Kitchen knives can be bought from established online and brick and mortar retailers specializing in knives or cutlery items. Among the popular and versatile kitchen knives are the chef knife, slicer, utility knife and paring knife.
While a knife block set may look attractive in the kitchen, one must keep in mind that when purchased in sets, knives can get very expensive. It is a good idea to narrow down the choices to the most essential types of knives, such as the ones already mentioned.
A chef's knife is an all-around kitchen knife, which can be used for a variety of cutting jobs in the kitchen. With a blade measuring about 8 inches, it can be used for slicing, dicing and chopping up food items.
The type of steel used will affect the price of the knife. A "forged" knife means that the knife is made from a single piece of steel that is cut and pressed to its final shape. Forged knives are usually heavier and are made with a heel and a bolster. On the other hand, a stamped knife has an even thickness on all parts of the blade, without a heel or a bolster. Stamped knives are cheaper than the forged variety.
When opting to shop at a brick-and-mortar stores for knives, it will be a good idea to use the "Store Search" feature of the preferred cutlery specialty store. This will help narrow down the search to the nearest store, as well as the availability of the preferred brand and type of knives.