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Chef Knives

Chef Knives

A knife must be quite important to be called a chef’s knife. It presupposes that such a knife is most important of all the options in the range of knives available in the kitchen. It even implies that it may be more important than the entire slew of other knives combined. But the name chef’s knife may actually be rather modest. It is often claimed that a cook will use a chef’s knife for 90% of kitchen duties. With practice and good technique a chef’s knife can be used for practically any kitchen task there is. Other types of knives offer increases in efficiency and convenience but it is rarely the case that a chef’s knife cannot do the chore in a pinch. Chef’s knives are customarily 8”-12” in length with size chosen based on user preference and the availability of counter space in the kitchen. Profiles vary widely though these knives tend to have a flat section toward the rear of the knife for chopping, a belly toward the tip for rock cutting, and a relatively pointed tip for performing delicate tasks. Blades can vary from thin and light to thick and robust reflecting the variation in both users and types of cuisines. For users looking for a more Japanese styled chef’s knife, gyutos are essentially Japanese interpretations the more familiar western design.

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