There’s no question about it—a chef’s knife is the most important kitchen tool you own. You use it for the majority of the knife work you do when cooking, and if you purchase a good-quality chef’s knife and maintain it well, it should last you for decades. Some of our writers have sung the praises of their own chef’s knives here and here recently, but those posts got us thinking: what knives aside from our chef’s knives could we not be without?
In my mid-20s, I made the conscious decision that cooking was going to be a Thing for me—not a thing I did because I had to eat or because it’s just what people do, but something more like a hobby. It was going to be important, and I was going to learn to do it reasonably well. To mark the significance of this decision, I decided to pitch the Ginsu and buy my first good knife.
So… I quit smoking (Yay. And booo. But mostly yay.) To help keep the quitting process from becoming one great big festival of suck, I applied a strategy for quitting that uses rewards for reaching milestones. For my first milestone, I decided to buy a new chef’s knife.
I currently have a decent chef’s knife that came with a block set, so I would never…
We’ve been fans of master bladesmith Bob Kramer and his cult-favorite knives for years. We’ve even been lucky enough to team up with him on a few cutlery collections, including Meiji — our latest. So we recently caught up with Bob in his Olympia, Washington studio to talk about late-night snacks and cooking via meteorites, among other things.
Watch as Bob Kramer, Certified Master Bladesmith, walks you step by step through the process of sharpening your knives at home.
Watch as our Resident Chef Joel Gamoran walks you through the ins and outs of many of the knife shapes and their respective uses in the kitchen. Please visit http://www.surlatable.com/category/CAT-5781/Cutlery to view the products featured.