Having a good chef knife (also called cook’s knife) is the beginning of your cooking life. A chef knife can be used for multiple purposes including mincing, dicing, and slicing. If you have a nice one, you will not need to have all types of different knives at home. You can cover most of the cutting tasks with a good quality chef knife.
Due to the importance of a cook’s knife in cooking and the relatively high price, the decision on choosing the right one cannot be taken lightly. Most people prefer to purchase a chef knife japanese steel that will last in the long term, instead of having to constantly replace it with a new one. Making the wrong decision and purchasing the wrong knife will just leave you aggravated and full of cut fingers.
Here are some tips on choosing a good chef knife.
First, you should take a close look at what kind of steel the blade is made out of. There are many types of knife steel, but personally, I recommend high carbon stainless steel. It makes the blade strong, sharp, and rust-resistant.
Next, the process of creating the knife is also very crucial in choosing a good knife. There are two types of processes, “forged and stamped”. You can see that most high-end cutlery makers use the forging process to manufacture their knives. A forged knife is known to be extremely sharp and long-lasting. Check the descriptions of each knife to see if the knife was forged or not.
Usually if the blade is manufactured in a forging process, it is ‘full-tang.’ Full-tang means that the blade extends from the point to the handle. Full-tang helps in determining the quality of the knife. In many cases, the knife is designed to reveal their full-tang running from the point to the end of the hand from the top. A full-tang blade provides the knife with better balance and weight when you are cutting.
A forged, high-carbon stainless knife with a full tang satisfying the features above would be the safest and smartest choice for you. These three features definitely affect the quality of your knife and your happiness in the kitchen. The only drawback with these features are relatively high price. However, it is absolutely worth investing your money in a good chef knife.
Other features of a quality chef knife including the length (usually 8 inch long), handle, blade shape and blade edge. These features are more related to your preferences, not the quality of the knife. However, for a first-time buyer, I personally recommend you to buy a basic and classic chef knife designed for anyone from a beginner to a professional chef. Some features of the advanced models might be unnecessary for an unexperienced cook.