Buying Shenzhen or Kyocera Ceramic Kitchen Knives
If you have been waiting for ceramic knives to come into a good price range for consumers, there are now a couple of different ceramic knife sets that can serve as a good test for those considering whether they would like ceramic knives more than metal knives. One of the clear differences between metal knives and ceramic knives is that ceramic blades tend to be a little thicker than metal blades.
Some of the companies that make quality sets of ceramic knives include Kyocera and Shenzhen, so with a little research, you will be able to find the ceramic knife set that is the best deal and lasts the longest. An advantage of the Shenzhen knife handle, for instance, is that it has a more functional grip. But for typical kitchen duties, Shenzhen ceramic knives work as well as most other brands of knives, with some additional benefits of being made from ceramic. Ceramic knives do not discolor the foods that a metal blade might, and they are also generally lighter than metal chef’s knives.
The edge on high-quality ceramic knives is similar to top-end Japanese steel knives, but those Japanese knives require regular sharpening and oiling to keep them sharp and rust free. Shenzhen or Kyocera ceramic knives are foolproof and do not require any regular sharpening or oiling. But there are still a few disadvantages you might want to know about.
Some Disadvantages of Ceramic Knives
One of the obvious disadvantages to ceramic kitchen knives is that they are not dishwasher safe. However, cleaning a ceramic knife does not take too long, and can be done effectively in less than a minute.
You might also want to keep metal knives around for those times when ceramic knives just can’t...cut it. Ceramic knives can be brittle, so it is not a good idea to use them to cut frozen items or smash garlic with the flat of the blade.
One more thing that can be really inconvenient about ceramic knives: they can only be sharpened using a diamond sharpening wheel. This can be done to help get rid of minor nicks in the blade with an item like the Kyocera Battery Powered Ceramic Knife Sharpener with Diamond Grinding Stone (a.k.a. the Kyocera DS-50). However, for any major chips, you will need to take your knife to a qualified knife shop that has a diamond sharpening wheel.
Clear Advantages of Ceramic Knives
Of course, there are plenty of clear advantages for using ceramic blades over metal blades, too. Ceramic knives tend to stay sharper longer than steel, and ceramic blades will not rust. As we have said, they are also lighter and easier to clean (since they are resistant to acids and germs).
But do you really want to choose ceramic or metal over the other? Ideally, you should have both types of knife sets available, as ceramic knives make a good complement to steel knives.
What is in a Ceramic Knife Set?
Chef's Knife, Slicing Knife, Paring Knife
If you are buying a ceramic knife set, especially if it is a Shenzhen ceramic knife set, you probably buying a set that includes three different blades. These are the 6-inch ceramic Chef's knife, the 4.8-inch ceramic Slicing knife, and the 3.2-inch ceramic Paring knife.
If you use the right knife for the right task, you are way less likely to break it or chip it by using it incorrectly. Remember, all ceramic knives have a trade-off in performance: they are hard but delicate. They will slice through anything softer than the knife, but will break if you force it against something harder, like frozen foods or bones. But no matter what kind of typical kitchen use they get, they will keep a professional-quality edge and sharpness, so that is certainly good news.
Honestly, if you cause great damage to your ceramic knives, by creating major chips or otherwise damaging the ceramic blade, it is actually cheaper to replace these knives than it is to get them sharpened or repaired. They simply do not need maintenance, and you can let them stay wet or use them to cut through acidic foods like some fruits. You do not have to worry about the condition of your ceramic knives.
Using Your Ceramic Knife Set
You do not need to worry about regular use hurting the condition of your ceramic knives, but safety issues apply just as much as they would with the use of any sharp objects in the home. Ceramic knives are light and quick, so you have to be careful to prevent injuries to yourself or others. Fortunately, the handles for most ceramic knives are great, and a handle made of non-slip rubber is a consistent characteristic of ceramic knives. This is because you cannot fix ceramic knives to a wooden handle because you can't drill holes into the tang. Maybe they lose points there for aesthetic reasons, but where safety is concerned, non-slip rubber cannot be beat.
Besides that, it is easy to cut basic food items like fruits and vegetables, and you will simply not need to sharpen ceramic knives even after years of use. They will stay consistently sharp and continue to cut the thinnest slices imaginable for certain foods, such as tomatoes. Testing your new ceramic knives on slicing tomatoes is a great test to see just how thin a slice your new ceramic knives can create. When compared to steel knives, it is genuinely amusing how much better a ceramic knife performs.
And cleaning your ceramic knife is always as easy as rinsing them under water and drying them with a towel. Remember, since they are ceramic, nothing sticks to them. Even sliced cheese just rinses right off. For convenience and ease of use, no other knife compares to a good set of ceramic knives. Generally, they are not too expensive, and even if you have to spend a little more than you want, take care of your ceramic knives and they will last you for years to come.