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Sharpen Up: A Guide to Buying Kitchen Knives

How To Pick The Right Knife

Just what is the right knife? Estee says you have to feel it. And not in some mythical sense: you actually need to feel it.

“Hold it, touch it, feel it. Does it feel good in your hand? Can you see yourself doing some work with it? If so then it’s the knife for you,” Estee said.

So take a field trip to your local kitchen goods store and take some for a test run.

“It should feel comfortable, balanced, and secure when you hold it,” Sherwood said. “Know that a knife is a personal choice and the proper knife for a 6-foot man is going to be a very different one from a 4-foot women.”

Which Knives To Buy

After you’ve felt the knifes, and know how much money you can spend, start with a good chef’s knife and then add on based on your needs. (The top picks are usually a different sized chef knife, a small paring knife, and a serrated knife.)

And consider whether you want a forged or stamped knife. Forged knives cost more but if cared for properly, last a lifetime. They, can, however, not go in the dishwasher. Stamped knives, on the other hand are lightweight, flexible, and cheap. Easily replaced, they are good for those on a tight budget.

Finally, think about buying knives with some history or if you'd like to pass your knives on. Your grandkids might be using these to carve a pernil. 

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