A good knife is a very sharp knife – and a sharp knife is one of the most important tools in your kitchen. Starting to prepare food in the kitchen involves a good, sharp knife and a lot of kitchens don’t have them.
Some of my beginning students tell me they think a sharp knife is more dangerous than a dull one. This is actually not true. A sharp knife makes cutting easier, and as a result, makes your time in the kitchen more enjoyable…and it’s actually safer. I always tell my students that it is easier to cut yourself on a dull knife than a sharp knife. With a dull knife, you have to work harder, and as a result, the knife may slip and cut something other than the item you want the knife to cut (i.e. your finger, or your hand! Ouch!).
Most beginning chefs don’t know how to keep their knives sharp. Learning the best way to keep a knife sharp is confusing for beginning chefs, with so many knife sharpening tools and gadgets on the market. My favorite Knife Sharpener is The FURI “Diamond Fingers” Knife Sharpener. One reason is that it is very easy to use. Another reason, it’s affordable (only $20 in our store!), so it won’t break the bank! Now you can spend more on your knife…the most important tool in your kitchen!
I just shot a quick video on how to sharpen a knife using the FURI “Diamond Fingers” Knife Sharpener. Check it out below! I sell these knife sharpeners right here at the Culinary Classroom, along with very good knives, knife guards and knife cases! If you’re looking for a great gift for the budding Chef in your life, the FURI “Diamond Fingers” Knife Sharpener makes a fantastic stocking stuffer!
Happy Holidays from Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom!