I view knives as an investment that I use in all my daily cooking needs. Whenever I need some cutting, chopping, or slicing done, my knives never let me down. For this reason, selecting those that will offer me with durability, strength, endurance, and good handling is compulsory. Shopping for knives is a great event that I take with the seriousness it deserves since a wrong choice can cost my passionate kitchen career big time.
Today, many brands have hit the market, and each claims to offer its customers with the best of the best. Some of them even promise heaven and magic through high definition ads on TV and billboards. However, I never follow this wind, solely because it is absolutely perplexing. How then do I purchase quality?
The following are the things I do when picking best chef knives for my kitchen;
I HOLD EACH KNIFE IN MY HAND
A knife is one kitchen tool that will do most the cooking work. I therefore make sure I hold all the knives of my choice in my hand in order to ensure a comfortable and a well-balanced grip. I don’t want a scenario where I will have to cook in a rather “hostile” environment, in which my chef knife will give me a tough time instead of giving me utmost chopping experience. I know what is comfortable in your hand will not necessarily feel the same in my hand, thus I never trust in what my vendor says, I do a first-hand test myself.
I FEEL THE WEIGHT OF THE KNIFE
I love speed and precision. I therefore love lightweight knives for this simple reason. However, some hard foods that I prepare such as fresh ginger, palm sugar, and nuts force me to purchase heavy weight knives. When I set out to the market therefore, I must have an idea of the weight I need in a knife hence I make sure I feel the weight of a knife before buying it.
I CAREFULLY LOOK AT THE HILT OF THE KNIFE
I know the hilt of the knife is essential hence I make sure it solid, well-joined and extremely easy to clean. I take a careful look at it in order to identify weak points such as welds or joins. If I find any of those in a knife, I avoid it since I know the knife will trap some portions of foods hence becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. The above three considerations have made my kitchen a hub for top-notch chef knives.
The following are my 3 best chef knives;
THE MAC MTH-80 8″ CHEF’S KNIFE WITH DIMPLES
If all we are talking about is durability, comfort, and a razor-sharp blade, this German giant is my kitchen’s hero. Made of a high-carbon blade, its blade assures me of a long-life sharpness which creates maximum convenience for me since I don’t have to waste my cooking time sharpening it. In terms of style, this is one knife that I take much pride in. from ergonomic designed handles that makes it exceptionally comfortable, to carefully crafted dimples just above its blade, this is the most beautiful chef knife I have seen and used in years. It is a bargain for me that I highly recommend.
THE WUSTHOF CLASSIC IKON 8″ COOK’S KNIFE
Whenever I need a sturdy and sharp knife to smoothly squash tones of carrots and butternuts, this Wusthof knife is my most trusted friend thanks to its thin blade. Its weight is well-balanced which makes my squashing and chopping a cool and amazing experience. With ergonomically designed handles, this knife is crafted to give me the best cooking comfort. This knife might not be the best of the best, but it automatically fits in my criteria of a good chef knife!
THE WUSTHOF PRO
I believe the best knife combines both quality and affordability. This is the chef knife I purchased years back when I was starting my cooking career, and it is still as good as new. It comes with a stamped blade that makes ensures the best slicing action. Its big, cushy handle feels comfortable and well balanced in my small hands. If you are looking for a cheap, durable, and astoundingly sharp knife, the Wusthof Pro can be a great choice for you.
As they say, a kitchen without a knife is not a kitchen. As for me, I say a modern kitchen without a quality chef knife is not modern at all. Make your kitchen stand-out by picking the best today.