The Right Edge: The Essential Kitchen Cutlery

The Right Edge: The Essential Kitchen Cutlery

Your kitchen cutlery is probably the most important tool in your kitchen. By beginning with a basic kitchen cutlery set and investing in quality pieces you should have the tools you need to make every slicing, dicing, chopping and cutting task easier, more efficient and fun.

Basic Kitchen Cutlery Sets

A good starting kitchen cutlery set should include the following types of knives:

• Chef’s knife

• Paring knife

• Utility knife

• Serrated/bread knife

After you have these basic , you can add to your kitchen cutlery set as your cooking needs and budget warrant. Below is a list of common types of kitchen knives and there purpose in the kitchen.
Types of Knives


Boning knives are designed with tapered and curved blades that make it easy to de-bone poultry and fish. The blades of boning knives are generally flexible and about six inches long to make them easy to maneuver between the meat and bone.


Bread knives have a very fine edge for cutting hard and soft crusted breads. Most come with a serrated edge to make slicing easier and have a blade length of ten inches.

chefs knives


Also known as a “cook’s knives”, these knives should be in any kitchen cutlery set. Chef’s Knives are the true workhorses of the kitchen and are used for chopping, dicing, mincing and slicing. Chef’s Knives come in various lengths from 6, 8, 10 and 12 inches.


Cleaver knives are designed for heavier tasks in the kitchen such as chopping, shredding, pounding and crushing large or hard items. Cleaver knives are designed with wide, thick and heavy flat blades that can withstand tough tasks such crushing garlic, pounding meat etc.


Paring knives are designed to handle detailed or small jobs around the kitchen. Their small size and pointed, straight blades are perfect for peeling, coring or mincing small items. Paring knives are typically three to five inches long and have thin, narrow blades and sharply pointed tips.

steak knife


Steak knives are used for cutting beef, pork, lamb, chicken and other cooked meat dishes. Steaks knives generally have a blade between four to six inches long. The blades of steak knives can be serrated or non-serrated.


Fillet knives are used to ease the task of filleting bones from fish or skin from chicken. Fillet knives are characterized by thin, flexible blades that are between six and 11 inches long.
Slicing/Carving Knives
Slicing / Carving Knives are used to slice cooked or smoked meat, chicken and fish. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes depending on the type of cutting, although a nine inch size is common.


Similar to paring knives, utility knives are small, light weight knives used for various light cutting tasks such as working with larger fruits, vegetables and other medium-sized foods. Utility knives generally have blades that are four to seven inches long and come with both serrated and non-serrated blades.

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