When it comes to questions such a knife weight, it is mostly a question of preferences. Some knives however, are better suited to do different kind of job. Personnaly, I almost always turn to the biggest knife I have at home. I prefer when it feels heavy and solid. But my girlfriend, will always lead forward the small knives.
Of course, having strong hands will help when handling a heavy knife and this is why I always choose the heavy one and my girlfriend, mostly the lite one.
This article is dedicated to the weight of the knife, not the size. Here are the pros and cons of heavy and light knives of the same size.
The Weight Is Not An Indication of The Sharpness of a Blade
To begin with, I would like to start by saying that, a light weight knife can be as much, if not sharper than a heavy weight knife. In fact, there is absolutelly no correlation between the weight and the sharpness of a knife.
Here is Why I Prefer a Heavy Knife
It Feels Solid
With a strong knife I can cut with confident, knowning it will not break. I don’t know if you are like me, but I have always prefered thick and solid tools. It feels just more solid. It is the same thing for a knife.
The Weight Help You Cut
I also find it easier to cut because the weight of the knife helps to apply more pressure on the food. Therefore, you need less force to cut through, but of course a bit more force is needed to handle the knife.
There are some food I always use a heavy knife to cut. Such food are: potatoes, squash, frozen meat, watermelons
Here Are the Positive Points About a Lighter Knife
It’s Easier to Handle
When cutting small food, or food that is very easy to cut. It can be advantageous to use a lighter knife as you do not need to apply a lot of pressure to make your cut. In this case, a lighter knife is the right choice.
Here is a list of the food I like to cut with a light knife: shallots, onions, lettuce, garlic.
In the end, it all comes to your preferences, as for me, I almost always choose the heaviest knife, because that is what I prefer, but it is up to you to find out what suits you best.