When outfitting your kitchen it’s a good idea to invest in top quality chef knife sets – after all, you use a knife almost every day to prepare and serve food. Professional chefs spend years building their portfolio of knives and use them for decades; by treating a good quality knife with the proper care and respect you can enjoy professional results for years to come. Part of respecting fine cutlery is to use it for the task it was designed to do – that means when you need to open a package you use utility or box knives and not a steak knife grabbed from the kitchen counter.
If you take a moment and think about scissors you may recall that certain scissors are designed to be used to cut fabric while others are used to cut paper and that you never use one for the other purpose; it’s no different when it comes to knives and cutlery. A utility knife is designed to cut paper, cardboard, wood, plastic and the like while a boning knife is designed to sever bones and tendons – it has a long, thin blade which is quite flexible and can get into hard to reach nooks and crannies. If you use such a knife to open boxes you may damage the blade and hurt yourself in the process.
A tomato knife is a perfect example of a tool designed for a specific task – if you’ve ever tried to slice a tomato with a steak knife you know the result is often a squished tomato with dented and torn skin and a mess of seeds and tomato pulp which may even need to be discarded. A serrated edge tomato knife is designed to make slicing tomatoes effortless.