Knife Skills: How to Hold Your Knife

published May 16, 2008
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When it comes right down to it, the best way to hold your chef’s knife is the way that feels the most comfortable to you.

But if you’re looking for a little more control and speed in your cutting, here’s how!

With your thumb and first finger, pinch the blade of your knife where it runs into the handle.

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Alternatively, you can wrap all four fingers around the handle with your thumb touching the heel of the blade.

Either of these grips will give you stability and control when you’re cutting, particularly with finer cuts like mincing or julienning. Once you’re comfortable with it, picking up speed is just a matter of practice.

Holding your knife this way can feel awkward and even a bit scary at first. Next time you’re cutting vegetables, try switching back and forth between your old grip and one of these grips to see the difference.

Give it a few practice runs and this new grip will feel natural in no time at all!

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