Buying the best quality knives is not the end of the task. What comes next is how to maintain a knife. Surely, you want the knife you’ve purchased with your hard earned money with much precision would go long. Don’t you?
Maintaining deals with the way you are using, cleaning and storing it after use. No matter how sharp and robust the blade is, it’s still a piece of metal. So it can go rust, bent and thereby damaged if you regularly mistreat it. Besides working with a dull knife can be dangerous.
Check the do’s and don’ts regarding maintain your knife while it’s in use.
Maintenance while using
Always cut ingredients on a cutting board.
Never cut on a too-solid surface like countertop made of granite, marble or glass. These will cause the blade dull very quickly which will be unyielding for your knife life. Now coming to the cutting board material, there are wooden and plastic cutting boards. Choose wooden instead of plastic.
Often sharpen your knives.
Unlike our everyday life, your knife also needs to be tuned up. Sharpening and honing do this tuning up. Honing recalibrates the angle of the blade and removes the nicks. You can sharpen your knife annually, but you should hone it more often. Use honing steel, electric sharpener, knife stone or take it to someone professional.
Frequently clean it while cutting with it.
Rinse the knife off and then wipe it to prevent building up germs on the blade. It’ll also stop the knife from dulling and maintain efficiency.
Maintenance while washing
Wash your knives with your hand instead of in the dishwasher.
The moisture, heat and the detergent are harmful for the blade. They will discolor and dull your knife. Again, your knife may be rattling around with other utensils thus will get dinged. Use mild soap and hot water just after you are done using it to prevent scratching, corrosion or bending.
Avoid leaving the knife floating in the sink for long.
It can be dangerous for whoever will wash the dishes. Also, your knife will tend to scratch; the tip may bend or break. You can let it float in mild soap and hot water temporarily. But remember to collect it after a few minutes.
After washing your knife, wipe it out with a dry towel. Don’t wait till air dry as this can lead to rusting and molding. Again, drying it on the drying rack with other dishes can make the blade dull.
Avoid storing your knife where it’ll ix with other utensils.
If you store it freely in a drawer, there are chances that it’ll break, chip and dull. Using blade cover will only minimize it.
Maintenance while storing
Store knife in a knife block or on a magnetic strip.
Knife block, nowadays, has become the most common storage medium. You can get all your knives in a place. Again a magnetic strip will store knives vertically on the wall you mounted it. This makes knives easily accessible. But if your knives are of ceramics, magnetic strip isn’t going to work well.
Some more tips
Sharpen the blades always in the same direction.
When you transfer food from the cutting board to the bowl, do it with the dull side of the knife. Use a utility knife or must use a different knife regarding cutting different items. Using small knives for bulky items is life shortening as well as equally dangerous for you. While washing, be careful that the blade and the tip are away from your body.
Use it, wash it, dry it and finally store it correctly, that’s the motto of a longer lasting knife. Of course, you cannot use one knife throughout your life. But you can certainly extend its lifetime. Just think, how much your sword does for you every day. And all you have to do is to use it correctly.