Kitchen Knives & Chef Knives - Jean Patrique Buying Guide
A sharp, effective kitchen knife is essential for any cook - from professional chefs to keen amateurs, to those cooking for a busy family.
Whether you’re looking for a specialist kitchen knife, or a versatile all-rounder, we’re confident you’ll find what you need in our professional-quality collection.
But what makes for a quality, reliable kitchen knife? We’ve put together a buying guide to help you know what to look out for - and choose the perfect knife for you!
High Grade Stainless Steel
Kitchen knives and Chef’s knives are only as good as the steel they are constructed from. A knife constructed from quality stainless steel will be stronger and stay sharper for longer. It will also be robust and durable enough for a lifetime’s use in the kitchen.
Single Forged Blades
Traditionally, kitchen knives can be either “forged” or “stamped”. The blade on a stamped knife is simply cut from a larger sheet of steel, which can result in a thinner blade that is prone to bending when cutting through tough ingredients.
In contrast, a forged knife is constructed from a single bar of steel, which is heated to high temperatures and pounded into shape. The resulting blade is thicker, stronger and the bolster at the handle (which holds the blade in place) gives the whole knife superior balance.
Comfortable Ergonomic Handles
A kitchen knife is something you’ll be using every time you prepare a meal. Choosing a knife with a comfortable handle is essential to ensuring that all the chopping, slicing and dicing you’ll be doing with it is effortless.
A well designed ergonomic handle also gives you greater control over your knife and helps you to make precise, confident movements.
All-Rounder vs Specialist Knives
While most kitchen knives can take on multiple tasks, it’s important to think about what type of knife you really need.
If you’re looking for a general purpose “kitchen knife”, a cook’s knife or chef knife is the perfect choice! Equally adept and cutting through meat, vegetables, fruit, fish & more - it will soon become an indispensable companion in the kitchen.
Alternatively, for preparing meats and fish you may want to consider a specialist meat knife, such as an oriental cleaver, boning knife or carving knife. If you enjoy a predominantly vegetarian diet on the other hand, a paring knife, peeler knife or vegetable knife could be right for you.
Take a look through our full range [above/below] to find out more about each of our professional-quality kitchen knives and chef knives. If you need help deciding, remember that you can always Contact Us "