Best Knives For Kitchens And Target Practice

A high quality knife helps everything go better in the kitchen.
A high quality knife helps everything go better in the kitchen. | Source

What Does Not Kill You Can Make Good Eats

Once in my earlier life, someone attacked me with a knife.

I was not injured, but knives became my least favorite tool for a a while thereafter.

However, this over-caution did not last a long time, because I had always admired the Bowie knives I'd seen on TV as a child and recovered from avoidance and began using culterly, meat slicers, and other sharp instruments in the kitchen without generally harming myself.

The single time that I did cut a finger, I was able to stop the bleeding and seal & heal the wound with Scotch tape while slowing my heart rate and applying pressure. One could barely see the line of the 2-inch long slit the next day and the day after, it was completely gone.

From the kitchen, I progressed to swords, throwing knives, and razor sharp 6-pointed shurikens (throwing stars) in the martial arts.  

Knives are very useful, and I like them.

Shun 8-inch Chef's Knife
Shun 8-inch Chef's Knife

Shun Knives

Shun branded knives are incredibly sharp coming right out of the box and they need care and respect while in use.

The Kasumi Method of blade making, being a technique used inproducing Samari Swords, comes from the Japanese and is used in many Shun knives.

Traditionally, the craftsman uses an extremely hard, carbon steel and covers it on each side with a a protective layer of stainless steel to form a razor sharp edge. This makes the edge on the knives of the Shun Classic line.

Another method is known as Honyaki is also Japanese, but produces a shart knife blade frpm only one piece of steel. This is used in the Shun Pro line. The most expensive kitchen knives inJapan have been Honyaki method knives.

Sun also offers an Elite line of knives and a separately specially designed set of angles knives produced with the Alton Brown logo as well. 

Happiness is a Sharp Knife - Alton Brown

The Culinary Olympics Knives - Germany

Wustof Steak Knife Set
Wustof Steak Knife Set

Richard Rosendale & Team USA for the Culinary Olympics

Wusthof Knives

Wusthof is another respected brand of sharp knives and less expensive than any of the lines of fine Shun Knives.Wusthof German knives company produces a 4-piece classic steak knife set in a high-quality artistic metal case for gifts and for display in your own kitchen area. The knives pictured above are the Grand Prix II.

These steak knives were redesigned for a streamlined appearance that exposes the full blade edge for better performance and maximum sharpening capacity. These are computerized-precision forged blades of high-carbon stain-resistant steel alloy. They are honed by hand and laser-tested for qualilty and precision cutting edges that will hold a sharpening exquisitely. Handles are ergonomically designed for ease and efficiency with a no-slip grip.

The German Chefs Association sponsors the IKA Culinary Olympics in Germany each October. This is the largest and most well known culinary exhibition globally and home to the Culinary Olympics Cooking Contest. The Contest includes a wide variety of cooking disciplines, styles, and categories, as well as indidivual and team competitions. Teams are sometimes even national in composition and include junior and senior chefs’ teams. It is all very exciting and shows a tremendous number of cutlerly choices among cooking products displayed and used.

Chef Richard Rosendale was the youngest member of the 2004 USA Culinary Olympics Team in this German based competition held in Erfurt since 1986. Team USA won GOLD for the Hot Kitchen segment out of 32 total nations competing in2004. Chef Rosendale is Team Captain of the 2008 Culinary Olympic team.

He himself has won 40 national and international medals, including a perfect score in international competition. Chef Rosendale received the Presidential Medallion from the American Culinary Federation and was previosuly names Chef of the Year for 2005 in San Antonio, Texas.

Much success to Team USA and All Other Teams at the 2008 Culinary Olympics!

Wusthof is the sponor of teams from several nations.

Blades In the Marital Arts

Knife throwing has been a exhibition sport in circuses for 150 years.
Knife throwing has been a exhibition sport in circuses for 150 years. | Source

Asian and American Made Swords

What Do Culinary Arts and Martial Arts have in Common? - Knives!

A variety of types and lengths of swords - and knives - are use din the various martial arts, all requiring care and respect in their use.

My favorite weapon in Korean martial arts is the straight-bladed sword that is used in a Kuk Sool Won inspired form pattern (kata, per Japanese terminology convention). The sword that I use in this form is termed simply straight sword, is of medium length (27" blade, 41" overall) and features a blood grove down the blade and ornamental metal work on the handle and hilt. The case is black laquered wodd and drawing the sword from its case in an important movement in the form itself.

The form pattern contains 108 movements and in the middle of the pattern is included a 360° Jumping Side Slash to the neck of the invisible opponent.

