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The Ultimate Kitchen: Chef's Knife

The Ultimate Kitchen: Chef's Knife

When I'm at parties I'm always asked one of three things.

1- What's your favorite thing to make?
2- What's your favorite restaurant?
3- What's your favorite kitchen tool?

The first two are hard, but the last one is the most difficult. There's so many to choose from: mixer, grater, food processor, pepper grinder, etc. Since there are so many so called "essentials" I've decided to highlight one each week. Most of these will be kitchen must-haves, but I'll also highlight the occasional splurge. You can think of this list as The Ultimate Kitchen.

To start things off, every kitchen needs at least one good 8" chef's knife. A full set of knives is nice to have, but it's actually better (and cheaper) to build your own set. This way you'll get the knives that suit your needs best. So to start off your set, invest in a good chef's knife. I personally really like the knives from Global, they have a lightweight feel and a unique grip handle. Plus, if I'm going to be 100% honest, I also just like the way they look.

A Global 8" Chef's Knife will set you back about $86. If you're adding it to a registry, you may consider requesting the 3-Piece Global Knife Set which includes a 3 1/2" paring knife, a 5 1/4" utility knife and 7" santoku (which can replace the need for an 8" chef's knife).

If you don't like the way Global's feel (go in and test them out first), Wüsthof and Henckels are both really nice knives as well.

mrs_smith mrs_smith 10 years
When Mr. Smith and I got married, we registered for the Henckles Pro-S Series. We got 3 knives, the 8" chef's, the 6" utility and 4" paring knife. We also have an 8" Calphalon chef's knife. It's so great to have a nice knife set. Rusting happens when you clean them in the dishwasher or your knives sit with water on them. I always hand wash my knives, wipe them with a clean dishtowel, and set them in the dish rack for a couple hours anyways before putting them in the knife block.
bobfet1 bobfet1 10 years
I have a Wusthof Classic chef's knife and it's a good knife. I want one of those huge Chinese cleavers and a tree stump cutting board like they had on Iron Chef Japan.
missnomi missnomi 10 years
Knives are the single most essential thing in the kitchen. Whenever I go cook somewhere else (for instance with my student friends) I invariably get so frustrated that there are no good knives, I should bring my own!
Food Food 10 years
oh no! Good knives shouldn't go in the dishwasher, it's actually bad for the blade. But they're probably rusting due to the high temperature and humidity inside of the dishwasher. It may also be the kind of detergent you are using leaving deposits in the grooves of the knife. If you're paying that much for knives, I would try to handwash them each time. It's a bit of a pain, but it'll make them last longer.
adelpheansis adelpheansis 10 years
Why are my $250 Henkels knives rusting? I pulled my chefs knife out of the dishwasher the other day and it has rust spots all over it.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
^BTW, I am saving up for a set of Hattori knives. :)
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
I have a Global chef's knife (it's nice and light, plus I think it looks cool) but my favourite ones to use are my boyfriend's Professional series Mac knives. They're a little more expensive than Globals (these Macs are about $130 US each) but they're nicely balanced, and sharper than my Globals. I also have a super sharp ceramic knife from Japan that sells here for around $25. That's a great deal if you're on a budget!
yayita yayita 10 years
I need knives, mine suck and I could never buy a god knife
theotherhalfofme theotherhalfofme 10 years
I think I am in love!! But I find the Japanese knifes the best.
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