Cutting Carrot With Chef's Knife

Everything You Need To Know Before Purchasing a Chef Knife

Contrary to popular belief, not all kitchen knives are made equal, hence purchasing a knife from the most fashionable brand might not always be the best option. Choosing a chef knife is like selecting a dance partner.

While a particular knife might feel comfortable and work gracefully in your hand, somebody else might find it uncomfortable to work with. The perfect knife will work with ease and provide you an enjoyable experience while chopping, mincing and dicing delicious fruits and vegetables.

As chef knives are an investment that will be used daily during your cooking sessions, it is imperative you select a knife that offers strength, durability and good handling all in one place.

Things to Consider While Purchasing a Knife

The first step towards purchasing the right knife is to conduct prior research. Looking for the right chef knife might seem an overwhelming task as there are so many different types to choose from. Chefs often find themselves contemplating between stainless vs. carbon steel knives, Japanese style knives vs. German. According to eBay’s buying guide, here are a couple of things you should consider while selecting the best knife for your kitchen.

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Weighting of the Knife

The weighting refers to how the weight is distributed throughout the knife (the overall balance) and not the actual weight itself. Weighting plays an integral role in finding the perfect chef knife. An unbalanced knife is difficult to work with and will feel unstable in your hand. Judge the balance of a knife by gripping it by its handle. If it feels uncomfortable, it is probably not the best option for you.

You can also assess the balance by holding the knife in your hand. If the weight keels towards the blade or completely falls back on the handle, the balance might not be right for you. A balanced knife feels perfectly stable, as if it were an extension of your hand. HappyMoon’s Kitchenware Chef’s Knife features the perfect balance, making it easy for users to slice ingredients, all in one go.

Size of the Knife

You cannot purchase a knife without assessing its size. Chef knives are available in a variety of sizes. While smaller knives are ideal for peeling vegetables, larger knives are ideal for chopping difficult ingredients. An 8-inch knife is considered the perfect size to begin with as the knife fits perfectly in one’s hand and feels just right.

Larger knives are perfect for chefs who wish to perform more difficult tasks, such as cutting through bone. However, large knives are not suited for everyday use and can be intimidating, especially for novice chefs. HappyMoon’s Kitchenware Chef’s Knife features an ideal size that is perfect for everyday use.

Happy Moon's Chef Knife

Style of the Knife

The minute you head online to purchase a chef knife, you will notice there are two main styles to choose from: the traditional German style knives and the modern Japanese style knives. Both the knives have their pros and cons but German knives tend to be sharper and are heavier. This eliminates the need for chefs to apply extra energy while slicing and chopping difficult ingredients.

German Style Knives

German style knives have thicker blades than Japanese style knives. Because the blades are thicker, the user has more control over the knife and can easily slice through dense bones and vegetables with ease. Additionally, these knives remain sharper for longer periods and can easily be sharpened.

German blades are stronger and are less prone to breakage. They are also not straight along the end of the blade. This allows users to slice objects in fluid motion, without any pause. On the downside, German blades make slicing delicate ingredients more difficult.

Japanese Style Knives

Unlike German style knives, these knives are lighter. While Japanese style knives are sharp, they need to be sharpened more often. This may be inconvenient for the user, especially if you are a busy chef and intend on using the knife for daily use.

Japanese Chef's Knife Style

Japanese styles knives do not feature a full tang, thus the handle feels light and a little slippery. This increases the risk of accidents. While Japanese style knives can easily cut through though materials, they are not ideal for daily use and do not perform other tasks, such as peeling and dicing.

Knife Blade

The blade is the knife’s most important anatomy that is used to chop, shred and slice ingredients. The blade of kitchen knives are most typically made using stainless steel, ceramic or carbon steel.

  • Stainless Steel – Stainless steel blades are made using typical alloys of stainless steel, such as nickel, chromium, and iron, with only a small percentage of carbon. While lower grade stainless steel are comparatively inexpensive and are not as sharp, high-grade stainless steel blades have incredibly sharp edges and are resistant against corrosion.
  • Carbon Steel – Carbon steel is an alloy of carbon and iron. While such blades are soft and easy to sharpen, they are more vulnerable to rust and stain if not cared for properly. Additionally, these blades are prone to discoloration when they come into contact with acidic ingredients, such as citrus fruits and tomato slices, not making them the best choice for daily use. While some chefs find these blades easy to work with, others find carbon steel too maintenance intensive.
  • Ceramic – Ceramic blades offer sharp edges that last longer but chefs have to be careful while using these knives as they chip and break easily if stopped. Additionally, ceramic blades require special equipment and expertise to be re-sharpened, causing inconvenience to the user.

Japanese Chef's Knife Blade

Each material has its pros and cons though experts believe knives made from high carbon stainless steel are the best. Purchase HappyMoon’s Kitchenware Chef’s Knife that features a stainless steel blade and you will not be disappointed. While knives made from other materials are not inferior, they tend to go dull more easily while sharp stainless steel will not rust or lose color and shine.

