You know what they say: A sharp knife is way more safe to use than a dull knife. With that said, it is important with care and attention to your sharp knife. Here are 5 kitchen knife tips to help keep you, your knife, and anyone else working with knives safe, sound, and in good condition.
1. Any knife will eventually become less sharp the more it are used. To combat this, keep your knife’s edge sharp by periodically honing or sharpening your blade. Sharp knives offer you to more control when cutting. Honing rods are a great tool to maintain your knive’s sharpness for a long time, but not forever. When your at-home maintenance no longer cuts it, we recommend visiting a professional sharpener.
2. Always do your cutting work on a flat, stable surface. A wooden or plastic cutting board is safe for you and causes minimal wear-and-tear to your knife.
3. Speaking of cutting boards, make sure your board doesn’t slip. Chopping, slicing, and dicing creates a lot of friction and movement on the cutting board and you definitely don’t want the board to start moving around when you are using a sharp knife. If your board tends to be slippery, you can fold out a damp kitchen towel on your table below the board. This will make it stay better in place.
4. Never attempt to open a can or a bottle using your knife. The knife may slip and hurt you, the knife tip can break off - many things can go wrong here. Always use a can opener or bottle opener for these purposes.
5. Always be patient when cutting and take your time. Rushing can result in injuries or damages. Instead, pay attention and appreciate the zen feeling of your razor sharp blade slicing through the ingredients.
Always remember that the key to good knife habits is practice, patience, and following proper safety guidelines. Doing this and with a razor sharp kitchen knife in your possession makes cooking way more fun and exciting. Enjoy yourself - and happy cooking!