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 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.
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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.