A Cut Above

Apparently, every knife has a purpose and no purpose. And one knife in the hands of a skilled cook can serve every purpose. Here are a few knives that are certain to suit one or all of your culinary needs.

By Maxine Hurt

[1] Messermeister San Mortiz Slicer, $85: Ideal for slicing thin slices of cooked meats including ham, venison, fish, and beef, this fully forged Messermeister knife has a durable, comfortable, contemporary-style handle

[2] Messermeister Meridian Elite Chef Knife, $100: A Messermeister must-have, this all-purpose knife is designed to perform many purposes�rather than excelling at one and is fully forged from a single blank of German steel.

[3] Messermeister Asian Precision Utility Knife, $28: Made in Seki, Japan, from Japanese steel, this knife from Messermeister�s stamped cutlery line is ideal for light cutting, slicing, and peeling small items like tomatoes and other soft-skinned fruits.

[4] Kyocera Ceramic Chef's Knife w/ White Blade, $79.95: This advanced all-purpose ceramic knife slices easily into soft, difficult-to-cut foods such as meat, bread, and tomatoes. The fine ceramic knife leaves no metallic taste or odor and is rustproof.

[5] Kyocera Ceramic Paring Knife, $30: The sleek Kyocera paring knife boasts a razor-sharp zirconium oxide ceramic blade. An ergonomic red handle and increased knuckle clearance provide precise, comfortable control when slicking fruits, vegetables, boneless meats, and more.


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