Dear Mary Mother of God making knives. Would you look at these!!!
Are they not some of the most beautiful knives you have ever seen? I love my job, I truly do and that love is taken to lust worthy proportions when I get the opportunity to give you, my dear readers, some god damn sexy amazing knives. I had actually been coveting these ever since I saw them in an issue of Gourmet Traveller then boom.
How lucky are we? Cue delirious happy dance.
Messermeister knives have released the Oliva collection – possibly some of the most beautiful hand forged German knives with a natural Italian olive wood handle. They are so good looking. And an absolute joy to use. They are solid, but light enough for you to remain nimble. I think that’s one of the hardest things to balance when finding a few all purpose knives for use in the kitchen. You want weight in the steel but a lightness in the handle so you can continue a smooth slicing/chopping/hacking motion (and yes sometimes hacking is the only way).
I’ll never forget my first day in the kitchen in culinary school. There we were, fresh deck of knives in front of us, nervous as hell. Some pretended they knew a whole lot more than they did, there were those who just started chopping, and some who stared at them in trepidation with what can only be described as pure fear. The day was bloody. While I managed a few superficial nicks and only about seven blue band aids, there were spraying fingers, wrists and hands. Knives are a weapon, no doubt, but when handled correctly and maintained (aka seriously sharp) they really are a beautiful thing, and an absolute pleasure to use in the kitchen.
So this week I am going to post a few hints and tips on getting the most out of your knives each day with some links to find out more. Feel free to comment on each and every post. I am a sucker for knife injuries – love those stories – keep em coming and a winner will be picked by me and the team at Messermeister then two glorious knives will be on their way to a new home. A 20cm Stealth Chefs Knife (RRP$219.95) and a 9cm Paring Knife (RRP$99.95) (Australian residents only). In the interests of full disclosure yes Messermeister are doing a knife giveaway but these posts on knife skills are just some ramblings and hard won lessons I have encountered along the way.
Kicking off today’s post. Some basic rules for using knives
- - The sharper your knife the less you cry
- - Right tool for the job
- - Dry, clean work surface
- - Concentrate
- - Let the knife sit in your hands, don’t grip onto it with white in your knuckles. Relax.
- - The speed will come. Work on precision and technique first