Sharpening Your Knives
Regularly sharpening your high-quality knives will keep them at peak performance. Some culinary experts recommend that a knife should be sharpened before each use. All straight-edged knives do need sharpening, but knives with serrated edges, such as bread knives or steak knives, do not. At a minimum, you should give your knives a thorough sharpening annually.
- A sharpening or honing steel works very well on almost all knives. An already-sharp knife only requires a few light pressured strokes on the sharpening steel to maintain the sharp edge.
- Electric knife sharpeners offer an easy alternative to manual sharpening.
- Know the angle your knife is sharpened at for consistent sharpening.
- Sharpen both sides of the blade.
- Keep blades covered when not in use to help prolong the life of your knives.
Cleaning Your Knives
Depending on the type of handle your knives have, you may not want to put them in the dishwasher. Even if your handles are dishwasher safe, the knives can knock against other items, causing nicks in the blade. Hand washing is usually recommended.