April 30, 2019
Knife Care -
The Do's and Don'ts of
Knife Sharpening and Maintenance
When you receive a nice knife you are excited, after all this is new tool that you can show off and use at the same time. A nice knife signifies to those around you, “I like to cook and I take pride with the cutlery I use!” However, after using the knife a few times the unfortunate realization will start to creep into your mind that the knife will not stay sharp forever. By following a few simple do’s and don'ts of knife sharpening and maintenance, you won’t have to worry about your blades and can keep them looking sharp.
Now that you have some tips on knife care, maintenance, and sharpening, look through your knife collection and pick out the knives you think need some attention. If you do not sharpen your knives at home we encourage you to find a sharpener who is trustworthy and reliable. Before taking your precious tools in, do a little research and find out what type of sharpening the business performs. Ask questions and get to know their techniques. At Town Cutler we provide whetstone knife sharpening service with a 24-hour turn around if you bring your blades to our stores in Chicago or San Francisco. We also offer mail-in sharpening service if you do not live near a Town Cutler store.
We also encourage people to learn how to sharpen your knives at home, we recommend investing in high quality sharpening supplies. Knife Sharpening is a great skill to have and with time and practice we think you will be happy with the outcome of your blades when you learn how to sharpen properly. Even with consistent at home knife sharpening, we still recommend you bring your knives to a professional from time-to-time to have them tuned-up. Much like visiting the dentist, even though you brush your teeth everyday and do a good job at home, at least once or twice a year you need to see a professional to have them inspected and thoroughly taken care-of.
ALL knives will benefit from regular maintenance and routine sharpening, whether you do it yourself or bring them to a knowledgeable professional. The frequency of which you need to maintenance and sharpen your knife depends on how often you use it and the knife itself. Once your knife starts to slip on the product you are cutting or you notice that it requires some effort to cut through food, it’s time to give your knives some attention. We also like to remind people that while it’s always important to be mindful when using a knife, a sharp knife is safer than a dull knife and makes for a better experience in the kitchen.
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