Eating is, with drinking and clothing, one of the main basics needs for human life. The preparation of daily meals has been a main task for every house or society starting right after the invention of fire. In many cases these skills for preparing food have been replaced by microwave oven and frozen dinners. But, there are still many people out there who enjoy the ritual of preparing homemade or Gourmet meals. Just for themselves or to entertain guests.
And in this case, like in many other trades, the quality of your work does not only depend on the set of skills but also on the quality of the tools used. One major type of tools for every kitchen are Kitchen or Chef Knifes.
For every different cutting, slicing or carving task is a matching knife available. Some of these tools are specialized for one task. Others can be used in different situations.
Common types of kitchen knifes are: Chef Knife, Utility Knife, Paring Knife, Bread Knife, Carving knife, Fillet Knife and Cleaver. It also makes sense to add a pair of Kitchen Shears to the selection. Knifes are available with stamped or forged blades. The forged blades are usually the ones of higher quality.
Most knife handles are made of Micarta (synthetic material) but you can find also handles made of wood, metal and molded Plastic. The choice of handle material is a personal preference but keep in mind that knifes with Micarta handles are easier to care for.
The variety of available Kitchen Knifes or Chef Knife Sets can be overwhelming - but the right knife for the task makes preparing and serving food much easier and more enjoyable; additionally it gives your kitchen a more professional feel. A good quality knife will last a lifetime. It makes sense to plan the purchase before entering the store.
What are the criteria for choosing a Kitchen or Chef Knife or Chef Knife Set?
The main questions to answer are:
What is my skill level in the Kitchen?
How often am I going to cook and what kind of meals am I going to prepare?
Am I going to entertain?
And last but not least: What can I afford?
There are some Kitchen Knifes that fit and belong into every kitchen. Examples are the chef and the bread knife. The remaining useful knifes can be customized to your special needs and requirements. In same case it is the better choice to decide for a Chef Knife Set. They come in many different sizes and price ranges; some even if with a knife block for storage and presentation.
After you decided on a selection of knifes it is time to choose the size and handle material for each knife. The other important attributes for the knife are blade material and manufacturer. These factors are most likely fixed by the amount you want to spend for the Knife Set.
The internet is a useful source for information after you answered the questions about your special needs. Do not by shy; visit a kitchen supply store and ask for advice to select the knifes to match your needs. After this you should be able to make a educated decision for the purchase of an essential Kitchen Tool.