A lot of homeowners would agree that a good set of kitchen knives perhaps the most beloved tool in every kitchen. Without a kitchen knife, one won’t be able to experience the real joy of cooking. However, for such an essential piece of kitchenware, we actually know very little about them. There are lots of amazing knives out there that comes different features, but here we are going to talk about the three essential things you should know before buying one, especially if you’re buying for the first time.
Know the Right Knife for You
One of the many mistakes homeowners do when buying their kitchen knives is that not knowing first the right tool their kitchen needs. For most people, probably they would go for an all-purpose knife that cuts everything from trimming meat to prepping vegetables. However, it is highly recommended that one should consider buying a knife that specially made for a specific job. One must also consider their cutting style, different kinds of knife hit the cutting board differently so buying an all-purpose knife might not suit you the best. Also, think of the looks as it can significantly affect your cooking mood because surely a good looking knife adds more fun.
Know the Right Steps in Buying Your Knife
Now let’s say you already done the first part mentioned above, then the next step would know the right steps in buying your knife. There are two significant things one should consider when purchasing a knife, first is the ‘steel,’ and the other is the ‘feel.’
There are two types of steel to choose from. First is the carbon steel, and the other is stainless steel. Carbon is a lot harder and able to keep its sharpness longer than stainless steel. However, carbon steels are more prone to corrosion than stainless steels. But thanks to modern technology today, there are now carbon steels that are now resistant to corrosion.
On the other hand, the need to feel the knife is also necessary. Who would want a knife that isn’t comfortable to hold? A good kitchen knife needs to have a perfect balance when holding. We recommend choosing one with bolsters because it will improve grip significantly thus adding more comfort.
Moreover, the length of an all-purpose knife usually is eight inches. However, you won’t need this kind of length most of the time. A longer blade is best when it comes to chopping stubborn root veggies. It will be tricky to choose which one is the right knife, but we recommend to choose the one that you feel comfortable with.
Know the Right Maintenance for Your Knife
Most of the times, homeowners don’t take knife maintenance seriously. Let’s face it, after using our knives, and we immediately throw it in the dishwasher. Doing that will only make your blade dull over time. The best method that we recommend is to wash your knife with soap and hot water every after use and quickly dry it off to avoid corrosion.