From Season 10: Pork Two Ways
Cut-resistant gloves are designed to protect fingers when you grate, slice, or chop, but do they really work? We bought four brands and asked for volunteers—but wary test cooks made themselves scarce. So we fit hot dogs into the fingers and ran a sharp knife five times over each one. After every dog emerged unscathed, our testers came back and agreed to wear the gloves to grate and slice carrots and onions on a box grater and mandoline. With the glove (sold one per package; the fabric molds to fit either hand), we could comfortably change the mandoline blades and grip its hand guard. (We don’t recommend skipping the hand guard; the gloves are not infallible.) While all four brands are made of Spectra fiber, a material used in bullet-resistant vests, the tightness of the weave made a difference: Looser-woven fibers on two brands began to shred and pull apart as we worked. In the end, we preferred the snug weave and stretchy fabric of the Microplane Specialty Series Cut Resistant Glove ($24.95), which proved both comfortable and durable.
Victorinox (formerly Victorinox Forschner) 6-inch Straight Boning Knife: Flexible
The nonslip grip and narrow, straight blade let testers remove the smallest bones with precision and complete comfort. Perfectly balanced with enough flexibility to maneuver around tight joints. The low price was a bonus.
|★ ★ ★||★ ★ ★||$19.95|
Wüsthof Classic Boning Knife
Hefty in weight, this knife was a solid performer when removing poultry bones, and the handle was easy to grip, even when covered in chicken fat. Piercing silver skin was a challenge since the tip wasnt sharp enough and the long narrow blade produced slightly jagged cuts.
|★ ★||★ ★ ★||$99.95|
|Recommended with Reservations|
Mundial Boning Knife: Flexible
The sharp tip performed well when removing silver skin, but it was too flexible when maneuvering around poultry joints, leaving testers feeling a lack of control. The heavy handle was slightly unbalanced and became slippery once covered in poultry fat.
|★ ★||★ ★||$19.95|
Shun Gokujo Filet Knife
Designed to replicate a samurai blade, this expensive knife was a disappointment. It struggled to pierce the silver skin, although long cuts were smooth and even. Minimal flexibility and extreme curve got in the way when maneuvering around joints. The smooth handle was hard to grip and slippery.
MAC Boning KnifeChef Series
The large, cumbersome handle reminded testers of an outdoors knife for fishing and hunting. The blade was too wide to maneuver around joints and it struggled to pierce silver skin. Unlike other knives, this boning knife could only slice in one direction, making intricate cuts around joints difficult.
Messermeister San Moritz Elite Flexible Boning Knife
The blade was so flexible it led to erratic cuttings; testers said the knife was hard to control. The blade was not sturdy enough to maneuver around joints and the lightweight handle felt flimsy and unbalanced.