Different Kinds of Kitchen Knives

David Stone asked:

When you are selecting a good kitchen knives there are a lot of things that you need to consider. There are a few different kinds of blades. The type of steel is also something to consider as well. Certain countries have developed their own blends of steel that have different qualities.
Some different blades to consider are the conventional v-shaped blade that is sharpened from both angles, and the Japanese style blade that is only sharpened from one angle. The v-shaped blade is very sharp but does require more maintenance. It does not need to be sharpened more, but it the blade becomes off center and needs to be corrected by sliding it along a metal rod. V-shaped blades are more of a world standard because it was originally used in more countries and the realigning of the blade is an easier way to manage a constant sharpness. The Japanese style blade is very sharp as well and will stay sharp longer. This is ideal for cooks who do not want to regularly recenter the blade. This blade will need to be sharpened more to maintain ideal sharpness as a result.

Conventional steel is used by knife manufacturers. Higher quality companies use more nickel to prevent rust. However, Spanish steel is stronger. This allows the blade to be sharpened to a much finer blade. This is less common due to its price and availability. Japanese steel is also very strong but it will have a Japanese style blade.

Finally it is important to select a knife that has a full tang. This means that the steel of the blade runs all the way through the handle of the knife. A full tang ensures strength, weight and balance. Most knives that have a full tang make it visable by fastening the handle on either side of the steel, leaving the steel viasble on the top and bottom of the handle.

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Kitchen Knives – Forged and Stamped Varieties

Kahea R asked:

When we talk about knives, we will see that there are several brands in the market producing different varieties. So, purchasing best knives may be a difficult task for you and you may get confused while looking for different items. In this article I am going to tell you some important facts in this regard. These facts may help you in purchasing right kind of knife that further fulfill all your cooking requirements.

Generally, kitchen knives are available in two types including forged and stamped utensils. When we talk about build and quality, we will observe that forged ones are best among all available types. Their high quality is just because of the manufacturing process used to build them. These varieties are handmade items that are crafted to highest quality with the help of high temperatures. However, their high quality also makes these items more expensive. Still people who are crazier about cooking love to purchase such tools. Many professional chefs also prefer to buy and use forged makes because of their sharpness and high quality.

If you take good care of your forged knives then you would see that these will serve you for long time. Moreover, you can also maintain its sharpness if you have a good knife sharpener. Remember, taking care of your knives is not a big deal and it’s not so much time consuming task. It is also a good option to sharp your tool before using for any cutting. This only takes some seconds. However, it is also a fact that many people simply forget to sharpen before cooking and cutting.

As already mentioned, that forged makes are expensive to purchase. So, those people who do not afford them can go with stamped sets. These makes are cheaper option as well, and are widely available.

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