The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Knives


Courtesy of The Modern Proper

Whether you’re a bona fide at-home chef or you’ve done most of your cooking in the microwave up until now, you’ll want to make sure your knife game is up to par—here are a few more essentials chefs recommend. It’s so easy to pick up any knife in your drawer and use it for anything from chopping tomatoes to boning a chicken, but any good chef knows that each food and each type of knife cut requires a specific knife. After all, using a serrated bread knife to julienne asparagus or trying to slice a baguette with a boning knife might prove a tad difficult. If that’s news to you, don’t worry—we’ll explain.

Are you looking to upgrade your dull, first-apartment knives? We promise that if you know what you’re shopping for, you won’t regret the investment. Ahead, we break down the best kitchen knives (and knife accouterments) you could possibly need, along with a handy description of exactly what to use each of them for. Who knows? That vegetable cleaver might just be the key that unlocks your star-chef potential!