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Victorinox Cutlery 6-Inch Semi-Stiff Boning Knife, Black Fibrox Handle
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- For slicing through bone and cartilage
- For slicing around ribs and chops
- Slip-resistant handle
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Stamped construction
- Curved boning knife provides a better working angle when cutting close to and around the bone
- High carbon stainless-steel blade provides maximum sharpness and edge retention; conical ground through length and depth for a wider break point; ice tempered to sustain sharpness longer
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|Item Dimensions||3.75 x 15 x 1.13 in||3.5 x 13.85 x 0.95 in||3.75 x 17 x 1.5 in||3.6 x 11.8 x 1.3 in||1 x 14.75 x 4.12 in||3.75 x 17 x 1.5 in|
Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery
Who is Victorinox?
Although Victorinox is known the world over as the creator of the Original Swiss Army Knife, the company started out in 1884 as a cutlery workshop. By the time company creator Karl Elsener delivered his first pocket knife to the Swiss Army, his cutlery business was already booming. Over the next century, Victorinox cutlery became a top-rated choice among professionals worldwide, with over 300 blades to offer.
Victorinox knives have regularly appeared as highly ranked and recommended kitchen tools in Cook's Illustrated, Men's Health, The Cincinnati Enquirer, New York Magazine, and Natural Health, just to name a few. In 2009, the company announced a partnership with professional chef, Daniel Humm, of Eleven Madison Park in New York City. In addition, building on the success of its cutlery business, Victorinox has brought all the same quality and expertise to a wider range of products and accessories, including other kitchen tools, pocket tools, watches, luggage, and clothing.
Who is R.H. Forschner?
Victorinox had been a staple in European commercial cutlery for over 50 years when approached by New York's R.H. Forschner, known since 1855 as a builder of scales for butchers, to be their sole cutlery supplier. The two companies joined forces in 1937, and R.H. Forschner subsequently became North America's dominant professional brand, as ubiquitous in the bustling meatpacking plants of the Midwest as it is in the gleaming, four-star restaurant kitchens of Midtown Manhattan.
As a division of Victorinox/Swiss Army Brands, R.H. Forschner marketed cutlery under the brand name "RH Forschner by Victorinox" and distributed to the commercial, food service, and retail trade classes. That brand has been considered a top choice of professionals worldwide with over 300 styles of blades bearing the R.H. Forschner name. However, in 2009, in conjunction with Victorinox's 125th anniversary, the company, Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc., has decided to remove the "RH Forschner" name from all blades. Blades thenceforth only include the "Victorinox" name.
What is a stamped blade?
A stamped knife can usually be identified by the absence of a bolster. Stamped blades are cut into their shapes from cold-rolled pieces of steel and then ground, tempered, and sharpened. Creating them requires many less steps than forging and results in lighter, narrower blades. Some professionals prefer the thicker, heavier forged blades, but many pros, who spend much of their day cutting and slicing, enjoy a lighter knife since it's less fatiguing and easier to manipulate at speed.
Stamped knives are easier to produce and therefore less expensive. They perform very well and can approach the quality of a forged blade, but not the weight or feel. Victorinox manufactures a complete range of stamped blades with unique, patented Fibrox handles and they are considered among the greatest values in the knife industry.
What knives do I need to own?
Knife choice or selection is determined by many factors--size, function, style, and preference. The most important factor is function. Different knives have different uses. It is important to use the proper knife for a specific task, since proper knife selection and the use of a proper-sized, sharp knife make for safe cutting. General kitchen tasks and the knife to use for them are as follows:
- Paring: The most common to own and use, a paring knife is generally for small cutting jobs and peeling of vegetables or fruit. The blade size is usually from three to four inches. Choose the shape and size to fit your hand. Since this is one of the more versatile knives, owning more than one is recommended.
- Chef's: The most important tool and essential to every cook, a chef's knife is most often used in a rocking method to mince, dice, and chop vegetables and herbs. This one is known as the chef's best friend.
- Slicer: Most commonly used to slice meats, poultry, and seafood, the slicer is an important companion to any host or hostess.
- Boning: As its name suggests, a boning knife is used to trim or remove meat and fish from the bone.
- Bread: Designed with a special edge, a bread knife makes easy work of cutting through crusty bread, pastries, or any item with a crust and a soft interior.
- Fillet: Most often used by pros and seasoned home chefs, the fillet knife is used to fillet meat and fish.
- Cleaver: An important addition to any collection, a cleaver is often used to cut or chop through bones.
- Santoku: This knife combines the features of a cleaver with a chef's knife. The curved blade helps the rocking motion used for chopping, and the wide blade works well for scooping sliced food off a cutting board and for crushing garlic. The santoku can also be used to slice meat and has a narrow spine for making thin cuts.
- Utility: An all-purpose knife often referred to as a sandwich knife, the utility knife peels and slices fruits and vegetables, and even carves small meats.
- Shaping: With its curved blade, a shaping knife is great for small precision cuts where control is essential, such as peeling, trimming, or garnishing.
What are the different knife edges and what do they do?
