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Chef Aid 5 Inch Stainless Steel Utility Knife with Soft Grip Handle

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In our tests we found that well-designed models worked nicely, causing minimal wear to knives while creating a fine edge. Megan has an MA in Magazine Journalism and has previously written for Stylist, Glamour, TimeOut, SquareMeal, and YOU magazine. Designed for professional chefs as well as home cooks, our extensive Professional X50 Chef range offers a knife for every task. Factors such as sharpness, edge retention, durability, versatility, and easy maintenance are key to the performance of any good chef’s knife. With excellent weight distribution, the handles were also noticeably pleasant to hold, particularly on the utility knife and the vegetable chopping knife (which, incidentally, scored perfect marks on our cabbage, carrot and onion tests).

Make sure the handle doesn’t have angular or sharp edges that will form pressure points in your hand. The thin blade ensures high cutting precision, and the small size of the knives makes them handy and comfortable for everyday use. They are beautifully balanced and so comfortable in my hand, They are a joy to use and as a set meet the majority of my cutting needs. From swedes to croissants, these high quality blades are perfect for tackling foods with both precision and speed.The five essential knives in this set have been selected to help you get chopping, slicing, dicing, peeling and much more in no time at all! On the other hand, the soft stainless steel also means the edge of this knife dulls faster and requires more-regular sharpening. The result was the development of the Tojiro Sha Ra Ku Mono series, made from a Molybdenum Vanadium steel to offer superior cutting performance and durability.

Full bolsters are a pain; they require a professional sharpening service to grind away the extra steel at the heel of the blade to maintain an even and flat edge. They're difficult to maintain at home, as hard ceramic requires a diamond sharpener, meaning you usually have to send them back to the supplier to sharpen. Some handles have smooth bolsters (the thick section between the blade and the handle), which are designed to allow your forefinger to rest comfortably on top. Our solid and contemporary American oak knife block is a stylish and practical way to keep your knives safe and ready at hand whilst taking up the minimum or precious space on your worktop space.

Some slight marks started to appear after our third wash, but they impressed across all our food preparation tests, with the bread knife scoring the highest of the set. These knives are the perfect, professional quality starting point for a budding amateur chef, and a reliable base from which to grow your collection of kitchen knives in the future! We found a tiny, almost microscopic nick in the Tojiro knife’s blade after cutting butternut squash. The knives feature an elegant and stylish sweeping design evoking the history of the traditional Samurai katana sword.

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