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Chef's Knife

Everyday Food, Volume 30 March 2006

This is the most versatile tool in your kitchen. Kept sharp, it can be used for all kinds of jobs: slicing, mincing, chopping, and more.

Learn more about basic knife skills

What Is It?
A chef's knife is easily recognizable by the size of its curved blade, usually 8 to 10 inches long and 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide at the base. The curvature allows you to "rock" the knife downward in a smooth motion when you chop and slice.

What to Look For
Blades made of high-carbon stainless steel hold a sharp edge and resist corrosion.

How to Buy
Choose a knife that feels comfortable and well balanced, and isn't too heavy or too light. The heel (the part of the knife just above the handle) should be deep enough so that when you chop, your knuckles don't hit the work surface.

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