Knives 101 | The Essential Kitchen Tool

Knives 101 | The Essential Kitchen Tool

Knives are an essential tool for any commercial and residential kitchen. From chopping onions to filleting fish, each knife serves a unique purpose, but using the right knife for the right operation makes all the difference. Here’s a breakdown on a selection of knives, how they function, and what they’re good to use on.


Boning and Sticking Knives

Using a boning knife will get you the best results with removing any bones from meat, fish, and poultry. Sticking knives on the other hand are great for hunters and butchers who need an effective knife to bleed out animals.


Breaking and Trimming Knives

For large cuts of meat, a breaking knife is the way to go. A breaking knife stands out from the rest due to its flexibility and signature curved tip. Trimming knives are excellent for breaking apart cured ham, as well as other meats. The curved blade allows the knife to slide into the meat with ease. It is designed for removing fat from various cuts of meat.



Cleavers are the tool you need to chop large pieces of meat or food. A cleaver is also suitable to cut through difficult vegetables like squash and pumpkin. A Chinese cleaver is a basic instrument for any chef or butcher, whether for crushing, chopping, or cutting through bone. Cut through chicken bones, ribs, and any type of other meat and vegetable with ease, using the proper instrument.


Cook Knives

The average cook knife is 8-10 inches and if you examine the knife on its side, you’ll note that the blade heel is the widest part of the knife. When you’re slicing ingredients that are tough, you’ll get the most leverage over your ingredients when you cut from the knife heel.


Dinner Knives

From cafeterias to fine dining, utensils make all the difference when it comes to the customer’s experience. Zanduco carries a variety of knives, from butter knives to standard diner knives to steak knives.


Paring Knives

Small, light and versatile: the paring knife is perfect for peeling, trimming, cleaning, coring, and garnishing fruits and vegetables. Generally 3 to 4 inches in length, there are various tip positions to facilitate different paring tasks.


Pizza Knives

Serve hot slices right out of the oven with the proper pizza knife, cutter, or rocker. Depending on your pizza dishes, output, and establishment, the type of pizza cutter that should be used varies. Pizza cutters are preferable to some for the fluid cutting motion they offer, with a comfortable black handle which comes in handy when working in a busy pizzeria.


Seafood / Poultry / Splitter Knives

A long slim knife with a strong, semi-flexible blade and fine cutting edge enables clean slices with minimal strokes. Excellent to cut roasts and hams or large fowl like turkey, often accompanied with a carving fork.



Carving knives are designed for slicing large cuts of cooked meats. You might recognize these when a baker is cutting a loaf of bread. The bread knives are designed with serrated blades for slicing large leaves of bread.


Steak Knives

Primarily found in commercial settings, these knives are available in lengths of 8 and 10 inches with wider up-turned blades. The wider tips are less vulnerable to breakage. These knives are constructed to cut through steaks without fail.


Utility Knives

A utility knife is a medium sized knife, slightly larger than a paring knife, used for miscellaneous light cutting such as cucumbers, larger apples or smaller squash and carving medium-sized roasts or poultry. 


Zanduco’s Top Quality Knives

Browse through Zanduco’s wide selection of knives for all of your cooking and prepping needs! Knives are involved from start to finish of the cooking process, so be sure to use the right one with every step. To view our line of knives, visit Zanduco's website here.


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