A cooking knife is any knife that is intended to cut fruits, vegetables, or meat during food preparation. There are many specialized knives that are designed for specific tasks. But in general, most of these cutting tasks can be accomplished by few multi-purpose cooking knives.
The blades of cooking knives are usually made of carbon steel, stainless steel, high carbon stainless steel, laminate, titanium, ceramic, or plastic. Depending on your preference and food preparation needs, choose knives with sharp and durable blades, and a grip that is comfortable to hold.
Here are some of the best cooking knives that you can choose from.
Alpha Inspirations Ceramic Paring Knife
This paring knife is made of ceramic, the second hardest material in the world. Ceramic is known to be non-porous, so the blade will not retain food odors. Ceramic knives stay sharp for years without sharpening, unlike steel knives which take a lot of effort to maintain.
Ceramic knives are easy to clean by simply wiping with a wet rag. The handle is ergonomically designed to make peeling and slicing easier, leaving you with less hand and wrist fatigue. This paring knife comes with a blade cover to protect your hands and the blade itself.
- Injection-molded handle
- Includes a blade cover
- Not quite sharp
If you are looking for a truly hard blade that can last for years, try the ceramic paring knife by Alpha Inspirations. It may not be the sharpest cooking knife you will find on the market but the blade will maintain its sharpness over time.
The ceramic blade, won’t retain food odors so won’t need to worry about having your other vegetables or fruits taste like garlic or onion. The handle is injection-molded so it is durable and won’t separate from the blade. For an affordable, ergonomic, durable cooking knife, this is a good buy.
Farberware Soft Grip Ceramic Five-Inch Utility Knife with Sheath
Knives made out of ceramic are durable and long-lasting since ceramic is one of the hardest materials in the world. The Farberware Soft Grip Ceramic Five-Inch Utility Knife is another cooking knife made of ceramic. It is also made of zirconia which makes the blade thinner, sharper, and stronger.
Use this knife to cut with ease and precision. While ceramic is indeed strong, ceramic cooking knives should only be used on soft-skin vegetables and fruits.
Do not use a ceramic knife to cut hard-density food such as potatoes and frozen meats because it will cause the blade to dull or chip. This Farberware utility knife is ergonomically designed with a soft grip handle that provides exceptional cutting comfort.
- Dishwasher safe
- Includes blade cover
- Stains easily
- Not that sharp
If you are looking for a cooking knife that you can use for cutting or slicing soft vegetables and fruits, the Farberware Soft Grip Ceramic Five-Inch Utility Knife with Sheath will work just fine. It may not be the sharpest cooking knife, but it will last for a long time and is worth its purchase price. This cooking knife should be hand washed only. Included with the knife is a blade jacket to protect your hands and the blade.
Jamie Oliver Four-Inch Paring Knife
Cut like a pro! From the world-renown chef, Jamie Oliver and DKB Household comes an affordable yet durable cooking knife. It is made of Japanese MoV stainless steel for excellent edge retention. This four-inch paring knife is designed for decorating, peeling, slicing, dicing, and mincing. It has an ergonomic handle and a full-tang construction that makes the grip comfortable and easy to use.
- Ergonomic handle
- Weighs only four ounces
- Not that sharp
- Low quality
For a good paring knife that is made by a world-renowned manufacturer, choose Jamie Oliver’s Four-Inch Paring Knife. It is affordable and can be used not only for peeling, slicing, dicing, and mincing, but also for designing or carving fruits and vegetables. Let your inner artistic chef come out with Jamie Oliver’s Four-Inch Paring Knife! It is recommended to hand wash this knife. If, over time, the knife dulls, you can sharpen it using a home sharpener.
Although some consumers report that the cooking knives reviewed here are not that sharp, they all cut with precision and ease. None of these three cooking knives are perfect, but they still have many exceptional qualities. It is up to you to choose which one will work best for you.
Ceramic knives should only be used to cut soft vegetables and fruits while stainless steel requires much effort to maintain the blade’s sharpness. Make your food preparation an enjoyable and creative task. Choose the cooking knife that is sharp enough and cuts precisely while keeping your hands safe with an ergonomic, slip-free handle.
For maximum durability, choose the Alpha Inspirations Ceramic Paring Knife because it is made of one of the hardest materials in the world and because ceramic does not retain the odor of the food. Unlike stainless steel knives, the Ceramic Paring Knife and the Farberware Soft Grip Ceramic Five-Inch Utility Knife with Sheath, can be maintained without much effort.
To maintain either of these knives, you simply have to wipe it off with a wet rag. All three cooking knives listed here are lightweight and easy to transport, plus the Alpha Inspirations Ceramic Paring Knife and the Farberware Soft Grip Ceramic Five-Inch Utility Knife come with free blade covers that not only protect your hands but also the blades.
Although it is made by the popular Jamie Oliver and DKB Household, some consumers have said the Jamie Oliver Four-Inch Paring Knife is of low quality because it is made of stainless steel, but knives made of stainless steel work just fine. You can even use the Jamie Oliver paring knife comfortably because it has an ergonomic, slip-free handle.