Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Holy cutting edge, Batman!
I've wanted to try a ceramic knife for some time. I've heard they're 50% lighter than conventional steel blades of the same size, stay sharp much longer, and are very easy to clean. Against this, they're apparently quite brittle, unable to take much lateral tension (i.e. being bent sideways, or used to pry at food) without snapping. That's not necessarily a handicap, of course - one can simply use another tool for such jobs.
The higher price asked for ceramic blades has put me off until recently, but I found this one on sale at Amazon for only $6.99.
At that price, it's easy to justify testing it, so I added one to a recent order. It arrived yesterday. I unpacked it eagerly and tried it out. Holy cutting edge, Batman! This thing is sharp! For example, it cut hard, dry mango slices in half with almost contemptuous ease - slices I'd been able to cut with a very sharp steel knife only with some effort. What's more, it cleaned up under cold water with only a quick wipe from a sponge, followed by a drying cloth. The residue from cut items seems to slide right off it without clinging.
I'm impressed enough with its performance, particularly at this very low price point, that I'm thinking of buying several more to add to my stored emergency supplies. One never knows when one might need a kitchen knife, but not have one; so it's a simple matter to add one to each 5-gallon bucket containing a week's food for one person, along with a can-opener and other essential tools. Since it'll stay sharp much longer than conventional blades, it'll also remove the need for sharpening when one may not have the time or facilities for that. Furthermore, one might run into someone who needs a kitchen knife, and can swap other things for it that one might need. At $6.99, it becomes affordable to keep a few in reserve for such purposes; and the blade sheath supplied with each one helps protect the unwary from cuts.
Thumbs up from me. (No, I'm not being compensated in any way for this product review, and I paid for the knife myself. I just like to tell my readers about good deals I've found.)