Updated: Aug 3, 2020
One of the most common questions I get coming in is, "Will, what are some things I can do to maintain my knives so that I don't have to pay for a sharpener every few months?".
This is a great question, especially since knife maintenance is something that we are all guilty of neglecting and often there is quite a bit of money sitting in our knife blocks.
To help keep your knives in tip-top condition, I've made a list of a few simple things that we can all do to maintain a keen edge on our valuable knives.
Remember, if you've neglected these techniques in the past, check out our Knife Sharpening service to get those blades back up to scratch.
1. Do NOT put them through the dishwasher - there are a number of reasons why this is crucial. Always wash your blades in hot soapy water by hand, even when in a rush.
The movement of the dishwasher and the water jets can bump cutlery together leaving your blades chipped, or at best blunt.
Chemicals in the detergent can dull the blades and even cause discolouring.
2. Make sure you use an appropriate chopping board - plastic is good, wooden is best. Avoid glass/ceramic boards at all costs.
3. Hone your knife regularly - every week or so, depending on how often you use your knives and the quality of the steel, try to run it along either a honing whetstone or a honing rod. Proper technique can be learned quickly from a number of videos found online.
By following the three points above you should have no trouble keeping the edges of your knives razor sharp. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, don't hesitate to get in contact with us on 0438 167 070.
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