2. Practice the Proper Grip for Maximum Control Next, hold your knife the right way. Just like you can’t hit a solid shot in tennis if you’re holding the racquet the wrong way, you can’t expect to have maximum control over your blade if you’re gripping the knife the wrong way. Practice a “choke hold” grip: “your hand should straddle the finger guard, or the ridge where the metal meets the handle, with your thumb and index finger grasping the flat edge of the blade. The hold balances the weight of the knife, so you have more control when chopping. For smaller, blades, like paring knives, you can simply grab the handle,” explains Chef Joo.