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.


Hispana by Gorham Sterling Spoon
Hispana by Gorham Sterling Spoon
$35.00
Time Remaining: 30m

Cambridge MADISON STAINLESS Flat Handle Master Butter Knife 4738654
Cambridge MADISON STAINLESS Flat Handle Master Butter Knife 4738654
$3.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $3.99

Quality Ceramic Blade Sharpener 400mm from Japan
Quality Ceramic Blade Sharpener 400mm from Japan
$97.96
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $97.96

Cambridge SIENNA STAINLESS French Solid Knife 6111301
Cambridge SIENNA STAINLESS French Solid Knife 6111301
$2.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $2.99

Cambridge SIENNA STAINLESS Oval Place Soup Spoon 6111309
Cambridge SIENNA STAINLESS Oval Place Soup Spoon 6111309
$2.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $2.99

Cambridge ALACARTE STAINLESS GLOSSY Salad Fork 6302571
Cambridge ALACARTE STAINLESS GLOSSY Salad Fork 6302571
$2.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $2.99

Cambridge MADISON STAINLESS Modern Solid Knife 4738648
Cambridge MADISON STAINLESS Modern Solid Knife 4738648
$3.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $3.99

Cambridge TOWNHOUSE STAINLESS GLOSSY Fork 4091029
Cambridge TOWNHOUSE STAINLESS GLOSSY Fork 4091029
$7.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $7.99

Cambridge JESSICA STAINLESS Modern Solid Knife 49885
Cambridge JESSICA STAINLESS Modern Solid Knife 49885
$2.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $2.99

Cambridge CODIE STAINLESS GLOSSY Teaspoon 49849
Cambridge CODIE STAINLESS GLOSSY Teaspoon 49849
$5.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $5.99

Cambridge CODIE STAINLESS GLOSSY Cold Meat Serving Fork 919781
Cambridge CODIE STAINLESS GLOSSY Cold Meat Serving Fork 919781
$5.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $5.99

Cambridge CHOP CONVERSION STAINLESS Flat Handle Master Butter Knife 6487007
Cambridge CHOP CONVERSION STAINLESS Flat Handle Master Butter Knife 6487007
$5.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $5.99

Wallace QUEENS STAINLESS Flat Handle Butter Spreader 9632025
Wallace QUEENS STAINLESS Flat Handle Butter Spreader 9632025
$5.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $5.99

Sheffield Silver Co Plated Pasta Server
Sheffield Silver Co Plated Pasta Server
$5.99
Time Remaining: 30m

Cambridge METRO STAINLESS GLOSSY Seafood Cocktail Fork 5774621
Cambridge METRO STAINLESS GLOSSY Seafood Cocktail Fork 5774621
$2.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $2.99

King Louis by International Tablespoon Serving Spoon 2 of 2
King Louis by International Tablespoon Serving Spoon 2 of 2
$50.00
Time Remaining: 30m

Vintage Quickut Bread Knife 11
Vintage Quickut Bread Knife 11
$0.99
Time Remaining: 30m

Brand New 3 Inch Chef Home Kitchen Ceramic Knife with Blade Guard Protector
Brand New 3 Inch Chef Home Kitchen Ceramic Knife with Blade Guard Protector
$6.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $6.99

Cambridge SIENNA STAINLESS Salad Fork 6111305
Cambridge SIENNA STAINLESS Salad Fork 6111305
$3.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $3.99

Vintage SOLINGEN Germany Stainless Chrome Steel Forged Steak Dinner Knives Set 8
Vintage SOLINGEN Germany Stainless Chrome Steel Forged Steak Dinner Knives Set 8
$119.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $119.99

Cambridge RECORD STAINLESS GLOSSY Fork 4999544
Cambridge RECORD STAINLESS GLOSSY Fork 4999544
$2.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $2.99

Cambridge EVANSTON STAINLESS Modern Solid Knife 6356734
Cambridge EVANSTON STAINLESS Modern Solid Knife 6356734
$1.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $1.99

Cambridge SHELL STAINLESS Seafood Cocktail Fork 3453472
Cambridge SHELL STAINLESS Seafood Cocktail Fork 3453472
$4.99
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $4.99

7 Canterbury by Towle Sterling Silver 75 Dinner Forks Monogrammed S42
7 Canterbury by Towle Sterling Silver 75 Dinner Forks Monogrammed S42
$239.99
Time Remaining: 30m

