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Knife 101



Honing steel, patina, bolster, Nakiri… What does all this jargon terminology mean? Find your answers right here at our knife 101 blogs.

How Many Knives Do You Need in the Kitchen

How Many Knives Do You Need in the Kitchen?

Sometimes back, knife blocks took pride of place on countertops, with ten or more knives of varying sizes and shapes. However, modern homeowners and cooks are on a downsizing trend. …

How to Choose and Care for the WA-Handle

How to Choose and Care for the WA-Handle

Knife handles come in different shapes and sizes. However, at the end of the day, there are only two main categories- the Wa-handle (Japanese handle) or the Yo-handle (Western handle). …

Different Types of Knife Grinds and Their Features

Different Types of Knife Grinds and Their Features

There is more to knives than what meets the eye. Even when closely examining the blade, it’s nearly impossible to see certain features right away. The knife grind fits this …

The Art of Pattern Welding and Damascus Steel

The Art of Pattern Welding and Damascus Steel

The intricately defined patterns you sometimes spot on knives are more than what meets the naked eye. While it is true that these beautiful patterns add a distinct aesthetic touch …

How to Tell If Sharpening Stone Is Oil or Water

How to Tell If Sharpening Stone Is Oil or Water

The sharpening stone you choose determines how easy or difficult it is to keep your knife sharp. If we categorize them with different lubricating methods, the stones come in two …

What Is a Whetstone and How to Use One?

A dull knife blade calls for a sharpening stone eventually. Though honing rods can help knives become sharper, they don’t work the same as sharpening stones.  One knife sharpening device …

How to Tell If Damascus Is Real

How to Tell If Damascus Is Real

Damascus steel’s unique look gathers the attention of anyone who’s shopping for a new blade. Fascinating patterns across the blades naturally occurring make Damascus steel knives highly favorable. Although they …

How to Measure a Kitchen Knife Correctly

How to Measure a Kitchen Knife Correctly

Getting to grips with the size of your kitchen knives, which sizes you should own, and how to measure a kitchen knife correctly can all seem frighteningly complicated. This article’s …