Serrated Edge Knife Versus Straight: Does the Edge Matter?


We know not everyone has aspirations of being a world-famous chef. Some of us just want to cook delicious, nutrient-rich meals for our families—and maybe make the dish that has everyone else at the potluck feeling a bit jealous. Whether your goal is to make it big and work in a world-famous restaurant or just cook well at home, the best place to start is with the basics: great ingredients and the right equipment. Of course, half-moldy broccoli isn’t going to taste nearly as good as a nice fresh selection of the same veg straight from the store (or a local farm). In that same vein, not having the right tools will make any kitchen task more difficult, which will increase the likelihood something will go wrong. There’s a reason professional chefs use the tools they do. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy every kitchen appliance at the store; know what you’ll actually use and what’s likely to gather dust before you dive down that rabbit hole. However, the basics matter, and nothing is more basic in a kitchen than ensuring you have quality kitchen knives.

 

What Makes It Quality?

A knife may seem like a pretty simple thing at first glance. After all, there are just two parts: the blade and handle. But because that’s all there is to it, the difference between cheap knives and the best kitchen knives is more about the details. The shift from good to great can be details that aren’t always readily apparent either, such as what the knife is made from, the angle/shape of the honed edge, or whether the blade was forged versus cast versus cut. All the little details for a knife will add up together to create either a great quality kitchen knife or an average one. The difference in quality will be made up of details like how keen the edge of the blade is (both thinness and sharpness), how well it holds a sharp edge, and most importantly, how easy it is to use. Of course, generally speaking, the ease of use is usually affected by how sharp the blade is. The less sharp the blade is, the harder you have to work to cut through things, and the more likely you are to have kitchen mishaps—so knives are one piece of kitchen equipment that quality really matters.

Serrated Versus Straight

The knife section of your local (or online) kitchen supply store probably has so many options it can be hard to know where to start. One of the first questions you’ll need to answer, to narrow down your choices, is whether you want a straight-edged blade or a serrated one. And, for the most part, whether you need a straight or serrated edge knife will depend on the primary use—and yes, we mean something more specific than “cutting things.” What you need to cut, and how, will play a big role in the knife you should be using.

  • Straight-Edged Blade – A straight-edged knife is made to be used for pushing motions. When you think about chopping an onion, that single-direction movement of down and through is the pushing motion straight blades are designed for.
  • Serrated-Edge Knife – On the other hand, a serrated blade is made for slice cuts. Think about cutting a loaf of bread or a tomato. Foods like these require a back-and-forth sawing motion to get easy, clean cuts, and that’s what a serrated-edge knife is made for.

Choosing A Knife

There isn’t necessarily a right or wrong answer when it comes to serrated versus straight. Both options have their own benefits in the kitchen. However, if you’re going to only choose one, you’ll want the knife that offers a more widespread versatility. This is where the Easy Cut serrated-edge knife comes in. We’ve created a blade that combines the ease of a serrated blade with the sharply honed edge of a straight blade, for one knife that can do it all. The double-scallop serration means the Easy Cut knives can easily handle both push and slice cuts, so this knife can cut very nearly anything. And, as an added bonus, it’s sharp enough to cut straight, whether you’re pushing or slicing. Learn more about the other features we’ve given our specially designed knives and shop Easy Cut online today for the best kitchen knives!

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