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What Is a Boning Knife?

Learn about boning knives in this Howcast video with expert Dan Delavan.


Hi. My name's Dan Delavan. I'm the owner/operator of Plaza Cutlery in Costa Mesa, California. We have a great selection, we also have a website, and today we're going to be talking about knives.

A boning knife is a knife that you use after your carving knife, so after you've done your carving and you're getting in and you need to do some closer work that's where your boning knife comes in. So the boning knife is used for trimming around the bones and so forth, also if you're cleaning the chicken or turkey and you're breaking it up into parts, your boning knife would be your knife you would want to use.

Okay, here we have a Global. Global is a Japanese make. It's a really fine blade, really popular with high end European chefs and a lot of chefs here. It's actually the majority of the knives that we have at home are Global. It's thinner blade on cutting edge than some of the knives. And the advantage to the thinner blade, it's less drag and stays sharper a little bit longer. The downside is you can damage it. This knife is semi-flexible, so you have a little bit of flexibility to it. It has a guard built in so your hand stays back. This one also is all metal and they do have these little dimples in it to keep your hand from sliding and a lot of people go, you know, "It's going to be too slippery", don't find it slippery at all. And with the shape on it, when you go to grip it, you're gripping it in this manner, you pretty much have it locked into your hand so you're not going to have any trouble. But again it's a nice, flexible blade.

Here we have a traditional Victorinox. It's what's used in a lot of the butcher shops, meat packing shops for years. This one, again, has a semi-flexible blade. It also comes in a completely stiff blade. But again, it's nice and narrow so you can get in. Any of them that have this kind of curve in it, if you're going through like chicken joints and wings and so forth, you don't want to use the tip of the blade because it's easy to break it off because there's not as much strength out there at the tip. You want to use back in the heel, where you pull the piece of meat up, and then push that bigger wedge through in order to cut through the joint. This one has a fiber ox handle, which is what's required in the butcher shops. They are no longer supposed to use wood, at least in the state of California, and it's a very good value. If you want a really good knife, the Victorinox is a hard one to beat, and it is the same as the Swiss Army Knife company. Same manufacturer.

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