Ceramic Knife vs Steel. Let’s get started.
Ceramic Knife vs Steel
Ceramic Knives may look unrealistic, like a toy knife for children. But when you pick one up and actually use it, there is nothing childish about its fierce cutting edge. Its sharpness makes slicing easier, allows precise cuts and extremely thin slices. Ceramic knives are extremely sharp and strong making them the second hardest material, right after diamonds.
Ceramic Knives have a unique blade made out of zirconium dioxide also known as zirconia. This is an Advanced High-Tech Ceramic Material that is very hard and tough. These blades are created by dry pressing zirconia powder and firing them through strong solid state sintering. Afterwards the blade is sharpened by grinding the edges with a diamond dust coated grinding wheel.
Are Ceramic Knives Good?
It Gets Better!
Many people love Ceramic Knives and have been in use for a very long time. Alongside steel and stainless steel knives, Chefs around the world prefer to use them for various applications, especially where steel knives may not be well suited. The preference of ceramic knives by many people, and not only chefs, is due to certain properties which they do possess and which are conspicuously missing in other knife sets.
Just think about it for a moment.
Whether or not Chefs prefer Ceramic Knives may be purely a matter of personal choice and preference. But there is definitely no denying its unique properties which make it quite distinct when compared to the other knife types. If you are on the fence deciding whether or not to include ceramic knives as part of your kitchen arsenal, here are some of the distinct advantages you will get by having a ceramic knife set in your kitchen:
When compared to steel, ceramic knives are relatively lighter and they do not corrode, even when exposed to harsh weather environments.
- They are non-magnetic
- Will not conduct electricity in room temperatures
- Strong resistance to caustic and acidic substances
- They retain their cutting edge much longer compared to the other knives made from forged metals
- Non-porous therefore will not absorb food components, hence easier to clean and maintain
The fact that Ceramic Knives are non-porous and aren’t affected by salt, acids, rust and other agents of harsh weather adds to their longevity, thus making them the preferred knives by many chefs and cooks across the globe. They also do not transfer odor from one food item to another. You can use them to cut something spicy, and then rinse immediately before cutting another one and the first odor will not get transferred to the next food item.
It is also important to note that Ceramic Knives are brittle in nature and as such, they require extra care compared to other knives such as steel knives. Due to their brittleness, the blades can easily break when they drop on a hard surface or when exposed to heavy duty applications such as cutting bones. As such, Ceramic Knives are primly suited for cutting fruits and vegetables, slicing boneless meat, and cutting bread amongst other light duty kitchen applications.
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