Length

Chef knives are commonly measured in inches, ranging from 8” to 12”. Needless to say, knives with longer blades allow chefs to slice ingredients with ease with a single stroke. Chef knife blades are available in various lengths, such as:

  • Long Blades – Most chefs prefer to purchase knives with longer blades as it allows them to cut more food in less time. Additionally, longer blades are ideal for cutting larger ingredients in one go, providing nicer and cleaner results. HappyMoon’s Kitchenware Chef’s Knife features a desirable 8” inch knife that is highly preferred by chefs all around the world.
  • Short Blades – Shorter knife blades are ideal for prep work, such as peeling fruits and vegetables. These knives are easier to handle, thus making the job safe and easy for novice chefs.

Width

The width of the blade also plays an integral role in chopping, slicing and preparing foods. Chef knives are available in the following widths:

  • Thin Blades – Such blades are perfect for achieving thin cuts and slices. These blades often feel sharper and are capable of pushing through dense foods, such as potatoes with ease.
  • Thick Blades – These blades have a durable edge that will last for many years to come. Unlike thin blades, knives with thicker blades are ideal for cutting through dense bones, cartilages and other similar ingredients. Additionally, chefs find it easier to add pressure on the spine of these knives.

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Knife Handle

The handle is the portion of the knife which you make the most contact with, if you are lucky! This is one reason why you need to ensure the knife you are purchasing fits comfortably in your hand. The handle should not be slippery and should be of the right size.

Material

Traditionally, most knife handles are made from wood. However, this may result in certain problems. First off, wood is a porous material that provides bacteria and other organisms a perfect breeding ground to multiply. Many safety authorities prohibit the use of knives with wooden handles in the food service industry as bacteria can grow within the tiny cracks that join with the steel blade.

So, unless you want bacteria contaminated food, search for other options. Additionally, wooden handles do not last long in the dishwasher. Invest in a chef knife that comes with a plastic or rubber handles. These knives have increasingly gained popularity and are easy to handle as well.

Comfortable to Use

Invest in a knife with a comfortable handle. Some knife handles feature molds and indentations to facilitate grip. This prevents you from holding the knife at awkward angles which may produce poor results.

Cutting Vegetable With Happy Moon's Chef Knife

HappyMoon’s Kitchenware Chef’s Knife features an ergonomic handle that is perfect for anyone. The ergonomic design allows chefs to use the knife for hours without experiencing pain and discomfort. The handle is constructed using resilient POM which is a durable material that will last you a lifetime.

Knife Heel

Unless you opt for a Japanese forged knife, the heel is the widest and thickest part of the knife. The heel can be found at the rear of the blade where it meets the knife handle. This portion is often used for chopping hard ingredients, such as dense bones and nuts.

The heel is meant for performing tasks that require a lot of force or when maximum leverage is needed. Knives that feature longer blades generally produce greater leverage and allow the user to chop items with greater cutting force.

HappyMoon’s Kitchenware Chef’s Knife features a broad heel that is perfect for chopping through poultry tendons with ease. Even cutting through the heaviest objects becomes easier with HappyMoon’s Chef Knife.

Slicing With Chef's Knife

Knife Tang

The tang is an important part of the knife that gives it stability, strength and balance. The best knives are made using a single piece of steel that runs through the entire body of the knife. This means the steel extends all the way from the blade to the handle.

The portion of steel found inside the handle is known as the tang. If the tang extends through the entire knife, it is called “full tang.” There are many different types of tangs, depending on the construction and style of the knife. A few are listed below:

  • Full Tang – As mentioned above, full tang means the knife consists of one solid piece of steel. This is the strongest type of tang that has two handle pieces pinned on to the blade to secure each side. Full tang knives feature the strongest construction because they incorporate the most amount of steel. Full tangs provide chefs added leverage and better balance. On the downside, such knives tend to be heavy.
  • Partial Tang – Partial tang knives consist of a tang that goes through the entire length of the knife but decreases in width once it reaches the handle. Partial tang is also known as half tang, stub tang or even push tang. The major downside of using a partial tang is it is prone to breakage and does not offer the same leverage as a full tang.
  • Push Tang – A push tang knife features a tang that is affixed to the handle with an adhesive. The tang is pushed to the premade handle which is held in place using an adhesive. A push tang does not necessarily run through the entire length of the handle and can exist in both full and partial tang knives. These knives are generally inexpensive but are often criticized as weak.
  • Encapsulated Tang – The encapsulated tang is attached to the handle but unlike the push tang, it is molded into the knife. These knives are strong and durable, unlike push tang knives. Encapsulated tangs are strong and offer the user more precise control.

