Cutlery knives are the most in-demand in the world. This is because they are mostly used in every household’s kitchen. They come in all shapes and sizes so you’ll be able to find one perfect for your needs.
In this post, we will deepen our understanding of what these blades are, their types and how we give them proper care.
Cutlery Knife Defined
For a knife to be classified as “cutlery,” it must have an edge on both sides of the blade. The cutting edge is usually serrated (has small saw-like ridges). This allows you to use the knife to cut through tough foods like meat and crusty bread without having them stick to the blade.
Cutlery knives are designed to cut and slice food. For this reason, these knives can commonly be found in kitchens around the world.
Types of Cutlery
There are various types of cutlery knives. Let us go through the list below and let us get to know some of the common types of cutlery.
A filleting knife is a long, thin blade that has one sharp edge. It is also called an “offset serrated boning” or just a “boning knife.” This type of knife can be used to slice off the skin from a fish or meat by slicing it away while keeping the flesh intact.
A chef knife is a multi-purpose cutting tool. It can be used for chopping, slicing, and mincing food items as well as other kitchen tasks like dicing tomatoes or garlic cloves. This type of knife also has an edge that curves slightly inwards to the blade’s tip and it tapers from the spine (the back edge of the knife) to the tip.
How much does a chef’s knife cost?
Chef’s knives are a foundational tool for any chef. You can spend anywhere from $10 to over one thousand dollars on them, and both ends of the spectrum have advantages.
Budget-friendly models will get you through your prep work but they might break after months in use not so with more expensive ones that come fitted out with high quality blades and ergonomics designed to keep fatigue at bay.
A cleaver is a large, heavy blade that often has an asymmetrical shape- it can either be curved or straight on one side and angled inwards towards its end. This type of knife typically has a thick spine with two sharp edges which result in more surface contact with the cutting board.
A paring knife is a small, oval-shaped blade that has one sharp edge and can be used to peel, trim vegetables or fruit while shaping them in various ways such as slicing off the top of onion or creating round shapes from whole carrots.
This type of knife would also work well for tasks like cutting up a pumpkin or cutting up the skin of apples to make them into wedges.
A bread knife is a type of heavy-duty blade that has serrated edges to cut through slices of loaves and other types of tough crusty items.
This type of knife typically has a very sharp cutting edge, but the blades are designed in such a way as to easily slice through dough without damaging it or compacting its texture.
A boning knife is a type of blade that is used for tasks like removing the bones from poultry and other types of meat. This type is typically long, slender, and curved with an angled cutting edge to make it easier to slide along bone surfaces without damaging them.
A steak knife is a type of blade that has an extremely sharp cutting edge and the tip is pointed so that it can easily be used to pierce meat. The blades are usually short, stout, or stubby to provide more control when slicing through tough items like bone-in steaks.
Do’s and Don’t’s in the Use of Cutlery
- Be sure to keep the knife blade sharp.
- Clean blades before and after use.
- It is important that you only hand wash knives and never put them into the dishwasher.
- It is important to only use the knife designated by the manufacturer for your types of food, like fish fillet or meat bone-in steaks.
Don’t do these.
- Store cutlery in the dish rack.
Caution: Storing your blades in a moist area will trigger the development of rust.
- Handle knives carelessly and without proper concern or respect for their sharpness.
Cutlery knives are the most diverse type of knife. They can be used for a wide variety of kitchen tasks, but they all have their own unique characteristics and should not be confused with other types of cutting tools.
We hope this blog post has given you some useful information about cutlery knives.