The knife is probably the single most important tool in any kitchen. There are many different types of knives each serving a different purpose from the preparation of meals to the actual eating. There are several ways of choosing the knife sets for the kitchen that suit you best. It is fairly easy to do so and all you need is a pencil and paper to list down the different types of knives as well as your budget.
Typical kitchen tasks can range from chopping fresh vegetables, cleaning fish, slicing fish fillet and gleaning bones of meat. You will usually need knives that have narrow blades if the goal is boning and cleaning, for slicing you need longer blade knives, for chopping and peeling you will need smaller and shorter blades. Many knife sets will include knives that are designed for slicing cake or bread. These knives will usually be serrated. You should not forget to factor steak knives in a knife set as these will be important when you are hosting guests for barbecue.
When buying knife sets for the kitchen, you will notice that some sets include knives that you would probably rarely or never use. So you could end up paying for expensive knife sets that include many knives whereas you could pay much less for a simple knife set or by buying individual knives separately thus building your own knife set. And when it comes to knives, the more you use them, the longer they last - rarely used knives succumb to the elements of wear and tear faster than the ones used regularly.
When choosing knife sets for the kitchen buy knives made from steel with high-carbon content as opposed to stainless steel. This is because knives of high-carbon steel tend to remain sharper for longer. The flip side though is that they accumulate rust easier though how well you care for the knife is the more significant contributor to rust formation.
One of the best ways to keep rust away is to store the knives completely dry. If you do go for stainless steel, make sure the knife is rust free and that the handle (called a tang) is a full one. The tang is the knife piece that the handle of the knife is attached to. A full tang should runback all the way and be fastened with a rivet to the handle making it difficult to break.
Other types of knives to choose from are stamped and forged knives sets. Forged knives are stronger than stamped knives. The knife is made using hydraulic machines that making them very hard to bend.
Always buy knives that are comfortable to handle and easy to hold. The size of the knife should be in proportion to the size of your hand.
Buying kitchen knife sets for the kitchen is just the beginning. You must find good ways of caring for your knives. Always hand dry and wash your knife sets to prevent them from corroding. To maintain the knife edge keep it sharp by using a ceramic steel or stone. Strive to use a hardwood cutting board instead of a glass board in order to preserve the sharpness of the knife's edge.