Professional Knives: Paring, Steak and Spreader – Part 2

In our last post we discussed the difference in bread, chef and boning professional knives. Today, Public Kitchen Supply will examine the distinctions between pairing, steak and spreader knives. Understanding how kitchen utensils function is crucial knowledge for chefs. Using a knife incorrectly can result in poorly sliced meat and increases the chances of being cut.
Pairing knives are ideal for peeling and cutting fruits and vegetables. A good paring knife should rest firmly in your hand allowing complete control over the blade. This type of cutlery is typically smaller with a straight edge, it is usually between 2.5” to 4” in length. This is a great utensil for deveining shrimp. Public Kitchen Supply recommends Mundial’s 4″ Black Spear Point Paring Knife. This spear pointed paring knife is great for preparing food in commercial and residential kitchens. Mundial treats the knife’s handle with sanitized antimicrobial protection to keep germs and bacteria out of your kitchen. Pairing knives are an excellent tool for creating gorgeous garnishees. 
Steak knives are an expected eatery tool. Choosing strong quality streak knives is especially important because it can speak volumes about your business, home or the meal itself. If you takes pride in cooking thick premium cuts of meat, we suggest Update International’s 4.75” Wooden Steak Knife. These knives are beautifully crafted retaining their edge longer, repelling erosion and blemishes. A strong steak knife should be sharp with serrated or forged blade.
Another great kitchen knife is a spreader. This type of cutlery is used for sandwiches, spreading sauce, jams or butter on bread. A spreader’s blade is typically very wide with a serrated edge on one side. It is usually 3.5” in length, allowing plenty of room between the users hand and the bread. The Mundial 3.5″ White Serrated Sandwich Spreader is a great example of this type of cutlery. It is made of heavy gauge stainless steel with a white molded polypropylene handle. We strongly recommend spreaders for sub shops and those who make sandwiches regularly.

Chefs must have a strong understanding of the utensils and tools they choose to use in their kitchen. This knowledge is important because purchasing the wrong utensils can be a costly mistake but most importantly it can jeopardize a person’s safety. Ensure your home and business is safe by researching your culinary tools before purchasing them. For more information about knives and smallware kitchen tools visit our website at