Vintage EKCO ETERNA Stainless Steel Ladle Wooden Handle RARE USE PIECE
Vintage EKCO ETERNA Stainless Steel Ladle Wooden Handle RARE USE PIECE
$7.99
Time Remaining: 30m

COOKING PLEASURES SANTOKU KNIFE C1602A New in box
COOKING PLEASURES SANTOKU KNIFE C1602A New in box
$12.00
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $12.00

Vintage Soviet Union Russian Gold Plated Flatware 48 Pieces 4 Pc Service for 12
Vintage Soviet Union Russian Gold Plated Flatware 48 Pieces 4 Pc Service for 12
$74.99
Time Remaining: 30m

Interpur INR11 Flatware 5 Piece Setting Stainless Steel Set Japan No damage
Interpur INR11 Flatware 5 Piece Setting Stainless Steel Set Japan No damage
$11.99
Time Remaining: 30m

ONEIDA GOLDEN SPANISH CROWN TEASPOON
ONEIDA GOLDEN SPANISH CROWN TEASPOON
$3.33
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $3.33

Norpro 7638 Bamboo Cutting Board with Juice Groove 16x12 Natural Eco Friendly
Norpro 7638 Bamboo Cutting Board with Juice Groove 16x12 Natural Eco Friendly
$19.49
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $19.49

Oneida ALEXIS STAINLESS Fork
Oneida ALEXIS STAINLESS Fork
$16.99
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $16.99

Rose Point by Wallace Sterling Salad Fork 1 of 2
Rose Point by Wallace Sterling Salad Fork 1 of 2
$35.00
Time Remaining: 31m

Bridal Rose by Alvin Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Bridal Rose by Alvin Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
$60.00
Time Remaining: 31m

6 PC FLATWARE SERVING SETTING TULIP By GORHAM 18 8 STAINLESS
6 PC FLATWARE SERVING SETTING TULIP By GORHAM 18 8 STAINLESS
$34.95
Time Remaining: 31m

T650H21A Toner 25000 Page Yield Black
T650H21A Toner 25000 Page Yield Black
$617.57
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $617.57

Clear Plastic Pete Cups Cold 10oz Wisesize 25 Pack 20 Packs Carton
Clear Plastic Pete Cups Cold 10oz Wisesize 25 Pack 20 Packs Carton
$96.08
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $96.08

BRAND NEW STAINLESS STEEL PARING KNIFE in its own PLASTIC LOCKING CASE 1015
BRAND NEW STAINLESS STEEL PARING KNIFE in its own PLASTIC LOCKING CASE 1015
$13.99
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $13.99

STAINLESS STEEL STEAK KNIVES FAUX STAGHORN HANDLES JAPAN BX22 LOT OF 5
STAINLESS STEEL STEAK KNIVES FAUX STAGHORN HANDLES JAPAN BX22 LOT OF 5
$9.99
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99

Classic Chefs Favorite 17 Knife Sharpening Steel Wooden Handle HRC 42
Classic Chefs Favorite 17 Knife Sharpening Steel Wooden Handle HRC 42
$0.99
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $2.76

Oyster Knife Shellfish Opener Clam Shucker Shell Anti Slip Stainless Steel Blade
Oyster Knife Shellfish Opener Clam Shucker Shell Anti Slip Stainless Steel Blade
$2.55 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 31m

Vintage Sterling Lemon Fork by Webster Pattern WSC4
Vintage Sterling Lemon Fork by Webster Pattern WSC4
$20.00
Time Remaining: 31m

Chicago Cutlery 3 Piece BBQ Set New In Box Lifetime Guarantee
Chicago Cutlery 3 Piece BBQ Set New In Box Lifetime Guarantee
$39.99
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $51.99

MARTHA STEWART COLLECTION CUTLERY Steak Knife Set 4 Triple Riveted Steel Blades
MARTHA STEWART COLLECTION CUTLERY Steak Knife Set 4 Triple Riveted Steel Blades
$24.99
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99

Plastic Cutlery Heavy Mediumweight Teaspoons White 1000 Carton
Plastic Cutlery Heavy Mediumweight Teaspoons White 1000 Carton
$47.55
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $47.55

Waste Toner Cartridge For Phaser 7400 30K Page Yield
Waste Toner Cartridge For Phaser 7400 30K Page Yield
$59.47
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $59.47

Rose Point by Wallace Sterling Salad Fork 2 of 2
Rose Point by Wallace Sterling Salad Fork 2 of 2
$35.00
Time Remaining: 32m

