A solid kitchen knife paired with some knife-handling know how goes a long way towards making cooking a more enjoyable experience. Check out this video and accompanying guide to get the basics down.
Over at the culinary blog The Kitchn they've shared a great video for getting the basics of kitchen knife handling down. If you're already comfortable handling a kitchen knife the video might seem on the slow side, but keep in mind it's a demonstration. As your skill level increases you can increase the speed of your slicing and dicing to show that onion who's the boss — Tony Danza? — in record time.
One thing we'd add onto the video, early on when she's explaining why you don't rest your finger on the spine of the blade she explains that although it feels like it gives you more control it doesn't and it's not an effective way to hold the knife. While that's true, one of the best reasons to never put your finger onto the spine of the blade is that sooner or later your finger will slip. You never want your finger tips in the path of a slicing knife.
If you're at work and can't watch the video, check out the full article at the link below. The video accompanies a written guide that covers everything seen above. Have a kitchen tip to share? Let's hear about it in the comments.
How-To: Learn Basic Knife Skills [The Kitchn]