A kitchen knife is a chefs best friend no matter how skilled or not your are, helping to slice and dice meat, seafood and vegetables that much easier. However did you know that using the correct type of knife be it a chefs knife, cleaver or perhaps a bread knife makes food preparation easier? Even though the knives can cut any ingredient certain ones though notably work better for certain produce.
Courtesy of KOI Artisan I was gifted a chefs knife and a bread knife along with a knife guard to try at home to show me that not only does a certain type of knife makes prepping easier but also a sharp knife is as equally as important.
Established in 2016 within Wiltshire, this family run company brings a range of Japanese blades which are high in quality and stylish. KOI Artisan sources all their materials in the blade from suppliers in Japan, from there they export to China where the handles are assembled and the boxes are constructed. Each knife is handmade ensuring the highest quality and workmanship resulting the perfect blade. All their knives are recommended by many great chefs known worldwide for their excellence.
KOI Artisan knives are designed for amateurs and professional alike. Offering high end quality kitchen knives which are at affordable prices allowing everyone the opportunity to excel in the kitchen.
Slicing and dicing made easier
Knives have been around for 2.5 million years. They were originally made of wood, bone, and stone, which helped caveman hunt as well as slice and dice. Over the centuries, improvements have been made and knives are now made from materials such as bronze, ceramic, copper, iron, steel and titanium. Most modern knives those these days are made from steel and come in various styles and patterns.
KOI Artisan produce a large range of high quality forged knives which are all handmade and beautifully designed with a variety knife styles and patterns. Also their blades are made from high quality carbon steel.
I was kindly given a variety of KOI Artisan knives and accessories to show me how important the right tools in a kitchen is. All of which are made from carbon stainless steel and all came beautifully presented in a black box.
The bread knife has a serrated edge which allows the knife to neatly slice through crusty and soft bread with ease without crushing it.
KOI Artisan bread knife is 8″ in size, has a serrated razor-sharp blade, made from carbon content stainless steel, has a laser etched pattern and has a Pakka wood handle.
Tips for using a bread knife:
- Curl your fingers like a claw around the knife and simply draw the knife smoothly back and forth through the bread.
Each knife looked stunning and made slicing and dicing that much easier. I especially loved the lightness of the knife making the chef knife easier to rock back and forth when chopping herbs.
The Classic Three Piece Knife Box comes supplied with a Chef, Santoku, Utility knives and a Knife Finger Guard.
Laser-etched Damascus steel pattern has brought a simply stunning appearance to this kitchen knives set. The laser cut foam inserts allows you to easily and safely store set of knives in the personalized box layout.
This Koi Artisan chefs knives set includes a stainless-steel finger guard with knife cutting protection for hand. This kitchen tool is easy to use and safe slice for chefs. This ergonomically shaped durable knife guard can be adjusted according to your fingers and dishwasher safe.
A Chefs Knife is a general do it all knife. It is ideal for chopping, slicing and dicing fresh ingredients such as vegetables, fruit, herbs, meat and fish. With herbs you can easily rock the knife back and forth thanks to its curved edge, which will prevent herbs being bruised or crushed.
KOI Artisan Chefs Knife has a 8.2″ carbon content stainless steel blade and a 5″ handle made from Pakka wood. Plus has a Damascus pattern laser etched on the blade making them stunningly beautiful.
Tips how to use a Chefs Knife:
- For precise control just grip the blade with the thumb and the index finger grasping the blade just to the front of the finger guard and the middle finger placed just opposite, on the handle side of the finger guard below the bolster.
- For fine slicing, raise the handle up and down making sure the tip remains in contact with the cutting board and push the ingredient under the blade.
Apart from knives KOI Artisan also sell other kitchen accessories such as this knife guard. The guard is a great handy accessory to have as it helps prevent cutting your fingers especially when you are trying to cut thinner slices. Did you know that you are more likely to cut yourself if using a blunt knife? as blunt knives can easily slip whilst trying to cut, wherefore sharp knifes will easily slice straight through resulting in less accidents.
KOI Artisan knife guard is made from stainless steel and the shield has a pointed tip meaning it will stay steady when you cut anything. Plus this guard has flexible rings allowing anyone to be able to use as you can customize the protection to match your fingers, no matter how big or small they are.
A Santoku Knife is ideal for mincing, dicing and slicing especially. The size, weight and sharpness of this blade makes it ideal when it comes to cutting boneless meat and large hard vegetables.
KOI Artisan Santoku Knife has a great width, with a 6.7″ carbon content stainless steel blade and a 5.3″ handle made from Pakka wood.
Tips how to use a Santoku Knife:
- To use this knife use your forefinger and thumb to gently pinch the blade, and the rest of your fingers to hold the handle.
- Although the cutting edge on the santoku is relatively flat, the curve as it gets closer to the tip, lends itself perfectly to making a gentle forward sliding or drawing back motion, letting you make thin slices.
A Utility Knife is great when it comes to precision chopping, slicing, dicing and peeling vegetables, fruit, herbs, meat and fish. Particularly smaller softer food.
KOI Artisan Utility Knife has a 5.3″ carbon content stainless steel blade and a 4.4″ handle made from Pakka wood.
Tips how to use a Utility Knife:
To hold the utility knife properly, keep your index finger on top of the protruding blade while holding the handing in the palm of your hand. Keep a steady grip on the knife as you work.
Plus the set came with a Finger Knife Guard which has flexible rings making chopping produce that much safer.
The guard is a great handy accessory to have as it helps prevent cutting your fingers especially when you are trying to cut thinner slices.
The guard is made from stainless steel and the shield has a pointed tip meaning it will stay steady when you cut anything. Plus this guard has flexible rings allowing anyone to be able to use as you can customize the protection to match your fingers, no matter how big or small they are.
Did you know:
- You are more likely to cut yourself if using a blunt knife? as blunt knives can easily slip whilst trying to cut, wherefore sharp knifes will easily slice straight through resulting in less accidents.
The Classic Three Piece Knife Box costs just £99.99 which is great when you think you get three knives and a knife finger guard.
Each knife looked stunning and made slicing and dicing that much easier. I especially loved the lightness of the knives and especially the Chef Knife which made chopping herbs that much easier.
New to KOI Artisan is their Garlic Crusher which makes crushing garlic that much easier all thanks to the design, just rock back and forth over garlic or even ginger. The 3mm cutting holes cuts and crushes the garlic with ease.
It also comes supplied with a silicone garlic skin remover tube, stainless steel garlic scraper with handle and garlic cleaning brush. I particularly loved the silicone garlic tube as it made removing the garlic peel that much easier. Simply place the garlic in the rube and roll and you’ll soon have the peel of the garlic off.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
All of KOI Artisan knives are extremely sharp, high in quality, and has a high carbon content stainless steel, giving the blade additional strength and sharpness. Plus due to the carbon it makes their knives corrosion resistant. Most of their blades also come laser etched with a beautiful damascus pattern. The Pakka wooden handles provides a good comfortable solid grip.
Using KOI Artisan knives has shown me that having a sharp knife is a must as makes a big difference. Plus the knife guard certainly helps prevent slicing fingers when trying to slice food thinly.
Apart from the knives KOI Artisan also sell a great range of kitchen accessories such as the knife guard and ginger crushers making food prepping that little easier.
So if you are looking for beautiful affordable knifes or even any handy kitchen gadgets check out KOI Artisan website and discover their entire range.
Chefs say a sharp knife is a chefs best friend and I agree.
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Thank you to KOI Artisan for the beautiful knives. All views are my own honest opinion.