All About Cutlery and Knives

Today was a real eye-opener for me when it comes tocutlery and morespecifically knives. I met my very first cutler.

Call me stupid, I never new there was such a thing! Thinking about it now, I can see why – it is a very specific profession and with superstores competing. If you google it you won’t come up with much information, most of it is on Jay Cutler (pro footballer).

He told me – the cutler not Jay Cutler

“Never give a knife as a present.”

When asked why, he refused to tell! So, after buying a brand new knife I came home and found the answer.

What that old man did teach me, and something that you might already know is that a good knife is essential to a kitchen. I would be very surprised if you had not seen chefs walking around with huge rolls of knives. Every chef must have her own set of knives, plastic cutlery and more.

A great salesman. If he had more time, he could have me walking out the door not only with the pairing knife but a huge collection costing $1000s! A pretty penny indeed. Which brought me to – How expensive is a knife?

Check out this one that I found on knife-depot.com

Made from sterling silver and eight diamonds. It has to be the most expensive kitchen knife at

$39,000

Amazing, huh? But don’t worry, you can get great plastic cutlery and more for well under $39000 and you need a good, sharp knife.

He listed so many reason why this is true and I will regail you with two.

A sharp knife is safer than a dull knife. Safety in the kitchen is important to everyone. You will save fingers having a sharp knife because it will slide into everything.

I thought, ‘if a sharp knife cuts everything then surely I will loose more fingers rather than save them’.

“You are dead wrong!” He answered.

According to him, most slicing accidents are caused by not having a sharp knife. A dull knife will slide off whatever you are cutting and straight into your finger! Ouch.

Secondly and very simply:

A sharp knife means fewer cuts and so fewer chances of an accident. Having to hack your way through a slice of beef with a dull knife is not fun. Wouldn’t you rather glide through in one smooth stroke?

There truly are hundreds of reasons why having the best plastic cutlery and more critically, a sharp knife is important. Knife making is really fascinating and truly an art form. After all, professional chefs take a lot of time picking out the right knife – why shouldn’t you?

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