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Knife Sharpening and Usage – Ask Them To Watch Out!

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Buying Guide

Knife sharpening and usage is often perceived as the most difficult activity when taking care of knives. Modern stainless steel is quite hard and, holds a good edge for a very long time when sharpened well.

When sharpening a knife a high quality sharpener is important, especially one that features a rough stock removal surface (preferably diamond abrasive) and a finishing surface of hard stone or ceramic abrasive.

As they are harder than steel, the diamond and ceramic materials will cut away the steel on the blade's cutting surface easily. A hard stone will also perform this task, but the stone is only slightly harder than the steel and so this requires more effort on part of the user.

Read on to learn more tips and tricks before you buy or replace a knife set and knife sharpeners.

KNIFE SHARPENING AND USAGE

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Knife Sharpeners

  • Following manufacturer's directions for sharpening knives is a good practice.
  • A sharp knife cuts better and is safer than a dull knife.
  • There is a tendency to use too much force with a dull knife, lose control and get cut.

COMMON ELECTRIC KNIFE SHARPENER ISSUES

Electric Knife Sharpener Not Turning On

Make sure that the plug is plugged into the outlet correctly and switched on. Check that there is power to the outlet by testing another appliance.

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Produces sparks during use 

It is normal for the grinding wheel to produce sparks when sharpening some knives so don't panic.

The Electric​ Knife Sharpener becomes hot during use -

  • Use the knife sharpener for roughly 3 minutes at a time because it may overheat if used for more than three minutes continuously.
  • Unplug the knife sharpener and let it rest for roughly 20 minutes after every 3 minute cycle.

HARD SURFACES

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  • Avoid cutting with the knife on a hard surface such that they dull the edge of your knife. Common examples include, glass or acrylic plastic cutting boards.
  • Softer cutting boards such as polyethylene plastic cutting boards, are much easier on knives.
  • Look for boards that say they won’t dull knives.

KNIFE STORAGE [8 TIPS]

  1. Store ​knives in a storage place or rack that keeps the blades separate and clean.
  2. Do not throw them together in a drawer where they can bump against each other and possibly damage or dull the blades.
  3. It is harder to keep knives clean in a knife block as the slits in the block can’t be washed.
  4. D​on't put a knife in a dishpan with other dishes as it is easy to accidentally cut your finger.
  5. Most home knife sharpeners aren’t intended for use with knives with serrated edges.
  6. See the manufacturer’s directions before sharpening a knife with a serrated edge.
  7. Serrated knives are used on foods requiring more of a sawing motion.
  8. They undergo less wear and tear because of their design and generally need less sharpening.

BEST KNIFE STORAGE TIPS
TYPES OF KITCHEN KNIVES

TYPES OF KNIVES

CHEF'S KNIFE (Also called a French Knife)

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CHEF KNIVES IN THE KITCHEN
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DETAILS

  1. A chef's knife slices, minces and chops various foods.
  2. It is used to cut fresh fruits, vegetables,and herbs among other things.
  3. These knives can be used to cut raw meat and slice or carve cooked meats.
  4. They possess a broad, tapered shape and a fine sharp edge.
  5. The blade ranges in length from 6 to 12 inches while measuring at least 1-1/2 inches at its widest point.
  6. One of the best chef knives in the world have a Japanese connection so keep an eye out for that when evaluating chef knives.
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TIPS 

  1. For most people, an 8-inch chef’s knife is easy to handle.
  2. Always a cutting board when using a chef's knife.
  3. To prevent vegetables and fruits from slipping on a cutting board, cut these foods in half before slicing or chopping further.
  4. Then place the cut side on the board as this helps anchor foods firmly on your cutting board and helps protect against cutting yourself.
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING WHEN BUYING
  1. Comfort when holding the knife.
  2. How easy is it to manage when chopping and slicing.
  3. Is the blade solid. The more solid the better.

PARING KNIFE 

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JAPANESE KNIVES
  • Peeling fruits and vegetables
  • Sectioning oranges,
  • Slicing garlic cloves

TIPS 

Choose a blade size that feels comfortable to use in your hand.

PAIRING KNIFE DESIGN
  •  Some pairing knives have blades tapering to a point, while others have a curve or bend at the tip.
  • These are often referred to as Granny Knife.
  • Pairing knife with covers are also available.

SERRATED BREAD KNIFE

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  1. Breads or Cakes
  2. Whole fruits like oranges, other citrus fruits, melons and tomatoes.
  3. Squash with hard shells
  4. Cabbage or Lettuce
  5. Carving or Slicing cooked meats.

TIPS

​Use a long, serrated knife such as a bread knife for cutting fruits like watermelon or cantaloupes.

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