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Investing in Kitchen Knives

From pairing knives to steak knives, bread knives to carving knives, kitchen knives come in all styles and sizes, each suited to a different task. While some home cooks are more than happy with a one-size-fits-all utility kitchen knife, others prefer to have a range of kitchen knives at their disposal, ready for assorted tasks as and when they come up. When buying kitchen knives, there are several important factors to consider, such balance and comfort, safety and durability. Here’s a run-down on what to look for to find that perfect knife.

Comparing Kitchen Knives

First, it’s a good idea to be able to distinguish between the various types of kitchen knives available. Knives are generally forged or stamped, with each style having its advantages and disadvantages. Made from a single piece of steel that's been heated and moulded, hardened and tempered, then ground into a cutting edge, forged knives can feel more balanced, with a heavier blade. This can make them more comfortable to hold and easier to cut with – but they can be more expensive.

Stamped knives, on the other hand, are machine-stamped out of a piece of steel and then ground, polished and honed. They can be lighter than forged knives, which can make them easier to work with for some cooks, but they may not be as durable. When comparing knives, look for a well-balanced knife, with a good curve on the blade that allows it to roll all the way to the tip when cutting. A knife should be comfortable to hold and use, and if possible, it should have a full tang, running all the way through the handle.

Whether buying individual knives or a full knife set, eBay is the place to find kitchen knives and essentials such as knife blocks and storage, with a great range of options from quality brands, such as Victorinox. Check out Victorinox knives and buy today!

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