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What’s all the Hype about Ceramic Knives?

Posted on Apr 06 in The Best Flatware Reviews & Gallery | 0 comments

Do You Know that a Ceramic Knife can be Sharper than a Metal Knife?

Do You Know that a Ceramic Knife can be Sharper than a Metal Knife?

As someone who prefers to cook their own meals rather than eat out, I’ve used quite a few different kind of knives over the years. And it’s true when they say “nothing is more dangerous than a dull blade”.

As common as steel knives are, another style has become popular in recent years: ceramic knives. These knives are not made out of metal, but a very hard ceramic, often zirconium.

Have you ever wondered what is it exactly that makes ceramic knives so popular? Read on to find out.

Real Sharpness

The first is their sharpness. Ceramic knives rarely need to be sharpened. They hold their edge for months to years at a time. Believe me when I say that the edge is sharp.

These are the kind of blades where one can easily cut themselves and not realize it. That’s not to say they’re dangerous though.

If anything, using a ceramic blade is safer than traditional steel. Why is that so? The best ceramic knife slices through food with ease! This means I do not need to apply force on the handle and risk the blade slipping and cutting my hand.

No Metallic Taste Left Behind

Unlike steel knives, ceramic knives must always be used for the purpose they were designed for. They are a great deal more expensive than steel blades, and the ceramic can be fragile.

If you try to cut through bones or frozen foods, there is a good chance it can damage the knife. However, for foods like vegetables, fruits, boneless meat, or bread, there is no better blade.

The ceramic won’t leave a metallic taste on any of the food, unlike steel knives might. And because it is a neutral material, there will be no chemical reactions with any of the food. You can be assured that as you slice, your food will not turn brown or be discolored from contact with the blade.

But there’s one scenario where ceramic is of no match to stainless steel. When it comes to fish boning and fillet, the best boning knife (such as Shun Classic Gokujo) is still one that’s made of stainless steel.

Cleaning is Easy. It is Rust-free!

Ceramic as a material is immune to acids, oils, and salts, which means the blade will never rust or face decay because of what is is used to slice. A quick wipe with a wet cloth is all that is needed to clean the blade.

If there are any tough, stuck on substances, it is better to hand wash a ceramic knife than run it through the dishwasher. Besides being dangerous, putting ceramic into the dishwasher can lead to it breaking relatively easily, especially if it comes into contact with another material.

The Right Form Factor

Besides all these other benefits, ceramic knives just feel good. They are lightweight and perfectly balanced in the hand.

Have you hold a ceramic knife before? If you have, you probably know its lightness makes you like as if you could throw the blade ninja-style if needed (don’t do that).

There is an ease of use which isn’t common to steel knives that makes anyone feel like a world-class chef when using them. Most come with a strong grip on the back that makes slicing and dicing completely effortless.

Not a Cheap Investment, But…

While the cost can be prohibitive, it is well worth it. When weighed against the potential cost of steel knives, ceramic is a better investment.

There are no replacement costs if you use them correctly, and the edge remains sharp for years at a time. Unlike steel knives where you might need to frequently activate the best knife sharpener you have, it is not the case for ceramic knives.

If you’re worried about their fragility, look for a ceramic knife made out of zirconium oxide. This material is a deep black substance that is even more impervious to damage than standard ceramic. This is the material that most of the top-rated ceramic knives are made of.

And for those with an eco-friendly mindset, the production of ceramic knives produces less waste than traditional metalworking. This means they are better on the environment and this is not to mention the fact that ceramic is a mineral which is in abundance, more so even than steel.

Should You Switch to Ceramic?

If used correctly, ceramic kitchen knives are the best flatwares you’ll ever use.

Price may be a major consideration. But you ought to look at it from holistic point of view if you want to determine what makes the best flatware set for you. Form factor, convenience, durability and absence of reaction (that characterizes stainless steel flatware) make ceramic flatware look appealing.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Nelson

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