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How to choose an Essential Knife

Here at A Kitchen Advisor we know that choosing the right knife can be a challenging task. How to choose an Essential Knife? There are so many brands and types of knives in the market. With the following guide, we hope to help you find knives that fit both your budget and cooking requirements.  Do I need just a Chef Knife? Do I need a whole collection of utility knives? Or just a few of them like a Serrated Bread knife? The guide is divided into two parts. Essential Knives – if you’re just starting a collection simply choose based on our recommended priorities – you’re unlikely to go wrong. We made our own research going through many sources of data. Types of Knives – If you are searching for more detailed information on each style of knife to help you choose – this part is for you.

The guide is applicable to any existing knife brand.


The Essential Knives

One Knife

If you think of an all-in-one knife, then we recommend starting with a Chef Knife, it’s the essential knife of any busy kitchen. The reason for this is very simple: it can do most kitchen preparation duties very well. A good Chef Knife is amazingly multitasking – you can slice, dice, mince and chop. It is an excellent choice for preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner. This knife is always on a cutting board in the kitchen. Don’t go for a Chef Knife, longer than 8-inch unless you have a proper training. Also remember that the longer the knife, the more significant cutting tasks it must perform.

If you’re on a budget and looking for one general kitchen knife just for general use then the other option would be to go for the Rada Kitchen Knife. It’s not going to be as good for extended meal prep duties. Anyway there are many people who swear this is the only knife they need.

Rada Cutlery French Chef Knife – Stainless Steel Blade with Aluminum Handle Made in USA, 13 Inch

Two Knives

If you can afford two knives, then your choices are wide open. Now you can purchase knives which are slightly more specialized (but still very sophisticated and multitasking). The ideal would be to have a Paring Knife for small, complicated meal preparation duties (i.e. cutting and peeling fruit) and a larger knife for much more serious meal preparation duties.

The combination of a Paring Knife and Chef Knife will provide you with incredible flexibility!

Zelite Infinity Paring Knife - Comfort-Pro Series - High Carbon Stainless Steel Chef Knives X50 Cr MoV 15 >> 4" (102mm)

Three Knives

If you are looking for the best choice with 3 knives our recommendation begins very similar to the 2-knife set – that being a Paring Knife and Chef Knife. The next essential knife would be a good long serrated bread knife, because even the sharpest traditional knife does an ugly job on fresh bread. Pay attention to the thickness of the blade: the thinner the blade, the higher quality of cutting task your serrated bread knife is capable to do.

8" Bread Knife

Four Knives

If you did want another knife we would recommend the mid-sized Rada Kitchen Knife – this would then give you a small, medium and large knife and would cover most of your meal preparation requirements.

Rada Cutlery Wedding Register Knife Gift Set – 4 Stainless Steel Culinary Knives With Silver Aluminum Handle Made in the USA

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