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Which knife is best for somone just learning to cook?

I'm just self-learning to cook and I'm looking for a chef's knife. I've read the many differences between a chef's knife and a santoku knife, but it's still not clear to me which one I should choose. ...
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chef knives and cutting surfaces

I recently acquired a chef knife. Alton Brown says I should never use a glass surface to cut, but when I need to cut chicken I don't want to use the wood block because it will be contaminated. how ...
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Where can I find a quality comparison for Zwilling Knives?

I'm trying to find comparisons between various knives from Zwilling. I know the difference between the lines: JA Henckels International tends to be of different build quality as compared to Zwilling. ...
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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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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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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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Better kinds of knives for elderly persons?

I'm doing research for my culminating undergrad project on what kind of knives are appropriate for elderly persons, aged about 65-75 years old, and I've got three main questions: A gerontologist ...
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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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How often should knives be sharpened?

I've a Wusthof classic ikon knife which i've had for about 5 months, it seems to be losing it's edge. It's regularly honed with a grooved honing rod, but I'm unsure if I'm doing it correctly. I've ...
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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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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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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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Do you hone paring knives?

I have finally invested in a nice Wusthoff Santoku and a Mac paring knife and I want to keep them up and running well! The knife shop I bought from taught me how to hone my santoku, so that's fine, ...
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Difference between two cleavers - straight back vs curved

Hopefully this is a quick, simple question. What is the effective difference between a traditional cleaver (something like this) and a straight back cleaver (like this)? I can't tell if the curved ...
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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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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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Can a blunt knife be sharpened?

The knives I have just come from a second hand shop, and are quite blunt. Is it possible to sharpen them using an ordinary sharpening stone/steel, or is there a point that they are 'too far gone'?
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Is it true that even quality knives with wood handles can warp and be contaminated with bacteria?

I was at Bed Bath & Beyond and I spoke to one of the employees about knives with wood handles. She said that wood handles are no good because they warped from water and heat and were difficult to ...
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Will a sharpener for a wider edge ruin a knife with a narrow edge?

I'm loving my new Victorionox chefs knife, and I'm aware the it has a 15 degree blade edge. When the time comes to sharpen it, will using a sharpener for a 20 degree blade ruin the knife edge?
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How to properly sharpen Santoku and any other knife using a water sharpener/Japanese whetstone?

I've recently bought a really nice Santoku knife from Wüsthof along with a Japanese water sharpener, and since then I've been watching a lot of videos and reading a lot of guides about how to use the ...
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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 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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Where can I find left-handed serrated knives?

I recently discovered that the reason I hate cheese knives (but love cheese) is because they are made to work for right-handed people. So where can I buy a (reasonably priced) cheese knife, or other ...
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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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Knife heat treatment

I visited a chef knife shop and spoke to the owner. He mentioned that he didn´t like Shun knives because they become dull so quickly due to bad heat treatment. When I asked him about details he ...
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Using a ceramic honing rod for Global knives?

I just bought a Global knife (GF-33) and the literature that came with it suggests using a ceramic honing "steel" rather than a steel one. Apparently steel could be too abrasive for the type of metal ...
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How to decide between a French or a German pattern chef's knife?

I'm getting ready to buy (or commission) a nice 10" chef's knife. I need to decide between a French or a German pattern. What are the pros and cons of each?
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What are the best suggestions for cutting gloves

I've never used a cut proof or cut resistant glove but I think it may come in handy when using a mandolin slicer or prepping a bunch veggies. Any suggestions on the pros and cons between cut ...
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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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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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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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What knife should I take if traveling?

At home, my Santoku is used most, but there's no way I'm bringing that with me on my travels. In the event I don't find cooking utensils at respective hostels sanitary, I will opt to use a knife and a ...
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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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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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How can I cut a tomato without a knife?

I am trying to make a salad but I can't find a knife at my work. Is there a way I can cut the tomato without a knife?
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How do I properly use a ceramic honing steel?

I have a set of Global knives and I went ahead and ordered their G-45 ceramic honing steel as well. I cannot find a good picture of it, but the rubber piece on this steel has a flat edge. I want to ...
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wusthof ikon or shun classic? [closed]

I'm using some Victorinox Fibrox knives currently and looking for an upgrade for my knives. After hours of reading review, I'm slightly leaning toward Shun because of its sharpness, harder steel, ...
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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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Why get a chef's knife or santoku if I don't eat meat?

If I don't eat meat, is there any reason why I would choose a chef's knife or santoku over a vegetable knife (e.g. Japanese vegetable knives or Chinese cleavers)? I eat all kinds of foods (from ...
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Where do you buy your utensils for cooking?

I am looking for good companies for stainless steel.