If you are a passionate chef and have purchased high quality kitchen knives, you want them to be cared for properly. Because only in this way can kitchen knives remain sharp in the long term and continue to be used for filleting and other purposes.
Take the following tips for handling your knives to heart so your knives last a lifetime.
What matters when cleaning your knives
It does not matter whether you have chosen a chef's knife or an Asian Santoku knife. Because it applies equally to all high-quality knives that under no circumstances do they belong in the dishwasher.
Even if the outer packaging of your knife states that it may be put in the dishwasher, it is better not to do so. After all, the dishwasher can damage your knives not only because of the aggressive cleaning salts that attack the knife.
Rather, other pieces of cutlery in the cutlery basket can also strike the knife, so that scratches, chipping and similar damage can quickly occur.
If your knife has a wooden or horn handle, such a knife has no place in a dishwasher. It is better to rinse your knives by hand.
The handle and blade also needs care
Depending on what the handle of your quality knife is made of, it may require appropriate care. Especially wooden knife handles can become brittle and dull over time.
It is therefore very useful to regularly maintain the handle of your knife with a little rapeseed or olive oil. After all, the oil not only makes the wood grain look beautiful again, but also prevents sweat and dirt from penetrating the handle of your knife so easily.
Blades made of high-quality oxidizing carbon steel must also be oiled regularly. However, you should not use edible oil for this purpose, but an oil that is free of acid. Spoke-proof oil is an excellent choice for blade care.
More tips for taking care of your knives
To ensure that all your knife care efforts pay off, you should always store your knives correctly and not simply keep them in the cutlery tray.
It is better to get a high-quality knife box, knife block or magnetic knife rail so that you can store your quality knives safely. High quality storing blocks can be found in our shop under Accessories.
If you have to store your knives in the cutlery drawer for space reasons, you should at least provide them with an appropriate blade guard.
Sharpen your knives regularly and and check out our blog for further instructions. Because there are different ways of sharpening knives, you must be careful to choose the right method in the end.
If you are unsure, you can have your knife sharpened professionally in a specialist shop.
To prevent your knife from becoming dull again so quickly, only use cutting boards made of plastic or soft wood. Don't use glass, granite, marble or hard woods as olive.