- Straight: The vast majority of Victorinox knives come with a straight or fine edge. This means it has a perfect taper along the blade and no serrations. It is designed to cut without tearing or shredding.
- Serrated: An edge designed with small, jagged teeth along the edge.
- Scalloped: A blade with waves along the edge generally used to cut breads with a hard crust and soft interior, as well as tougher-skinned fruits and vegetables.
- Granton: This edge has hollowed-out grooves or dimples on the sides of the blade. These grooves fill with the fat and juices of the product being cut, allowing for thin, even cuts without tearing. Even with the grooves, these are still straight-edge knives and can be honed with a sharpening steel.
How should I care for my cutlery?
After use, knives should not be allowed to soak in water. The best practice is to hand wash and dry them immediately. This is especially true if they have been used on fruit or salty foods, which may cause some staining, even on stainless steel. Most knives require very little maintenance and it is worth the effort to protect your investment.
Though Victorinox knives are dishwasher safe, this is strongly discouraged. The dishwasher's agitation may cause damage. Additionally, harsh detergents can be harmful and cause pitting and spotting on the blades. The handles may also discolor and develop a white film with constant use of the dishwasher. Plus, intense heat associated with dishwashers is not good for the temper of the blade.
How do I keep my knives sharp?
All quality knives require proper maintenance to keep them in perfect cutting shape. The best of edges will quickly dull if it strikes metal, glass, or Formica. A wooden cutting board makes the best cutting surface. And, if a slip occurs, a proper cutting board is safer for the user. Frequent use of a Victorinox sharpening steel will keep blades in tip top working condition. All straight-edge knives need steeling to keep their edges.
How to "Steel" a Knife
- Hold the steel firmly in your left hand with the guard positioned to stop the blade should it slip.
- Hold the knife in your right hand and place on top part of steel as shown.
- Raise back of blade one-eighth inch.
- Now, moving the blade only, draw it across the steel in an arching curve, pivoted at your wrist. The blade tip should leave the steel about two-thirds of the way down.
- Repeat the same action with the Blade on the bottom side of the steel. Always maintain the same pressure and angle on both sides of the steel.
- Repeat five or six times.
How should I store my knives?
Safety is the biggest concern of storage, both to the user and to protect the knife's edge. Choices include a knife magnet, knife block, drawer insets, and also individual knife protectors.
Top Customer Reviews
Fantastic knife! Bought this knife to use in order to break down primals into finished products. Out of the box the knife has a very decent edge, and it was easily sharpened when that eventually came. Since the blade is flexible it is hard to recommend as a person's first knife. Because while it will bend in the same manner consistently, becoming use to that bending can take a decent period of time to properly adjust to. That bend comes in very handy when boning out product however, and can help get more og that product off the bone while protecting the edge better than a stiffer blade would.
After a couple of months of usage it became evident that while this knife works fantastic when during deboning, or making smaller slicing cuts: using it for more mundane tasks, such as cutting produce can become dicey. Because of the blades size and length it was not great at cutting large whole beef primals: whole boneless strip loins, or whole ribeye loins as some examples. The flexibility and size of the blade made it hard to keep the blade true during each steak cut, and often the steaks were uneven: found it better to use a breaker knife in that situation. The knife was a gem when taking silver skin off: connective tissue found between some muscles, it is very easy to get the blade under the silver skin, and by angling the blade away and up towards the silver skin it was possible to pulling the blade right along the silver skin: removing it without losing any meet. The knife gives a lot of feedback, and it is easy to follow the bone around pealing out every last bit of meet. Found boning out pork especially rewarding with the knife.
Found the edge surprisingly resilient, and that it could take a decent amount abuse before needing to be steeled. Sharpening was easy using a standard wet stone, and it took months of daily usage before it dulled to the point it needed to be sharpened. Handle is made from solid black plastic that has just enough texture to not become slippery, but smooth enough to keep cleaning easy. Cleaning was very easy: as this knife lacks any features, or decor that tend to make cleaning difficult. The packing was a disappointment: it came in a huge plastic clam shell that looks as if it were made for one of the larger breaking knives. It comes with no extras such as a blade cover or holder.
If you are looking for a great knife to bone out meat this is a great knife for you: if you are looking to by one knife for all your cutting needs you really should look elsewhere as this knife is a little too specialized for your needs. For the price you can't find a more functional knife for general boning out usage.
The blade is slightly flexible for cutting around bones. High carbon steel not stainless so it can be sharpened. Synthetic handle so it can go in the dishwasher. Nicely balanced and fits my hand well. I have a difficult time finding tools or knives that fit my hand (XL and wide) so that is always a plus.
If you're prepare a lot of meat ( you smokers and agers) or a turkey for Thanksgiving it's worth getting. Warning though it's really sharp right out of the pack.
I was skeptical about it not being made of forged steel (normally I only buy 4/5 star J.A. Henckels knives) but frankly I did not see spending $140 on such a small knife, so I though to give this one a try. I have had no problems with staining or rust spots. Then again I hand wash my knives immediately after each use. I don't know about sharpening it, but it certainly is inexpensive enough to replace if need be.
I would highly recommend this to any cook or even professional chef. Great value and excellent performance.