While a kitchen on its own won't prepare a meal, it nonetheless is one of the most important tools in our kitchen. Virtually every meal requires cutting or slicing to cook, and that means that we'll always need a reliable knife by our side. However what makes a good knife? What is the proper role and function of each unique model? And why are Japanese knives so popular nowadays?
Today we'll go over all these topics one at a time. So all of you at home can make an informed choice on your next purchase. Knives don't make you a great chef on their own, but they do improve on the time you spend and the quality of your food. So keep reading to make sure your kitchen experience improves from now on.
What makes a good knife?
With so many unique models and designs, it's hard to generalize what makes a good knife, but there are certain traits that you should always keep in mind when purchasing a knife.
One of the most important considerations is the material the knife is made of. Steer away from any product that doesn't list its material, you are only bound to get low-quality items that way. Carbon steel is one of the best options in the market due to its resistance and sharpness. For smaller knives ceramic is a great option too. Most of the remaining knives in the market will be made of stainless steel, which is a reliable material as well. It might require to be sharpened more often, but it also demands less care in general.
Beyond the material knives are mostly judged on their size and shape. It's important to make sure that a knife has the expected size for its task. Chef knives should be about 8 inches while paring ones can be as small as 4. And of course, the grip should be comfortable and high-quality too.
What's the appeal of Japanese knives?
Nowadays Japanese knives are some of the most popular options in the market, and it's all for good reason. The best Japanese knives stand out from the competition due to their sharpness and build quality. These knives are designed for precise and delicate cuts, and as such, they have an edge that can't be matched by other brands.
Japanese knives are designed to cut through meat, vegetables, and bone cleanly. Meaning that they have a superior cutting power compared to all other options. And while this can result in additional fragility, most high-end Japanese knives are made of strong materials to prevent this.
Taking a look at the best Japanese kitchen knives
A chef's knife is the most important tool in any kitchen, and if you want a high-quality Japanese chef knife you shouldn't look any further than the Imarku Kitchen Chef Knife. A build of carbon and chrome ensures that its blade is both sharp and resistant to corrosion. This Chef's Knife is sharp enough to remove flesh from bones and any other general tasks in your kitchen. A great chef knife needs to be reliable in a variety of tasks, and the build and sharpness of the imarku Chef Knife ensure it's up to the task.
For delicate tasks the traditional Japanese Santoku knife is unbeatable, and this 7-inch Santoku Knife is an excellent pick. Santoku knives are designed to cut thin slices regardless of the material and are used for delicate dishes such as sushi. And the Imarku Santoku knife has various traits that make it stand out from its competition. Its hollow edge design ensures that any slices you cut don't stick to the blade, instead, they just fall gracefully on their own. And its German HC stainless steel blade can tackle any ingredient you can think of.
Life in the kitchen does a complete turn when you first try out a bread knife, and the Imarku 10-inch Bread Knife is the best one out there. The unique serrated design allows you to make clean slices out of any soft bread or cake. The size is ideal for the sawing motion cutting bread requires and the unique pakka handle means that it'll always provide a perfect grip.
Do you struggle with chopping vegetables at times? Then you need this 7-inch Nakiri Knife in your life. Nakiri knives stand out due to their unique shape and straight edge. However, this design makes it possible to cut straight through vegetables without any rocking motion. As such any vegetable that goes under it ends up sliced in seconds. Traditionally Nakiri knives can be rather expensive, but this Imarku knife is as good as the best Japanese kitchen knives for only a portion of the price.
Fish lovers can't go wrong with the 7-inch Deba Knife. When it comes to fish there's no denying that the Japanese are unbeaten and that experience can be seen in the design of the Deba knife. Deba knives are stocky and heavy enough to face the scales of fish and have a single bevel edge that cuts through meat like butter. With a carbon steel build and an authentic edge, the Imarku Deba Knife offers some of the best value in the market. And experienced users should be able to fillet a fish in just a minute with this knife in their hands.
The sharp edge of Japanese knives means that they are great for deboning, and this can be seen in the Imarku 6-Inch Boning Knife. With a stainless steel blade that combines the sharpness of Japanese knives and the durability of steel, this knife can take on any meat without any issue. Additionally, the ergonomic pakka handle ensures that you can apply force comfortably, so the entire deboning process is as smooth as it can be.
Last but not least this 7-Inch Cleaver Knife is the final addition your kitchen needs. German Stainless Steel combined with the traditional Japanese sharpness means that this knife will go through anything. And the material also ensures that the edge will last longer than other knives. Combined all of this means that this cleaver knife can slice through almost any ingredient, and will be an unmatched force in your kitchen.