Tips for Buying your First Ceramic Knife or Set

Ceramic knives are extremely sharp and hold an edge many times longer than conventional steel blades. Ceramic knives are made from a very hard material called zirconium oxide. The only material harder is a diamond. Because of their hardness, they are intended for straight cuts and do not have any flex. In the kitchen , they are ideal for cutting fruits, vegetables and boneless meats. In the outdoors and for general use they are excellent for cutting rope, paper, cardboard and for field dressing game.

Chopping with a ceramic knife is a treat as the ultra sharp blades slashes thru vegetables so cleanly you barely feel the action.

For use in the kitchen, a good starter set should include:

Chef’s Knife. This is one of the most versatile and used to dice, chop, mince and slice boneless meats. Ceramic chef knives are very to use and make quick work of any repetitive tasks.

Paring Knife. It’s a good idea to buy a paring knife in ceramic as well for tasks that don’t require cutting into bone. Ceramic paring knives are perfect for deveining shrimp, peeling peppers and much more.

Utility Knife. This medium sized knife has a larger blade than a paring knife but smaller than a chef’s knife. It makes it perfect for slicing, chopping and peeling. Many people use ceramic utility knives for slicing sandwiches for a sure clean cut.

Santoku knife. These versatile knives typically come in 5-6” blade lengths and are excellent for cutting chicken breasts, beef and fish steaks and fillets.

Folding Ceramic and Outdoor Ceramic Sport knives come in a variety of sizes, shapes and handle materal so how you intend to use the knife will determine the best alternative. One consistent theme of these general purpose and outdoor knives is their extremely sharp blades that will hold and edge many times longer that conventional steel. The blades will not rust or pit. They are lightweight and usually come with pocket clips or a belt sheath. It is amazing how much better ceramic knives perform cutting cardboard versus the steel alternatives.