Sharpen your knowledge. Expert Chowhounds weigh in on what knife to buy, how to clean and sharpen it, and how to improve your knife skills.

This Limited-Edition Made In Bread Knife Is on the Top of Our Holiday Shopping Lists

Made In—one of our favorite direct-to-consumer cookware brands—is heading into new territory. On Oct. 5, the cookware company is launching its first-ever, limited-edition bread knife, designed in partnership...

Advice on Wusthof Classic Ikon knives

by RickBehl 15 days ago

Hi, Would anyone have any advice about the Wusthof Classic Ikon knife set? I am a serious foodie who loves to cook and am looking for a good value set which will last me for a good few years. M...

Knife sharpening nightmares -- Knifemares?

by Eiron 9 days ago

One of the local Farmers' Markets recently sent out a community request for a knife sharpener to set up a stall. We have several sharpening businesses in town, but (apparently) none of them want to...

Knifemares #2 - the Rustic Chinese Cleaver!

by Eiron 7 days ago

This was another unbelievable situation. This time, it was damage from misuse rather than damage created by a ham-fisted so-called "sharpening specialist." The owner said her 12 yr old daughter had...

Introducing my Japanese Nakiri to my Chinese Cleaver

by drrayeye 1 year ago

Today's my birthday, and I'm spending part of it admiring my awesome new cleaver, trying it out--comparing it to my Seki Magoroku (now Kai Wasabi) nakiri. The nakiri I have was virtually forced on...

What appliances, cookware, and tools do you love to use?

by drrayeye 16 days ago

Unlike commercial facilities, home kitchens can be personal as well as practical. Here are some things I love in mine: Small appliances: Vollrath mirage portable induction unit with elabor...

Tell me about your kitchen utility knives

by drrayeye 25 days ago

The biggest difference between the pros, and home cooks like me is that we use utility knives--and they don't: at least, not on the job. I probably use my utility knives for more than half of m...

Cleaver VS Chefs knife

by CHSeifert 2 months ago

To all the cleaver users here, in what ways do you find the cleaver better than a chefs knife for daily tasks in a western kitchen? Why did you decide to use the cleaver as your daily knife over...

Is there a K on your Sabatier?

by Pertti 1 month ago

Over the weekend so far, I've spent a minute here and there looking at Sabatiers. Very interesting knives. I didn't know anything about them really, this is what wikipedia told me: "Sabatier ...

Kanso Zhen Fusion Cleaver Shootout

by drrayeye 2 months ago

The Kanso 7” Asian Utility knife has already won acceptance in the American market—both in sales and in user ratings, but it is not a nakiri nor is it a cleaver—a perfect example of a fusion knife....

What’s your whetstone setup currently?

by CHSeifert 2 months ago

I’ve made some slight changes to my setup. When I sharpen my wife’s kitchen knives, well the ones I’ve given her from my collection, I use two cheapish 1000/3000 combination Wüsthof branded sem...

Claus - What Other Kitchen Appliances Do You Own?

by rei17 6 months ago

Hi Claus, we know you have an amazing array of top notch pots and pans. Also, knives ! What other kitchen appliances and brands do you have? Coffee/Expresso Maker ? Induction Top Cooking ? ...

Finding a New Fusion Kitchen Knife made in China to Test

by drrayeye 4 months ago

If one visits a typical home kitchen, one would expect to see a Chef’s knife in Europe, a Santoku in Japan, and a Cleaver in China. These three knife profiles are all starting to appear together i...

Why Tomato Knife? [split from Japanese Knives thread]

by CHSeifert 2 months ago

I never understood why a tomato knife exist in the first place. All my knives can cut even the most ripe tomatoes without problems. Who needs a tomato knife ? People who live with dangerousl...

Metric calipers

by VFish 2 months ago

Hi, can anyone recommend me inexpensive calipers (read cheap) to measure thickness in millimeters? Home Depot, Amazon, etc. I'm tired of the guessing game and figure it could be handy whether kni...

Value Proposition: Shun Kanso 7” Asian Utility Knife

by drrayeye 5 months ago

When I was given a nakiri in Japan to take home, I was told that others would be offering more expensive versions that would do no better. Even when it became my go to knife for vegetables, I thou...

Do we need more kinds of knives?

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by tim irvine 3 months ago

My world is already adequately full with chef, petty, paring (of numerous sorts), boning, slicing, bread, gyuto, deba, yanagiba, honesuki, and so on, but some think that the evolutionary process la...

Knife sharpening rabbit hole: Viking Edge strop upgrade

by drrayeye 4 months ago

My focus has shifted back to issues of kitchen knife sharpness maintenance—and my surprising success in relying on a green loaded strop. It’s really only surprising if you think using wet stones i...

Mandolin recommendations?

by LulusMom 5 months ago

I hadn't used my mandolin in ages (Lulu's about to turn 15, and I don't remember using it since she was born) until last week. I got it out and was befuddled by the whole thing. Couldn't figure out...