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  • Kitchen Knives on current TV series

    What brand of knives does Nigella use on her current TV show?

    From the nigella team:

    on Kitchen Nigella uses knives made by an Australian company called Furi. The one most commonly seen (which looks like a Japanese-style knife)  is the FX Coppertail East West knife and it comes in both 12.5cm (5-inch) and 18cm (7-inch) sizes. Furi distributes in Australia and North America but can be difficult to find in the UK. We suggest looking at their website as their suppliers and ranges can change:


    However, choosing knives is a very personal thing and there are many high-end and professional brands on the market. You want to choose a knife that feels comfortable and balanced in your hand. It is also worth investing in a good steel when you buy new knives. Sharpen the edges of your knife a few times on the steel before each use (and carefully wipe the blade with a tea towel before using) and it will stay fairly sharp and give you much better performance. A dull knife is hard to use and can be more dangerous to use as you have to apply much more pressure when chopping and slicing.If the blades of your knives have become very dull then they may benefit from being professionally sharpened - ask in your local kitchenware shop as some offer a knife sharpening service, or may be able to tell you where to go.

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