Your kitchen knife can last more than 20 years if you take good care of it.
If you don’t take care of your kitchen knife,
In 3 months, your kitchen knife will start to lose its original sharpness.
In 6 month, your kitchen knife will be completely dull.
It doesn’t matter if it is a cheap kitchen knife or a really expensive one.
1. Kitchen knife is one of the most important tools in your kitchen
So I can imagine your frustration.
You might be thinking…
“I just bought my kitchen knife not long ago, but it has already lost its sharpness”,
“I don’t feel good when I use this knife.”
And “Is this a disposable kitchen knife? I don’t want to buy a new one“,
But don’t worry,
Your knife is something like the Millennium Falcon.
Even though it is old,
If you take good care of it, it will still have great performance.
You found the right article.
Because I am the Chewbacca of the kitchen knife world.
Did you know this?
2. If you sharpen, all the knives get very keen
This is true.
A knife from the dollar store can be really keen
Don’t get me wrong.
This is also true that…
If you compare cheap knives to expensive knives
And they are equally-well sharpened,
You can feel the difference clearly.
My point is…
3. Kitchen knives are not disposable
Then you might be thinking…
How do I take care of my knife?
I recommend using a whetstone to sharpen your knife.
The basic idea of sharpening your knife using a stone is…
Shaving down your kitchen knife until the edge has a zig-zag shape.
A dull knife has a really smooth edge.
But a sharp knife has a zig-zag edge.
And this is why your knife can cut foods.
Here is my article that explains how to sharpen kitchen knives… [link]
You might be thinking…
If I shave down my knife too much, my knife will be gone.
4. Sharpening whetstone will elongate the life of your knife for sure
Let’s say you sharpen your knife once every 2 months.
If you do this,
In 10 years, the blade of the knife will be half an inch (1.4cm) shorter,
And the width of the blade will be 1/8 Inch (4mm) smaller.
It is in 10 years!
This tells you you can use your knife for more than 20 years.
As you learned, kitchen knife blades are made to last for years.
There is one problem…
It is the handle of the knife.
Most likely these handles get broken before the blades are worn out.
5. The life of the knife is actually depending on the handle
It is dangerous to use a knife that has a broken handle.
You will get injured if you keep using it.
You should go to a repair shop to fix the handle.
Or, you should buy a new one if the repair fee is not affordable.
Do you want to know how to take care of the handle?
Remember these two things.
Don’t soak your knife in water.
After cooking, wash your knife immediately and dry it out.