How do you buy the right knives

Everyone needs a good set of knives. It is impossible to prepare most foods without knives, so investing in a good set that works well and will last is a wise idea. When shopping for knives, look for a set with all the basic knife types. You can buy more specialized knives at a later point or can buy them along with your basic set if you already know what kinds of knives you like to use. If you are on a budget, I will start with a chef’s knife, a bread knife, a paring knife, and a carving knife as your basics, and add to your collection over time. How do you buy the right knives


There are many considerations in choosing which knives to purchase. Purchasing a high-quality set like Griptilian is going to be expensive, but will last and will work well. I think this is better than buying a cheap set of knives which you have to replace every few years. Do not be afraid to “window shop” at specialty gourmet or restaurant stores before you buy, to see what is available and to compare styles and brands. Here is what to check for:


Model and design

Good construction in a knife is important. The best knife blades are forged from a single piece of steel and have a full tang. The tang is the extension of the knife blade and runs the length of the handle. The tang should always be riveted onto the handle. A full tang is needed for heavy duty use like chef’s knives and cleavers. Half tangs are okay for lighter duty like paring.



The knife handles should be comfortable in your hand, so it is a good idea to go to a store where you can handle them before buying. If you plan on buying your knives from the internet, you may want to order a couple of kinds to compare their feel, or else look at them in person at a store first before placing an internet order. The knife handles should be heat proof and look solid, without gaps or cracks.


A quality knife set will include at least a couple different sizes of paring blade so you can select one to fit your needs. You will also likely want a set that has a bread knife, a cleaver, kitchen shears and quite possibly a good butcher knife. Some sets even include steak knives, which can come in handy if your family consumes a lot of red meat.


Research the manufacturer and be sure to read reviews on the different sets you are interested in.

It is important to care for the knives properly. Do not put the knives in the dishwasher, as they can get rust. Always clean by hand and dry the knives before storing. Never keep the knives in a drawer. A knife block is a convenient way to store your knives carefully which can be purchased separately if your knife set did not already come with one. When the blade edge gets blunt, learn the proper way of sharpening the knives or have a professional do the job. Dull knives are not only dangerous but will not give you the performance you need when cooking

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