Boning Knife

Boning Knife
Boning Knife

The Anatomy of a Chef Knife

The Anatomy of a Chef Knife

Contrary to what most cooks think, a Chef Knife is not just a big knife with a big blade.

A good Chef Knife is a precision tool which allows you to do almost any job in the kitchen.

In this article I will break down the anatomy of the Sakura 8" Chef Knife.

It is the knife I use. Probably one of the best I ever had.

It is a Japanese 8" Chef knife. Hand forged in VG-10 Carbon Steel metal. Folded 67 times.

A: The Chef Knife Tip: Right at the end of the blade. It is used to cut through onions, shallots, and other vegetables to make cuts for cubes or strips. May also be used to cut strips through meat or boning.

Most chefs will tell you never to use the knife tip for anything else, but it will easily open plastic or paper bags.

B: The Chef Knife Cutting Edge: Used for long slice cuts through meat fruit or vegetables. It is the third most used part of the knife.

C: The Chef Knife Heel: These are the last two inches closest to the Bolster. It is the most used part of the chef knife. Used for dicing or slicing in a forward wave motion, and hard cutting of bones or tendons.

Also it is the right place for holding between your forefinger and thumb for best grip of the chef knife.

D: The Chef Knife Back: Mainly the part of the blade that will give you the power to use the knife. It is between 2.5 and 3 inches wide in a quality chef knife.

Can be used for breaking ice, or forced blows.

E: The Chef Knife Bolster: It is the metal part between the blade and the handle.

It usually extends all the way down to the bottom of the blade.

This allows for two uses: It will protect your fingers from sliding under the blade. But more importantly, it is a heavy chunk of metal the gives balance to the whole chef knife making it effortlessly usable for long periods of time.

F: The Chef Knife Tang: The Tang is the back end of the blade. Is a good chef knife it extends all the way to the back of the handle giving the chef knife strength and stability.

G: The Rivet: A metal pin forged into the Handle and through the Tang to hold them together.

H: The Chef Knife Butt: The back end of the chef knife. Helps grip the knife comfortably, but can also, in good quality chef knives, be used as a hammer.

This was a quick break down of the anatomy of a chef knife.

About the Author

Chef Ori has been cooking for over 20 years.
Using most of the professional chef knives available.
He has decided to share his knowledge with tips and tricks for Chef Knives.
Get more information at: http://www.kitchen-chef-knife.com

What is a good knife to fillet a wild salmon? I.e. cutting the head as well?

I used something like a Masamoto Deba knife to fillet a wild salmon but was wondering if there was something better. Should I be using a flexible boning knive? Thanks
Thanks bells..

SunKissed: Yes it is fresh...I know somebody that gets fresh whole salmon every 2 or 3 days.

Not really. Especially if you want to use the same knife to cut the head.
Debas are more versatile than flexible fillet knives, which in turn work better than flexible boning knives, because filleting is still different from boning.

I do own custom filleting knife from Phil Wilson - http://zknives.com/knives/custom/pwpc240.shtml
And that's as close to a perfect filleting knife as it can get. Not really suitable for cutting heads off, due to its flexibility and thin edge.

Single bevel debas also work better/faster for skinning the fish.

The only thing that can be better, at least that I am familiar with, would be specialized Salmon deba a.k.a. Sakekiri, which means Salmon knife in Japanese. This one is from Watanabe custom shop - http://zknives.com/knives/kitchen/ktknv/watanabe/watanabeskkr150.shtml
It's thinner than the hon-deba or true deba, smaller too, so works better for Salmon size fish.

Japanese do have very wide variety of fish knives, pretty much for every size and type.. There's Deba, Ai deba, Hon deba, Funayuki, Sakekiri, Ajikiri and many more...

Here's a short list of Japanese knife types and designations, still over 40 types in it - http://zknives.com/knives/kitchen/misc/jpnktknvtypes.shtml

P.S. As far as knife performance and quality goes Masamotos are level above the Shuns. In fact, Masamoto is one of the most prestigious and valued or prized kitchen knife brand in Japan. Shuns are marketed in western world much wider, and they're more westernized versions of Japanese knives, but not really there in terms of performance/price.


