How to Buy a New Knife

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How to Buy a New Knife

A sharp and comfortable knife is the most important tool for any home cook. If you are new to the kitchen, picking out a knife for the first time can be hard to do. The good thing is, there are plenty of great, inexpensive knives on the market that will give you razor sharp results.

A sharp knife is important because it makes cutting foods safe and incredible easy. Dull knives won't cut the food properly and have a greater chance of hurting you in the process.

Knives can be made out of many materials including stainless steel, ceramic and carbon steel. Stainless steel knives are made out of stamped metal, are inexpensive, and can be sharpened easily. Ceramic knives are generally white in color and are very sharp. The downside is that they are expensive and cannot be sharpened easily. The last material is carbon steel, which is very sharp but can be very costly and need to be carefully taken care of or they will rust and damage.

One Mans Trash...

Great knives can be found all over, in your home, garage sales or passed on through friends and family. You never know if you have an expensive and sharp knife hiding away in the basement or attic. If you happen to have a pile of knives sitting around the kitchen or stuffed in a drawer or box somewhere (like I did), carefully take them out and check them for rust and damage. Next find a knife that feels good in your hand. It should be comfortable with good balance and weight. Once you find a knife that is right for you, wash and dry it well. Check for rust spots, pits and cracks, which can be grinded out.

Now that you have picked your knife out it is important to have it sharpened professionally. You can get this done at your local hardware store for about $5 per knife, and it is totally worth it. A good sharpening will actually put a brand new and extremely sharp blade on your knife and should last a couple of months.

Buying New

Buying a new knife can be easily done for a good price. A new cook should have a basic chefs knife that is 8 inches long. This is a great tool for all types of kitchen work and feels good when in use. I really like the OXO Good Grips 8 inch chef's knife ($12.99) for beginning chefs. It is lightweight, very sharp and flexible and also has a soft handle for a good grip.

My next pick is the Mundial 5100 8 inch chef's knife ($29.99, pictured above). This knife has more overall weight and sturdiness. It feels great when slicing, dicing and chopping meats, vegetables and fruits. It will also last a long time if cared for the right way. It is my personal favorite for the house.

Both of these knives can be purchased at for a great price. You can also buy good knives at Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Walmart, and at local grocery stores and restaurant supply shops. Remember that the knives should be strong, balanced, have a little weight to them and feel good in your hand.


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