4 Types of Knives You Need to Buy Now
When you're shopping for a Japanese knife, shop by knife type. Well regarded, well distributed brands include MAC, Miyabi, Tojiro, and Shun. Or geek out on artisanal makers at chefknivestogo.com or knifewear.com. Prices vary a lot: $50 to $100 for a good petty; $150 to $225 for quality representatives of other kinds of knives.
Santokus are good all-purpose knives. A 7-inch santoku can handle many tasks with ease. Dimples on the blade help food release, but they're not a must. Our choice is Damascus Santoku Knife, which is available for $67 on Amazon.com.
This Western-style chef's knife is crafted with Japanese sensibilities. An 8-inch blade is good, but one that's longer offers greater leverage for chopping. Our choice is Hammered Damascus Gyuto Japanese Chefs Knife, which is available for $130 on Amazon.com.
A petty knife (aka utility knife) is versatile, like a petite chef's knife crossed with a pairing knife, and it's terrific for small tasks, such as chopping apples. Our choice is Yoshihiro Petty Utility Japanese Chef Knife, which is available for $60 on Amazon.com.