Every day, thousands of people search the Internet looking for guidance on purchasing the best kitchen knives and cooking knives. There are a variety of criteria you can use to determine what would be the best kitchen or chef’s knives for your budget and purposes; but, one of the best places to start is with expert and consumer reviews. Generally, you can’t go too far wrong if you purchase your kitchen knives from a reputable brand, such as Forschner, Dexter, JA Henckels, or Wusthof kitchen knives; but reading objective evaluations from other consumers and experts, can be extremely helpful.
Buying the right kitchen knife actually involves a lot of different decisions, not the least of which is choosing between a cooking knife that is “forged” versus one that is “stamped”. If price is no object, then a forged knife would probably be the preferred choice. Forged chefs knives are generally considered sturdier than stamped knives, but the question is — are they always worth the extra money? The answer is a definitive, “not always”. According to Consumer Reports, “Although the top-rated knives are forged, stamped knives are capable of very good performance.” The non-profit consumer education organization points out that stamped knives do not have a bolster and a heel, which do add value to the user experience; but those features probably wouldn’t be missed by most people. Visit their web site for a good “crash course” in understanding knife terminology and tips on efficient use and care of kitchen knives.
The four types of knives that Consumer Reports recommends having on hand in a well-equipped home kitchen are a chef’s knife, a slicer, a utility knife, and a parer. For home chefs who like to have a kitchen knife for every purpose, there are specialty food preparation knives made for virtually every task in the kitchen. For example, in addition to the multi-purpose chef’s knife and carving knife, you can also buy kitchen knives specifically designed for slicing bread, cheese, ham, or fish (fillet knives). There are also shell fish knives, which are more commonly referred to as “clam knives”, “oyster knives”, or “scallop knives”. For cooks looking for a multi-purpose kitchen knife that slices, dices, and minces, a Santuko knife might be a the perfect supplement to a home cutlery supply.
As far as top brand names for the best chef knives and kitchen knives, the Wusthof classic seemed to be the favorite of expert reviewers, although the RH Forschner by Victorinox Fibrox was deemed the best budget knife set. Among the runners up for best kitchen knives were the Henckels Twin Professional “S” and the Henckels Four Star. Henckels Four Star series is one of the most popular lines of kitchen knives on the market, and includes a wide range of carvers, cleavers, boning knives, peeling knives, and steak knives. The Henckels Pro S series also features virtually every kitchen knife imaginable, including sandwich knives, fillet knives, flexible slicers, hollow edge slicers, and serrated utility knives.
It pays to read kitchen knives reviews, like the ones online at ConsumerSearch.com, but if you stick with well-known brand names, such as Victorinox, Forschner, Henckels knives, and Wusthof, you will rarely be disappointed.
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Joel Sussman is marketing specialist.