Before you go out and purchase a knife collection or set, you need too know what is required for a well equipped home kitchen. Most well equipped kitchens will have four types of knives.
1. The Chef’s Knife
2. Slicer Knife
3. Utility Knife
4. Parer Knife
The Chef’s Knife
These are typically 8 inches long, although come in larger sizes as well. This is the most important of the knives and is typically the workhorse of the kitchen. You should always have your chefs knife in your best kitchen knives set. You will use it for chopping, slicing, dicing, and crushing garlic.
A slicer is generally longer and thinner than the chef Knife. It’s used to mainly cut cooked meat and things of that nature, hence why its called a slicer. It’s a necessity to have a slicer in the mix because otherwise you won’t be able to truly slice well without one.
The utility knife is a smaller knife, usually 4 to 6 inches and is often interchangeable with the chef’s knife for cutting and slicing fruits and vegetables. It’s a lighter version and the whole point is to do what the chef’s knife cannot.
Lastly, a parer is perfectly used for things like peeling and coring. Usually 3 to 4 inches long allows for optimal knife control when attempting to peel and core items.