How to choose the good kitchen knife among all existing models of kitchen knives? Goyon-Chazeau offers here a list of 10 knives, and some tips, that will revolutionize your kitchen and your way of cooking:

1/ The essential Chef’s knife

The chef’s knife is a multi-purpose knife.

Il will allow you to slice, mince, chop, break, open, flatten, lift and handle more or less any food. Opt for a 20cm blade, it is the one that will offer you the larger possibilities.

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20cm kitchen knife Le Thiers Cuisine, juniper

 

2/ The Santoku japanese knife

It’s the Japanese equivalent of our chef’s (cooking) knife.

The wide blade with a curved edge of the Santoku knife will allow you to chop herbs, easily cut up sticky foods, like fish and raw meat, and mince all types of fruits and vegetables.

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Japanese santoku alveolated knife Audacieuse

 

3/ The “must have” paring knife

With its thick and very sharp blade about 10 cm, the paring knife will be used to peel, slice and cut all types of food, and to trim meats.

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Le P’tit tradi knife, olive wood handle

 

4/ The sandwich knife

It is a thin and long blade knife.
You can use the sandwich knife to slice bread and spread , but also consider it as a long blade (12cm) paring knife, very useful for staying agile in the preparation of large fruits and vegetables, for example.

 

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Stylver long paring- sandwich knife

 

5/ The classic bread knife

You will easily recognize it thanks to its large toothed blade.
It slices the crust like the crumb of bread without crushing it.
It is also effective for cutting a brioche without breaking it, or for cutting into the thick skin of cucurbits.

 

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Bread knife Tradichef, oak wood

 

6/ The ham knife

The ham knife, has a straight 30 cm blade with a round end and sometimes alveoli.
This knife will allow you to cut thin slices in bulky and a little hard foods such as cooked or dry ham.

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Le Thiers cuisine alveolated ham knife, juniper

 

The salmon knife, with a blade half the width than ham knife, can also cut ham but its interest is especially in the low adhesion of its thin blade, very useful for making slices in sticky foods such as raw fish.

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Le Thiers cuisine alveolated salmon knife, olive

 

7/ The peeling knife

Recognizable by its shape (bird’s beak) and its small size, it is very popular for peeling and paring foods that fit in one hand.
It is also very practical for turning and removing damaged parts of fruits and vegetables, hulling strawberries or mushrooms and sculpting your food to obtain aesthetic dishes.

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Stylver cuisine peeling knife, full stainless steel

 

8/ The slicing knife

The slicing knife has a long, sharp, thin and rigid blade, which makes this knife the ideal partner for cutting raw or cooked meat.

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Slincing knife 20cm Tradichef, oak wood

 

The filleting knife is aesthetically identical to the slincing knife but conversely offers a very flexible blade which makes it the ideal knife for lifting fish fillets and making carpaccios in no time at all!

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Tradichef filleting knife, oak wood

9/ The oriental cleaver

With its thick rectangular blade, it can cut, by striking, pieces of fish or meat without bones (or with small bones).
It is also very handy for coarsely chopping herbs, fruits and vegetables, or crushing garlic cloves.
The oriental cleaver should not be confused with the classic cleaver (a butcher knife) nor the Chinese knife which aesthetically look a lot like it .

10/ The tomato knife

It is one of the few kitchen knives to be serrated.
Its small teeth facilitate tomatoes cutting – or other soft fruits and vegetables – into thin slices or small pieces without crushing them.

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Le Thiers Cuisine tomato knife, juniper wood

 

 

There are many kitchen knives.
The diversity of foods and their properties imply an equivalent variety of knives, with regard to the work to do.

This list is of course not exhaustive and we invite you to explore all the diversity that characterizes this main cooking object!