Kitchen knives are one of the most frequently used items in your kitchen and investing in a decent quality set can help you enormously when it comes to your cooking.
And, while they can be a bit pricey, they are most definitely worth it. Good kitchen knives can make food preparation easier, from speeding it up to giving you more precision, and can even (ironically) reduce the number of accidents in the kitchen.
Good kitchen knives will also stand the test of time so while you may have to fork out a bit initially, they will need replacing less often.
One of the best kitchen knives on the market is the Global range, a Japanese-crafted set.
Read on for why these knives are a kitchen staple that every foodie needs.
What Are Global Knives?
Global is one of the most successful brands of professional kitchen knives in the world.
First designed by Japanese chef Komin Yamada in 1985, he developed a range of knives using new techniques, the latest manufacturing techniques, and the best materials.
They are still made by hand in Yoshikin’s factory in Niigata, Japan and encompass a wide range of knives from western style chef’s knives to Japanese specialist knives.
Why Are They Different?
Global knives are unique because of the way they are made.
Yamada took the principles of the Samurai sword tradition and applied them to his range of knives to achieve the right balance and edge.
They use an exclusive steel designed just for Global, CROMOVA 18, which is a high carbon steel with a high percentage of chromium. This means they resist stains and are hard enough to retain the sharp edge, but soft enough that novice cooks can sharpen them easily.
They also make use of an acute edge, rather than a bevelled edge. What does this mean to you and me? Basically, that, because they are thinner and pointier than most western style blades and won’t become blunt as easily.
They are also unique in the way their handles are designed. By making the handles hollow, they can be filled with the exact amount of sand needed to counter the weight of the blade.
Why Does This Matter?
This all combines to make these knives much easier to use and achieves better results.
By having a thinner blade, they can allow for more precision and accuracy in your cooking while having a balanced handle makes them more comfortable and safe to use, even for amateur chefs.
They also help reduce your risk of getting ill, especially if you’re a messy cook. The smooth finish of the blades means there’s much less risk of food and dirt getting trapped in the crevices and means your kitchen is more hygienic as a whole.
Which Ones Are Right for Me?
One of the best things about the Global range is the extensive choice available, meaning they can suit beginners right through to professionals.
Kitchen Knives UK advises that: “You need to make sure that you are comfortable and happy using the ones you choose”.
Therefore, for more novice cooks, a simple multi-purpose chef’s knife with a medium-length blade would be the best choice to start with.
Meanwhile, for the professionals, Global offers a range of specialised knives including santoku knives and filleting knives.