Vintage Blue Handle Ribbed Flatware Stainless Taiwan 53 Pieces Service for 9+
Vintage Blue Handle Ribbed Flatware Stainless Taiwan 53 Pieces Service for 9+
$11.99
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $15.75

Oneida Deluxe STRATHMORE 3 Dinner Knives Hollow Heritage Royal York Stainless
Oneida Deluxe STRATHMORE 3 Dinner Knives Hollow Heritage Royal York Stainless
$10.95
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $10.95

3 X Plastic Cutlery Heavy Mediumweight Knife 100 Pieces Box
3 X Plastic Cutlery Heavy Mediumweight Knife 100 Pieces Box
$35.07
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $35.07

Antique Orchid Pattern by Mechanics Sterling Spoon Damaged Bowl
Antique Orchid Pattern by Mechanics Sterling Spoon Damaged Bowl
$65.00
Time Remaining: 32m

Japanese natural whetstone Shobu tomae soft 992g Lv25 for kitchen knife
Japanese natural whetstone Shobu tomae soft 992g Lv25 for kitchen knife
$125.00
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $125.00

Plastic Cutlery Heavy Mediumweight Teaspoons Black 1000 Carton
Plastic Cutlery Heavy Mediumweight Teaspoons Black 1000 Carton
$47.55
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $47.55

oneida gravy ladle Oneida community stainless
oneida gravy ladle Oneida community stainless
$11.95
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $11.95

Japanese natural whetstone Shobu tomae 1103g Lv35 for kitchen knife
Japanese natural whetstone Shobu tomae 1103g Lv35 for kitchen knife
$150.88
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $150.88

Pfaltzgraff Stainless GREENWICH 2 Place Oval Soup Spoons Tablespoons 7 3 8
Pfaltzgraff Stainless GREENWICH 2 Place Oval Soup Spoons Tablespoons 7 3 8
$6.99
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $6.99

Gourmet Settings 18 10 Stainless Satin Raised Tip STAND BY Teaspoon 6 1 2
Gourmet Settings 18 10 Stainless Satin Raised Tip STAND BY Teaspoon 6 1 2
$9.99
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99

International 18 10 Stainless Satin PALISADES FROST Sugar Shell Spoon 6 1 4
International 18 10 Stainless Satin PALISADES FROST Sugar Shell Spoon 6 1 4
$4.99
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $4.99

Pfaltzgraff Stainless Outlined GREENWICH 2 Individual Salad Forks 7 1 8
Pfaltzgraff Stainless Outlined GREENWICH 2 Individual Salad Forks 7 1 8
$7.99
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $7.99

Rogers Co Stanley Roberts Stainless Floral Glossy LOVE JOY 2 Salad Forks As Is
Rogers Co Stanley Roberts Stainless Floral Glossy LOVE JOY 2 Salad Forks As Is
$2.99
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $2.99

Oneida Satinique Salad Fork Stainless Flatware Silverware
Oneida Satinique Salad Fork Stainless Flatware Silverware
$4.99
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $4.99

"In Association with Amazon"

KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2 Stage Knife Sharpener KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2 Stage Knife Sharpener
Sale Price: $1.49
 
Cuisinart Advantage 12-Piece Knife Set Cuisinart Advantage 12-Piece Knife Set
List Price: $112.00
Sale Price: $22.14
You save: $89.86 (80%)
 
Lipper International 826 Set of 6 Bamboo Kitchen Tools, in Mesh Bag Lipper International 826 Set of 6 Bamboo Kitchen Tools, in Mesh Bag
Sale Price: $2.99
 
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: $35.00
You save: $19.00 (35%)
 
AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener
List Price: $13.99
Sale Price: $4.00
You save: $9.99 (71%)
 
John Boos 5 Ounce Block Board Cream with Beeswax (1 Tube) John Boos 5 Ounce Block Board Cream with Beeswax (1 Tube)
List Price: $10.00
Sale Price: $8.88
You save: $1.12 (11%)
 
Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother
List Price: $99.00
Sale Price: $74.00
You save: $25.00 (25%)
 
Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Measuring Cup, Clear with Red Measurements Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Measuring Cup, Clear with Red Measurements
List Price: $181.00
Sale Price: $4.67
You save: $176.33 (97%)
 
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: $49.00
You save: $20.99 (30%)
 
Totally Bamboo 20-7930 3-Piece Cutting Board Set Totally Bamboo 20-7930 3-Piece Cutting Board Set
Sale Price: $17.04
 



Thank You
We hope you found the
Boning Knife

you were looking for.