Eradicate the Dull!

It has been said that a
dull knife makes for a
dull chef. Let's face it,
no one wants to
be considered "dull"
in any way. 

Most everyone agrees
that they would rather
enjoy a sharp knife
rather than
fight a dull one.


Cutlery Sharpening

Michael Keller Woodcarving offers a complete precision cutlery service including sharpening and repair of knives, scissors, shears, and woodcarving tools. For pricing and additional information, please click here.

 

Properly Caring for Your Cutlery

Cleaning, Washing & Storage — After use, wash knife thoroughly by hand, rinse it in warm water and carefully wipe dry. Again, never place a knife in the dishwasher. Store in a dry place with the blades protected from possible banging on other utensils including other knives.

It is a good idea to protect a carbon steel blade with a thin coat of vegetable oil or mineral oil.

Cutting Boards — Use only wood or polyethylene cutting boards to protect the blade’s edge as well as your counter-tops.  Never use your fine cutlery to slice on glass, ceramic, porcelain, concrete, or steel. Use of any of the latter will quickly dull and could possibly chip a knife’s edge.

Maintaining Your Knife’s Edge with a Ceramic Rod — Honing your knife’s edge with a ceramic rod will re-align the edge and maintain a keen edge for much longer than if you either ignore it or use any other honing tool. The Ceramic will bring the edge back 10 to 15 times between sharpening. I suggest that you do not use a standard Butcher’s steel as they are quite coarse and will actually remove steel from the blade’s edge, easily damaging your professional edge. 

Using a Ceramic — Stand the Ceramic vertically against the counter (tip down). Starting at the heel of the knife and the top of the Ceramic, draw the knife toward you and let slide down the Ceramic. Angle the blade away from the Ceramic a few degrees greater than it has been sharpened. DO NOT USE PRESSURE. Just let the edge lightly touch the Ceramic. Because you are not using any pressure, the angle is not critical. 

Ceramic sharpening rods are commonly available from many suppliers. An ideal Ceramic Rod is also available from Michael Keller for $24.50 plus actual shipping. Washington residents add 8.1%.

Knife Handle Care— Handles are made of a myriad of products and they all begin looking dull with continued use and cleaning. Handles made of wood, resin impregnated wood, Stag, bone or the like can be brought back to life by simply applying a thin coat of mineral oil. Four to eight hours after applying the mineral oil, thoroughly wipe off the handle. You will be pleased with its restored look!

A Few Practical Notes:

Don't place anything in front of a knife's edge that you do not intend to cut — think fingers!
Sharp knives are much safer than dull knives as dull knives require more pressure to use and are prone to slip.
When reaching for a knife, be fully present. Do so with deliberation, reaching for the handle.
Never try to catch a falling knife. Step back and let it drop.
A knife should never be used as a screwdriver, ice pick, chisel, etc., nor for prying apart frozen food.

 

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