Chef Knives

Knives

The utility knives for your kitchen

Everyone knows how important sharp knives are for cooking. Originally designed to disjoint larger parts of beef, their area of application has expanded in an impressive way. Today professional chefs and hobby cooks at home not only use chef knives to cut meat, but also make use of them to chop up vegetables and quite a lot of other ingredients for delicious meals. Because of their big and sturdy blade, cutting with high quality cook’s knives is an easy task.

In order to have just the right tool for different kitchen tasks at hand, you should not only have a chef knife, but also a set of other modifications at your disposal. A fully equipped kitchen also commands universally usable and angular knives. In addition to that, specialized cake knives and pie knives are valuable tools when it comes to cutting a delightful cake without messing up the masterpiece. Specific bread knives are perfectly suited for freshly baked bread. Read more >>

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Chef knives by Backmann24 Chef knives are the most essential part of any kitchen

High quality chef knives make working in the kitchen more efficient. The preparatory phase is being accelerated when using the right equipment. A good cutting tool fits perfectly in your hand and is not likely to slip away. The massive blade mainly has functional advantages and slides through several consistencies without the need of much pressure. So you can work more precisely and the final results look utterly professional if you are able cut ingredients in evenly sized pieces.

With a view of their obvious advantages, chef knives should not be missed in any kitchen. Regardless of whether you are a professional chef or an amateur cook who passionately swings the cooking tools for friends and the whole family at home – you definitely should own at least one high-quality chef knife.

Chef knives for the preparation of a big number of dishes

Chef knives for the preparation Because chef knives are equipped with a huge and heavy blade and a smooth-cut, they are predestined for preparing a great deal of various dishes. Particularly beef and other meet can be sliced with ease. To end up with a tender piece of meat on the plate, you preferably should cut slowly and evenly across the grain. A well sharpened cook’s knife will assist you in managing this task with ease. Chefs also use these versatile tools to carve fish or to chop crispy salad or vegetables. You are planning to serve fresh fruit as the crowning finish of a multi-course menu? Even then a chef knife will assist you in bringing the fruit into a visually appealing shape.

Quality Cooking Knives

In detail: Common types of chef knives:

  • German-style
  • French-style
  • Japanese Gyuto
  • Chinese cleaver

There are different types of cutting blades with different advantages. Personal preferences will always be the leading factors that finally influence the choice. Cooking knives made in Germany usually are quite heavy and sturdy. That’s why they excuse handling errors without taking damages. They are continuously curved along the whole cutting edge. By contrast, French-style cutters are characterized by a straighter edge that only curves up to the tip. Japanese chef knives – also known as “Gyuto” feature an exceptional sharpness and a lower weight. However their harder steel makes them very sensitive. Chinese cooking knives are formed completely different. They show up as thin bladed rectangular chopper and function as general-utility cutting tools in China, Cambodia and Vietnam.

High-quality steel knivesMaterial: High-quality steel

Professional cutting tools are mostly made of forged steel or chromium molybdenum steel. That covers the advantages of anti-bacteria, anti-corrosion and anti-rusty. Furthermore high quality knives that are manufactured with steel have less need of sharpening and are not likely to break. The manufacturing of cook’s knives can be realized in two different ways – either stamped or hot-forged. Whereas a stamped blade is directly made from one layer of cold rolled steel, hot forging implies a multi-step production process that also includes the process of beating the steel into shape.

Different length of a bladeThe length of a blade

Besides the right material and a high-quality processing, the length of the blade is also a decisive criterion when it comes to choosing the perfect chef knife for your purposes. In general a cooking knife features a blade of 15 to 36 centimeters in length and up to 4 centimeters in width. Shorter versions are optimally suited for slicing and peeling fruit and vegetables, whereas longer blades are qualified for fish and meat. The German versions generally are tapered towards the tip as well as towards the cutting edge.

Different BladeSerrated or rounded blade?

Chef knives with rounded blades are useful general-purpose tools that can come into use for quite a great deal of different tasks. Variants that feature a serrated blade are specialized for certain areas of application. In combination with a long blade, they are predestined to cut bread. Their serrated blades slice through a crust with ease and ensure each slice is evenly shaped and not likely to get shredded. Also when it comes to slicing cold cuts or cheese, a serrated blade ensures perfect results.

For safety purposes and to maintain a sharp edge

Chef knives Special CareAccording to how chef knives are produced and from which material they are made, they need special care. In order to maintain the blade’s sharpness for a long time to come, it is also essential to carefully clean it. Preferably you should use a damp cloth in combination with a small amount of dishwashing liquid. Afterwards dry the knife thoroughly. By no means should a cooking knife be placed into the dishwasher. For one thing the cleaning salt can have negative effects on the cutting edges and on the other hand the mechanical load caused by bumping cutlery and dishes can blurry it.

For storing your high quality chef knives, it’s advisable to use a magnetic cutlery drawer or a knife block. The latter can either be equipped with an integrated brush insert or be specifically adapted to the particular blade’s shape. If you prefer to store your knife in a drawer, you should use drawer inserts that separate the individual tools from one other. Because even the highest quality knife will lose its sharpness after some time, it is necessary to sharpen it after a while. For doing this, you preferably use a sharpening steel.