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What Is a Carving Knife?

Learn about carving 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 carving knife is exactly what its title is. It's for carving a roast, a turkey, something where you're maneuvering and having to cut specific areas. A lot of people will use a carving knife just as their general everyday knife, but it does have a specific purpose.

Okay. This is a standard Henckels Pro S eight inch carver. Just plain blade. It's a little narrower. Where a chef's knife is much wider, it's meant for chopping and bigger quantities. Carving is meant to cut in a specific area and where you may have to turn with it, so it's much a narrower blade. Still kind of the basic shape, but just more narrow and a little bit more straight.

So if you can imagine if you're carving a roast or a turkey and you're ready, already sliced through the breast, the plain area, the big open area. You've used your slicer. Now, you have to get in and maneuver a little bit more. This is the knife that you would use, would be a carving knife. For a lot of your regular poultry, smaller turkeys, your chickens and so forth if you're gonna to carve it you would use your carving knife. The slicer would be too big. So this is where the carver comes in.

This is a Shun Classic. This one has a traditional American clip type blade. A little bit more curve to it. It works basically the same way but it does make it a little narrower at the tip to get into the little tighter areas.

This is a Wusthof Classic with a Granton edge. It's Granton or Granton. It's an English type edge. The reason for this edge is to keep things from sticking to it, so it just gets little air pockets. So that's all it's meant for. As far as sharpening goes it's the same as any plain edge. But again, this is an eight inch carver.

This is a Henckels Miyabi. This is more of a Japanese style with a little bit of western flair. Still basically the same curve to it. In our store a lot of the sushi chefs have been buying this as a sushi knife. Which you would think it wouldn't be because Henckels meant it as a carving knife, but, you know, it's found other uses. And that's generally what happens with a carving knife. They get used for multiple purposes.

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