Ham knife features
A ham knife has a thin and slightly flexible blade. This flexibility is necessary to properly guide the knife as you're cutting. You can also use a ham knife for salmon or other types of fish. Ham knives resemble filleting or boning knives, with their thin and somewhat flexible blades. However, ham knives often have a slightly higher blade and the tip of the blade is usually less pointy.
How to choose the best ham knife
You can consider the length of the blade when choosing a ham knife. A knife with a longer blade will let you cut off a slice of a large piece of ham in one smooth movement. Knives with shorter blades tend to be easier to use, however. Moreover, you can choose a knife with or without dimples, and you also have a choice of handle materials.
Ham knives with or without dimples
Some ham knives have little dimples in the blade. These allow some air to get between the blade and the meat, ensuring that the meat doesn't stick to the knife. Meat is already less likely to stick to a ham knife, thanks to the relatively low blade. That's because there's less contact between the knife and the meat. A well-sharpened blade ensures that the knife cuts through meat without tearing it.
Ham knife handle
Ham knives are available with different handle materials. From wood to plastic composites. Some materials are more maintenance-friendly than others. A wooden handle is very comfortable to hold and it looks great, but it does require some maintenance. Should the wood lose some of its colour over time, it's important that you apply a new coat of oil. Plastic or POM handles are very low-maintenance, but they often don't have the same luxurious look as wood. The material you choose depends entirely on your personal preference!