The Right Knife – About Us
A love of knives isn’t something you necessarily go bragging about in the pub.
“Hello sweetie. My name’s (your name here) and I get excited about really sharp knives.”
Chances are you’ll get arrested more than you get lucky. But that’s just because most people aren’t professional chefs and so don’t really appreciate the beauty of a great knife. My name is Axton, the knife connoisseur behind “The Right Knife”. I’ve worked in restaurants all over the UK and I can tell you, few things are as dangerous in the kitchen as a poorly designed or dull knife.
“But why would a dull knife be unsafe?”
Good question. A dull knife is fundamentally unsafe because it forces you to apply excessive pressure in order to achieve your goal. With all that pressure on the blade, one slip can result in a new nickname for you like “Tom Thumbless”. Same with a poorly designed blade/handle combination. If the handle was tacked on as an afterthought (as many discount handles are) it may require you to use an unnatural angle of approach to your cutting work that can result in mistakes that result in anguished cries of “What’s that in the Bread Sauce?!” from the Saucier.
Origins of ‘The Right Knife’
I realized while trying to shop for knives of my own online that there were very few sites that actually sold well-balanced, well built cutlery. Most sold the cheapest thing they could get that would allow them the biggest mark-up. What I also discovered while trying to find good knives online was that ‘talk is cheap’. Everyone selling knives says theirs are the best, when in fact few are even very good, never mind ‘the best’.
My frustration with the quality of knife reviews on the Internet coupled with the fact that I know the value of a well-designed, impeccably maintained cutting edge made me decide to start “The Right Knife”. The goal is to give cooking enthusiasts a place to find unbiased information about popularly available knives so that they can make informed decisions. But be aware that I don’t review junk. Every knife set reviewed on “The Right Knife” is a quality product. Some are just a bit better than others.
A Word About Cutting Technique
Proper cutting technique is a matter of discovering the most effective and efficient physical motion for a given task and then practicing it until it becomes part of your muscle memory. If you need to ad-lib every time you want to cut something because your knife is poorly designed or dull, you’re opening yourself up to accidents.
My 8 Commandments for Kitchen Knife Safety:
- Keep your kitchen knives sharp.
- Put down the knife when attempting other tasks.
- Make sure the knife you’re using is the right one for the job.
- Point the knife blade downward when talking to others or moving about.
- Keep kitchen knives out of the hands of young children.
- Make sure the surface you’re cutting on is stable.
- Store knives properly when not in use.
- Don’t advertise your love of knives in the pub!