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Friday, September 18, 2009

Best Kitchen Knives

By Michael W Goff

A kitchen knife is a knife specifically designed to prepare food. How do you choose the best knives for your kitchen needs? When you're an inexperienced cook, the hardest part about figuring out how to choose the best knife, is where to begin. A good set of kitchen knives can be used forever, and even handed down from generation to generation. With that in mind, let's review some of the basic considerations while shopping.

Kitchen knives can be made from a variety of materials. The most common materials are stainless steel, high carbon stainless steel, carbon steel, titanium, ceramic and plastic. When buying knives, you can either purchase them individually, or in a set. Therefore, if you're starting from scratch, it may be an option for you to buy individual knives to test the different brands and blades that are available to you. It is cheaper to buy one knife at a time, rather than buying a set. Also, you can be sure to be 100% satisfied with your new set, if you've used an individual knife from that manufacturer before. However, the benefit of buying a set of knives makes each individual knife cheaper. Knives are also constructed in a variety of ways, so make sure you find a durable knife for your needs. Blades can be manufactured by either being forged or stamped.

A variety of knives include a chefs knife, meat knife, paring knife, bread knife and utility knife. Be sure to find a knife that feels good in your hand, and produces the cut you are looking for. Also, it is very important to keep your knives sharp and clean. Keeping a sharp knife will not only make your life easier, but it will reduce the risk of accidents.

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