Anolon Academy

The Importance of Good Knives

By Chef Justin North

Apart from becoming an extension of your hand in the kitchen, a good knife helps make life so much easier.  It is an important tool in the kitchen and should feel comfortable to hold.  The ease of which you can chop becomes a joy and not like you are using an axe to cut a tomato!

So what exactly constitutes a good knife?  Here we give you a few tips on what to look for and some important factors to consider.

Which knife/knives?: Depending on how versatile you are in the kitchen will determine how many knives you will need.  A good starting point is a paring knife, a large Chef’s knife or Japanese Santoku and a serrated knife.  A knife block is also a good purchase as it provides a good variety of knives and generally more cost effective purchasing them as a set.

A forged blade: You want a smooth edge with a perfectly angled blade for a sharper cleaner cut.  Superior steel creates a stronger blade that will hold its sharp edge for longer.

The tang: An expertly constructed full tang with a counter balance cap and bolster will offer exceptional durability and the perfect weight and balance, ensuring precision and control.

The handle: An ergonomic handle will feel best to hold.  You want something that is easy to clean and gives you a confident grip.

Storage sheath: When purchasing loose knives, it is important that you receive a storage sheath that will protect the blade during in-drawer storage, and also protect your hands when reaching in the drawer.

Storage: When storing your knives in a knife block, make sure you turn them upside down with the blade facing up.  This will protect the blade and prevent it from becoming blunt by running it in and out of the block.

Warranty: You want a knife that comes with a warranty for peace of mind and to make sure you are protected for your investment.

Remember a good knife is an investment and will definitely be worth choosing the right one for you.