How to Maintain Your Kitchen Knife

The knives found in most commercial and home kitchens are designed for the lowest common denominator. The manufacturers of these knives make a series of compromises calculated to keep the largest number of people happily using their knives for the longest period of time. There are some maintenance tips for you to keep your knife sharper longer.

Steps

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    Use wooden or composite plastic cutting boards only. Don't use the glass, ceramic, marble or steel will cause it will wear the edge of the knife.
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    Keep the edge of the blade aligned. With regular use, any knife's edge will lose its sharpness cause the cutting edge always takes on a wavy S-shape. It is important frequently to re-align the edge of the blade with a honing steel and oil to keep it's sharpness.
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    Keep the knife out of dishwasher. The heat may damage wooden handles and the edges may bang against other cutlery or plates.
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    Sharpen the kitchen knives on a periodic basis. It will not only extend the life of the blade and also is a safety rule.
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    Don't store knives loose in a drawer. Use a block, magnetic strip, slotted hanger or edge guards.
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    Finally, keep the knife dry and clean, to keep it from rusting.

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Categories: Cooking Knives and Blades