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Sushi / sashimi knives

I've been making sushi for a while at home and now decided to get a set of knives specifically for this purpose (as I have only a couple of general-purpose knives which are horrendous). The question ...
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What should I look for in a good, multi-purpose chef's knife?

If I want to buy a good multi-purpose chef's knife, which characteristics should I look for?
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What is the proper way to dispose of a kitchen knife?

How do you throw away a kitchen knife (or for that matter, any knife)? It seems extremely dangerous to just throw it in the dumpster, even if it's wrapped up real well.
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How to prevent sliced vegetables/roots from sticking to the blade

This is especially problematic with garlic, but onions, roots and other vegetables are sometimes just as bad. When making thin slices, with the problem worsening as the portions are cut smaller, the ...
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Gyuto knife - What it can & can't cut? What cutting techniques?

I bought a Gyuto knife but now I am unsure what I can cut with it. The manufacturer says I shouldn't try to cut bones or frozen things with it, which seems clear to me. But how about raw potatoes ...
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What's optimal hardness for a kitchen knife blade?

Many knife manufacturers provide the hardness value for the knife blade in the specifications - like 53HRC or 57 HRC. What's the optimal hardness for kitchen knives? Do I always prefer the ones with ...
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What kind of knife should I use to slice tomatoes?

Is it better to use a serrated knife, or a regular chef's knife that is really sharp?
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How to choose good quality Chinese slicer knives?

Chinese slicer knives look like cleavers, but are very thin and meant to chop foods that are reasonably soft, e.g. not bone. I've heard that Chan Chi Kee (CCK) is the best, but it's very difficult to ...
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What is the best utensil kit for the cost? [closed]

Ideally I would like a set to build a kitchen around. Knives and the most vital and commonly used utensils. The best kit relative to it's price, and not leaving out important things like varied ...
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How can I best select a knife to purchase for learning how to sharpen?

I want to buy a good all-purpose Chef's knife and also sharpen it myself. But I have no experience sharpening with a waterstone so I'm a little afraid of spending much money and then ruining the ...
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How to test that a knife is sharp enough?

As per the question - how to I test that a knife is sharp enough? And/or, how do you know when a knife needs sharpening? Edit: Yesterday I attempted (I feel quite successfully) to hone my knives ...
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How do I learn to cut/chop ingredients? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some good resources for learning Knife Skills? I'm about to join some cooking classes but I'm totally green at this sort of thing. So I can preserve some of my ...
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Uses of kohaishu vs santoku

I have a couple santoku knives that I use all the time cooking. A friend of mine has a kohaishu knife. I've tried to use it once or twice but it wouldn't stay sharp for long so I abandoned it. My ...
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What is the difference between these tableware flatware and cutlery?

1) May i know specifically in words what the difference(s) are, if any, between a fish knife a master butter knife (butter serving knife) and a fruit knife? I have googled sufficiently and found ...
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Do German or Japanese knives hold their edge longer?

I want to buy a chef's knife, but I can't sharpen, and I don't plan to learn it. I will have to send my knives for sharpening, so I obviously prefer this to happen as rarely as possible. I am ...
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Is having an extending blade near the knife handle a serious risk when cutting food?

Here's an example of a very typical knife design: Look at where the arrow points. That's a blade part that extends from the handle orthogonal to the knife axis and it's pretty thin and its side ...
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What type of whetstones are you using for sharpening stainless steel knives?

What type of whetstone should I use for sharpening knives made of VG-10, A2, D2, S30V? More specific, for each step (grinding/sharpening/honing): what kind of whetstone: natural or artificial? If ...
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What coarseness of japanese waterstones is ideal for cooking?

Depending on the grit coarseness you can sharpen very blunt objects or refine an already sharp edge. Generally speaking, one can expect that a kitchen knife is much less heavily used than say, for ...
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How sharp should a filleting knife be?

I'm trying to learn to fillet and skin fish, and getting conflicting advice. Most sources say that the boning/filleting knife should be quite sharp. But when an instructor showed me how to skin a ...
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Are electric knives used in foodservice?

