Is there anything in a kitchen that does not require the assistance of a knife? From having a slice of apple in the morning to cutting a roast on a dinner table, knives play the vital role. We might not realize but something as small as a knife has a great role to play in the kitchen. A good knife that is of the right size, right shape, evenly balanced and tapered at the cutting edge is really crucial to get things started smoothly.
Parts of a Knife
Knife can define as kitchen tool used for cutting purposes. A knife has four major parts; the blade, the bolster, the tang and the handle.
The Blade is the front forged part of a knife which basically functions as a cutter. It can be plain or serrated or both.
The Bolster is the part between the handle and the blade. The basic function of this part is to assist the blade in cutting. The shape of a bolster depends on the type and function of a knife.
A Tang is the metal extension that is fitted inside the handle which is usually wooden. A good tang would be as long as the handle with perfectly fixed knobs so that the cutting process is smooth.
The fourth and the back part of a knife is The Handle, which is used for holding the knife. A perfect handle would be moulded onto the tang so that not only it is easy to hold the knife but also so it prevents bacterial contamination. Handles are of different sizes and shapes depending upon the type of the knife.
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