The quarantine had people utilizing their kitchen in order to make use of the extra time. Almost everywhere you can see people trying out new recipes from bread to coffee. What better way to make use of the extra time than to practice your cutting and slicing skills? Introducing the ceramic knife, you may have heard of its sharpness that a lot of people swear could cut through most foods like butter.
This knife became popular because it is twice as sharp as regular knives and lighter too. It is also easy on the eyes and makes for a great addition to your kitchen. We've prepared a guide to acquaint you with ceramic knives and help you practice your knife skills.
Ceramic knives are made from zirconium dioxide, also known as zirconia or ceramic steel, which is derived from minerals and is commonly used in dental restoration, mortars and pestles.
This material is second in hardness only to diamonds with a much thinner blade that is sharpened by grinding on a diamond dust coated wheel which results in knives sharper than steel with the ability to retain its sharpness longer.
It is good for cutting boneless meat, fruits and vegetables and breads but not for frozen food and chopping meat with bones. However, due to ceramic’s brittle nature, it can get chipped or damaged if dropped on a hard surface or not cared for properly.
Whether you’re a home cook looking to expand your horizons or are just curious about them, here is a guide on what to look for before buying a ceramic knife. Keep in mind ceramic knives are meant to complement your stainless steel knives and not completely replace them.
Just like your pots and pans, ceramic knives are made of different materials and are not a one-variety type of knife. Read on to determine which one is right for you.
This is good for home cooks who do a lot of prep work in the kitchen such as slicing and chopping because of its very sharp cutting edge. It also has greater durability than ordinary knives because of its material.
It is less prone to corrosion and dulling as well as lightweight and easy to manoeuver. In addition, it is more resistant to contamination of acid and bacteria than regular knives.
This knife is made of high carbon stainless steel blades coated in a ceramic, non-stick coating that prevents food from sticking. Its blades are sharper than stainless steel but not as sharp as pure ceramic. It is more durable than ceramic blades but haphazard use can wear out the non-stick surface and turn it into an ordinary knife.
If you want to try using ceramic knives but are quite hesitant because of the difference this would be suited for you as it has combines the best features of both knives, as you get used to handling the material.
Just like color codes, ceramic knives come in a variety of colors to indicate the material of the knife. Here are the different colors of ceramic knives you will encounter.
Black colored ceramic knives undergo an extra process called hot isostatic press, which increases the blade’s density and gives it more strength. This results in a blade that is twice as durable than white blades.
This kind of knife is best for those who are already experienced in handling a ceramic knife, as they are able to utilize its unique qualities properly. In addition, it has a sleek design that can light up your kitchen.
White colored ceramic knives on the other hand are suited for beginners wanting to try using a ceramic knife. They will be pleasantly surprised at its sharpness, which always feels newly sharpened.
This knife will not rust and react to foods, which means that your food will not have that metallic taste that comes through sometimes. It is also ideal for chopping up fruits and vegetables as it maintains their quality and freshness by quickly slicing through it.
These are not made of pure ceramic but stainless steel with ceramic coating. It is harder than stainless steels but less sharp than pure ceramic knives.
It is recommended for those who want to slowly transition to using ceramic knives so as not to have difficulty.
You might be surprised to find out that ceramic knives also have different types. It is not just a one size fits all kind of knife. Choose the type of knife you want depending on where you would need it most.
This is characterized by a long blade with a pointed tip and it originated in France and Germany. It is an all-purpose knife for cutting and slicing meat, and chopping fruits and vegetables.
Most kitchen professionals note this knife for its versatility. The sharp tip could also be used to separate pieces of meat such as chicken.
This knife originated in Japan and is characterized by its thinner and shorter blade with a rounded tip. Some knives even have those dimples to prevent food from sticking to the blade.
It is an everyday knife ideal for chopping, dicing, and mincing most foods. The thinner blade is also suited for creating really fine slices of vegetables and seafood.
Its looks like a chef’s knife but smaller, and its function is in between a chef’s knife and a paring knife. It is also called a sandwich knife and is good for cutting sandwiches.
It is a versatile knife good for general kitchen tasks such as slicing fruits and vegetables as well as foods requiring more precision such as mincing.
