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sel1k1

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of helping banquets for a few hours before service, went through a ton of prep for a party of 200 and then came the chicken breast, roasted, slightly overcooked.....cold...-_- My 210mm chef's knife flew through everything else with little to now effort. I had sharpened a few of my knives earlier that morning, deburring with cork and finishing with .25 microcarbide loaded latigo.

Dicing the chicken breasts was a real hassle. I havn't had a blister on my hand from cutting since 2006. What knife will suit tasks like this best? I was thinking a 180mm or 210mm deba.
 

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What knife are you using and what's your sharpening progression? My theory is your edge was too refined for protein.
 

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Use a longer knife and examine your technique. You aren't trying to chop it like a veggie, it has a dense protein structure. Instead, slice it like meat--even if it's just stupid old cold chicken, the same principles apply as making paper thin slices of fish. Long pull cuts, letting the knife do the work.
 

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I think that you where on the right track thinking deba in terms of something with some heft to it / blade heavy balance so that the weight does some of the work for you. But, I agree with Vertigo, that you also need more length. My DT ITK Chinese style cleaver does a great job with protein and the extra height you get with a cleaver really helps with big mountains of product. My other thought would be something like a 270 shige gyuto: nice thick, round spine (some cushion for the pushin'), but great (one of the all-time best) slicing geometries, and nice blade-heavy balance.
 

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Long pull cuts, letting the knife do the work.
Not in this situation; takes too long. He was dicing this stuff for banquet service. Time for the 'mighty' gyuto or cleaver.
 

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I dice a few dozen pounds of chicken every morning for our chicken salad. It takes like 3 minutes. Pull cuts don't have to be slow.
 

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I dice a few dozen pounds of chicken every morning for our chicken salad. It takes like 3 minutes. Pull cuts don't have to be slow.
I've been doing this banquet bullsh*t for so long that sometimes expedience and a crew with marginal knife skills gets in the way of applied technique in my case.
Still..24# of chix in 3 minutes?! Damn...you gotta make a video of that! :headbang:
 
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