Cambridge SHELL STAINLESS Iced Tea Spoon 3453469
Cambridge SHELL STAINLESS Iced Tea Spoon 3453469
$8.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $8.99

Tojiro Japanese Kitchen Knife Bread Slicer SD Molybdenum Vanadium Steel 270mm
Tojiro Japanese Kitchen Knife Bread Slicer SD Molybdenum Vanadium Steel 270mm
$59.50
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $59.50

Preserve Medium Weight Cutlery Forks White 1000 count
Preserve Medium Weight Cutlery Forks White 1000 count
$87.37
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $87.37

Zwilling JA Henckels Twingrip 4 Black Paring Knife Black Handle New
Zwilling JA Henckels Twingrip 4 Black Paring Knife Black Handle New
$17.95
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $17.95

BRAND NEW HELLO KITTY FORK AND SPOON SET FROM SANRIO JAPAN
BRAND NEW HELLO KITTY FORK AND SPOON SET FROM SANRIO JAPAN
$11.02
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $11.02

NORWAY DAVID ANDERSEN Stpt Tinn PEWTER OSEBERG VIKING SHIP DESIGN SALAD SET
NORWAY DAVID ANDERSEN Stpt Tinn PEWTER OSEBERG VIKING SHIP DESIGN SALAD SET
$99.99
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $99.99

JA Henckels Birch 10 Slot Knife Wood Block
JA Henckels Birch 10 Slot Knife Wood Block
$9.95
Time Remaining: 31m

Fallkniven Ceramic Knife Sharpener C12 Kitchen Knife Sharpener Quality Swedish
Fallkniven Ceramic Knife Sharpener C12 Kitchen Knife Sharpener Quality Swedish
$58.75
Time Remaining: 33m
Buy It Now for only: $58.75

Stainless SteelTongs Kitchenware Party Buffet Serving Clip Ice Cookie Sugar
Stainless SteelTongs Kitchenware Party Buffet Serving Clip Ice Cookie Sugar
$2.16
Time Remaining: 34m
Buy It Now for only: $2.16

Japanese WaterStone Set 600 1000 1500 Grit + Holders Water Whet stone Sharpeners
Japanese WaterStone Set 600 1000 1500 Grit + Holders Water Whet stone Sharpeners
$49.95
Time Remaining: 35m
Buy It Now for only: $73.90

Maxam Stainless Steel Special 420 Fish Fillet Knife Wooden Handle Excellent
Maxam Stainless Steel Special 420 Fish Fillet Knife Wooden Handle Excellent
$11.00
Time Remaining: 37m
Buy It Now for only: $16.00

BAEKEUNTwo LayerCarbon+StainlessSteel Bonning Sabaki Sashimi deba knife
BAEKEUNTwo LayerCarbon+StainlessSteel Bonning Sabaki Sashimi deba knife
$16.00
Time Remaining: 37m
Buy It Now for only: $16.00

Vtg GERBER LEGENDARY BLADES Cutlery Carving Set 2 Knives 1 Fork Boxed 1980s USA
Vtg GERBER LEGENDARY BLADES Cutlery Carving Set 2 Knives 1 Fork Boxed 1980s USA
$27.97
Time Remaining: 37m
Buy It Now for only: $27.97

Herdmar Desire 6 Piece Coffee Spoon Set Mirror Finish with White Swarovski Cry
Herdmar Desire 6 Piece Coffee Spoon Set Mirror Finish with White Swarovski Cry
$21.08
Time Remaining: 37m
Buy It Now for only: $21.08

Cute Hello Kitty Scissors Home School Stationary Office Supply Craft DIY Tool
Cute Hello Kitty Scissors Home School Stationary Office Supply Craft DIY Tool
$6.99
Time Remaining: 37m
Buy It Now for only: $6.99

Oneida Tuscany Dinner Fork Stainless Flatware Silverware Frosted Glossy
Oneida Tuscany Dinner Fork Stainless Flatware Silverware Frosted Glossy
$4.95
Time Remaining: 37m
Buy It Now for only: $4.95

F S New HONEN Kitchen Chefs Knives Knife Houchou Carry Case A 1871 Japan
F S New HONEN Kitchen Chefs Knives Knife Houchou Carry Case A 1871 Japan
$29.97
Time Remaining: 38m
Buy It Now for only: $29.97

NIB Wusthof Classic 6 inch Salad Knife 4196 16
NIB Wusthof Classic 6 inch Salad Knife 4196 16
$84.95
Time Remaining: 39m
Buy It Now for only: $84.95

