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No matter what type of cuisine you offer in your restaurant or foodservice establishment, quality knives are essential for the preparation process. With so many types of commercial kitchen knives and brands to choose from, stocking your kitchen or upgrading when knives become outdated can become a confusing process.

Hubert can help you find all the types of knives you need, such as:

  1. Paring knives
  2. Utility knives
  3. Boning knives
  4. Bread knives
  5. Chef's knives
  6. Carving knives
  7. Santoku knives
  8. Fillet knives
  9. Cleavers
  10. Peeling knives

Some companies claim to have the best knives in the business and use great marketing ads to grab attention, but their knives are actually made of cheap materials that aren't built to last. Before you make a purchase you should know what each type of knife is used for, the benefits of investing in a higher quality knife or professional cutlery set, and even how to store your knives can set you up for success.

What Are Paring Knives Used for?

Paring Knives

Paring knives are typically used for delicate cutting in the kitchen. For example, you might use a paring knife to remove the stems from strawberries or cut up small, delicate fruit.

Popular Features of Paring Knives

If you want a knife with a small blade, a very sharp edge, and a grip that can be handled easily for detailed jobs, a paring knife is the best option.

The features of a paring knife that make it distinct include:

  1. A small blade (typically 2-4 inches) that makes it more maneuverable
  2. A sharp edge with a 10 to 15-degree angle
  3. Versatility—can be purchased in many types of materials

Pros and Cons of Paring Knives

Because paring knives are small, with a narrow blade and handle, they are meant to take care of such tasks that require deveining, portioning, or coring fruit. However, a paring knife isn't right for every cutting-related job in the kitchen.

Pros

  1. Can be used for precise food prep tasks
  2. They are small and easy to handle

Cons

  1. Its small size may not be appropriate for cutting large items
  2. Some paring knives are not appropriate for heavy-duty cutting
  3. A longer blade may be necessary for other kitchen tasks

Top Selling Paring Knives

Paring knives come in three different types: sheepsfoot, bird's beak, and spear point. Each blade is slightly different and can be used in different situations. A spear point, also known as the "classic" version of this knife has a pointy tip that curves outward and is the most common type of paring knife. The sheepsfoot blade is smooth and flat, which rounds outwards towards the end. A bird's beak blade has been said to resemble the beak of a bird, curving inward and having the ability to make highly precise cuts with an especially sharp edge.

We offer a wide range of paring knives, including these top-selling options:

Black-handled standard paring knife

Black-handled standard paring knife

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Spearpoint paring knife

Spearpoint paring knife

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Stainless steel paring knife

Stainless steel paring knife

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Scalloped paring knife

Scalloped paring knife

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What Are Santoku Knives Used for?

Santoku Knives

Santoku knives are another type of knife known for their precision cutting, especially their ability to make incredibly thin slices. Santoku knives originate in Japan and are known for their ability to do three things: dice, mince, and slice. These knives are incredibly versatile and because they are multi-functional, if they are kept in good condition, they can eliminate the need for a multitude of other commercial knives.

Popular Features of Santoku Knives

Some of the best chefs keep santoku knives in their kitchens, but finding the right knife is part of the challenge. There are a few factors to consider when you are purchasing a santoku knife, as many of these knives may be nearly identical to the eye, but range significantly in material, cost, and durability.

A few of the features of a santoku knife include:

  1. Its mid-sized blade is flat and glides easily without major wrist movement
  2. It is typically made of higher-quality materials, such as ceramic or quality steel
  3. It has a razor-sharp edge that allows it to make precise cuts

Pros and Cons of Santoku Knives

Although the santoku knife is one of the most respected knives in the industry, it is not suited for every use. It is important to understand what uses it has and which type may be right for your kitchen. Typically, these knives are a little more expensive than others, but because of their quality materials and design, they are built to last.

Pros

  1. Scalloped edge reduces food sticking to knife
  2. Improved ergonomics makes it more comfortable to use

Cons

  1. Not dishwasher safe and must be washed by hand
  2. Not suitable for denser, larger items like certain meat or vegetables

Top Selling Santoku Knives

Each santoku knife is different and choosing the right one will depend on the intended use in your kitchen. If you have never used this type of knife before, you will likely find it to be one of the most versatile cutting tools you've ever used.

We offer a wide range of santoku knives, including these top-selling options:

Stainless steel Granton edge santoku knife by Hubert

Stainless steel Granton edge santoku knife by Hubert

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Stainless steel Granton edge santoku knife by Mercer Renaissance

Stainless steel Granton edge santoku knife by Mercer Renaissance®

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Stainless steel duo-edge santoku knife by Dexter i-Cut

Stainless steel duo-edge santoku knife by Dexter i-Cut

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What Are Boning & Fillet Knives Used for?

Fillet Knife

Boning and fillet knives are typically used to handle meat and fish, such as to remove unwanted skin, cut connective tissue, or to slice up meat. The best commercial knives of this style must be built with enough strength and durability to pierce meat, cut through tough ligaments, and remove meat from the bone.

Popular Features of Boning & Fillet Knives

If you've ever tried to maneuver around a whole chicken or skin a fish with a regular chef's knife, you know how important fillet and boning knives are. These types of knives have a lightweight but strong blade and make working with poultry, beef, fish, and other foods much easier, reducing the risk for accidents or the need for early replacement due to rough use.

A few key features of boning and filet knives include:

  1. Flexible blade that can bend around bones or the different shapes of meat
  2. Thin and long size for working with pieces of meat and fish
  3. Pointed tip to pierce skin or meat

Pros and Cons of Boning & Fillet Knives

Selecting the right type of professional cutlery for the task at hand is essential to ensure that product does not go to waste and the food you prepare looks its best when you are done preparing it. These specialty knives are key in making precise cuts within the contours of fish scales and skin, as well as properly cutting meat off the bone (or around it) without leaving carnage behind.

Pros

  1. Can cut through connective tissue and ligaments
  2. Can remove skin and bones
  3. Thinner than most other kitchen knives

Cons

  1. Not meant for smaller cutting tasks like chopping fruits or vegetables
  2. Requires more maintenance

Top Selling Boning & Fillet Knives

Boning and fillet knives are quite similar. In fact, they can be used for many of the same tasks. If you work with both meat and fish in your foodservice establishment or commercial kitchen, it is probably a good idea to have both a boning and fillet knife on hand. Using each type of knife for its intended purpose helps to ensure your tools remain sharp and last longer.

We offer a wide range of boning & fillet knives, including these top-selling options:

6 Blade boning knife by Mercer Renaissance

6" Blade boning knife by Mercer Renaissance®

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6 blade boning knife by Dexter i-Cut

6" blade boning knife by Dexter i-Cut

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7 blade filet knife by Wusthof

7" blade filet knife by Wusthof

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