A tomato knife is the ideal tool for slicing through the tough skin of a tomato. This small, serrated kitchen knife easily penetrates the tomatoes’ skin quickly without crushing the soft flesh within. Most tomato knives have a forket tip, making it easier to lift and move the tomato slices after they have been cut. While serrations are not necessary for cutting tomatoes, they allow the knife to cut tomatoes and other foods easily even when dull. Tomato knives are similar to bread knives or steak knives which also offer a serrated blade.
A utility knife is a multi-purpose knife, falling between a chef’s knife and a paring knife in size. Most utility knives have a blade length between 4 and 7 inches in length. A utility knife is useful in a variety of situations in the kitchen, mostly on smaller foods, but is not easily classified for one specific use.