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Kitchen knife maintenance

What you need to know?

Truth be told, knives are the most essential pieces of kitchen equipment – they are by far the most used. Judging by the great reviews all over the internet Victorinox knives are arguably the best there is. But this is not to mean that they are immune to all sorts of misuse. As a matter of act, they are just about as destructible as any other knives, only they can withstand slightly more. To ensure that you protect your investment and have the best and safest cooking experience with it, it is very important that you take good, no great care of your knife set. Below are some tips to follow. Victorinox kitchen knives have only one use

Knife sharpening – how properly sharpen your knife and how to properly maintain your knife to stay sharp as long as possible

Like it or not, knives are the least effective and formidable pry bars, yet insanely the most expensive of all you will ever have. Hammers, screwdrivers and chisels are examples of equipment you can use in place of pry bars and still come out on top of your situation having achieved your intended goal. But knives, knives have an entirely different niche; they are cutting instruments designed for precision nothing else. Trying to extend their use in the kitchen could very well have you void your warranty, damage the quality knife and shed some blood in the process. If you really need to hack through a string bone or open a can, ensure you use a tool designed for the job.


Many if not all of the Victorinox kitchen knives feature blades that are designed to be re-sharpened over and over again. But many who have used these knives before document that they never saw the need to sharpen the blade. Even with constant use, the knife blade remained as sharp as it was when purchased. This may come as a shock to many, but dull knives are probably more dangerous than sharp knives. Why? Well, dull knives tend to twist and slip often when trying to cut through soft items like tomatoes. Add to it the fact that they require a great deal of effort to drive through groceries makes them all the more unpredictable. Using a sharp knife on the other hand guarantees ease of cutting and precision. And as long as you keep your fingers out of its trajectory, you will be safe.


Knife block

Knife block

Whilst you might not have thought about it in this light, kitchens usually lacking knife blocks on their counters.  Some of them have an magnetic bars on their walls but this could  be very terrifying for some people. Such kitchens are home to predatory blades, lurking behind gadget drawers (enemy lines) waiting to capitalise on the aspect of surprise and chop off a pinkie or thumb. Storing knives in kitchens is not only harmful t your digits but you run the risk of dulling your knife’s blade.


This is probably the best storage method given the fact that knives require a safe yet dry place to store. Knife blocks are available in different colors, shapes and configurations. They protect the knives from getting damaged as well as compliment your kitchen design and décor. If you have vertical blocks, store the knives blade first.


If you are looking to save space and still compliment your kitchen design, magnetic bars are the way to go. They are available in synthetic material wood and aluminum. The strong magnets provide a safe and visible option, not to mention it is undoubtedly really cool.


If for some reason you are inclined to stick to your knife drawers, then you should have it customized such that every knife has its own slot.


This is a professional yet very safe method of transporting knives. Every knife should have its own saver before it is placed in a saver.


Tempered glass for many cuts across as the best material option for a cutting board; after all it is sturdy and very easy to sanitize in your kitchen sink. But there are very good reasons why tempered glass, granite or marble cutting boards are advised against. You surely are familiar with the infernal screaming noise made when the blade of a knife cuts on them right? For anyone with great hearing, it’s more like nails scratching on a chalkboard. Compared to this sound, who wouldn’t prefer the dull thud made cutting on a butchers block? For many the latter is like music. Prefer polythene plastic and wooden cutting boards. But if you are not sure of which to choose for whatever reason, perform the scratch test. If a knife can leave a mark on the board, this is a good thing.


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Though many adverts advocate and recommend cleaning your knives in dishwashers, you better not follow this advice. For a quality precision tool that you hold so dear, the dishwasher environment featuring grit and corrosive soap is not the best. The edge of your knife quality blades will be dulled within no time if they frequent the dishwasher. And truth be told, you would be crazy to subject your high end knife blade to such harsh dishwasher conditions. Given their quality, they require extreme care.

The traditional soap and water cleaning will have to do when cleaning your quality knives. For steel blades, use a cloth dampened with vinegar to wipe down the grease from the base of the handle to its tip.

But in the event you decide to go against this advice and thrust your knife into the dishwasher, ignore all manufacturer recommendations and take measures to ensure that it does not bounce around during the cycle and it is not touching other objects.

Taking proper care of your knives will see to it that they last longer are efficient and safe to use. In addition to this, keep your knife clean and sharp at all times. It can prove to be very hard to stick to the recipe time if you have to stop and prepare your best kitchen knife for the task at hand. Victorinox kitchen knives are of high quality, but for them to remain as so, you will need to adhere to the above guidance.