“ Brand: DKB Household / Product Type: Kitchen Knife „
I am not a particularly big fan of Jamie Oliver but I do happen to think his range of kitchen items is really good. I have a few of his kitchen utensils now and they have all been of excellent quality and done exactly what they have promised they were going to do.
I have an electric carving knife but I find that it is sometimes easier and quicker for me to use this particular knife instead depending on what it is that I am going to be carving. Carving by hand means that I can get much thinner slices than I can with the electric knife and for less tough meats such as chicken and turkey this is easier to use than the electric knife.
This carving knife is made of Japanese stainless steel and while I would not be able to tell the difference between Japanese or English stainless steel you can certainly tell this is a quality product just from the look and feel before you have even used it to carve anything.
It has a really nice solid weight to it and is weighted on the handle so that it is comfortable to use. The handle is also really comfortable and isn't slippery which is always something that you want when using a sharp knife. The handle is curved so that I can hold it perfectly in my palm and get a really good grip of it and it also feels really comfortable when I'm using it.
It is also dishwasher safe.
The knife is 8 inches long which I think is just the right size. If it was any shorter then it would be difficult to cut through meat and if it was any longer then you wouldn't be able to carve so precisely with it and would end up with thicker slices instead of nice thin slices.
Being a carving knife you would expect this to be sharp and it is really sharp straight away. I find that it slices through meat with ease and there isn't a lot of 'sawing' needed. With long smooth strokes I have been able to carve everything that I have used it on with no problems or difficulties. I have owned the knife for about a year and although I am not using it all the time I have used it often and have found that it retains it sharpness well and in fact I have only given it a light sharpening once and even then it wasn't exactly blunt when I did it but as I was using it for beef I wanted it as sharp as possible to get the thinnest slices that I could. This was a few months ago and I used the knife at Christmas for my turkey and it was still really sharp. I think the fat it retains it sharpness for a long time is to do with the quality of the steel which does seem better than some of the other knives that I own.
One thing that this knife has that I really like though haven't made use of yet is that it is etched with the word carving on the top so that if you have it in a knife block you can easily pick it out of the block in amongst all the other knives. I have one other Jamie Oliver knife that also has what kind it is on it but they are kept in the drawer but if I ever get any more I will definitely buy a block for them.
This isn't the cheapest knife in the world and it has a rrp of £30 though I would never pay that for it as you can find it online for £15 though when I bought it I paid £19.99. I did wonder if this was too much to pay when I bought it but I decided it wasn't a lot of money for a really good quality knife. It also comes with a 25 year guarantee on it so you know the manufacturers are confident in its quality.