PureLife Ragalta PLKS 2000 Series 13 Piece High Carbon Stainless Steel Cutlery S
PureLife Ragalta PLKS 2000 Series 13 Piece High Carbon Stainless Steel Cutlery S
$47.70
Time Remaining: 39m
Buy It Now for only: $47.70

WMF Manaos Bistro Iced Tea Spoon Set of 4  New Free Shipping
WMF Manaos Bistro Iced Tea Spoon Set of 4 New Free Shipping
$16.81
Time Remaining: 39m
Buy It Now for only: $16.81

PureLife Ragalta PLKS 2111 Series 13 Piece High Carbon Stainless Steel Cutlery S
PureLife Ragalta PLKS 2111 Series 13 Piece High Carbon Stainless Steel Cutlery S
$45.24
Time Remaining: 39m
Buy It Now for only: $45.24

Oneida Woodmere Oval Soup Spoon Place Community Stainless Flatware Silverware
Oneida Woodmere Oval Soup Spoon Place Community Stainless Flatware Silverware
$3.95
Time Remaining: 39m
Buy It Now for only: $3.95

Thai Cook Knife Chef Knives KIWI Wood Handle Kitchen Blade 65 Stainless Steel
Thai Cook Knife Chef Knives KIWI Wood Handle Kitchen Blade 65 Stainless Steel
$16.99
Time Remaining: 40m
Buy It Now for only: $16.99

20pcs Stainless Steel Spoons Latte Soda Honey Ice Cream Soup Spoon Tableware
20pcs Stainless Steel Spoons Latte Soda Honey Ice Cream Soup Spoon Tableware
$18.94
Time Remaining: 40m
Buy It Now for only: $18.94

Deba Japanese Seki DN 1005 Stainless kitchen knife 8 inch 203mm blade
Deba Japanese Seki DN 1005 Stainless kitchen knife 8 inch 203mm blade
$49.00
Time Remaining: 40m
Buy It Now for only: $89.00

VINTAGE CHICAGO CUTLERY 7 PC KNIFE SET 42S 61S 71S 62S 102s USA block
VINTAGE CHICAGO CUTLERY 7 PC KNIFE SET 42S 61S 71S 62S 102s USA block
$39.95
Time Remaining: 40m
Buy It Now for only: $39.95

Home Kitchen Plastic Tools Safety Grinder Flatware Sharpeners Secure Suction Pad
Home Kitchen Plastic Tools Safety Grinder Flatware Sharpeners Secure Suction Pad
$5.27
Time Remaining: 41m
Buy It Now for only: $5.27

Frost cutlery Deluxe 4 pcset Wood Steak Knives NIB
Frost cutlery Deluxe 4 pcset Wood Steak Knives NIB
$9.99
Time Remaining: 41m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99

Vintage MAC Chef Knife 9 blade Made in Japan Stainless Wood Handle Made Japan
Vintage MAC Chef Knife 9 blade Made in Japan Stainless Wood Handle Made Japan
$39.99
Time Remaining: 41m
Buy It Now for only: $39.99

Black 1 Pairs Japanese Natural Iron Wood Chopsticks Set Gift Theaceae
Black 1 Pairs Japanese Natural Iron Wood Chopsticks Set Gift Theaceae
$1.09
Time Remaining: 41m
Buy It Now for only: $1.09

Black Elegant 1 Pairs Japanese Natural Iron Wood Chopsticks Set Gift Theaceae
Black Elegant 1 Pairs Japanese Natural Iron Wood Chopsticks Set Gift Theaceae
$1.19
Time Remaining: 41m
Buy It Now for only: $1.19

Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 10 Inch Sharpening Steel  New Free Shipping
Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 10 Inch Sharpening Steel New Free Shipping
$17.59
Time Remaining: 42m
Buy It Now for only: $17.59

Rada Cutlery Non Scratch Utensils Set 4 pc Spoon Spoon with Holes Spatula Sou
Rada Cutlery Non Scratch Utensils Set 4 pc Spoon Spoon with Holes Spatula Sou
$51.65
Time Remaining: 42m
Buy It Now for only: $51.65

Red Knife Set Kitchen Stainless Steel Chefs Utensils Cooking Wood Block Ginsu
Red Knife Set Kitchen Stainless Steel Chefs Utensils Cooking Wood Block Ginsu
$57.94
Time Remaining: 43m
Buy It Now for only: $57.94

