Types of Kitchen Knives

There are countless types of kitchen knives being sold. We discuss some of the more popular (and more useful) types of kitchen knives available. Each one has unique characteristics that make it a good knife, and you will learn what they are for each type of knife.

One thing to remember when looking to purchase a kitchen knife is that there is no better way to get a feel for a knife than to handle it. We highly recommend going to a high end store such as Sur La Table or Williams-Sonoma and handling several different knives before you purchase one. Get started learning about the paring knife

Paring Knife

Placeholder A paring knife is a great all-purpose knife, much like a small chef's knife, and is also great at delicate cuts.

Chef's Knife

Placeholder A chef's knife is the most important tool in your kitchen. Here's some of the important details you'll need to get the perfect one for you.

Bread Knife

Placeholder A bread knife is used for many things besides just cutting bread. You can use your bread knife for cutting tomatoes (no more squished tomatoes), edging cakes, cutting bagels, slicing meats and cheeses and cutting cakes.

Kitchen Meat Cleaver

Placeholder A kitchen meat cleaver is normally used for chopping meat and splitting or chopping through bones. It can also be used for splitting lobster or shellfish, chopping chicken, turkey or other poultry.

Carving Knife

Placeholder There's nothing quite as homey as slicing the turkey at the table during Thanksgiving in front of the family and a good carving knife can allow you to do that.

Santoku Knife

Placeholder "Santoku" means "three virtues" in Japan which it lives up to with it's ability for chopping, dicing, and mincing vegetables and meats.

Slicing Knife

Placeholder Since a slicing knife is so thin it is ideally suited for slicing thin cuts of meat, especially roasts, hams, fish, or even barbecued beef and pork.

Steak Knife Set

Placeholder There's nothing to get you in the mood for a juicy steak than seeing a nice steak knife sitting on the table. Here are several things to consider when buying a steak knife set.

Grapefruit Knife

Placeholder For people that love grapefruit a grapefruit knife is a necessity. While there are several different kinds, all grapefruit knives try to accomplish the same task, removing the fruit from the tough rind and membranes that hold it.

Oyster Knife

Placeholder If you want fresh oysters at home the only safe way to open then is with a good oyster knife.