3 Kitchen Knives You Need To Have

Whether you are a professional chef or a home cook the knives you use matter. In this post we are going over which knives are going to be essential in all your cooking endeavors. 

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Chef’s Knife 
 
This is your do it all knife. If you can only have one quality knife in your kitchen you want a chef’s knife. I prefer an eight or ten inch because anything longer is going to add extra weight that you do not want to be carrying while you are prepping ingredients. In most cases you are only using the middle three inches of your chef’s knife anyways. 
 
Uses: chopping, dicing, mincing, fabrication of fish or poultry 
 
There are countless options to choose from when it comes to buying any knife. I have linked three different chef’s knives below. I feel confident using any of these knives in my kitchen at home and any professional kitchen. 

Mercer Culinary Renaissance 10 inch Chef’s Knife

This is a classic chef’s knife. It is lightweight and easy to take care of. If you are a beginner in the kitchen this is the knife for you.

Wusthof Classic Chef’s Knife

The Classic WUSTHOF is little more heavy duty. It is durable and actually heavier in weight. It take a little more effort to care for and keep sharp due to the thicker German steel.

Shun Classic Chef’s Knife

Shun is a much more expensive chef’s knife option. It takes a lot of care and maintenance. It should be used for precision knife cuts or filleting delicate fish or any precise knife skills.


Paring knife 
 
While you can still make beautiful meals without a paring knife, having one will make your life so much easier. You will reach for a paring knife when you are looking to perfect even the smallest details of your dish. 

Uses: carving small vegetables, mincing, peeling, making small scores of incision 
 
Just like a chef’s knife you want a knife you can trust and that will last a long time. The pairing knives I have linked below are quality knives and are well worth the investment. 
 

Mercer Culinary Renaissance Paring Knife

The Mercer pairing knife is an all purpose tool. It is an affordable and high quality option.

Wusthof Gourmet 3 Inch Paring Knife

Similarly to the chef’s knife this WUSTHOF pairing knife is made of heavy german steel. It works well and is very durable.

Gunter Wilhelm Paring Knife

This is a pricier option for a pairing knife. It stays sharp for a longer time and will be the only pairing knife you will ever have to buy.

Utility knife 
 
A utility knife will be your friend when you are tackling projects that require speed and precision. You might reach for a utility knife instead of a chef knife when you want something light and compact that can still take on the same tasks. 
 
If you feel confident in your ability to do any task with a chef’s knife you could skip buying this for now and invest in another quality chef’s knife. I recommend adding a utility knife to your kitchen essentials if you are taking on new and challenging recipes that a more compact knife will help with. 
 
Below are three utility knives you should buy if you need a quality knife that you can use in any setting. 
 
Uses: slicing fruit, cutting tender pieces of meat, slicing cheese, precision cuts 

Gunter Wilhelm 5 Inch Utility Knife

Shun Kanso Asian Prep Knife

Lamson 6 Inch Premier Forged Utility Knife

 
Peeler 
 
Although this is technically not a knife, you need a peeler if you want to execute recipes efficiently and deliciously. 
 
Most recipes are going to require some kind of peeling. There are two basic types of peelers you can buy. Both types are effective peelers. It comes down to the preference of the cook. 

Uses: peeling most vegetables, making ribbon like garnishes. 
 
I have linked one of each type of peeler below. I would recommend either type or even trying both for yourself. Whichever you prefer will become apparent after one use most likely. 

Mercer Swiss Peeler

OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler

Investing in a good knife is the first step but taking care of the knife is most important. To learn about how to clean, sharpen, and store your new knives I recommend reading this post on knife care.  
 

Chef's Knife

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