Each blade has its own personality and the way it wants to be handled. Any swashbuckler of old would tell you so, but the only swashbucklers we have today are either SCA enthusiasts or so deep into traditional martial arts that the uninitiated aren't likely to pay attention. A pity, but you can do some research of your own with the contents of the knife block in your kitchen. The following observations and preferences are strictly personal.
I like chef's knives with upward-curving blades. The triangular ones just don't balance well in my grip. With a properly weighed chef's knife, I don't even need a mezzaluna or other fancy chopping equipment, although the razor sharpness definitely appeals.
Anything I use for vegetables has to be serrated, regardless of length. Smooth edges on smooth peels like tomatoes and onions mathematically lead to ragged edges on the slices, if not to some pretty ragged-edged cuts on careless fingers. Meat knives, on the other hand, need to be smooth and very, very assiduously sharpened. A carving knife is the closest to a sword most of us are ever going to have, and it deserves the same kind of respect. You don't have to name it, but cleaning and sharpening it are mandatory. I like whetstones much better than steels, although they preclude cool butcher-skill displays.
What gives people around me the heebiejeebies is usually my habit of paring fruit by holding them in my palm. That's really a matter of practice. I've nicked myself occasionally, but never a real bad cut. The real horror stories I've heard had to do with electric knives. I've never owned one, and never will. It's all in the grip.
I have playtime knives as well, which are exclusive to such use. They are good quality athames I buy from pagan supply stores and keep even more spotless than my cooking knives, especially if blood is drawn during play. I've had clothes and underwear cut off me with Swiss Army knives, which was hot, just not the way I do things, and most of the time the flat of the blade works well - the sensation is thrilling even in lower levels. I don't advise indulging in scar work, unless you know what you're doing (I do), but if trust takes you to the level of nicking, it had better be safe. Occasional sterilisation of the blade could help the OCD ones.
Grooming calls for razors. No, not the straight kind - what is this, Reservoir Dogs? I'm happy with modern all-moisturising, all-vibrating ladies' razors, but I started my shaving career with those ancient ones where you actually had to unscrew the top and change the blade yourself. Cue countless nicked fingertips... like a paper cut but sharper. Perhaps that's what started me down the road to knifeplay - the rush after the shock of an unexpected cut. All things done, though, I'd hate to have to do yard work with one of those!
And then there's ritual. I'm not going to go into details on pagan ritual practices, suffice it to say, for those not so inclined, that one or two blades (if the tradition followed keeps ritual and work knives separate) are included in standard equipment. I only have one, and it's not even double-edged, as tradition dictates. It's a wonderful piece of bone, and I've never actually cut anything material with it. I use its point to inscribe candles, and find it easiest to hold like a pencil. It's my favourite knife, and it loves me back by refusing to chip or break for several years, despite the moving about it has had to do with me.
I thought of adding pointy objects to this, as well, but then I suspected people would start asking me for voodoo enchantments or would want to discuss Buffy (which you can do, of course)!
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