Buying a kitchen knife?
Before you buy a kitchen knife you need to know what your needs are and which knife matches best to your needs. This document helps you in selecting the best knife and starts with a handy overview of all series of kitchen knives that we sell.
Thickness of a kitchen knife
The cutting performance of a kitchen knife is for a very important part determined by the thickness of the blade. The thicker the blade, the more friction occurs during cutting. This is caused by the thickness of the edge but the overall shape of the blade is also very important. This is because the edge of knives with a thick back will get thicker quickly when you sharpen the knife.
A thin knife is hard to produce and demands steel that is has a high resistance against deformation (hardness). The thinnest knives are therefore relatively expensive and are often made from non-stainless steel.
Should it be forged?
Many people still think good kitchen knives need to be forged. This is NOT TRUE. Forging used to be the process to produce the right quality of steel for making kitchen knives, but nowadays you can buy steel for making knives directly from the steel manufacturers.
Still some companies use forging to make some parts of the knife such as the bolster and angle but it is no longer nescesary to forge the blade.
The hardness of a knife is an indicator for the ability to keep it's sharpness. In general you can say that the higher the hardness, the longer the knife stays sharp. The hardness of kitchen knives is specified in Rockwell C (HRC).
When you choose a kitchen knife the construction of the handle is an important point. If you know the knives will end up in the dishwasher (against our advice!) you will need to buy knives with a moulded plastic handle or welded stainless steel construction. Rivited handles will finally fall apart when the knives are washed in a dishwasher and wooden handles even sooner.
But, when you are sure you knives will not end up in a dishwasher, there is no reason not to buy the knives with the exotice wooden handles. It's up to you!
Every knife needs to be sharpened every now and then. Knives that won't get dull only exist in commercials! At the first cut your knife will start to get dull and to enjoy your knife to the max you should keep it sharp. Do not wait until you knife is dull before you sharpen it because that means that you have worked with a blunt knife.
To keep your knife sharp use a sharpening stone. For sharpening the knife 'on the job' you can best use a fine ceramic sharpening rod. Sharpening steels are not suitable for all knives. We still sell them but we recommend everyone to use a ceramic sharpening rod in stead.