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What is a Santoku Knife?

  When I first started culinary school, one of the first things I did was pick up my school-assigned “Chef’s Kit.” I could barely contain my glee as I took my bounty home. I started familiarizing ...

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Food Comics: Honing and Sharpening Knives

We are pleased to introduce Food Comics from The Chopping Block where our resident Cartoonist Tom O'Brien illustrates his cooking adventures. In this edition, he shares how to hone and sharpen ...

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Food Comics: Crash Course on Knife Styles

We are pleased to introduce Food Comics from The Chopping Block where our resident Cartoonist Tom O'Brien illustrates his cooking adventures. Here, he shows you the different types of knives any good ...

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The 5 Most Important Things to Know about Knife Safety

  As you might guess, we sell a lot of knives and cutting boards at The Chopping Block. Over the almost 22 years of teaching Knife Skills classes (which is our most popular class), I’ve learned a few ...

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How To Not Go To the Hospital: A Guide To Cutting Avocados

  In case you find yourself in need of a break from all the ‘Holiday Gift Roundups’ or ‘what to do with all those leftovers’ articles, I figured I’d share a practical a-seasonal guide for something I ...

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Knife Skills: Our Most Popular Class

  I recently had the opportunity to take our most popular class Knife Skills on the road. I demonstrated a basic version of the class at the American Medical Association during the employee lunch ...

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The Knives You Never Knew You Needed

I've got knives on the brain again. If you read my previous post, you know that I made the argument for having only four knives in your kitchen. And while I still believe that to be true – if you can ...

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Time to Sharpen those Knife Skills

  Do you know how much you don’t know about knives? The answer, definitively, is that you don’t. But not to worry, you have plenty of time before prime vegetable season kicks in to enter into expert ...

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What's in your Knife Drawer?

  Sometimes you just never know what you’re going to find in those less-frequently accessed corners of your kitchen drawers. In our case, it was the discovery of knives made by a family whose ...

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The How-To on Honing Your Knife

                                                                 I would bet that at this very moment one of the most important kitchen tools is hiding in your house, shoved in the back of some ...

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