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Trumpstylz 02-26-2013 06:11 AM

Difference between semi stiff and flex boning knife?
Okay, I understand that one is obviously a little stiffer, but can someone give me some insight where one might be better than the other? I'm looking at the victornox, rada, chicago cutlery, and dexter MIU france (very inexpensive).

K-JUN 02-26-2013 06:39 AM

Victornox would be an excellent choice. Because they are really a commercial brand (once only sold at restaurant supplies). They have a lower price point than some of the retail brands. As for the semi stiff vs flex debate like most things opinions vary. I like the flex because I feel it is easier to get around bones. To be honest I don't feel there is a ton of difference between the two.

Trumpstylz 02-26-2013 06:47 AM


Originally Posted by onexchef (Post 2384380)
As for the semi stiff vs flex debate like most things opinions vary. I like the flex because I feel it is easier to get around bones. .

I actually would be using it more for trimming than actual bone work (the only time i really deal with bones are sometimes w/ bone in pork butts or ribs).

K-JUN 02-26-2013 07:04 AM

I still like the flex version. It does fine for trimming too. Like I said not much difference in flex between the two. If you want to try one without risking to much cash you could try this Brazilian made but not bad at all

K-JUN 02-26-2013 07:15 AM

Sorry link fixed now.

John Bowen 02-26-2013 07:40 AM

I use the Victornox boning knife – stiff. I find that it is pretty much my go to knife when it comes to meat. Keeps a good edge and feels good in my hand. I have not really had much need for a flexible one. I also have some of the Rada knifes which I love – I use them mainly for vegetables. Rada is a good brand for the money.

big brother smoke 02-26-2013 08:51 AM

I like the stiff knife for trimming out chicken for comps.

Full Draw BBQ 02-26-2013 09:23 AM

I couldn't decide between the two and bought both! Now I use the stiff one all the time, the other one stays in my knife bag and never gets used.

buccaneer 02-26-2013 04:49 PM

Goes exactly where you point it and no flex wastage.
Nothing like a stiffy.

landarc 02-26-2013 05:33 PM

I prefer a stiff boning knife as well, a much more precise tool. Flexible is great for fileting fish (although Japanese do not use a flexible knife for filet work) and for detailed boning off of curved bones, the stiff just is more precise and faster.

TheJackal 02-26-2013 05:45 PM

I have both the Victorinox straight stiff boning knife and a curved flexible boning knife. I use the straight/stiff for trimming chicken. I actually prefer the curved/flexible for the other cuts.

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