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What You Absolutely Need to Know Before Buying a Chef's Knife

The Gear Patrol Podcast Episode Twenty-Six – Listen Now

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In this episode, Editor Will Price joins to explain everything you should know before buying your first–or next–chef's knife. Will details the specifics, from steel types and blade shapes to maintenance and storage tips, ultimately ending with three of his top chef's knife recommendations.

Regardless of what you already know or think you might need, Will has advice and tips that'll come in handy when you're shopping around.

Show Notes:

Episode Navigation:

  • 01:00 – What You Need to KNow Before Buying a Chef's Knife
  • 05:45 – Is There One Perfect Chef's Knife?
  • 09:17 – Utility Knives vs. Chef's Knives, and Why You Shouldn't Purchase Knife Sets
  • 12:50 – The Elements of a Chef's Knife You Need to Know
  • 18:45 – Blade Materials: Stainless Steel vs. Carbon Steel (and Others)
  • 27:32 – What Is Knife "Tang" and Why Does it Matter?
  • 31:43 – Chef's Knife Handle Types
  • 33:45 – Japanese vs. German Styles
  • 37:36 – What Determines the "Quality" of a Knife?
  • 39:11 – Knife Maintenance, Storage and Sharpening
  • 48:55 – Will's Top Three Chef's Knife Recommendations

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