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Your Handy Cheese Knife Guide
Ashley Martens
By Ashley Martens
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When it comes to designing the perfect charcuterie board with your new Brandless acacia wood cheese board,  you will want to include some main elements such as organic wheat crackers, fresh fruit slices, stone ground wheat crackers, fruit spreads like organic blackberry or organic strawberry, an array of cured meats — and everyone’s favorite: cheese. An important, yet often overlooked kitchen tool is the cheese knife. Just like a serrated knife is used to slice freshly baked bread, certain cheese knives are best for certain types of cheeses. And, Brandless has introduced a set of three cheese knives for $9 that will fulfill all your cheese board needs. Not sure what each knife is for? Consider this your guide to all things cheese knives.

Cheese Knife #1: Wide Knife

What is a wide cheese knife?
A wide cheese knife closely resembles that of a putty knife. Used for cutting hard cheeses, the sharp edge of the knife is located at the end of the knife, not the side. This is designed so you can chisel out chunks of your favorite hard cheeses to enjoy in bite sized portions.

How do I use a wide cheese knife?
In order to use a wide cheese knife, place the wide knife blade vertically and place it directly into your cheese of choice then push down on the knife. Watch your fingers and don’t apply too much force!

What type of cheese do I slice with a wide cheese knife?
A wide cheese knife is best used for hard cheeses like:

  • Aged Cheddar
  • Asiago
  • Emmentaler
  • Manchego
  • Parmesan
Cheese Knife #2: Narrow Knife

What is a narrow cheese knife?

A narrow or thin cheese knife is best used for semi-hard cheeses. This knife has a sharp edge both on the side and on its end.

How do I use a narrow cheese knife?
The unique blade of a narrow cheese knife gives it multiple uses, so you can either use it to cut from the side edge or you can use it like a chisel to cut from the top edge down.

What type of cheese do I slice with a narrow cheese knife?
A narrow cheese knife is best used for semi-hard cheeses like:

  • Cheddar
  • Comte
  • Edam
  • Gouda
  • Gruyere
  • Provolone
  • Roquefort
  • Swiss
Cheese Knife #3: Pointed Knife

What is a pointed cheese knife?
A pointed knife can be used for cutting semi-hard or semi-soft cheese. It can also be used for spreading soft cheeses on bread and crackers.

How do I use a pointed cheese knife?
A pointed cheese knife can be used like a bread knife (i.e., spreading butter on a slice of bread). Simply use the pointed knife end to grab the bit of cheese you want, then spread. It’s that simple!

What type of cheese do I slice with a pointed cheese knife?

A pointed cheese knife is best used for semi-soft and soft cheeses like:

  • Blue
  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Chevre
  • Feta
  • Gorgonzola
  • Havarti

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Bonus Tip: When serving slices of chunked, crumbed or already cut cheese, simply use a fork!

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