Cutlery Shapes & Uses
Whether you're slicing an apple or boning a chicken, the right knife for the task at hand makes life easier (and safer) in the kitchen. We recommend that a complete knife collection include the following items.
| Chef's Knife |
Among the most versatile knives, this is one you'll use daily for chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing.
| Paring Knife |
This indispensable knife is handy for smaller precision tasks like peeling, slicing, trimming and dicing small fruits and vegetables.
| Slicing Knife |
Use this knife to slice cooked meats, poultry and fish. Its long thin blade ensures you can cut large pieces of meat into neat, even, thin slices.
| Carving Knife |
Designed for slicing meats as well as vegetables and fruit, this knife also cuts right through sandwiches.
| Bread Knife |
A serrated bread knife cuts soft, fresh loaves without squashing or tearing. It's also great for cutting tomatoes and citrus fruits.
| Utility Knife |
Think of a utility knife as an all-purpose tool, good for everything from chopping vegetables to slicing meat.
| Santoku Knife |
Combining the features of a cleaver and a chef's knife, this multipurpose knife minces, dices and slices.
| Boning Knife |
This narrow-bladed knife curves inward to give you precision control when you remove meat and poultry from the bone.
| Cleaver |
Use this heavyweight cleaver to cut through meat and poultry bones with a single downward stroke, or to slice through firm vegetables.
| Tomato Knife |
This knife slices tomatoes neatly, thanks to tiny serrations on the blade, which prevent skins from tearing. It's also ideal for citrus.
| Honing Steel |
Essential for honing your knives so they stay sharp longer between sharpenings. A steel smooths and realigns the worn carbon steel on the blade's edge.
| Shears |
You'll find myriad uses for kitchen shears, from trimming pastry dough and snipping herbs to cutting twine and parchment paper.
| Knife Block |
Designed to keep cutlery organized, a block provides safe storage while protecting the knives' sharp edges.
| Cutting Board |
Cutting boards are available in wood or heat-resistant synthetic. For safety and efficiency, reserve one board for meat and one for produce.