Mark my words, you will collect many kitchen knife types with many specialized functions during your life as a gourmet cook. No matter how many knives you have, it seems you are always happening upon something new and different, the latest thing in knives, and you just have to have it.
But that comes later. Right now what you need to focus on is how to put together a great set of basic kitchen knife types, a basic set to support you in your efforts to become a gourmet cook.
The following list includes the most basic, and indispensable, kitchen knives and sharpening equipment . . .
This is an all purpose knife used for chopping, slicing, and mincing. The blade is usually 8 to 14 inches long and its shape is wide at the heel and tapers to a point at the tip. If you were to buy 1 good kitchen knife type, I think it should be a Chef’s knife.
My absolute favorite knives are Wusthof!
Slicer – This knife has a long, thin blade and is used for slicing cooked meat. The tip can be round or pointed, and the blade may be flexible or rigid. A slicer with a serrated edge is used for slicing bread or pastry items. Bread slicer shown.
Sharpening Stone – This is also known as the whetstone. These are used to put an edge on a dull blade. The most practical sets include both coarse and fine grit stones. A dull knife is very dangerous. Always keep your knives sharp.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of the basic kitchen knife types available, and which ones might be right for you.