As we know, cooking is an excellent way to live healthier, seem more attractive to women and gain more confidence in yourself. But there’s no way to become a better cook without upgrading your tools.
Here at Gentleman’s Journal, we understand the benefit of investing in the best kitchen kit you can – from a cast iron skillet to a chunky wooden chopping board. And knives are no different. Used to slice, dice and prepare any number of different cuisines or foods, your knife block should boast some of the very best craftsmanship in your kitchen.
So sharpen up, gents – and shop our top five…
The best knife for… carving
Carving may be the most important thing a man does in cookery. Not only is this a part of meal preparation, it is a ritual – less a necessity, more a performance for family, friends and anyone else who may be sitting around the table.
So you need a tool that’s up to the job. Blok Knives, who create intricate hybrid wood handles for their knives using coloured resin, offer this carbon steel-bladed 9-inch Mallee Burl Carving Knife. With mosaic pin detail and a striking vivid look, this is the perfect show-stopper for the ceremony of carving.
9” Carving Knife Mallee Burl Hybrid
The best knife for… intricate cutting
There are some tasks in the kitchen that require a little more finesse. Although carving, chopping and cleaving are all well and good, the quieter, less theatrical tweaks and cuts can elevate the presentation of a meal from good to great.
And there’s no better brand than Blenheim Forge in which to place your trust. Producers of superb chef’s knives forged in Peckham, this ‘Petty’ is a versatile, light and well-balanced knife, designed specifically for intricate tasks and off-board work. It’s a Japanese Blue Paper steel blade with a solid copper ferule and walnut blade.
Blenheim Forge Petty Knife
The best knife for… cutting
This may sound a little obvious – who would buy a knife that was no good at cutting? – but try slicing with a blade forged from Damascus steel and you’ll never want to use another knife again. From Perkin, this Damascus Chef’s Knife is the epitome of this incredible metal – and well worth investing in.
With an intricate mottled pattern on the 6-inch blade, many chefs believe the textured surface stops food sticking to the knife. And, with the cleanest cut you’ll ever see from a kitchen knife, it’s hard to believe that this walnut-handled blade is under £100.
Perkin Damascus Chef Knife
The best knife for… vegetable preparation
Bear with us. We know that you were probably expecting to see a section in this article dedicated to the best knives for cutting meat. But, while paring knives and cleavers are undoubtedly important, meat is tough stuff. Hack away at a steak and, while you’ll take the edge off the presentation, you won’t destroy it. Do the same to your vegetables, and they’ll be ruined.
Enter Blenheim Forge’s Nakiri. An ideal knife for vegetable preparation, the blade is forged extra thin for cutting through vegetables with precision and ease. The wide, flat edged blade is perfect for downward chopping and dicing, and as it is forged from Japanese Blue Paper Steel, it’ll last forever.
Blenheim Forge Nakiri
The best knife for… everything
There are some knives that are so versatile that you’ll never reach for your knife block again. Despite its cleaver-ish looks, Savernake’s eponymous knife will for carving, paring, even bread-cutting. It showcases perfectly the advantages of the brand’s signature hollow grind – meaning it retains the strength and rigidity of a much heavier knife at a lighter weight.
The concave profile also means that the bottom third of this knife is almost perfectly parallel – leaving you a razor-sharp cutting edge followed by less than half a millimetre of fantastic Swedish steel. And that stabilised maple handle is something to behold.
The Savernake Knife
Now you’re kitted up, here are the best cuts of meat on which to test out your knives…