Set of 12 Stainless Steel flat ware
Set of 12 Stainless Steel flat ware
$6.99
Time Remaining: 45m
Buy It Now for only: $6.99

KAI SHUN 165mm MOLYBDENUM VANADIUM STAINLESS STEEL JAPANESE SANTOKU KNIFE NEW
KAI SHUN 165mm MOLYBDENUM VANADIUM STAINLESS STEEL JAPANESE SANTOKU KNIFE NEW
$38.19
Time Remaining: 46m
Buy It Now for only: $38.19

14 Piece Knife Set Block Ginsu Serrated Stainless Steel Blade Kitchen Gift Ideas
14 Piece Knife Set Block Ginsu Serrated Stainless Steel Blade Kitchen Gift Ideas
$40.50
Time Remaining: 46m
Buy It Now for only: $57.00

2 PCS 525L Solid Bamboo Wood Salt Sugar Soup Tasting Mini Wooden Spoon 135cm
2 PCS 525L Solid Bamboo Wood Salt Sugar Soup Tasting Mini Wooden Spoon 135cm
$6.95
Time Remaining: 46m
Buy It Now for only: $6.95

NIB Kitchen Bar Vtg Golfers Pate Cheese Spreaders Knives Boston Warehouse
NIB Kitchen Bar Vtg Golfers Pate Cheese Spreaders Knives Boston Warehouse
$6.50
Time Remaining: 46m

Black Elegant 1 Pairs Japanese Natural Iron Wood Chopsticks Set Gift Durable
Black Elegant 1 Pairs Japanese Natural Iron Wood Chopsticks Set Gift Durable
$1.09
Time Remaining: 46m
Buy It Now for only: $1.09

Stripe Seagrass Caddy From Tag
Stripe Seagrass Caddy From Tag
$27.17
Time Remaining: 47m
Buy It Now for only: $27.17

Presto Professional Electric Knife Sharpener 08810 New Free Shipping
Presto Professional Electric Knife Sharpener 08810 New Free Shipping
$196.00
Time Remaining: 47m
Buy It Now for only: $196.00

Peace K 311 Kitchen scissors Stainless Steel blade Made in Korea
Peace K 311 Kitchen scissors Stainless Steel blade Made in Korea
$12.30
Time Remaining: 48m
Buy It Now for only: $12.30

Peace K 305 Kitchen scissors Stainless Steel blade Made in Korea
Peace K 305 Kitchen scissors Stainless Steel blade Made in Korea
$15.30
Time Remaining: 48m
Buy It Now for only: $15.30

Peace K 301 Kitchen scissors Stainless Steel blade Made in Korea
Peace K 301 Kitchen scissors Stainless Steel blade Made in Korea
$14.30
Time Remaining: 49m
Buy It Now for only: $14.30

Peace 75911S Kitchen scissors Stainless Steel blade Made in Japan
Peace 75911S Kitchen scissors Stainless Steel blade Made in Japan
$17.40
Time Remaining: 49m
Buy It Now for only: $17.40

Lot 4+5+6 Ceramic Kitchen knives Set Extra Sharp Blade Anti rust Knife Blue
Lot 4+5+6 Ceramic Kitchen knives Set Extra Sharp Blade Anti rust Knife Blue
$19.99
Time Remaining: 49m

Lot 3 Ceramic Kitchen knives Set 4+5+6 Super Sharp Anti Rust Blade Mixcolor
Lot 3 Ceramic Kitchen knives Set 4+5+6 Super Sharp Anti Rust Blade Mixcolor
$19.99
Time Remaining: 49m

4+5+6+7 Ceramic Kitchen knives Set Super Sharp Anti Rust Blade Mixcolor
4+5+6+7 Ceramic Kitchen knives Set Super Sharp Anti Rust Blade Mixcolor
$26.99
Time Remaining: 49m

6+1 Ceramic Kitchen Knives Set 3+4+5+6+Peeler+Stand Ultra Sharp Blade Knife
6+1 Ceramic Kitchen Knives Set 3+4+5+6+Peeler+Stand Ultra Sharp Blade Knife
$22.99
Time Remaining: 49m

NORPRO 1938 Serving Meat BBQ Tongs 12 long
NORPRO 1938 Serving Meat BBQ Tongs 12 long
$5.89
Time Remaining: 49m
Buy It Now for only: $5.89

