Crazily Curious About The Japanese Chef Knife

If you are like most people, then you probably think of knives as just another kitchen utensil and that they are all one in the same. They all do look sort of alike, after all. But they are completely different. Well that’s what I thought until my friend who is currently studying the culinary arts at his university decided to tell me about the different types of knives that chef’s use and their history. It seemed boring at first; I mean let’s face it, nobody cares about the history of knives.

That is until he begun to tell me about the Japanese chef knife. I had no idea the Japanese made chef knives Since I’ve been to Japan once before I was pretty interested.

Incredible Japanese Knives

One the best knives out there is the Japanese chef knife, also known as the gyuto, and it has many different edges in comparison to the knives made in the west. The Japanese also went a step further and made their knife out of a harder steel which makes it more innovative than those manufactured in the western hemisphere.

What To Look Out For

When choosing a chef knife be it Japanese chef knife or regular Western chef knife one needs to take some key points into consideration. The handle and the blade make a big difference in knives in general, and these are no different.

1. Sharp edge or Blades – the blades can be made of a number of materials, mostly carbon steel, stainless steel, titanium, ceramic or laminated.

2. The Handle — these can be made out of wood, plastic, rubber, micarta, leather and stainless steel. The handle material and shape will definitely affect how easy a knife is to use. Case in point; if you have a wooden knife handle you will find that it is easy to hold but not easily maintained, plus over time it may break.

Japanese Knives As Gifts

Well this lesson on knives has enlightened me to the fact that to a chef a knife isn’t just a knife. That they are produced in different countries and that the West has now taken an interest in Japanese chef knives. So for that cooking guru in your family this could very be a perfect gift for them.

German Knives

When I was kid I’d go to my dad’s restaurant and stare in awe as the chefs did their magic. I guess this was one of the key motivating factors that made me train as a part-time chef. Fast forward to 2017 and here I was trying to figure out which knives would be best suited for the slicing, dicing and cutting. For some reason, I fell in love with German knives.

Nothing But The Best Kitchen Knives

Ask any chef (where they are a budding one or a pro) and they’d tell you that nothing beats a good kitchennknife. For me, I would recommend the German kitchen knife. Why? Well, these brands have raised the standards of the modern kitchen knife. For a start, they are easier to sharpen, feature a classic allure with riveted handles plus the fact that the blades are made of stainless steel makes them a darling.

Resistant and Resilient

As anybody would do, I was skeptical of the reviews I read about German Kitchen knives then slowly I started to soften my stance. German steel is what sets the blades apart from other knives. The blades are made of 80% iron with the rest being carbon and a combination of molybdenum, chromium and vanadium. These elements fight off corrosion and rust keeping the knives sharp for longer.

My Final Knife Pick

Of the many brands available, I loved the Henckel’s Twin Four Star 7-Pc Knife Set. This collection features a set of 7 blades made with state of the art technology. They are dishwasher safe which implies that you can easily clean them without worrying about possible blunting. The design is ergonomic and comfortable to hold. Of course, you can check out other German brands. The idea here is to get a blade that you can confortablybuse. While you are at it, excuse me. Am off to the kitchen to chop some meat.