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The best Japanese knives for the kitchen are not suited for everyone. Their particular approach in cooking their food especially fish made craft their knives to cater for skilled filleting of fish.These knives are best known for their precision in making paper thin cuts and slicing. Some of the best Japanese kitchen knives are:
• Shun Classic Chef Knife
Shun knives have incredible sharpness and beauty that attracts chefs. It is made of hard carbon steel graded and made in Japan. It can be used in cutting thick slabs of fish or meat because of its heft and edge.
• The Santoku
It is a general purpose knife but with thinner, shorter and agiler features compared to the standard knife. It measures between five to seven inches with a sheep foot tip and flatter edge
• Yoshihiro Stainless Steel Gyuto
The Gyuto is an all-purpose lightweight knife. It is best suited for precision works in fine preparation of light proteins and vegetables and also mincing. However, it does not perform well in cutting dense materials like cartilage or bone.
• The Sujihiki
The Sujihiki is a narrow, long blade that has a short height designed for slicing fish, boneless meat, game, and poultry. Its short height gives it less surface area that reduces friction hence makes it perfect for use in cutting ultra-thin slices.
• The Nakiri
It is a traditional knife that was designed for full rhythmic chopping strokes on vegetables. It features a flat profile with a short cleaver. It has substantially spine tapers, blunt tip and is thin behind the edge.
• The Misono UX10
With a range between 9.5 to 12 inches and thin, long blade, this knife is best used for cutting through large pieces of protein. When cutting, a single pull provides a precise, clean cut without ragged edges or torn pieces. It requires a deft and light slicing technique to get the best results. The Misono is similar to the traditional carving knife ideal for portioning and slicing.
If you are like most people, then you probably think of knives as just another kitchen utensil and that they are all one in the same. They all do look sort of alike, after all. But they are completely different. Well that’s what I thought until my friend who is currently studying the culinary arts at his university decided to tell me about the different types of knives that chef’s use and their history. It seemed boring at first; I mean let’s face it, nobody cares about the history of knives.
That is until he begun to tell me about the Japanese chef knife. I had no idea the Japanese made chef knives Since I’ve been to Japan once before I was pretty interested.
Incredible Japanese Knives
One the best japanese knives out there is the Japanese chef knife, also known as the gyuto, and it has many different edges in comparison to the knives made in the west. The Japanese also went a step further and made their knife out of a harder steel which makes it more innovative than those manufactured in the western hemisphere.
What To Look Out For
When choosing a chef knife be it Japanese chef knife or regular Western chef knife one needs to take some key points into consideration. The handle and the blade make a big difference in the best Japanese knives in general, and these are no different.
1. Sharp edge or Blades – the blades can be made of a number of materials, mostly carbon steel, stainless steel, titanium, ceramic or laminated.
2. The Handle — these can be made out of wood, plastic, rubber, micarta, leather and stainless steel. The handle material and shape will definitely affect how easy a knife is to use. Case in point; if you have a wooden knife handle you will find that it is easy to hold but not easily maintained, plus over time it may break.
More reading: Why are japanese knives among the best in the world
Japanese Knives As Gifts
Well this lesson on knives has enlightened me to the fact that to a chef a knife isn’t just a knife. That they are produced in different countries and that the West has now taken an interest in Japanese chef knives. So for that cooking guru in your family this could very be a perfect gift for them.
Some of you may not know but a Santoku knife is a combination of a cleaver and a chef knife. When I purchase this Japanese Chef knife, I went to the store with the intention purchasing a small knife. ‘Small’ being the keyword.
However, the look of Victorinox Santoku Knife and the bombastic words which was Fibrox as well as Granton Edge captured my attention so I thought why not just buy it. It was also cheaper than other Santoku knives that were on the shelf.
Smooth Slicing Knife-work
Trust me, I was shocked by how smoothly it slices through vegetables and meat. I feel that this knife helps me mince, dice and slice better than my other chef knives. It is also very light so if you like light knives, this should be perfect for you.
My Wrists Love It
Last week, I even managed to cut through a sack of potatoes without suffering much tension at the wrist. With my experience and also the reviews online, I assure you that you won’t regret purchasing The Victorinox 7-Inch Fibrox Granton Edge Santoku Knife.
If you don’t know what this app is, Shazam basically identifies any type of music playing around you. Honestly, I am very thankful that my friend introduced me to the Shazam app as I have identified many songs since then. In addition to that, I get to show off my ability to know every song on the face especially when my friends force me to remember their favourite songs. This app also looks a bit like Messenger which may get confusing if you put them near each other.
A Great Indie Discovery
Last night when I was watching the tv show Notorious, this song came on. Don’t worry I won’t spoil any scenes or anything but it was in the 6th episode. I was really captivated by the lyrics and the melody. Immediately, I shazammed it and I knew it’s genre was going to be alternative rock/indie. This is why I blessed the Shazam app. The song was called Dead Man’s Arms. The artist is 24 year old Bishop Briggs. I proceeded to check out her other songs which were equally amazing. One of her songs ‘Mercy’ was also featured in the xXx : Return of Xander Cage.