen. Having a reliable knife that you can count on being sharp consistently will give you the confidence you need when preparing even the most complicated dishes.

What is a good quality knife?

A good quality knife is a knife that is made from a high quality steel, usually German or Japanese, which will stay sharp for a long period of time and has the potential to last a lifetime. At The Chopping Block, we carry both German and Japanese steeled knives. Our Shun and Global knives are both made from top grade Japanese steel, where as our Chroma, F. Dick, and Robert Welch knives are made from German steel. The main difference between a Japanese knife and a German knife is the hardness of the steel itself. Japanese steel tends to be a harder steel, which means it is more difficult to sharpen, but will remain sharp for a longer period of time. A German steel on the other hand is softer, which means it is easier to sharpen, and will not hold its sharpness for as long. All of the lines we carry at The Chopping Block are high quality knives that will last a lifetime, if taken care of properly.

There are countless reasons why someone would want a top quality knife in their kitchen, none more important than safety. How is having an expensive, quality knife going to make your kitchen safer? By ensuring that you will have a sharp knife. Most cutting mishaps happen with a dull knife. When a knife is dull, there is a higher likelihood that the knife will slip off of whatever it is you are cutting. When that happens, fingers and hands tend to get in the way.

If you have been thinking about getting a new knife, or if you know someone who is desperate need of a top quality knife, or if there is someone who you would like to have a sharp knife for your own piece of mind, take advantage of our 20% off all knives sale this month. If you sign up for our newsletter, you can also save 20% off all knife accessories like honing steels and sharpening tools.

If you are on the fence about buying a new knife, come to one of our locations and test drive our selection. Our staff loves to talk about knives, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about knives or cooking in general.

What knife can you not live without?

Topics: knife, sharp, robert welch, chroma, sale, equipment, German, dull, Japanese, quality, tool, F. Dick, shun, steel, Global

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