The trimming knife is used to separate pieces of meat from fat, tendons and skin. That is why the trimming knife also belongs to the butcher's knife family. The blade is slightly curved upwards, becoming slightly wider in the front area than in the middle. This gives it more surface area, allowing you to make a long, pulling cut. Like the classic butcher's knife, it is also used to cut larger pieces of meat. This makes the trimming knife one of the most versatile butcher’s knives in slaughterhouses and cutting plants.
The purpose of the trimming 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. The subsequent process of portioning, or cutting the meat into ready-to-eat pieces, also requires precision and exact cutting. That is why it is important that you have a sharp trimming knife in your hands so that you can cut the meat cleanly and create a beautiful cut pattern.
A trimming knife is distinguished first and foremost by its blade shape. It is on the narrow side, curved upwards and ends in a wide, rounded blade tip. This simplifies handling and allows the knife to glide along easily when cutting. This means that the cuts are long and can be made in a flowing movement, while the more comfortable hand position is easy on the wrist.
Our trimming knives have a blade length of 13 to 21 cm and are available in different blade widths. The type and length of blade used depends on the size of the animal or the piece of meat to be processed as well as the kind of cuts to be made. You can choose between the handles from our ErgoGrip and ExpertGrip butcher's knife series.
Trimming 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 trimming 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 trimming 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 trimming 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. 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.