Buying Tips For Kitchen Knives
Any way you slice it, kitchen knives are the most important tool in the kitchen. A sharp blade and sturdy handle will help you slice and chop more efficiently. Kitchen knives are available nearly everywhere that sells kitchen utensils, and they range in price from inexpensive to prices that are jaw-dropping. The first thing a cook will notice when buying kitchen knives is how many varieties are available. For new cooks or those who are not aspiring to have their own restaurants or television shows, a set of knives is probably the best way to begin. A cook can always buy another, more specialized knife, if the need arises. Another criteria of choosing kitchen knives is steel composition of the blades. Not surprisingly, high carbon stainless steel, with its hard edge and stain resistant nature, is usually the most expensive steel for a knife. High carbon steel is durable, but can rust if not maintained properly. Stainless steel is the least expensive knife material and is readily available. However, it cannot hold and maintain the best possible edge.
A new innovation in kitchen knives, ceramic, produces an extremely sharp, durable edge, but the edges must be sharpened with a diamond sharpener and they cannot be used as steak knives, since they are sharp enough to mar the glaze on a dinner plate. They are also somewhat brittle. On the plus side, ceramic kitchen knives can go months or even years without sharpening.