Samaria banana split.
Samaria banana split. | Source

Purchasing Swords

Some of swords for sale are for display purposes only and individuals under age 18 are in many US States not permitted to purchase sharpened blades of any kind. This includes the various throwing stars available. Purchasing prohibited weapons throw the mail can be a big legal difficulty as well.

Many display swords come with a dull edge that can be sharpened if taken to a professional, but this is often an expensive proposition.

When purchasing swords and knives, look for hard steels & steel alloys and a full tang feature (the metal tab extending most or all of the way to the end do the handle), as well as good craftsmanship and a reputable manufacturer or independent craftsman.

Kuk Sool Won Korean Championships - Sword

Many display swords come with a dull edge that can be sharpened if taken to a professional, but this is often an expensive proposition.

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Throwing stars can by purchased sharpened, or with unsharpened, rounded blade edges. Check out state and country law.Katana
Throwing stars can by purchased sharpened, or with unsharpened, rounded blade edges. Check out state and country law.
Throwing stars can by purchased sharpened, or with unsharpened, rounded blade edges. Check out state and country law.
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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand

LOL this is probably not the place to admit Ive never figured out how to sharpen a knife is it? I buy the type which are self-sharpening - sort of!


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

A good knife is a great tool, whether it be for making stem cuttings or slicing meat. I have a number of pocket kives that i have gathered over the years and am always on the lookout for information. I do need a set of culinary kifes, the ones I am using now are 30 years old, still in reasonable shape but...


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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Excellent hub. I learned a lot.

I like good knives too. After years of trying to get by with substandard knives I bought a good one with Christmas money last year and have never regretted it.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Well Patti I see you managed to create a hubmob on this subject. I am still clueless on this one. Great hub well researched.


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

A good knife in the kitchen is a wonderful tool, a firm handle and a sharp edge. This would make for fast and clean preparation of foods.

I also collected knives as a hobby, however these knives disappeared in a spate of burglaries that we had. Needless to say I never got around to replacing them. As quite a few were either sentimental or irreplaceable.

Great hub.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Lissie - I really can manage sharpening very well either and take mine to the hardware store round the corner!

Bob -- I don't think I've been able to keep any tools or implements for 30 whole years and I need a new set of kitchen knives mysef. The small set I received last Christmas was pretty good for a start. Thanks for your experiences and I envy you having a set of knives that long. I am going to look at knives at Cabela next month in Dundee, Michigan - they have quite a collection.

Univited Writer -- I am happy that you are enjoying your knew knives. I have had dull ones when I was a restaurant asst.mgr/mgr, etc and they were a nightmare.

sixtyorso -- Thanks for visiting this hub mob Hub. It was so much fun to do!

Rodney -- I am sad your knives were stolen, for it is like losing an arm. When a small child I learned that an adult cousin collected some pretty old Japanese swords taken in World War II and sold at auction etc. and I think his were lost somehow as well. All this is tragic. I hope you have a good knife or two now.


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SpotCoolStuff.com 7 years ago from San Francisco, CA USA

As always, your hub is entertaining and informative. But all this talk of knives? Remind me never to get on your bad side if we are ever walking down an alley together.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Do not worry, SpotCoolStuff, I'll pin the reminder to the wall next to you with a knife. LOL :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

I admire a good cutting knife, but for some reasons these days I have just been using a little stake knife to cut everything. I found it was the easiest for me to grip and I never cut myself with this one. Very interesting hub and I must say you overcame a lot with intially having been attacked with a knife.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Yes indeed, but I never seemed to retain fears for very long - they made me very tired. I also use a steak knife ususally. :)


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Yes I have a good set now, I would be lost if my chinese cleaver goes missing. The other knife that I use is one that I have specialy honed myself, one cutting edge is the traditional bevel from both sides, the top of the blade is only bevelled on the one face. This is razor sharp and ideal for vegetables and deboning.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

That's amazing to able to sharpen a blade that way, Just_Rodney. Chef's Hats off to you!


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

I bet it would be a real treat to see Patty performing with the Knives. Let me know when your next show is please!


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Actually, we are planning out some training films for next year, to go onto YouTube, When they hit, I will let you know. :)


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Thanks Patty, I would't miss that for the world! :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

See some good techniques on my related YouTube Page http://uk.youtube.com/user/PingHub

I hope this is not self promotion.


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Thanks Patty


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Hub Mob is fun, isn't it! Hope you like the vids.


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Didge 4 years ago from Southern England

I must say I loved your hub

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