Wusthof Part 7: How to Use a Cook’s Knife

A cook´s knife is one of the most important tools in the kitchen and for a professional Chef, it is one of the most essential tools. Here’s how to hold it:

There are several different ways to hold and work with a knife efficiently. These pictures from Wusthof will show you a technique that chefs prefer.

  • Step 1: Gently place three fingers around the handle. The middle finger is placed onto the bolster.
  • Step 2: Thumb and pointing finger clasp the blade left and right (vice versa for lefties).
  • Step 3: That´s how you safely hold your knife.

For use at home we suggest using a cook’s knife of a blade length up to 12 inches. Larger knives are mostly used in professional kitchens. However, the most important factor when it comes to buying knives is to feel it. Let our salesmen hand you the knives you like so that you can make an informed decision based on comfort and weight.

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More on Wusthof Knives:

Part 1: Steel & Production
Part 2: The Evolution of a Forged Knife
Part 3: Details of a Forged Knife
Part 4: Precision Edge Technology
Part 5: The 3 Blade Types
Part 6: The Cook’s Knife
Part 8: Save Your Fingers! Tips on Cutting Correctly
Part 9: A Guide to Keeping Knives Sharp
Part 10: Proper Care for Long-Lasting Knives
Part 11: Storing Knives
Part 12: Coming Soon

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