What are kitchen knives?
A kitchen knife’s main purpose is to prepare food, and that function is what separates it from the survival knife. Kitchen knives are incredibly varied in their design because different knives are made to handle different types of food. Knife edges can be either serrated, straight, or granton. Straight edges are best for clean cuts and cuts that require heavy pressure. Serrated knives are most often used with bread and other foods that require more slicing than pressure, and the grooves on granton edges are ideal for cutting even cuts of meat.
Other types of knives are:
- The paring knife, used for complex, detailed cutting
- The chef’s knife, a versatile, all-purpose knife
- The boning knife, used to remove bones from meat
- The meat cleaver, used for hacking meat, with a blunt side that can be used for crushing
- The utility knife, used for miscellaneous cutting purposes
- The tomato knife, used for cutting thin, clean slices of tomato.
Dining knives are often mistaken for kitchen knives but aren’t in fact included in the same category, as they aren’t used for cooking. Dining knives are designed for use at a table rather than in the preparation of food. Included in this category are butter knives and steak knives. Electric knife sharpeners are the best way to sharpen your kitchen knives.
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What is a survival knife?
Survival knives are intended to for use outdoors, and as the name suggests, in survival situations. They’re most often used by outdoors men and military servicemen. Blades range from 4 to 8 inches in length. Survival knives can be heavy or light depending on how they’re designed for portability and function. Smaller knives are better for carving snare sets while bigger ones are better for chopping and batoning. Some survival knives have hollow handles which make them lightweight and easier to carry and wield. Some hollow handles are even large enough to hold materials, like fishing kits. Hollow handles are more fragile, however, and susceptible to damage when used too vigorously, as in chopping and batoning.
Generally, survival knives are designed for tasks like setting traps, cutting through branches and/or skinning animals. Like kitchen knives, survival knives can come with straight or serrated blades, or straight blades with serrated spines. The material used for the handles ranges from hard rubber, wood, bone, aluminum or metal. Hunting knives, bolo knives, and machetes are often included under the umbrella term “survival knife”.
The variety of type inherent in the survival knife category is too broad to form a list. Military survival knives are especially varied and are often designed specifically for the demands of service, such as cutting through cords or cutting through aircraft fuselage after a crash.
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What’s the difference?
Disregarding technicality, kitchen knives are more similar to survival knives than they are different. The main difference is that survival knives are built to be used as tools rather than utensils, so utility, versatility, and durability are factors taken into consideration more seriously by the producers of this type of knife. You can do more with a survival knife than you can with a kitchen knife. Some kitchen knives may work fine as substitutes for survival knives for short periods of time, but they’re not designed to withstand the pressures of the outdoors long term. The blades are more delicate and more likely to dull, which is why kitchen knives are sharpened by chefs so often.
Another difference between survival knives and kitchen knives is that survival knives often come with a folding mechanism for easy and safe transport when the knife is not being used. Survival knives without this mechanism are called fixed blade knives and bear a closer resemblance to kitchen knives. All kitchen knives are fixed blade because they do not leave the kitchen.