Skip main navigation

Parts of a knife

In this article you will identify the different parts of the knife.
© International Culinary Studio

So why is it so important to understand the parts of a knife?

If you know the parts of a knife, how they affect the way you hold and cut with the knife, you will understand the balance of the knife and how best to hold the knife so that it’s the most comfortable for you.

Cutting, chopping and using your knife can be tiring, by having the maximum control of your knife, you can minimize fatigue.

The following picture shows the different parts of a knife.

Parts of a knife


Look at the knife that you have at work or at home. Identify the parts of the knife to get yourself acquainted with them. You may even want to draw a diagram to remind yourself.

© International Culinary Studio
This article is from the free online

Professional Knife Skills

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education