After learning several months ago that immersion blenders and many other kitchen gadgets/appliances have foodservice equivalents that are usually much more powerful and durable than the consumer ...
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Knife chopping through bone or coconut

Is it ok to use a chef knife to chop through bones (not too big, like chicken or pork ribs) or a coconut or will it ruin the knife permanently? I've done that on occasion and it did not seem to ...
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How should I care for my knives?

I've finally put down the money to buy a quality knife and it's sharpness is amazing! How do I take care of it so that the edge lasts and the knife stays sharp?
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knife advice - good knife and good care [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I care for my knives? At home i have this knife: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=11097073&RN=1038& I picked that one up several years ...
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Does a sharpening steel ever need to be replaced? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do honing steels wear out? I've been using my sharpening steel for several years. The tiny little ridges that run along its length seem to be somewhat worn, although ...
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Can I sharpen a knife with sandpaper?

So I was thinking, instead of purchasing a dedicated (and expensive) whetstone with limited coarse(ness?) range, why not use patches of sandpaper in increasing grit numbers (getting finer), stretched ...
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What are the purposes of the various specialty knives?

I generally tend to use a paring knife for most of my cutting, but I'm sure I should be using a different knife. Recently I also made the mistake of trying to cut a watermelon with a big, ...
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Do honing steels wear out?

We have a knife set that's approximately 15 years old, and as we were honing a knife tonight, a question arose. Do honing steels get worn down over the years? Should they be replaced? If so, how ...
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How do you sharpen a serrated knife?

I have some quality serrated knives but over time they get dull. How do I sharpen them?
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How to tell the difference between stamped and forged knives

I know the difference between the process of making these knives, but if you saw two knives -- one stamped and one forged -- how do you tell the difference simply by looking at them? I guess you ...
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Is designating knives to avoid cross-contamination necessary?

I have a friend who assigns one knife for cutting raw meat, another knife for cutting fruits and vegetables, another for cutting cooked meat, etc. Is washing one knife after each specific use not ...
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Storing knives in knife sheaths

Currently there is a question about magnetic stripes vs wood blocks, but I was wondering what the general concensus is regarding knife sheaths (like this one) They seem great if you only have a couple ...
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chef's knife for cutting chicken, or butcher's

Hey guys, I've had a set of Global knives for a few months now and love them. I cut up a whole chicken the other day, and had a bit of trouble getting through the bone, so use my large chef's knife ...
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Can you hone a knife properly by using another knife?

I recall seeing this in movies. Can it be called the poor man's steel?
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How do I hold my knife to prevent blisters when chopping?

I have a Wusthof Trident Classic 8" Cook's knife that I use for chopping. I thought I was holding it properly but when chopping for extended amounts of time I end up with a blister on the edge of my ...
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Why not air-dry knives?

I've read that one should hand-wash knives, and I mostly buy that. I've also seen advice that one should dry them immediately and put them away. Why shouldn't knives air-dry? Aside from the ...
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Really good quality Cooks Knifes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I look for in a good, multi-purpose chef's knife? Hi guys Just wondering what people consider to be the best Cooks knifes you can get? I've been to a ...
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Fruit peeling techniques

I came across this page (How to peel a mango) while surfing and I found it very interesting. What kind of methods and knives/kitchen gadgets do you use to peel fruits? Are there different tools to ...
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What are some suggestions for cooking tools/techniques for people that have arthritis?

I've recently been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and my grip is VERY poor. I can't even make a fist anymore. A few days ago I found that cutting up a left-over, cooked chicken breast was VERY ...
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Where do you buy your utensils for cooking?

I am looking for good companies for stainless steel.
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Am I using my knives for the correct jobs?

I've got a limited collection of knives which I was moderately pleased to discover meet the "minimum requirements". But, recent activity on here has got me thinking - am I using them for the correct ...
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What is the best knife/sharpener setup for an active cook?

There are several posts that get close to this but I am looking for a specific knife(ves)/sharpener(s) combo(s) that can be used routinely and that work(s) well. My opinion is in this answer.
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Storing knives: wood block or magnetic stripe?

What's better for storing your knives? Wood block or magnetic stripe? And why?
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How can I learn to sharpen my Japanese knives properly?

I have a couple of nice Japanese kitchen knives, and a whetstone in two grades. I can sharpen them reasonably well using the stone, but does anyone have any good tips for improving my sharpening ...