I’m not the worlds most materialistic person, but something in me finds a chef’s knife to be a very important item. It’s not going to make you a better cook, or impress all of you friends and family. But, there is something about getting your first proper cooking knife that almost feels like a rite of passage. For a very short time in my life I worked a job in business to business sales. I hated every moment of it, but I did learn a lot of interesting information. I can’t remember who it was, but one of the team members said something about people committing more when there is an investment involved. I thought it sounded like sales-speak at the time, but in this situation I admit it feels related. Something about buying your first real knife feels like a deepening of commitment to cooking.
My first knife was a gift from my wife, which is why I’ll always have it. It’s important to me, and I remember my appreciation for cooking deepening just taking care of it. She got me a knife hone as well, and I learned that you’re supposed to hone it after heavy use or at least once a week of regular cooking. It was hard not wanting to hone it after every use, regardless if it was cubing 4 lbs of beef or mincing 2 cloves of garlic. I wanted to be better at it — comfortable and quick. It felt very much like an extension of myself, as a cook. Maybe I’m just a boy who never grew out of loving knives, but even still I can honestly say that this one is special. It is in my humble and honest opinion that everyone aspiring to become a better cook needs at least one good chef’s knife in the kitchen. Maybe today is a good day to get one of your own? Or, if you have one, show it some love. Get out the sharpener and the hone. Chop something, anything! With Christmas coming, maybe it’s time to pick up a good chef’s knife for the aspiring cook in your life? Just my thoughts. Happy cooking, and thanks for reading!