The Difference in Knife Types

Kitchen Knife Types:

Paring Knives:

A paring knife is a small knife that has a plain edge blade. These knives are great for small intricate work such as peeling, de-veining shrimp, removing seeds from peppers, cutting small garnishes, etc. This knife is designed to be an all-purpose knife that is quite similar to a chef's knife just on a smaller scale. A superb knife to have with your canning supplies.

Bread Knives:

A bread knife is a longer knife that has a straight blade with a serrated edge. This edge enables the bread to be sliced without crushing it.

Butter Knives:

Butter knives are knives that have a dull edge and are better used for spreading things such as butter, jam, mayonaise, etc.

Chef's Knives:

A chef knife is a great all around kitchen knife. It can complete tasks of other knives without much trouble. Chef's knives can cut meat, vegetables, and cheeses. These knives are a must for every kitchen setting.

Carving Knives:

A carving knife is a large knife that is used to slice thin cuts of meat, including but not limited to: poultry, roasts, hams, and other cooked meats.

Slicing Knives:

A slicing knife is very similar to a carving knife, but it is designed to slice thinner pieces of meat than a carving knife is typically capable of.

Boning Knives:

Just like the name sounds, a boning knife is designed to remove bones from meat. They are usually designed with a thin flexible blade, allowing the knife to work around the bone in order to more easily free it from your cut of meat.

Fillet Knives:

A fillet knife follows the same design as the boning knife, but is a bit more flexible and smaller in order to fillet and bone fish.

Cheese Knives:

Cheese knives are specially designed for slicing and serving cheeses. There are 3 main types of cheese knives for different types of cheeses: soft cheese, hard cheese, parmesan cheese. Also there are many types of cheeses that are actually cut using a thin wire instead of a knife.


Cleavers are usually the type of knfie that brings to mind scenes from horror movies, these large knives are designed for splitting through meat and bone. Typically, cleavers are found in butcher shops, and in restaurants that prepare their own meats, most cleavers that you will find in your home are of a smaller variety.

As you can see there are nearly as many different types of kitchen knives as there are kitchen tasks.

Other items that you should have in your kitchen, and not just knives:

Black Walnut Cracker - the easiest way to crack hardshell nuts.
Glass Milk Bottles - these are super popular for serving drinks at get togethers.
Pressure Cooker - quick way to cook any meal.
Cowbell - great for getting the kid's attention when dinner is ready.
Galvanized Bucket - Throw kitchen scraps into these so they are easier to tote out to your compost heap.
White Mountain Hand Crank Ice Cream Freezer - Make your own home made ice cream.
All American Pressure Canner - If you preserve your own foods, then you should invest in the "cadillac" of canners.