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What knives are “required” for a serious home kitchen?

I consider myself a serious home cook. What knives are essential?
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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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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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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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Why not put knives in the dishwasher?

What is it about the dishwasher that harms knives? The only reasons I've found are: You could get cut... I personally have a greater change of getting cut by trying to wash them by hand. The blades ...
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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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Cutting boards: What are some general tips on purchasing and using a cutting board?

I have heard various debates on the merits of wood versus synthetic cutting boards, and their affect on food safety, knife edges, and ease of cleaning and storage. What are the pros and cons of the ...
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How do you properly clean a cutting board and knife to prevent cross contamination?

I have one very nice cutting board that I like to use with my chef's knife. Because I only use this single cutting board and chef's knife, if I have a recipe that calls for cutting raw meat as well ...
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Should I buy steel or ceramic knives?

I am soon to be moving to a house with a very nice kitchen, and so the time has come for me to buy myself a proper set of knives. I have been looking around at the various types available. There seem ...
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Does putting knives in a wooden block blade down wear out the blade?

I'd always wondered. The blocks usually seemed designed to have the knives go in blade down, so that the blade touched wood coming in and out. But I know that when I whittle, cutting the wood wears ...
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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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Will using a knife sharpener reduce the lifetime of my knife?

In the long run, is it better to regularly use a knife honer instead of a knife sharpener once in a while to keep the edge sharp?
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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 many ceramic knives do I want?

I've heard that ceramic knives are the new thing. It's far easier, though, to find metal knives that look and feel nice. So, budget notwithstanding (within reason) and assuming that I have to buy a ...
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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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Can you sharpen a ceramic knife?

Can you sharpen a ceramic 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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What is the benefit of using a Mezzaluna Knife over a traditional knife

These seem popular in many modern knife sets, and I have seen them used (somewhat clumsily) in Europe. I have briefly tried some before, but couldn't see the benefit of it. But then again no one ...
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Metal dust/shavings in food from knife wear?

I've been wondering about this for a while, since getting interested in knife sharpening. When using a knife, it will get duller. One (the primary) reason being that you "bend" the edge. You fix this ...
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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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How to find a competent knife sharpener

I have a santoku that I will be wanting to get professionally sharpened in the next few months. This is the first knife I've owned that was reasonably expensive so I want to make sure I take care of ...
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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 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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Ridges on knife steel?

Is there any functional difference (not related to things like embedded diamond grit) between a smooth-surfaced knife (or honing) steel, and one that has visible ridges? Would there be any reason to ...
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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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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 advantages of a Santoku over a French Chef's Knife?

When it comes to general cooking knives the santoku and french chef's are generally the ones most often mentioned. Is the style of use very different? The only real difference I'm aware of is that you ...
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When is a Utility Knife to be preferred over a Chef's or a Paring knife?

A Utility knife is a kitchen knife that is midway in size between a Chef's knife and a Paring knife. Although I own a Utility knife, I don't believe that I have ever used it except when my Chef's ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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 ...
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Are Damascus steel kitchen knives worth it?

Many manufacturers currently offer kitchen knives with Damascus steel blades at a premium. Besides looking cool do such knifes have any better characteristics compared to simply good forged stainless ...
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Why would I prefer carbon steel (rust prone) kitchen knife?

I've seen this question and obviously carbon steel (not stainless) knives look quite bad without extra care (picture from the linked to question) Now my question is - why face the trouble? Why ...
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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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Do scalloped sides on a knife blade have any effect?

One of the first knives I was ever given was a Wusthof 7-inch Santoku. Over my years of use, I've never put much thought into the cut-outs along the side of the blade (which appear to be variously ...
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Knife to Cut Dough

What's the best type of knife [and/or method] for cutting raw bread dough? Is a special dough blade necessary, or will any blade suffice?
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Knife sharpening equipment

I'm a novice at best when it comes to cooking, but I'm open to learning how to sharpen my own knives. However, I'm a quite overwhelmed with where to start and how to get things going. I have a few ...
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Knife cleaning: safe to do without soap?

Knife Skills Illustrated: A User's Manual suggests that knives can be cleaned with hot running water alone. "With sufficiently hot water, soap should not be necessary." Is this safe? What if I am only ...
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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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What cost-effective things can I do to help my knives stay sharp longer?

I'm a poor college student that doesn't know much about his knives, pots, and pans. Specifically is there anything that I can do to make my knives stay sharp longer and maintain them without spending ...
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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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How do I care for a carbon steel knife?

I recently purchased a Dexter-Russell carbon steel Chinese cleaver, because they're supposed to be amazingly useful. I'm used to caring for good stainless steel knives, but don't know what special ...
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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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What knife and cutting technique should I use for cubing bacon?

I like to fry and cook cubed bacon for various dishes, but I sometimes have a hard time cutting through bacon, especially where the fat meets the meat. The bacon just tends to move around too much, ...
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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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How do you develop the knife skills to properly use a Chinese cleaver?

So I have recently been moving into the world of Asian cuisine, and I recently learned that the Chinese use a cleaver as though it is a chef's knife. Apparently, it is a great multitasker but ...
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Are fluted knives a gimmick?

I haven't been able to find a post specifically on fluted knives, so hopefully this isn't a duplicate. I was wondering if fluted knives actually work. I came across a comment (possibly an Amazon ...