It is a small knife that is used for peeling small fruits and vegetables or other small detailed work. It is good for chopping up garlic and mincing onions as well as herbs. It is also suited for removing fruit seeds and deveining shrimps.
This knife is identified by its serrated edge and is mainly used for cutting all kinds of bread without crushing it. It could also be used to slice cakes, pastries, and even slippery and squishy foods such as tomatoes and melons.
From individual knives to full sets, here are the ceramic knives that made the cut.
|Knife Type||Santoku, Utility, Paring|
|Knife Type||Chef's, Santoku, Utility, Paring|
|Knife Type||Chef's, Utility, Paring|
|Knife Type||Chef's, Bread, Slicing, Utility, Paring, Peeler|
|Knife Type||Chef's, Utility, Paring|
|Knife Type||Chef's, Utility, Fruit, Paring, Peeler|
|Material||Ceramic Coated Stainless Steel|
|Knife Type||Chef's, Slicing, Santoku, Utility, Paring|
|Knife Type||Santoku, Paring|
|Knife Type||Chef's, Slicing, Fruit Parer, Fruit Peeler|
Advanced Ceramic Revolution Series Knife Set
Revolution Ceramic Knife Set, 4 Piece Features
Shenzhen Knives Kitchen 3-Piece Ceramic Knife Set
Ceramic Knife Set, 6 Piece Kitchen Knife Set with Sheath Covers and Peeler Set
Ceramic Knife 3-Piece
Kitchen Ceramic Knife Set
12 piece Advantage Ceramic Coated Knife Set with Blade Guards
4-Piece Ceramic Knife Set
5 PCS Ceramic Knife Set Kitchen Knife Cutlery Set with Acrylic Block
6 Inch Ceramic Chef Knife
Overall Best Pick for Precision, and Versatility
For the Budding Home Chef
Quality at an Affordable Price
A Beginner's Knife Collection
A Knife to Aid Your Kitchen Prep Work
Substance and Style in Your Kitchen
Color-Coded Knives Best for Beginners
For a Fuss-Free Cutting Experience
A Knife Set for Every Function
An Affordable Alternative
|Price Starts at||₱8,450||₱10,319||₱2,428||₱2,194||₱2,505||₱2,457||₱2,495||₱1,979||₱2,457||₱829|
|Material||Ceramic||Ceramic||Ceramic||Ceramic||Ceramic||Ceramic||Ceramic Coated Stainless Steel||Ceramic||Ceramic||Ceramic|
|Knife Type||Santoku, Utility, Paring||Chef's, Santoku, Utility, Paring||Chef's, Utility, Paring||Chef's, Bread, Slicing, Utility, Paring, Peeler||Chef's, Utility, Paring||Chef's, Utility, Fruit, Paring, Peeler||Chef's, Slicing, Santoku, Utility, Paring||Santoku, Paring||Chef's, Slicing, Fruit Parer, Fruit Peeler||Chef's|
Ceramic knives' sharpness may last longer than steel knives and they help you cut down on your prep time, slicing and chopping ingredients because of its sharpness.
However, properly caring for them ensures you maintain their quality. Below are some tips to help you maintain the integrity of your knife.
Due to the brittle nature of ceramics, washing it using a dishwasher may get the blade chipped or broken if it knocks against other dishes. Instread, it is highlighly recommended to hand wash them using warm water and soap.
You should always replace the knife's protective cover if it has any or return it to your knife block. This would prevent the blade from getting damaged and also prevent you from accidentally cutting your fingers.
When cutting or slicing food, it is best to use a chopping board to preserve your blade's sharpness. Do not slice on your countertop. This will also prevent the blade from chipping or breaking.
Do not use the knife when it requires you to flex the knife or wriggle it around too much as this will cause the blade to chip or break. Also, do not use the knife to pry open cans or open plastic containers.
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A ceramic knife is a good addition to your kitchen and can help you reduce elbow grease by quickly slicing through most foods with ease. It is ideal if you want to reduce prep time in cooking and it makes you feel like a professional chef right in your own home.
Author: Justine Cuizon
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