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10 Knives for Any Kitchen Technique, From Slicers to Dicers to Champagne Sabers

June 7, 2014

10 Knives for Any Kitchen Technique, From Slicers to Dicers to Champagne Sabers

June 7, 2014

In these times of open-kitchen tasting-menu restaurants and nose-to-tail butchery classes, the knife has become a fetishized object—not just among culinary-school grads but on the countertops of everyday Americans. Amassing the ideal cutlery collection is a high-stakes prospect, fraught with questions about single versus double bevels and whether to use a cleaver or a meat saw to carve a whole hog.  To help you make the right investments, we created a compendium of expert knife picks, from oyster shuckers to steak knives.

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Carving a Goat: Nenox G-Type Sujihiki Slicer. This double­-bevel style is long and thin enough to slice a full goat or pig cleanly, but thick enough for more mundane tasks like onion-chopping.

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Butchering a Hog: Mound Tool Hand Saw. Home butchers looking to take apart whole hogs should try this saw. Easier to use than a cleaver, simply grip the handle horizontally and move back and forth.

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Serving Steak: Laguiole en Aubrac Steak Knife. The straight edge is better for clean cuts into well-aged, well-marbled meats, which don’t need to be torn through so much as sliced.

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Skewering Beef Ribs: Tramontina Passador. These sturdy Tramontina Passador knives handle almost like a small sword and are intended for Brazilian barbecue chefs.

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Shucking Oysters: French Oyster Knife. This knife is strengthened with a full tang (an extension of the blade that’s hidden underneath the handle)—helpful for prying apart stronger shells.

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Peeling Radishes: Shiro-ko Hongasumi Usuba. The usuba is made for the meticulous vegetable chopping common in Japanese cooking; the razorlike knife is perfect for slicing baby turnips and carrots.

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Making Noodles: Suisin Inox Menkiri. For soba geeks, this is an essential tool, highly specialized for cutting long strips of handmade Japanese noodles.

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Serving Hard Cheese: Boska Cheese Slicer Taste. This rosewood-handled, stainless-steel-bladed Boska knife is a formidable match for even the hardest Cheddar.

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Sabering Champagne: Laguiole Champagne Saber. This polished sword continues the Napoleonic tradition of using a saber to strike a Champagne bottle and whisk off the neck in one fell swoop.

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Serving Fancy Cake:ThermoHauser Pastry Knife. This 12-inch knife is made with a pointed tip, so slicing large cakes is easy and clean. Use it to remove a layer cake neatly from a springform pan.