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Know Your Knives: Wusthof Explains The Differences In A Blade's Edge

Straight edge knives offer a smooth, clean, exact cut and can be used on a wide variety of meat, vegetables, and fruits.
Straight edge knives offer a smooth, clean, exact cut and can be used on a wide variety of meat, vegetables, and fruits. Photo Credit: Contributed
Hollow edge knives contain evenly spaced vertical indentations that create small air pockets between the blade and the food.
Hollow edge knives contain evenly spaced vertical indentations that create small air pockets between the blade and the food. Photo Credit: Contributed
Serrated edge knives have small, saw-like teeth that enable the blade to slice cleanly through food with delicate textures without damaging soft insides.
Serrated edge knives have small, saw-like teeth that enable the blade to slice cleanly through food with delicate textures without damaging soft insides. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- For both professional and casual cooks, having an understanding of knife edges can make or break a meal. While there are dozens of different knife styles to choose from, each with a different purpose, there are only three different blade edges.

Wusthof has been handcrafting German knives since 1814, and manufactures hundreds of different knives, all featuring straight, serrated or hollow edges. Most styles are commonly available, but getting familiar with each edge can help speed up and improve preparation when cooking.

Straight Edges offer a smooth, clean, exact cut and can be used on a wide variety of meat, vegetables, and fruits. Straight edges are found on paring knives, utility knives, cooks knives, carving knives and many others. Perhaps the most common edge, straight edge blades can vary in size and purpose. From the small pairing knife, used to trim garlic and herbs to the large cleaver, which is used to cut through bone and take on tough meat and vegetables, straight edges are incredibly versatile.

Serrated Edges have small, saw-like teeth that enable the blade to slice cleanly through food with delicate textures without damaging soft insides. Another variation of the serrated edge is the reverse scalloped edge. Most commonly found in bread knives, serrated edges also include the versatile utility knife, a larger version of a paring knife, used for mincing shallots, onions, and herbs, as well as cutting vegetables or small meats.

Hollow Edges contain evenly spaced vertical indentations that create small air pockets between the blade and the food. These small air pockets gently push food off the blade and reduce the friction and drag when slicing. Santoku, the most popular hollow edge knife, is designed with a thinner blade than the traditional cook’s knife and is designed for balance and agility, which brings extra efficiency and speed to chopping, slicing, and dicing.

For more information about Wusthof Outlet Store or to discover more about their world-class knives, visit their website.

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