KAI SHUN 165mm NAKIRI CLEAVER JAPANESE STAINLESS KNIFE NEW IN PACKAGING
KAI SHUN 165mm NAKIRI CLEAVER JAPANESE STAINLESS KNIFE NEW IN PACKAGING
$35.25
Time Remaining: 49m
Buy It Now for only: $35.25

Vintage Oneida Sterling Mahogany Wood Flatware Storage Chest Box 16
Vintage Oneida Sterling Mahogany Wood Flatware Storage Chest Box 16
$16.50
Time Remaining: 50m
Buy It Now for only: $16.50

Party Home Decor Bird Fruit Snack Dessert Forks Tool Tree Shape Holder Rack New
Party Home Decor Bird Fruit Snack Dessert Forks Tool Tree Shape Holder Rack New
$1.41 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 51m

Bird Shape Lunch Party Bento Dessert Fruit Fork Tree Shape Holder Home Decor Set
Bird Shape Lunch Party Bento Dessert Fruit Fork Tree Shape Holder Home Decor Set
$2.00 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 52m

Silvermark Stainless Steel TOSS and CHOP Salad Chopper Kitchen Shears Scissors
Silvermark Stainless Steel TOSS and CHOP Salad Chopper Kitchen Shears Scissors
$13.99
Time Remaining: 52m
Buy It Now for only: $13.99

Sekizo Yanagiba Sashimi Knife 210mm
Sekizo Yanagiba Sashimi Knife 210mm
$9.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 54m

Wilton Favour Container Baby Blocks
Wilton Favour Container Baby Blocks
$12.56
Time Remaining: 55m
Buy It Now for only: $12.56

New Fashion Modern Design Sliver Cutlery Kitchen Utensil Spoon Fork Wall Clock
New Fashion Modern Design Sliver Cutlery Kitchen Utensil Spoon Fork Wall Clock
$11.89
Time Remaining: 55m
Buy It Now for only: $11.89

Hot Knife Sharpener Professional Kitchen Sharpening System Fix angle With Stones
Hot Knife Sharpener Professional Kitchen Sharpening System Fix angle With Stones
$19.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 55m

"In Association with Amazon"

Rubbermaid Plastic Easy Find Lid Food Storage Set, 42-Piece Rubbermaid Plastic Easy Find Lid Food Storage Set, 42-Piece
List Price: $24.99
Sale Price: $15.99
You save: $9.00 (36%)
 
KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2 Stage Knife Sharpener KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2 Stage Knife Sharpener
Sale Price: $3.70
 
Cuisinart Advantage 12-Piece Knife Set Cuisinart Advantage 12-Piece Knife Set
List Price: $38.99
Sale Price: $18.50
You save: $20.49 (53%)
 
Rubbermaid No-Slip Cutlery Tray, Large, Black, 1.9 x 11.9 x 15.1 Rubbermaid No-Slip Cutlery Tray, Large, Black, 1.9 x 11.9 x 15.1
List Price: $18.49
Sale Price: $7.98
You save: $10.51 (57%)
 
Farberware Classic 17-Piece Tool and Gadget Set Farberware Classic 17-Piece Tool and Gadget Set
Sale Price: $13.75
 
Cook N Home 15 Piece Non stick Black Soft handle Cookware Set Cook N Home 15 Piece Non stick Black Soft handle Cookware Set
List Price: $69.99
Sale Price: $51.95
You save: $18.04 (26%)
 
Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife 40520, 47520, 45520, 5.2063.20 Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife 40520, 47520, 45520, 5.2063.20
List Price: $54.00
Sale Price: $33.99
You save: $20.01 (37%)
 
International Silver Arabesque Frost 18/0 Stainless Steel Flatware, 20-Piece Set, Service for 4 (5114325) International Silver Arabesque Frost 18/0 Stainless Steel Flatware, 20-Piece Set, Service for 4 (5114325)
List Price: $22.00
Sale Price: $14.83
You save: $7.17 (33%)
 
CounterArt Flexible Cutting Mat with Food Icons, Set of 4 CounterArt Flexible Cutting Mat with Food Icons, Set of 4
Sale Price: $7.00
 
Crystal Clear Cutlery 360 Pieces (180 Forks - 120 Spoons - 60 Knives) Crystal Clear Cutlery 360 Pieces (180 Forks - 120 Spoons - 60 Knives)
Sale Price: $16.52
 



Thank You
We hope you found the
Boning Knife

you were looking for.