'Smart Ovens' Exist, So...Can 'Smart Knives' Be Far Behind?

And will all these gizmos make us better cooks?
Jan 28, 2014 10:00 am

The gadgetry of the future hardly feels too distant these days. Smart oven technology is already becoming commonplace in home kitchens, thanks to computerized, wifi-enabled ovens. What if your knives could tell you the nutritional value of anything they sliced? More after the jump.

Here's How To Sharpen Your Knife Without A Knife Sharpener

Hint: the secret tool is already in your kitchen
Nov 12, 2013 2:30 pm

Technically you really should be taking your knives to a sharpener, particularly if they're nice knives. But when it comes down to you, the cutting board and that tomato/squash/turnip you'd rather not slice off a finger for, your knife holds all the power. Here's a nice little kitchen hack for ya.

How Much Does Chopping Off The Tip Of Your Finger Cost?

One home cook's trip to the ER, sans insurance
Sep 11, 2013 11:00 am

Necessary caveat: It wasn't the whole finger, or even most of the finger, just a sizable portion of the finger tip (gruesome photo available upon request). And there you have it: the end of my hand modeling career, before it ever truly began. Here's what the bill looked like.

Kitchen Tools 101: What Is An Oyster Knife?

Here's a useful little specialty tool worth owning
Sep 4, 2013 2:30 pm

You can cut bread with a chef's knife. You can try to cut tomatoes with a dull knife. You can cut pears with a paring knife if that tickles your funny bone. But there aren't a lot of tools in your kitchen you can use to open an oyster other than an oyster knife. We've seen sad displays of screwdriver-on-mollusk violence. Don't do that. So what about the oyster knife makes it perfect for opening oysters?

What Is The Best Knife For Tomatoes?

Chop, cut, slice and dice with the right knife
Jun 6, 2013 1:31 pm

Juicy, ripe tomatoes are one of the best parts of summer. For a few precious months each year, tomatoes ripen naturally in the heat and star front and center in a vast range of colors, shapes and sizes at farmers markets. It's a beautiful thing. Cutting them properly is another.

Have You Tried Slicing Cheese With A Knife Carved From Alligator Jaw?

Try Fangblades and you might not use anything else
Jun 3, 2013 10:01 am

Whether you're looking for a new, outrageously original gift idea, here is something you've never seen before. Fangblades are hand-carved knives fashioned from alligator jawbones, and they're not only of a quality that will move that ceramic knife to the back of the drawer, but they're, well, made from alligator jawbones!

Check Out These Hand-Crafted Wooden Kitchen Knives

An Italian-Japanese collab has sharp results
May 23, 2013 11:02 am

Made entirely from wood — from the handle to the blade — these knives can up your design game in the kitchen.

What Is A Santoku Knife?

Meet the Japanese chef's knife that'll do it all
Feb 15, 2013 2:31 pm

Everyone say it together now: 三徳包丁! That would be santoku bocho, roughly translated: "most important tool in the Japanese kitchen." And since we're rife with Japanese rice cookers, iPhone cases and whisky, it's probably safe to say it's a pretty important tool in the American kitchen as well. 


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