Barbecue is an art form. There’s a world of difference between briskets from different chefs. Top level barbecue chefs can produce tender, succulent brisket that’s positively packed with complex, smokey flavors every time. If you’re trying to emulate these sorts of results at home, you’ve probably realized that the entire process is complex and requires lots of practice to master.
Every kitchen should have a knife set. Whether you have a drawer with a few loose knives, a fancy knife block with a full set of tools, or even a magnetic strip with your favorite blades, your kitchen will be well equipped to handle any recipe or challenge. If you’re moving to a new home, however, and you don’t have a set of knives, or you’ve decided it’s time to upgrade to a complete collection of culinary instruments, the best thing to do is to buy a knife block with a set of matching knives.
Ask any professional cook or knife expert what features you should look for in a knife and you’ll get a pretty consistent set of answers. Everyone will agree that you want a high-quality steel, a blade design that suits the knife’s intended use, a comfortable handle, good balance, and ideally a long warranty that will cover any future mishaps. Shun’s Sora line has all of these features, at least at first glance. Why, then, is it so inexpensive compared to Shun’s other products?
The difference between a cheap, mass-produced knife that you can buy at a department store and a high-end chef’s knife is astounding. You’ll find that your expensive knife is sharper, easier to maintain, and more fun to use. It will open up a whole world of cutting techniques that make previously painful prep much more bearable.
You don’t need a huge collection of knives to be successful as a chef. Having a full knife block can help, don’t get me wrong, but there isn’t a group of kitchen police hiding in your cupboards waiting to burst out and arrest you if you use a chef’s knife for a task that’s slightly more suited for a shorter utility knife. When my friends ask me what knives they should spend their money on, I tend to suggest picking up a midrange chef’s knife, a nice pairing knife, and not much else. As long as my friends are equipped with chef’s and paring knives, I tell them that they’re good to go.