5 Steps to Maximize the Lifespan of Your Kitchen Knives

By Dan Engler

So let’s dive right in and explore 5 tips to extend the longevity and effectiveness of your knife set:

1. Hand Wash / Hand Dry – Sure, we know it’s super easy to throw your knives into the dish washer, turn it on and come back in an hour. The problem is that sometimes we leave our dishes in the machine for HOURS after running it and any metal that’s not stainless steel can easily rust. Hand washing and drying only takes a few minutes more, but it’s worth those few minutes.

2. Store your knives in a knife block – Many times when knives are put into a drawer, then can be in contact with moisture from not being dried off or from other dishware. If you store it in a block, no moisture will collect on the knives further preventing the possibility of rust. Wooden blocks work the best as they can absorb the moisture better than plastic or metal blocks.

3. Use a knife sharpener – Long gone are the days where a knife sharpener will come to your house to sharpen your knives like older times. Now it’s much more convenient and affordable to sharpen them ourselves. The sharper your knives, the better they will cut and the longer they will last, especially when cutting things like meat and harder foods!

4. Buy stainless steel – This one is a no brainer. Stainless steel doesn’t rust, that’s a fact. BUT, it does cost a bit more than other knives. It might not seem worth the high price, but when you find rust after your first usage of the cheaper set, you’ll wish you spent the extra money.

5. Removed the handles before cleaning – Many knife sets have rubber handles for convenience. Often times moisture and food particles can get between the knife and the handles. Over time this will result in rusting and issues with the knives. Remove the handles before cleaning and only put them back on after they are completely dried.

So there you have it. 5 simple and probably obvious tips for maintaining your knives. Now, of course, you don’t have to follow these tips and you will still probably have a fruitful relationship with your knife set, but if you want to get the most for your investment give these a shot. Hopefully, you found this article helpful and can implement in your daily life! Cheers!

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