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Friday, December 09, 2005



Virtually extinct on American tables. Not in the restaurants I've worked in!

I love sauce spoons for the very same reason... that cute little dimple it demurely displays.

Congrats on yer really big knife. I used to work with a line cook who did everything with his gigantic chef's knife!


Wow, I've heard size doesn't matter, I've heard size does matter...

I hope you didn't try to bring that in your carry-on.


hey you're it! check out my post from 12/10 for the details. have fun!


My heart just skipped a beat...that is a fantasmagorical knife. Sigh.
Now what have you cut up with it so far?


Shuna, it's not extinct where you've worked, because you hang out with the elite of our industry, like TK at the French Laundry. What amazed me in Spain, was the fact that I would get one of the cute little knives even at a tapas bar with an order of fried anchovies.

Haddock, if I had tried to bring that monster knife in my carry on, I'd still be in Barcelona...locked up in a prison somewhere.

Mona, thanks! What a fun meme! I'll try to find time to do it soon, but there are some exciting changes going on with this site for the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Rachael, since I'm not in a restaurant too often right now, I have only used my machete a few times! It worked like a charm cutting whole salmon off the bone and cutting a whole ling cod into steaks for fish stew.


I just ran across your blog name and wanted to comment. I miss my Chinese cleaver that I left in the states and have been trying to find a replacement for months, with no success.


I recently stayed at a Hilton Hotel here in the US, where the fish knives were placed on the side plates. My husband laughed when I used the knife to cut my fish, and he and the waiter both informed me that the knife I was using was a butter knife. Vindicated! You'd think the Hilton would know better, wouldn't you?


hi, the fish knives are actually called " Pala " o "Paleta de Pescado "
the big clever is called "Media-luna " wich means " Half Moon.

Nice blog btw

Mannie Lionni

But what is the purpose of the notch in the fish knife and fish spoon ? Where did it originate ?
Mannie Lionni

Venkatesh Iyer

Really the knife looks very sharp. I have seen cooks using big sharp knives which really look dangerous.

Knife Guy

Ah, Spain. Went there when I was on deployment in the Navy. The food and lifestyle is unreal. The different knives that you will find for every use imaginable is staggering!


Did think of testing a few brands of knives? Henckels and Wüsthof, R.H. Forshner / Victorinox, Kershaw Shun, Cutco, MAC, Tojiro, Nenox, Kyocera, Fiskars, etc. It would be interesting to try this.


Barcelona the best place for a citytrip in the world.

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Thanks for some really great information. I visit a lot of restaurants for my work but is still difficult to get good opinions in certain regions. Sarah M.

Dr C. V. Budden.

It now generally considered improper to use fish knives within the higher end dining establishments. This state of affairs has arisen due to current trends towards the correct cooking of fish which would prohibit the use of a blunt edged utensil. In short fish knives are only suitable for over-cooked fish.

Chef Knives

Oooh Corte Ingles... that place really *does* have everything! Thanks for the fun post.

Vakantie Links

Interesting post.


Only suitable for over-cooked fish? Really a knife can help?

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