They say that a blunt kitchen knife is more dangerous than a sharp one.
When a knife can no longer do the job that serves its purpose – Cutting – then things can get quite risky in the kitchen. You should never force a knife through something nor should you ever have to! If you find that your kitchen knife is no longer slicing through your vegetables as easily as it did when you purchased it then it’s time to sharpen it!
Once you’ve sharpened your knives, it’s important to maintain them. Here’s a few ways you can keep those knives sharp for a little longer!
Use the right chopping board.
Wooden or Plastic are a good choice but Marble or Glass can be damaging!
Your choice of chopping boards can dramatically improve your knife’s ability to stay sharp.
The best choice for keeping your knives sharp is a wooden chopping board.
The wood is soft enough that it does less damage to your cutting edge. The best chopping boards have the end grain facing up in a butcher block style. This style is durable but allows the knife to slide between the vertical wood fibers.
The next best chopping board surface is the plastic chopping boards.
These chopping boards are relatively easy on knife edges and are practical to use. Unlike a wooden chopping board, the plastic boards can be tossed into a dishwasher to sanitize it. Wooden chopping boards can be quite hard to maintain themselves even if they are good for your knives!
The last choice in chopping boards would be the glass or marble chopping boards or cutting directly on ceramic plates. These cutting surfaces are just too hard for knives. Constant chopping and slicing on these boards will dull even the highest quality kitchen knives.
Properly Clean Your Knife
The process of cleaning your kitchen knives often results in unnecessary dulling. The biggest culprit is the dishwasher. In a dishwasher, the knife edges are much more likely to come in contact with other silverware or ceramic dishes. This banging around will cause small imperfections in your knife edge and dull it over time.
The solution? Wash your knives by hand. Washing knives by hand also saves the handle material from the soaking and the high heat of a dishwasher. When washing knives by hand, avoid the temptation of soaking your knives in your cleaning water, in addition to possibly damaging the wooden handles, sharp knives are not something you want lurking in your cloudy dishwater. In addition, after your knife is properly washed, it’s important to dry your knife thoroughly before putting it away.
Storing Your Knives
A knife block or other knife holders are an important step in maintaining sharp knives.
Without proper storage, your knives can end up in a drawer where they can get banged around and dulled. Sharp knives can also expose you to unnecessary risk of cutting yourself while rummaging through your drawers.
Proper Knife Usage
In order to keep your knife sharp, it is also important to avoid using it as a pry bar, hammer, screwdriver or any other tool. Knives should only be used for their intended purpose… cutting!
So there you have it!
If you’re just not that sure how to sharpen your knives at home, Sweeney O’Rourke offer a knife sharpening service in their showrooms!
Or maybe you need a set of lovely knives to sharpen? Well we are giving away a Giesser 7pc Knife set and Case over on our Facebook page so be sure to head over there and enter for your chance to win!
The tips in this article are from the website sharpening supplies.