The butcher's knife, also called a skinning knife, has a long and curved blade that allows you to make a long, pulling cut. It is used to cut large pieces of meat. You can also use it to remove skin and fatty fibres. It is very suitable for shearing and covering. The butcher's knife is used as a versatile tool in slaughterhouses and butcher's shops.
The task of the butcher's knife is to produce beautiful pieces of meat that have been cleanly separated from components such as tendons and fibres and can then be processed further without any problems. However, it can also be used for rough cutting, including the quartering of whole meat products, which are then processed into large cuts. The subsequent process of portioning or cutting the meat into ready-to-eat pieces - known as fine cutting - requires precision and exact cutting action. That is why it is important that you have a sharp butcher's knife in your hands so that the meat is cut cleanly and is not torn. Especially expensive meat cuts such as fillets would suffer a significant reduction in value as a result.
A butcher's knife is distinguished first and foremost by the shape of its blade. It is on the narrow side, curved upwards and tapered to a point at the front. This simplifies handling and allows the knife to glide along easily when cutting. The cuts are long and can be made in a flowing movement, while the more comfortable hand position is easy on the wrist.
The butcher's knife has a blade length of 18 to 26 cm. The length of blade used depends on the size of the animal or the piece of meat to be cut as well as the kind of cuts. The blade of the butcher's knife is also available with a Kullenschliff. The special Kullenschliff reduces sticking to the blade, as air cushions are created between the food to be cut and the blade. You can choose between the handles from our ErgoGrip or ExpertGrip butcher’s knife series.
Butcher's knives must be very sharp, durable and resilient as well as having all the necessary safety features, such as an ergonomically shaped handle with finger guard. It must also comply with the hygienic food law requirements. When used in slaughterhouses and cutting plants, functional handles are an absolute must for ergonomic, safe and fatigue-free work. The butcher's knife must sit comfortably and securely in the hand without slipping, as professional knives are in continuous use for hours on end. The finger guard on the handle prevents your hand from accidentally slipping off and coming into contact with the knife blade.
For our butcher's knives, we exclusively use high-quality knife alloys (X55CrMo14) and material compositions for the blade and handle. The blade's balanced hardness of 56° HRC significantly reduces material consumption and ensures that the
cutting edge has a long life time. For you, this means considerably less sharpening. In our special hardening process, each blade is individually case-hardened and monitored - with optimum results in terms of hardness and structure. Each cutting edge is given a polishing finish: even sharper, even faster, even better – also thanks to the knife's cutting edge and blade geometry.
You can rely on our professional quality: the knife retains its cutting ability and edge retention for a very long time. This allows for effortless, fatigue-free work. Your wrists are not subjected to unnecessary strain. After all, working with a dull butcher's knife requires more strength, places greater strain on the joints, increases the risk of accidents and can lead to tension and pain.
With the polished blade, we guarantee the highest level of hygiene. This means that less residue can adhere to the blade, making them corrosion-resistant and easier to clean. There is no gap at the blade exit from the handle, and the handle absorbs neither grease nor dirt. Furthermore, it is easy to clean and resistant to heat, shocks and abrasion.
The butcher's knife of the ErgoGrip series includes various handle colours for different areas or purposes of use. The colour coding can improve and facilitate hygiene even further. You can differentiate between the individual layers and the layer insert by colour (beef/calf, pork, sheep/lamb). This is just one of the reasons why the knives have been awarded the American NSF seal for hygiene and quality.
You can find more information and useful tips on how to care for, store and sharpen your knife here.