Finesseur Launches A Guide On Choosing The Right Kitchen Knife Handle Material
(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 06, 2014 ) Oakland, CA -- Since ancestral times when hunting and gathering were the primary means of acquiring food, the value of using of tools has continued to grow in importance. But tools today have drastically evolved from what they were before. What started as a simple double-edged sharp stone that perhaps slipped from one's grasp and caused cuts and wounds, has now evolved into one of the most important cooking tools - the knife. Recognizing that knife handles play an equal role of importance as the knife's blade, kitchenware brand Finesseur releases a guide on how to pick the right kitchen knife handle material to prevent injuries and other accidents.
"Our knowledge of knives is sometimes misguided. We have always been inclined to think that a knife's blade is the only important thing to watch out for in a knife. While it is true that a knife is nothing without a blade, a knife is also nothing without its handle. Why did our ancestors stop using sharpened stones as cutting tools? It's because history has taught us that part of the blade must be properly enclosed in a handle to avoid cutting ourselves, or having the blade slip away and hurt others. The handle is there for a very good reason after all," Finesseur spokesperson Allison Montgomery explains.
How to Pick the Right Knife Handle
Each part of the knife plays an important role to achieve the knife's purpose. Here are a few tips on what to look for in a Good knife handle:
1. Choose the appropriate handle material. If there exists a variety of blades, there is also a wide range of options for knife handle materials. Knife handles can be crafted from wood, micarta, stone, metal, pearl, etc. The most ideal type of handle material is hardwood because the wood is soft enough for the hands, but not too hard and stiff like metal and stone.
2. Check the length of the tang. The tang is the part of the blade that extends through the inside of a handle. Some knives have tangs that extend as long as the handle itself, while other knives only have the tang halfway through the handle. It is important to avoid tangs that do not even reach half of the handle since this can make the blade prone to slipping out of the handle. The longer the tang, the more stable it is, and less likely to slip out of the handle.
3. Verify how the handle is connected. When choosing a knife, inspect the handle properly and make sure that there are no visible gaps in between the handle and the tang. Also, keep in mind that the two handles pressed together should not feel loose -- instead, they should both be firmly locked against each other for stability and security.
4. Observe the right size and shape. When buying a knife, it is extremely important to pick one that is appropriate for the size of the hand. Do not pick something that is too big nor too small -- for anything that is sized inappropriately will cause strain on the wrist. Also, pick a handle that does not have too much finger grooves, or even unnecessary designs, since the size and shape of most finger grooves do not match everyone's fingers and does not really do much to improve one's grip of the knife.
"When utilizing knives, it is not enough to have a sharp blade. Anyone making their rounds in the kitchen should know that a knife cannot be a good one if it does not have a sturdy handle. Customers should remember to pick a knife handle that is carefully designed not only for ease of use, but for safety as well. A big plus would be a product that comes along with a warranty, so customers can have the chance to experience its functionality first hand. Our Finesseur Ceramic Knife, for example, has an ergonomically designed non-slip handle. At the same time, it is backed by a full one year 100% satisfaction guarantee for customers to have ample time to give the knife a try, and see for themselves how a Worthy investment it is," Montgomery concludes.
Finesseur brings fashion design, precise engineering, and top quality craftsmanship together in American kitchens. Finesseur believes Kitchen tools should be not only functional, but also inspirational.
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