Boning knives are what you typically use after you carve your meat; for instance if you are carving a turkey you would use the boning knife to clean the rest of the meat off of the bone.
Boning knives typically…
- Are semi-Flexible
- About 5-6.5″
- Have very narrow blade
- Have a sharp point and if high quality will be razor sharp
Some people will argue that boning knives are essential to your cutlery, however they are essential if you deal a great amount of time boning large pieces of meat.
But before we get to the list I wanted to share a few boning tips.
3 Chicken Boning Tips You Must Remember
1. Cook the Chicken Before you Debone it
Warm chicken is easier to cook than refrigerated chicken because the meat will come easier off of the bone. You can always put the chicken in a crock pot and let it cook for a few hours during the day and then pull it out and carve then bone it.
Granted it isn’t impossible to debone a cold chicken, but it is much easier to debone a warm chicken.
2. Get Rid of Meat Scraps and Bones Right Away
Leftover meat scraps and bones will stink up your kitchen and potentially your house: I always make sure to run the scraps and bones right out to the yard waste bin instead of letting it sit in my house.
If you decide to put meat scraps down the disposal then you can zest some lemon, orange or lime into the garbage disposal and grind them up to hopefully cover the old chicken smell.
3. Schedule Your Time Wisely
It is important to have proper time management; you don’t want to start your other recipes before you are finished with deboning, or if you do, you will want to time it where all of it come together at the right time.
Give yourself a 15-20 minute window in order to debone the chicken.
You can also read this post that has a ton of chicken deboning tips.
Click here to read an excellent forum post on deboning a deer. Discretion is advised because of the photos can be a little much for some readers.
So now with the boning tips out of the way, let’s explore the best boning knives the market has to offer.
Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide to the Best Boning Knife
There’s a reason why this knife is the #1 best seller for boning knives on Amazon: it’s crafted from a high carbon stainless steel blade that is stamped from cold-rolled steel with an edge that will allow for easy sharpening if it does get dull.
The handle is very well made on this boning knife as well; it’s a patented fibrox handle that is textured to be slip-resistant. We always recommend knives that are slip-resistant because the worst is when knives slip while using them.
Lastly, it is a 6 inch blade that is very thin, so you will have very good control while deboning while being able to make precise cuts. Overall, this is one of the best boning knives you can grab for a very good price.
“This knife is still like a razor blade after a few months. Super sharp, comfortable handle, rips through poultry like a lazer.” – Amazon Reviewer
Next up is the Dexter-Russel boning knife: it has a curved flexible blade that is formed from high-carbon steel that has decent edge retention. This is a good boning knife but not quite as good as the Victorinox.
The DR makes for a good alternative to the Victorinox because it has a 6″ blade that can debone very well; because of the curved blade you can angle it different ways than a straight edge.
Lastly, you may sacrifice some comfort but the Grip-Tex handle has been reported to be fairly comfortable and being able to use it for long period of times without your hand being sore.
Up next is the Shun Class Gokujo; it is clean, mean and down right mean when it comes to boning. It will easy debone any chicken that you throw at it’s way. The Gokujo is at a higher price point, but it is a boning knife that will last a lifetime.
The blade is crafted 33 layers of stainless steels with a Damascus finish which makes it a very sturdy and unforgiving knife with a sleek finish. Nothing is better than a knife that can slice through anything with ease and looks good.
One of my favorite features about it, is that it has a D-shaped handle which allows for really good control and comfort. This will come in handy if you are de-boning meats for a long period.
Lastly, it is precision forged in Japan which gives it extreme sharpness and accuracy with it’s cuts. Which means you don’t have to worry about sharpening it out of the box, and the fact that it is stainless steel means that it can be sharpened easily.
Coming in after the Shun is a well crafted and sharp boning knife that can bone a chicken with ease. We love the Wusthof gourmet boning knife because it is made from high-carbon steel that can be easily sharpened if it gets dull.
The Wusthof gourmet boning knife comes with a limited lifetime warranty which protects the knife from normal wear n’ tear, or if there is a manufacturer defect.
Lastly, the Wusthof is balanced very nicely so it will fit very nicely in your hand and make boning meat a breeze and save you on time and effort. This is very important because if you cannot control the knife very well, then you are SOL.
Last but certainly not least is the rosewood handle Victorinox. We love the rosewood handle because it makes this knife look classic. So if you are into that kind of thing, then I suggest picking up this knife!
However, let’s get into the details of it. The blade is crafted from high-carbon steel that has great edge-retention and sharpness. And because it is high-carbon steel it is very easy to sharpen if it does get dull.
You can debone meat with this knife for a long time because it is ergonomically shaped to help reduce wrist tension and provides you with pretty good control. We personally prefer the Wusthof over this knife, but this one is less expensive and could save you on some money.
Lastly, there is a lifetime warranty on this knife that protects it from any manufacturer defects.
We hope this helped you pick and choose a boning knife because we know how important it is to have a good quality knife for deboning meats. It saves time, energy and frustration.
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