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Be a Cut Above the Rest with Quality Kitchen Knives

If you want to prepare some culinary delights in your home you are going to need some top quality kitchen knives

Kitchen knives are such an everyday item that they probably don't cross your mind that often, until perhaps when you are trying to hack through a joint of meat with an inferior, blunt one. If you enjoy cooking and creating your own culinary masterpieces at home then a good set of kitchen knives could be just what you need.

The History of Kitchen Knives

Okay they weren't exactly kitchen knives but the first knives used to cut meat were simple pieces of sharpened flint, way back in the Stone Age. As metal began to be used in the Iron Age and Bronze age and metalworking developed, the first metal knives were produced which made life a lot easier for our fur-clad ancestors. Things have moved on just a bit since then and today there are a huge range of kitchen knives designed for all sorts of tasks and made from a variety of materials.

Materials Used in Kitchen Knives

A number of materials are utilised today in the manufacture of kitchen knives and here are the most commonly used:

Stainless steel

Kitchen knives made of stainless steel are highly resistant to corrosion and are thin and flexible. Many stainless steel blades are serrated to some degree to enable them to continue cutting if they become dull.

Carbon steel

This material is an alloy of iron and carbon which sometimes also includes manganese and vanadium. Carbon steel kitchen knives hold their edge well and are usually easier to sharpen than most stainless steels.

High carbon stainless steel

This material combines the virtues of both stainless steel and carbon. Kitchen knives made of this alloy do not stain or discolour; they keep a sharp edge for a considerable amount of time and are extremely strong and durable.

Laminated steel

Knives made of this material are produced by sandwiching a hard but brittle steel with a tougher steel. The hard steel forms the edge of the knife as it holds a good edge but chipping of this hard steel is prevented by the tough steel coating over the blade.

Titanium

Titanium is not as hard as steel but it is more resistant to wear, as well as being light and flexible.

Ceramic

Kitchen knives made of ceramic are very hard, take a sharp edge and retain their shape for a long time, but they are very brittle and can chip easily.

Types of Kitchen Knife Available

There are kitchen knives available for a multitude of tasks, such as the following:

- Carving knife

- Bread knife

- Cook's knife

- Paring knife

- Peeling knife

- Speciality knife

There are clearly loads of blades available, but where should you look if you want to buy kitchen knives of real quality?

Where to Find the Best Kitchen Knives

There are a few cookware stores on your local high street that may be able to help, but to find a specific product it might be wiser to use the internet. There are loads of sites where you can buy top kitchen knives and it is easy to compare products and prices on the net. Have a browse and take your pick and you could soon be at the cutting edge of home cuisine.

Quality Kitchen Knives at Procook

If you do want to find a great selection of quality kitchen knives and other cookware, visit www.procook.co.uk . Procook is the UK's biggest specialist cookware retailer and can provide you with everything you need to be a top home chef.

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