Cut to the chase: 7 quick ways to maintain a sharp knife
Buying a new set of kitchen knives is a worthwhile investment that, if cared for properly, can really last a lifetime.
If you like cooking, there’s no doubt that the pleasure you’ll get from preparing your meal with a good quality knife is priceless. If you don’t like cooking, the time you’ll save in the kitchen from being able to faster prepare your meals will be a dream come true!
In either case, here are 7 easy steps to help you care for your newly beloved:
1. Sharpen and hone your knives
Sharpening a knife and honing a knife are two very different things. If you want to keep your blades in good shape we recommend honing every 2-3 uses. This involves re-centering the blade and straightening it which helps create a sharper cut. If you are honing your blades, you should only need to sharpen them once or twice a year.
2. Hand wash your knives
Throwing your knives in the dishwasher is a bad idea. It may be convenient but dishwasher cycles can be unforgiving. Not only can plates and other cutlery move around and dent or break your blades, the knives have just as much potential to damage your other crockery.
3. Don’t leave them in the sink
Just like the dishwasher, the sink is an equally bad place to leave your knives. As dirty dishes pile up on top of them, the blade can scrape along the bottom and edges of the sink causing them the blunt or break.
4. Dry your knives as soon as they’re washed
Leaving your knives on a drying rack will cause moisture and mould to build up around the edges of the handle. Over time, this can cause rust, weaken the grip and compromise how much control you have over the knife.
5. Always use a chopping board
Chopping anything directly on your kitchen bench will blunt your knives and damage the blades. A wooden or plastic chopping board will catch the blade as it cuts through your ingredients unlike granite or marble bench tops which will resist it.
6. Have a good selection of knives
Let’s be honest, you’re no longer in college (or you are and you’re way ahead of your 2-minute-noodle eating friends). It’s time to purchase a good selection of knives and stop ruining the bread knife every time you cut the potatoes.
7. Store them safely
Store your knives upright in a holder so that the tip of the blades don’t get damaged every time you put them away. Better yet, invest in a knife block ensuring your knives are kept clean, dry and away from foreign objects.
Ultimately, knife-care works like this: you protect the knife, the knife serves you. Hold up your end of the bargain and it will be a relationship for the ages.