Knife Care: How To Care for a No-Sharpening Knife – Part 1
A quality kitchen knife is an investment that, when treated well, can last generations. Think for a moment about your parents’ or grandparents’ kitchen. Do you remember seeing a knife block sitting on the counter with a nicely matching set of knives that seemed to always be there? That is the investment a good knife can be; it can be the knife you remember from your childhood, still going strong into a third or fourth generation’s worth of use. Of course, even the best quality kitchen knives can only last so long when put under the strain of improper care. Do you ever use a knife and leave it in the sink instead of washing it right away? It sounds like a harmless enough thing to do, especially if you take care to ensure the knife doesn’t get crushed under a heavy pot or dish while it’s hanging out in the sink, but doing so regularly can still do a lot of damage to your knives and shorten their lifespans. If you’ve invested in a no-sharpening knife, it’s even more important to ensure you care for it properly to keep the sharp edge keen as long as possible.
Caring For Your No-Sharpening Knife
- When you’re done using it, clean it and put it away
As we mentioned above, leaving your knife in the sink instead of cleaning it as soon as you’re done can, over time, reduce the life of the knife. Setting your knife in the sink means you’re likely tapping the blade against the hard surface of the sink basin, and potentially nicking it on the edges of any other dishes or silverware in the sink. When you do this with a standard knife, it increases the frequency at which you have to sharpen it, which shortens the life of the knife. No-sharpening knives are designed to resist a lot of the accidental damage to the blade, but over time, even they will eventually start dulling from improper use. In order to help your no-sharpening knife last as long as possible, it’s important to wash it, dry it, and put it away as soon as you’re done with it.
Store your knives separately
Your utensil drawer is not miraculously, magically more protective than your sink. If you take the time to wash and put your knives away, but you store them in with the rest of your utensils, you’re not helping your knives last. Instead, invest in a knife sheath, knife block, or even a knife roll/bag like professional chefs use. The goal is to have something to wrap and protect the blade of the knife and keep it from bumping into things that might damage the blade. Whatever you choose, it’s just as important to store your knives safely as it is to clean and put them away as soon as you’re done using them.
Of course, that’s just the beginning. Be sure to stay tuned for the second half of our blog series for even more things you can do to keep your knives, both standard and no-sharpening, in great shape. As you’ve probably noticed so far, the common trend to caring for your knives is to take steps to ensure nothing dings the blade and diminishes its cutting ability. The other important factor is how well made your knives are to begin with. A high quality kitchen knife is more likely to last and stay sharp, whether you choose a no-sharpening knife or not. At Easy Slice, our goal is to provide quality kitchen knives that stay sharp without sharpening and slice neatly and easily every time. Our knives are made to a 57 Rockwell hardness to help the blade stay keen and cut smoothly use after use. Add in the no-slip golf ball grip and and the zero friction no-stick blade, and you’ll be amazed at how much easier all of your cooking prep work becomes!
Don’t forget to stay tuned to part 2 of our blog series for more tips on treating your knives well and keeping them sharp. If you’re looking for knives made to last, shop the Easy Slice no-Sharpening knife options online today and experience the difference the best kitchen knives can make in your cooking experience!