Many forms and varieties of cutlery products are offered on television, in catalog's and on the internet. Different price ranges and quality exist for these products. There are different variations of steel offered that can result in a wide range of product life. Most kitchen cutlery is offered in variations that fit the curvature of the hands. Handles are usually manufactured in forms that are dish water safe. Cutlery comes in many configurations dedicated for the task at hand. The blades are offered in designs that offer solutions for different cutting situations. There are shears and butcher knives that are meant to be used for large tasks. There are bread knives, fillet knives, utility knives, paring knives, vegetable knives, boning knives, cake knives and cleavers. There is cutlery made for every occasion and situation. Many of the variations that are offered by manufacturers today are easy to use and keep a keen edge for long periods of time. The blades are offered in many blade types. Serrated and hollow ground blades are but just a few of the choices that are offered.
There are inexpensive sets that are offered by companies that are built for the most rudimentary of tasks. The more expensive sets are usually better made and have higher quality components in them. They are usually built with better grades of steel. Stainless steel is a better choice in the kitchen setting because of the inherent exposure to water and different elements that can degrade the steel. All steel will rust but the stainless variety resists rust to a greater degree. Ceramic blades are also offered by manufacturers. These blades keep their sharpness longer but are prone to breakage due to their brittle nature. The higher grades of steel will last longer and will give better product life.
The companies that offer a superior grade of cutlery are numerous. J.A. Hhenckels,Westhof, Global, and forschner are but a few of the companies that offer high quality products. If cutlery is going to be subjected to heavy use one of the above companies or one of their counterparts should fill the bill and give you a quality product designed for years of service. If cutlery is only going to be used intermittently a cheaper variety might suffice. If you have had much experience with cutting products you have come to realize that sharper and better made products are safer and easier to use. A dull knife is an accident waiting to happen. Sharper instruments need less force to do their intended job. Excessive pressure and force exerted on cutting instruments often have the end results of causing cuts and abrasions on the user.