Thursday, December 30, 2010
My Best Knife
My favorite knife used to be a cleaver. I bought it for $15 in Chinatown in Chicago. With a knife like that, even the hardest squash doesn't stand a chance. Hiya! Bam! But, a couple of years ago I bought a knife for our vacation condo. (Vacation condos tend to be bereft of decent knives. It's part of their charm.) I found this Chicago Cutlery knife ($20) at my favorite store: Target. Sadly, they do not carry the knife anymore. But you can find it on Amazon.
This is a knife worth swooning for. (Careful! Put the knife down first.) It has a good weight and the blade is really thin and sharp. It's good for cutting everything from onions to carrots to meat, fish, and, yes, squash. It's good looking too, if a knife can be said to be handsome. And it's less intimidating to dinner guests than a cleaver. (Especially when said cleaver is being wielded by your eleven-year old son.)
It even has a cool name: Santoku. My Santoku is seven inches long and has divots along the blade to reduce its friction and make it look extra cool. It's a chef's knife based on the "bones" of a cleaver. (I knew I loved this knife!) The blade is high-carbon stainless steel, so it keeps a sharp edge.
Long story short, I bought another one for home. Now, that's love.
Labels: kitchen tools