What knives should I get? How many? What brand? I get these questions all the time. Knife shopping can be overwhelming for a lot of people. For me, shopping for jeans is overwhelming.
Knife shopping I could do all day.
The truth is, you only really NEED 2 or 3 knives, tops.
Technically you could really get away with only one really good knife, but if you ask me, I say two or three are ideal.
A chef’s knife like one of the middle two options above, a pairing knife, and maybe a bread knife. The bottom three knives pictured above are the knives I use most often in my kitchen. For the most part, the two chef’s knives serve the same purpose, I sometimes just feel like using one over the other, depending on my mood.
How many of you have ever bought an entire set of knives in the huge wooden block that comes stocked with 12 different varieties, most of which you have no idea how or when to use? I have! Up until about 8 years ago I had those 12 knives in my kitchen. Not sure why it took me so long to figure out that it was totally unnecessary.
I’m a fan of the Shun brand. I absolutely love them. BUT, I think when shopping for knives you really need to take the time to go to a store and hold them in your hand. Each person has a different comfort level. People like different weights, grips, and angles. It’s important when making this decision to feel physically comfortable with the knives you’re getting, and it’s impossible to know by looking at a computer screen.
If I HAD to choose my favorite knife of all…
Let me leave you with a few last knife tips.
1) Keep your knives sharp! A sharp knife is a safe knife! The more dull your knife is, the more likely it will slip off the food and cut you.
2) Wash and dry your knives immediately after use. Leaving knives in the sink will cause them to chip.
3) Spend a little extra this holiday season and treat yourself or a loved one to a nice knife or two. Happy Holidays, here’s a…knife? Sounds strange I know, but well worth the investment. Cooking becomes a lot more fun when you have the right tools!