A blunt knife is a dangerous knife. It’s common knowledge among cooks that you’re far more likely to cut yourself using a crappy knife in the kitchen than you are using something that could glide through a sheet of A4 paper with ease. Having a sharper knife will not only make it safer for you to cook your way through Nigella’s oeuvre but it’ll make it much easier, too. Dicing, slicing, chopping, and julienning are all a breeze when you’re got a tool that’s up for the job.
We’ve already had a go at rounding up some of the Best Value Kitchen Knives for anyone that’s looking to dip their pinky toe into the world of quality kitchen kit but this guide isn’t about those beginner blades. No, Mob – this guide to the Best British chef’s knives is one for the home cooks who are ready to take their culinary skills to the next level as well as any bonafide chefs out there who are working in professional kitchens and want to draw lots and lots of attention to themselves. These flashy, effective knives are all (pardon the pun) at the cutting edge of the handmade British kitchen blade scene. Yes, that is a scene. And, no, I haven’t made it up.
They’re not cheap but all of these knives are a worthy investment to make. Especially if you’re the sort of person that gets a kick out of owning a small sword that comes with its own protective sheath. Most of these knives (from Blok Knives and their beautiful pieces to Blenheim Forge’s agile objects) are handmade and forged with precision by people who really care about their craft. They’re not toys and you shouldn’t treat them like one. Oh, and seeing as we’ve limited this to Britain this time around, I’d also like to give a shoutout to some of the top knife makers in Ireland including Hazenberg Knives, Lew Griffin Knives, and Dunn Bladeworks.
Grab your Japanese whetstone, get out your wallet, and prepare to find out about where some of the best British chef’s knives are made.