Karambit Knife 101

what are karambits used for

Originating from the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra in Indonesia, the Karambit knife has a history that goes back for centuries and is still widely used today. Thought to be inspired by cat claws, this knife is mostly used today for self-defence rather than its original agricultural purposes. While this knife is definitely cool and … Read more

Calphalon Self-Sharpening Knives Review

calphalon self sharpening knives review

Calphalon is a well-known brand in the “knife world.” The company makes a wide range of various self-sharpening knives and knife sets. These knives are primarily used for cooking and kitchen use but can be used for other purposes as well. If you are trying to find the best set of knives for your home, one of … Read more

Best Japanese Knives: Buyer’s Guide for the Best Japanese Knife

best japanese knives - Set of japanese knives

Whether you’ve had the life-long dream of becoming the world’s greatest chef or just want to know your way around the kitchen, knowing the difference between a quality knife, and a crappy one can make all the difference in your success. Because of the importance of quality of knives, we’ve pulled together some information on Japanese … Read more

Best Sharpening Stones: Buyer’s Guide to the Best Sharpening Stones

best shapening stone

Knives have many uses. Two of the most obvious activities in which knives are used frequently are cooking and hunting. Chefs who want to be taken seriously (and who take themselves seriously) always have their favorite knife at the ready. These professionals understand that to show up without their knife is to show up unprepared and naked. … Read more

Best Leatherman Knife: Buyer’s Guide for the Best Leatherman

Best Leatherman

Leatherman knives are super high quality knives that are designed for a wide range of different purposes. This company has been making knives since 1983 and sells knives for every purpose imaginable. In addition to knives, the company also deals in pocket tools and multi-tools. All of the products from Leatherman, knives or not, are designed … Read more

Best Swiss Army Knife: Buyer’s Guide for the Best Swiss Army Knives

best swiss army knife

Swiss army knives are excellent tools that come in many different varieties. They also have a wide range of possible uses. Some of the things that people use their Swiss army knives for include lighting a fire in an emergency situation- the knife works to hold other important tools in place, opening cans, and even breaking … Read more

Knife Steel Comparison Chart: from Stainless to AUS

knife steel chart

 So, in our blogs about paring knives and kitchen knife set, we talk a lot about steel ratings, knife strength, flexibility, and toughness. We never really go into the science or history behind those terms. Before discussing a knife steel chart, we first need to consider the Rockwell rating, high-carbon steel, and stainless steel. And, … Read more

Chicago Cutlery Reviews: Comparing the Best Knife Sets

chicago cutlery reviews

Ahh, Chicago. “City of the Big Shoulders… Hog Butcher for the World.” After more than a century is Carl Sandburg’s assessment of the city still accurate? Quite frankly, we don’t know, but you would have to figure there are at least some great knives sets in town.Sandburg would have been 52 when Chicago Cutlery was … Read more

Best Paring Knife: Buyer’s Guide for Best Paring Knives

Best Paring Knife: Buyer’s Guide for Best Paring Knives

If you count yourself among those who are upright and facing the right way, then you can identify a paring knife from the knife stock in your own kitchen.  But do you know the backstory of the paring? The humble paring knife did not start out as a kitchen knife at all. It is according to … Read more

To Carry a Pocket Knife or Not To Carry a Pocket Knife

Boker Medium Stockman Classic Pocket Knife

Should you carry a pocket knife? As previously mentioned, we at Knifeista think you should never leave the house without one. There are just too many situations where a knife is useful to let it collect dust at home. However, there are many people who aren’t so sure. And in reality, there are some cons … Read more