How To Choose The Perfect Knife – 4 Things To Consider

David Holly from Knife Merchant is the absolute best person to talk to if you’re interested in buying a chef knife. Before he bought this business, he was chef putting in the long hours and spending a whole lot of time with his knife. Today, he still tests the knives he sells so he can offer his expertise and provide the best advice for all of you.

Shape, Handle, Style of Grind and Type is Steel to suit your needs. These are the 4 things to consider when choosing a chef’s knife.

If you’re on the fence on which knife is best for your application, give him a call so he can offer his assistance. And if you buy a knife from him, be sure to tell him who sent you!

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Master Sushi Chef Hiroyuki Terada is one of the top Japanese Chefs in the entire world and the most popular Japanese chef on YouTube.

At age 10, Terada learned the basics of sushi from his father and then went on to attend RKC Chef’s School in Kochi, Japan from 1987-1989. He soon earned a nickname for his fast knife, attention to detail, divine presentation and ability to create new dishes and accents based on traditional Japanese cuisine. After graduating RKC Chef School, he was called to serve under Master Chef Kondo at Yuzuan restaurant in Kochi, Japan from 1989-1992. Mr. Kondo is the master of Kansai style cooking, considered to be the high-end of Japanese cuisine. Terada earned the title Master Sushi Chef by becoming the standing head sushi chef & can serve Fugu (Japan Licensed) to the public.


Chef Hiroyuki Terada is using the Minonokuni Matsu-1573 210mm Yanagi. Super Blue Steel. Can also be used for breaking down whole fish and chickens. But normally for slicing, sashimi, vegetables, meat etc.. This is Chef Hiro’s custom specked knife.

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Yohann Setna says:

Loved the video. Super educational. Thank you.

ArmageddonAfterparty says:

I gave up after 2.11 minutes, because my attention span noticed fuck all was happening.

Didier Morin-Laprise says:

Incredibly interesting and well-explained. Many thanks

Michael Spurlock says:

Great information

Faith Forge Knives says:

Regarding AEB-L. When properly heat treated, with sub zero quenching, it can result in over 62 RC hardness with no large carbides. It is an excellent kitchen knife steel when heat treated correctly. It is often (rightfully) referred to as the Hitachi White of stainless steels. The lack of large carbides, coupled with the ability to be made very hard, results in a blade steel that can take an exceedingly fine edge without chipping. It’s my go to steel for kitchen knives in my shop.

magic says:

I love my bakers and chefs utility knife for almost everything; though it sucks ass for raw meat.

mxblue says:

Man this was super informative, very impressed

Alex Pearson says:

This is a really good, damn good video. Nicely done. There was a reference to ‘not carrying knifes with inherent flaws’. It was in the first 10 minutes. Specifically speaking, what was that in regards to? What is a good solid example of what was intended there? I just spent some serious money on some knives and hope I didn’t end up with what he was referring too. Thoughts?

Gregson Berlin says:

Very nice report, thanks a lot.
Despite of that I would like that no knife is used anymore in the future to cut animals apart to be eaten by mankind.

BornToBeStoned7 says:

what about blue steel is it good?

martin mayer says:

im cheking for a chef knife not sure witch two get if a german Wüsthof or a swiss victorinox

dawnlightening says:

David’s a walking Encyclopedia! Most impressive! And the time just flew by, about how the molybdenum filled in the orange-peel dimples, to why scalloping the santoku is useless, misting the metal vapour to make powdered compacts etc etc – just so much info. Thank you for uploading!

Sacha Traviata says:

Cool !

ali mohamed says:

That was amazing and I have to say he knows the science behind it ,, thank you .

Darren Green says:

how much ££££££££££ ??????????????

palmbeachcitizen says:

This video is literally a master course on how to recognize knife quality. Absolutely the best video I have ever seen. Thank you so much for this amazing education!

John Yi says:

Generally, the VG-10 steels run around 60 – 62 HRC which is about the same as white steel #2.

Georges Chan says:

Very nice intro for pro. I will share it with all my young new bees…thanks for millions…can not wait to see more of you online. Best regards!

TheChzoronzon says:

7 y.o rum…in paper cups, yay!! Classy! lol…now seriously, I dunno why an AEB-L knife around 60-61 HRC should chip…I guess the heat treatments are faulty. Bob Kramer, who knows something, says that when well HTed, AEB is one of his fauvorite “cheap” steels, cause finest grain for a stainless…on the contrary, Hitachi Blue has good wear retention, granted…but the carbides aren’t the smallest of the bunch, which is bad. Isn’t really the main reason to use that one because japanese people can’t help but be “ritual” in their choices? And as Blue became “almost traditional” for knives years ago…

uddo speck says:

こんにちわ. thank you for showing. a very interesting video.

Ragamuffin says:

This is THE most informative video I’ve been able to find on the subject of knives. THANK YOU!!!

craterflakes says:

Outstanding video, thanks very much to David. His advice was very helpful, covering all the basic info and adding a lot of deeper insight that even many knife enthusiasts probably didn’t know. Always good to hear from a true expert!

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jiv32 says:

I started watching this video at 11:28 am and I just finished it. I have only one thing to say…Good afternoon!

TONE Scott says:

David, I thought I was knowledgeable in culinary cutlery…… your knowledge regarding all aspects cutlery is crazy awesome.  Great video!!

pitis2flie says:

So disappointed to hear that the Dalstrong knives are no good. Just got my fillet and bread knives a few days ago and haven’t had a chance to use them. I ordered them because of so many good reviews including one YouTuber that had two Dalstrongs in his top 5 favorite knives, and he’s had many many quality knives.

Eugene Poon says:

genuine noob here, does balance matter?

Silky Tp says:

That was the best presentation of information related to knife quality that this novice enthusiast has ever seen. I’m sure there others with more information, but this was awesome for me to see. Thanks ever so much for sharing your knowledge.

stan says:

and you work in the kitchen with such hands ?! ..yak i would lose apetite if those dirty nails touch food

Pricescope lover says:

What do you have to say to this, Hiro?… Good Afternoon… my sides

Mike Gast, Jr says:

The alarm in the video had me running around my house checking for a fire or something causing smoke

severino bezerra de melo says:

olá tudo bem? quero comprar essa marca de facas onde posso encontrar ? aqui no brasil tem revendedor dessa marca de facas? se por acaso tiver deixe um contato meu email e agradeço desde já.

Lou B says:

WOW! VERY helpful!

Nebulax123 says:

I am puzzled that customers are having trouble with edge holding and AEBL but suspect they are not taking it up to high enough hardness, I and others have used it for years in our knives, I take it up to 60-61 RC and edge holding is excellent. With hardness edge holding is not linear but exponential I suspect they are holding down the RC hardness for ease of sharpening.

Mohammad Faisal says:

I m not a chef, not much of a knife enthusiast….but i saw this whole.. & I HAVE 2 SAY this is an awesome video… i love the fact that… this shop-owner actually does know everything about he sells…. OMG… amazing video……!!!

marcus yates says:

can I get the knifes

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