A knife is a kitchen essential and can be a considerable investment. Make sure you buy the right knife and know how to look after it with our Knife guide.
Types of Knives & their Function
Japanese VS German Steel
Japan has a traditional and long history of knife making experience and techniques, forging knives that have thinner, sharper bevels made of harder steel that keep their edge for longer than other forged steel knives. As Japanese are lighter and more flexible than European knives they are great for more precise work.
From Left to right: Miyabi 5000DP Granton 18cm Santoku Knife | Global Paring Knife 8cm GSF-15 | Shun Classic Chef’s Knife 25cm | Miyabi 5000DP Chutoh 16cm Utility Knife
German Steel knives are sharp, durable and easy to care for, using softer steel throughout the blades core so they are less likely to chip, break and rust. This makes German knives great for more heavy duty work like cutting meat, boning poultry and chopping vegetables.
From Left to Right: Baccarat Cuisine Pro Chef Knife 20cm | Baccarat Cuisine Pro Carving Knife 20cm | Robert Welch Signature Utility Knife 12cm | Baccarat Cuisine Pro Paring Knife 9cm
Not only do sharp knives makes slicing tomatoes and dicing onions A LOT easier, a dull knife can actually be quite dangerous. When your knife starts to get dull use a Sharpener or Whetstone. Knife Sharpeners will ensure that your knife collection is always kept in top condition with razor sharp blades, ready to slice and dice at a moment’s notice.
Types of Knife Sharpeners
Also known at whetstones, typically come in a rectangular block. These stones work well with dull knives.
Sharpening steels hone knife blades and should be used for the upkeep of a knife, not to sharpen a dull one. Sharpening steels are long and narrow rods made out of steel or ceramic. A sharpening steel will realign the blade into its original shape making it a great tool to use before or after a knife is used.
Pull Through Sharpeners
When you want a quick sharpen pull through sharpeners are the answer. Pull through sharpeners are quick and easy, fast and are portable. Many pull through sharpeners have different sections like the Baccarat id3 3 Step Sharpener: Step 1 includes a diamond abrasive edge that shapes the knife blade and ensures it is smooth and free from burrs. Step 2 is a tungsten steel blade that sharpens the dull edge of the knife blade. Step 3 is a ceramic edge that finishes the job by polishing the blade.