Chef Knife Set – The Appliance Your Kitchen Can’t Do Without

26 Jan
Chef Knife Set - The Appliance Your Kitchen Can't Do Without

Chef Knife Set – The Appliance Your Kitchen Can’t Do Without

A modern kitchen cannot do without a chef knife set. A chef knife set, alternatively known as French knife, plays a key role in processing raw food items prior to cooking. This knife can be considered as a modified butcher knife and was originally designed to size beef. With the passage of time, the chef knife set is being put to multipurpose use in kitchens across the western world. The knives are not only used to slice large cuts of meat, they are also used to chop vegetables and other food stuff.Now let’s take a closer look at the chef’s knife. The knife’s blade is about eight inches long and one and half inches in width. The knife is quite strong, polished, and sharpened. The material of the knife is usually either stainless steel, carbon steel, or other metals. The blade materials have certain advantages and disadvantages.

A knife with a stainless steel blade contains about 10 to 15% chromium, molybdenum, or nickel. A small amount of carbon is also added to the mix. Blades of higher grade of stainless steel are extremely sharp and perform better than the carbon steel variety. The latter lasts long but it is difficult to sharpen them.

Chef Knife Set - The Appliance Your Kitchen Can't Do Without

Chef Knife Set – The Appliance Your Kitchen Can’t Do Without

Now let us turn to carbon steel blades. Carbon steel is an alloy of steel and 1% carbon. Knives of carbon steel are much easier to sharpen than their stainless steel knives. However, these are susceptible to stain and rust. Besides the stainless steel and carbon steel variety, ceramic blade knives and laminated blade knives are also available.

Beside the blade, the most conspicuous and important part of a chef’s knife is its handle. The handle can be made out of steel, wood, or other synthetic materials.

The edge of a chef’s knife is also worth observing. A chef’s knife can be either have a convex edge, chisel edge, double ground edge, or a hollow ground edge.

Today, culinary students and professional chefs operate with chef knife sets consisting of up to 20 knives of varied sizes and shapes; each is made for a specialized purpose. Several popular brands are available in the market for you to take a pick.

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