Kitchen knife shapes and uses

There are a lot of unique and bizarre-looking knife blades around the world but only a few are actually practical for everyday kitchen use. Now we are going to list our favourite shapes that work for the kitchen the best. 


  1. The straight-back blade 

 


The name says it all really. These types of blades have a dull flat back and a curved edge. The operation with this blade is much easier because the back is not sharp and it allows you to use your hand or fingers to apply additional pressure to increase the cutting force. That is perfect, especially with heavier blades and you know these blades can be heavy since the dull back adds a little weight to the blade. 

Professional chefs love to use these blades for quick slicing, mincing and dicing.

 

     2. The trailing-point blade 



This type of blade has a distinctive back edge that curves up which allows for improved slicing ability. The large curve is often referred to as a “belly” and a large belly is particularly useful for skinning. The curve allows for a more lightweight knife as compared to the normal blade. This blade style is also popular on filet knives. 

 

     3. The sheepsfoot blade



This fascinating blade has a sharp straight edge and a dull back which is largely straight then curves at the end. These knives are very much loved by professional chefs because it can be closely controlled by your fingers being placed on the dull back and were originally used for trimming the hooves of sheep. You will mostly meet this blade on chopping kitchen knives because it offers a great chopping experience. A downside is that it does not have a sharp point, but that is not a big deal for many.

 

     4. The clip-point blade 



The clip point blade looks very interesting and has a great purpose. You won’t meet it very often in kitchen knife collections but its uniqueness doesn’t mean it is not a strong one. This is how it is made; they take a perfectly normal blade and clip the back. This results in a thinner tip, which can be used to cut in hard to reach places and provides some additional control.

 

     5. The Dao blade 



These blades are mostly used in cleaver kitchen knives because they can support heavy-duty cutting that cleaver knives perform. After all, Dao knives are in the style of the traditional Chinese single-edged sword. The Dao knife blade features a single sharpened edge and a straight spine. The edge chops sharply and the dull straight spine ensures comfort and safety. 



In conclusion: Always look for blade shapes that fit the type of cooking that you mostly do. Make sure to keep your steel blades rust-free and sharp with our guides on how to clean rust from a kitchen knife and how to sharpen steel knives.

 

7 comments

Babette Loe

I bought the Promaja about 6 weeks ago. Absolutely LOVE it!!

Babette Loe
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Hello KEVIN, Thank you for your constant support and feedback. Stay tuned, we are working on our video content.

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Kevin

I love the look of these kniefs,I am buying your kniefs ,one at a time can’t afford much (am disabled) but I was wondering why you don’t make a video of how to use these kniefs ,some are unusual looking for the average person a short video would be great

Kevin
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Hello PATRICK WEBSTER, Please contact us at info@coolinastore.com with your questions and our CS team will be glad to help. Merry Christmas and Happy new year!

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Patrick Webster

On the three knives that I have on order with you I would appreciate it if you could supply me with some information about the edges that are on each one. I have a Wicked Edge knife sharpening system and I am able to reproduce the original edges that were designed for the blade. Basically I would like to know the primary, and if used, the secondary angles of the edges of each edge (both left and right sides of the blade) along with the material used to produce each blade. If there are any special processes used when manufacturing the blade, I would also appreciate that information. Thank you! Merry Christmas!!!

Patrick Webster
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Hello AUGUSTO EUZEBIO, Please send us a privet email with your questions at info@coolinastore.com, we will gladly help you there.

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Augusto Euzebio

When I will receive a tracking number for my latest purchase

Augusto Euzebio

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