5 Tips to Care for Your Knives
1. Start by treating them with respect
Even with constant use a knife that is protected and handled with care can serve a chef/cook for 50 years or more. And if they come from a well-established company with a guarantee they can be repaired to add even more years of life. As an importer of Four Star Elephant Sabatier Knives, I have helped clients repair and bring back to life a treasured family heirloom. Companies like Sabatier, that have a long history are still here today because they have pride, regard, and respect for their product.
2. Four ways to protect them
Your knives should have their own space. You have many options for this:
- You can keep them in a wooden knife block
- They can be placed on a magnetic bar in a drawer or on the wall
- You can purchase individual covers for the blades and then place the knives in a drawer
- They can also be loaded into a chef’s roll (a traveling fabric case) that can be purchased from a knife shop or restaurant supply company
3. Avoiding the usual abuses
- Keep them separate
- Do not place your knives in a drawer of mixed kitchen utensils to be scratched and abused
- It is important to not leave them on the drain board sitting in water
- Heaven forbid! Don’t use a good knife to pry open a can lid or turn a screw
- Do not allow knives near the heat of the stove
Sorry, but the dishwasher with its harsh soap and excessive heat is not good for your knives. You care about them? You hand wash them! And as you do this add a little love. They will give it back with great service
5. Keep them sharp but do not over do it
Over sharpening them reduces the size of the blade. A good commercial sharpening company will not sharpen your knives if they do not need it. You can keep a blade in excellent shape by honing it with a steel when needed. May I emphasize, “when needed”? Just because you look sharp brandishing a steel does not mean you should use it constantly. A quality knife that is well protected, handled and respected will hold its edge over an extended time. It may even be passed on to the next generation.
Looking to learn how to use your knife like a pro? Join me for our Knife Skills Workshop on July 19th and learn the fine art of using and caring for your knives. Plus you’ll learn easy ways to dice, slice, chiffonade and much more!
Louise Hasson is owner and lead chef of Bon Vivant School of Cooking, as well as the owner of Great French Knives where she sells only the finest French Sabatier knives. Bon Vivant is Seattle’s premier cooking school for beginning and experienced chefs. Visit Bon Vivant on Facebook and get more recipes on her Blog.