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.
If you’ve never heard of LC Germain knives, you’re not alone. These knives are no longer made but are more than worth knowing about for all you cutlery hunters out there.
Knives are somewhat of a contentious topic among kitchen experts. Any internet discussion will invariably involve polarized opinions from one camp or another. You’ll see professional chefs that swear by their super-cheap Victorinoxes, social media cooks that prefer their expensive Ginsus, a contingent of people peddling their home-sharpening expertise, and everything in-between.
Last Updated Mar 2021 – Tojiro chef knives earn high marks from many knife experts and professional chefs around the world. They’re not the best knives on the market by any means, but what they lack in raw excellence they make up for in value. Tojiro’s knives are incredibly affordable, especially when you consider their high-quality steel, excellent edge retention, and crazy sharp blades. This makes them a very good choice for anyone who wants to try out a high-end Japanese chef’s knife on a budget.
JA Henckels is an industry titan. It’s difficult to spend any amount of time researching knives without coming across lots of discussion about this venerable brand. Even the most inexperienced internet commentator will have lots to say about “Henckel cutlery,” meaning there’s a wealth of information about this brand and its long history.
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.
Last Updated Feb 2021 – 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.
I remember the first time I saw a Global knife. The unique metal handle and simple, no-frills design made a pretty big impact on me. I was even more shocked to discover that the spartan grip was incredibly comfortable in my hand. I had assumed that the hard, porous exterior of the grip would react harshly to my skin.
Once you’ve got your basic knives covered, it’s time to move on to more advanced cutting tools. A chef’s knife, paring knife, and bread knife might be sufficient for getting things done, but they won’t be quite as easy to use as knives that are dedicated to the specific task you’re doing.
Last Updated Feb 2021 – You’re probably tired of hearing about the “world” of difference that a nice chef’s knife makes. People on the internet will try to sell you the idea that cooking isn’t the same without a $300 Damascus Shun. If you don’t have an expensive knife that cuts through overripe tomatoes like soft butter, they’ll say, you’re not getting the most out of your kitchen.