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Types of Knives and Their Uses

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Today’s post is a guest post brought to you by Mario Stefe, owner of Kitchen Guru Ideas. I’ll let him introduce himself before we get into his article about all the different types of culinary cutting tools and how to use them!


I am Mario Stefe and I am the owner of the Kitchen Guru Ideas. I’ve set up this site so I can share my kitchen tips and hacks that have been passed on to me from my parents and grandparents and show you how a wonderful experience cooking is and not just a way to save money. Even in this hectic lifestyle, there is time to prepare and, most importantly, enjoy a home-cooked meal.


As a cook, having more than one knife is a must-have. However, some people don’t know that each knife has its own purpose. Oh! You thought the design, shape and all is to beautify it? Oh no, you’ve got it all wrong. 

A kitchen knife is one of the most active kitchen tools because most of the kitchen activities involve slicing, cutting, and so on. Hence, the need for more than one kitchen knife is essential.

In this article, we’ll provide you with detailed information on different types of knives and their uses. Before starting we’d like to mention that you should always cut on a board and never directly on the counter as this will destroy both the counter the knife’s blade. Both go hand in hand (pun intended). Just like knights always carried a shield with their sword, so must a chef use both a knife and a board.

Boning Knife

The boning knife, as its name implies, is usually used to separate meat from the bone. It can be used for cutting up meat and filleting fish (on the right board, of course). The width of the blade comes in different sizes depending on the manufacturer, while the length ranges from four to eight inches. The blade comes in various forms such as flexi, semi flexi, and stiff. The boning knife with a stiff blade is the most popular out of all because of its ability to make more precise cuts. If you are a vegetarian, a boning knife can also double as a tool to cut your veggies.

Chef’s Knife

The chef’s knife, otherwise known as the cook’s knife, is the most popular and important of your kitchen knives because of its multi-purpose nature. It can be used to cut virtually anything you might want. However, this is not recommended because you will risk dulling the blade very quickly. 

The length of a chef’s knife varies from six to 12 inches. The longer it is, the easier it will be to use. The chef’s knife is either forged or stamped, and it is the perfect tool to cut tofu, dice vegetables, slice steak, or chop just about anything you can eat.

Bread Knife

A bread knife is used mostly to cut bread and sometimes seafood, poultry, and meat. It is designed in a way that makes it easier to cut bread because it allows you to cut into the soft loaves without the need to squish or push it. 

This knife comes with a serrated blade, which aids in easier cutting and varies in length from seven to 10 inches long. Its width is determined by the manufacturer.

Paring Knife

This is the ideal type of knife for those who love to garnish their food and drinks. It has a pointed tip and its blade is three to five inches long. If you want a knife that can trim excess fat, peel fruit, and cut a small number of veggies, then this is the perfect knife for you. 

It comes in four different shapes: Spear, curved, sharp, and clip point. It can also be used for seeding, pitting, eyeing tomatoes, and removing corn from the cob.

Utility Knife

This type of knife usually comes in handy in a situation where the meat to be sliced is too small so safely manage with a chef’s knife. It can also be used to cut veggies, sandwich meat, squash tomatoes, prepare cabbage, and much more. 

It is four to seven inches long, and its blade can either be serrated or straight. It also has a tapered edge which aids flexible cutting.

Meat Cleaver

This is the bulkiest and heaviest of all the knives. The cleaver is designed in such a way that allows it to cut through bone. It is also used to cut meat, chop squash, and halve pumpkins with ease. 

It has a strong blade with a thick spine. That wide and heavy blade makes it the perfect knife for crushing garlic, pulverizing poultry and fish, and working with meat of practically any thickness or texture.

Fillet Knife

Bearing almost the same design as the boning knife, the fillet knife is a little thinner, longer, and more flexible. Fillet knives are commonly used to cut fish into thin slices. In a pinch, it can also do the job of a boning knife and vice-versa.

Steak Knife

Steak knives come in two different styles: Serrated and non-serrated. Serrated steak knives are the most popular because of their ability to stay sharp for a long time. A steak knife can be used to spread butter, cut salad, and slice other meats, cooked or raw.

Kitchen Shears

The kitchen shears are like heavy-duty scissors. It is mostly used for cutting veggies, snipping herbs, and sectioning chicken cutlets. It comes with a strong, sharp blade, and some are specifically designed to cut green onions and herbs.  The durable design of kitchen shears also makes them perfect for cutting flowers in the absence of garden shears.

Nakiri Bocho

The nakiri bocho is a Japanese knife meant for cutting long materials such as eggplant or carrot. It is primarily used for cutting vegetables or slicing tomatoes, cucumber, bitter gourd, and other produce. It has a wide, thin blade with squared-off tips.


Knives are integral kitchen utensils. Therefore, it’s important to know the types of knives you have in your kitchen and how to use them. This will help a lot in giving your kitchen knives a longer life-span and how to care for your knives so they remain sharp for a long time.

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