Happy Moon's Chef Knife Tang

  • Hidden Tang – As the name indicates, such tangs are fastened into the handle in a way that it is not visible to the user. The hidden tang is created by sliding the tang through the handle so it secures itself against the bolster. The tang is then secured into place using an adhesive.The tang can be made a little longer by using a pommel to hold it into place. The most obvious advantage of a hidden tang is its attractive appearance.  On the downside, these knives are not strong. Most hidden tangs tend to lose some of their metal and thickness during the construction process but the knives are still reliable to use and offer the user sufficient strength.
  • Rat-Tail Tang – The rat-tail tang is also known as the stick tang and is one of the most distinct knife tangs available. These tangs are significantly narrower than the blade, giving it the appearance of a rat. The tang is often positioned to the handle using a bolt or threaded pommel.The most significant advantage of a rat-tail tang is it is lightweight and inexpensive. These budget friendly knives are perfect for novice chefs who have just started out in the kitchen. On the downside, rat-tails tangs are thought to be the weakest of the tangs.
  • Tapered Tang – Tapered tangs are also known as narrowing tangs. These tangs get narrower in width as they move along the handle. Tapering the tang is a great way to reduce the amount of steel used without compromising the strength of the knife.
  • Skeletonized Tang – When a portion of the tang is missing, it is referred to as a skeletonized tang. This is a clever way to reduce the amount of metal without compromising on the performance of the knife. The structural framework of the tang remains the same. Such knives often do not come with a handle and are not meant to be used in the kitchen.

You will be pleased to know that HappyMoon’s Chef’s Knife features a full tang like any other top quality knife. The full tang adds strength and stability to the knife, allowing you to work flawlessly in the kitchen without worrying about a thing.

Knife Bolster

The bolster is also known as the collar or the shoulder of the spine. It is a thick portion of metal that serves as a meeting point for the handle and the blade. The bolster adds strength to the knife and also acts as a finger guard that stops the hand from getting in the way of the knife.

Cutting Vegetables With Happy Moon's Chef Knife

This prevents hand fatigue and blisters. The thickness of the bolster determines how thick the original chunk of steel to make the blade originally is. The thicker the material, the stronger the knife is.

Not every chef knife comes equipped with a bolster. Japanese style knives do not have a bolster while other knives may have partial bolsters. A prime advantage of partial bolster is the user can sharpen the entire length of the blade with ease. HappyMoon’s Chef’s Knife comes equipped with a thick bolster. This adds weight to the knife that increases its strength.

Thanks to the user-friendly design, chefs no longer have to apply additional force to chop through dense vegetables and bones. Additionally, the bolster prevents your hand from getting in the way of the knife’s edge. This significantly reduces the risk of accidents. The thick bolster allows you to cut though difficult foods without applying extra energy.

Knife Spine

The spine is the top portion of the blade that typically features squared edges. Before purchasing a chef knife, assess the spine of the knife. A tough spine potentially irritates the gripping hand. This increases the risk of accidents. Avoid purchasing a chef knife that does not taper at the tip of the knife’s spine. Such tips can be difficult to work with and hinder the knife’s ability to pierce through food.

Cutting Vegetables

The spine adds stability and strength to the knife. HappyMoon’s Chef’s Knife features an excellent spine that aids the user to chop ingredients with great ease, unlike Japanese style knives that typically feature a thin spine.

Knife’s Cutting Edge

The best chef knives out there have an incredibly sharp cutting edge. The edge of the knife is the sharpest part of the blade. Determine the dexterity of the knife by assessing how the blade runs from the heel to the tip, if the blade features a slight curve from the head, you may experience some trouble while mincing or chopping ingredients. Such knives are known to easily rock back and forth, increasing the risk of accidents.

Additionally, a dull knife makes food preparation a time-consuming process. Always purchase a knife that has a sharp edge, such as HappyMoon’s Kitchenware Chef’s Knife. This chef knife will significantly reduce your time in the kitchen and will produce marvelous and flawless results.

Conclusion

From the abovementioned information, it is clear that HappyMoon’s Chef Knife is the only chef knife you will need. Apart from being incredibly sharp and useful, these knives feature an attractive appearance that will instantly captivate the attention of others. If you are still skeptical, here are some additional features of the knife:

Happy Moon's Chefs Knife on Table

  • Perfectly Well-balanced – HappyMoon’s Knives feature a knife that is perfectly balanced, ideal for chefs around the world.
  • Corrosion Resistant – These amazing knives are easy to care for and are resistant to rust and corrosion so if you are tired of removing stains from your knife under the sink, perhaps HappyMoon’s Kitchenware Chef Knife is the perfect solution to your problem.
  • Uniquely Designed Ergonomic Handle – Say goodbye to hand fatigue because this knife features a uniquely designed ergonomic handle.
  • Customer Satisfaction – If you are unhappy with the product, you can return it immediately, no questions asked.

Plus, the high quality knife is available at an incredibly reasonable price. What’s best is that the multi-purpose knife comes with a life-time guarantee and is dishwasher safe. What more can you ask for?

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