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How to Treat Your Knives

May 10, 2012

A high-quality, sharp knife can make all the difference in the kitchen. Good quality cutlery can be a little on the pricey knife blockside. If you properly care for your knives they will last for years. Follow these simple steps when caring for your knives:

  1. The best place to store knives is in a wooden knife block. You can also store knives in a drawer if they are properly sheathed to avoid damage. You can create a protective knife sheath by folding and taping cardboard or thick paper over the blade.
  2. Thoroughly clean your knives with soap and hot water after each use. It is best to hand wash cutting knives, as many are not dishwasher safe.
  3. Make sure knives are completely dry before storing to prevent rusting and corrosion.
  4. The edge of a knife tends to roll to one side or another with regular use. Sharpening steels are meant to realign a knife’s edge to the center. In order to correct this, you should use a sharpening steel after each use, making sure to use the same number of strokes on each side of the knife.
  5. Never allow your knife to get dull. How often you sharpen your knife depends on how often your use it, but you should sharpen your knives at least a few times a year with a knife sharpener such a s a traditional knife sharpener, electric knife sharpener, or a knife sharpening stone.
  6. Using a wooden cutting board is the best cutting surface for your knives. Cutting surfaces made out of glass, marble, or other hard materials cause knives to become dull quicker.
  7. Remember to always use the correct knife for the task at hand.

Follow these easy steps for maintain your cutlery and your knives will stay in great working condition for a long time to come.


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