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chef knife or carving knife

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are chef's knife and carving knife the same?  henckels has a discount sale on carving knives, and i'm looking for a knife to replace my cheap kitchenaid chef's knife.  every student in my class work own henckels chef's knife, so i want to get one too.  but is a carving knife the same as a chef's knife?

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A slicing knife is narrower, i.e., "shorter" as measured from spine to edge, than a chef's knife.  It is also lighter and more flexible. 

 

You can use a slicing knife for chef's knife tasks, but it using it to chop requires very good skills to keep from mashing knuckles and to keep the knife square on the board.  People who use a slicer instead of a chef's for basic prep are usually making a statement about themselves and their skills. 

 

You can use a chef's knife as a slicer, but it is not as agile, and its high sides will tend to drag in the cut. 

 

If you're going to use one knife for both purpose, most people are far better off choosing a chef's knife. 

 

Just curious:  Where do you go to school?   

 

BDL

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