Once you know how to hold a knife properly you'll wonder how you ever managed in the kitchen otherwise!
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How to Hold a Knife

Last updated on October 25, 2020 by Liza Hawkins

Once you know how to hold a knife properly you’ll wonder how you ever managed in the kitchen otherwise! I’ve never understood why people prefer a food chopper to a nice chef’s knife.

If you know how to hold a knife properly (which, by the way, does not include putting your index finger along the knife’s back), you can chop an onion or any other vegetable just as fast — if not faster — than the food chopper.

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Once you know how to hold a knife properly you'll wonder how you ever managed in the kitchen otherwise!

Never mind the fact that it’s less to wash, something I always aim for when I’m in the kitchen. The fewer dishes to load in the dishwasher (or worse … hand wash) the better!

Plus, there’s something quite satisfying about running a knife over a wooden cutting board … the sound, the motion … it just feels good.

I was going to go on and on about knife skills, technique, etc., but then I found a website that does it all for me, and has great pictures, too.

Or, you can check out this video from The Kitchn: How to Master Basic Knife Skills. Sometimes watching someone else is what it takes to have that light bulb moment!



Once you get good at using a chef’s knife (or, another favorite is a Santoku knife), there’s no turning back.

Add a nice wooden cutting board and your days as a “food chopper” are history!

Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

10 Comments on “How to Hold a Knife

  1. Do you ever go to Epicurious.com? They have a whole section on technique videos that includes a Knife Skills category. It’s a lot easier to figure out once you see the cuts in motion.

    Of course, you’ll have to sit through a 15 second ad in front of each video. I like to keep a book near my computer for times like those (works for watching things on Hulu too!).

  2. I have been to epicurious.com but it’s not one of my regular stops – for no good reason other than I have a couple I always go to out of habit. I need to re-visit…. Thanks!

  3. Heather – none of my Santoku knives were very expensive. So, don’t feel like you have to go all out to get a good one! Have fun knife shopping! 🙂

  4. I bought 1 at Bed Bath & Beyond, I ordered one from a catalog at work (I earned points for it), and I got two from a points promotion Bloom grocery store was running. LOL! Not much help….

  5. I bought a 5″ and 7″ this weekend at BBB. Thanks for the tip, I’m loving them. Not sure how I lived without them for so long. Ironically we made fresh salsa and fresh guacamole yesterday for quesadillas!

  6. Glad you like them! I, too, thought, “How did I ever cook without these knives,” after buying them. Totally worth the money. 🙂 Enjoy!

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