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Whether you are looking for a new set of knives, or just want to cherry-pick a specific blade to fill a gap in your collection, the sheer amount of choice out there can be overwhelming. In this guide, we've broken down all the confusing knife jargon so you can make informed choices as to which knife is right for you and your kitchen.
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Keenly priced knives are usually made from low carbon stainless steel and as a result need sharpening more often than other blades to maintain their cutting edge.
More expensive than stainless steel knives, carbon steel knives have a higher carbon make-up, and this means that it is easier keep the blade sharp.
Exceptionally hard yet incredibly lightweight, ceramic blades retain their edge for much longer than stainless steel and glide through whatever you are slicing.
Laminated blades see a carbon steel core, surrounded by alternating layers of hard and soft stainless alloys resulting in an edge that is harder than most, and can be ground to be super sharp.
With the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal, Titanium is combined with other materials such as diamond, silver or ceramic to create a knife that is extremely lightweight yet durable.
The saying a sharp knife is a safe knife really is true. A knife with a dull blade is more likely to slip off food, rather than cut through it. And you'll find slicing so much easier when the blade is bright.
While many knives are dishwasher safe, it is still best to hand-wash them and dry them straightaway.
Blades are rust-resistant but not rustproof, so if they are regularly left in the dishwasher overnight, they can develop 'spots'. To remove rust spots, try a mild detergent and a scourer, alternatively you could try using a cork from a wine bottle. Likewise if you chop foods witha high acidic content like limes, lemons etc. it would be best to rinse the blade as soon as possible to prevent damage.
Like those seen in catering kitchens, our stainless steel rack will keep your knives to hand when cooking.
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When it comes to cutting and chopping like a professional chef, using the right knife is only half the story. The other vital piece of kitchen kit you'll need is a stylish, hard-wearing, and non-slip chopping board to work on.
Buying a set of knives is a real investment, and that's why we offer our 3 year guarantee. So if you buy something from us and you're not 100% satisfied, you can return it for up to 3 years – just bring along your receipt or emailed order confirmation as proof of purchase. We are also committed to complying with the Offensive Weapons Act 1996 and its Lakeland's policy not to sell knives to anyone under the age of 18.
Once equipped with a good quality set of kitchen knives, you're ready to tackle a whole host of new culinary challenges. And by learning a few basic knife techniques, you'll soon be chopping, carving, shredding and filleting with confidence.
As with any kitchen task, having the right tool for the job makes it a lot easier and a lot more fun. Cycle through the list of knives below to see how it's best used.
With its large rectangular blade, this is the ultimate kitchen tool for chopping through boned joints.
Flexible but with a straight cutting edge, this slim bladed knife is perfect for filleting meat and fish cleanly.
It's the extremely thin, flexible blade that makes all the difference, allowing you to closely follow the curve of the fish's backbone.
Features a tapered point, broad blade and a deep heel that gives you plenty of space between the handle and the board for speedy chopping.
Traditionally a long, scalloped edge that cuts through the crust, yet doesn't tear the soft bread inside.
The long blade makes this knife great for slicing cooked meat, and the sharp point is perfect for separating meat from the bone.
Translating as ‘three ways', this knife is ideal for slicing, dicing and chopping. The ‘hollow' in the blade stops food from sticking when cutting.
Slightly bigger than a paring knife, it's best for carving or slicing cooked meats and soft cheese.
Perfect for intricate, fiddly jobs that are best done in the hand, such as peeling or de-seeding peppers.
From peeling fruit or vegetables, to slicing and chopping, this versatile little kitchen all-rounder is ideal for a variety of jobs.
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