Dull Kitchen Knives? Try This Solution!

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Sharp knives are amazing.  My mom offered me a “tomato knife” recently but I declined.  So she gave it to my daughter-in-law, Ashley.  While I was at Ashley’s house a while back, I used the knife.  Oh, my gosh!  It was the best knife I’ve ever used.  EVER!!!  I was really sad I hadn’t accepted it when my mom offered it.  So my mom, being the awesome mom that she is, gave me her tomato knife and got herself another one.  I love this knife – mainly because it’s so sharp – and I use it for everything!

I’ve never had expensive knives, and therefore, they don’t tend to stay sharp.  It can be very frustrating when you cook as much as I do.  About 10 years ago, my husband and I were out shopping and he saw a knife sharpener at Target and bought it.  I was skeptical that it would make any difference, but it did.  It really did.  You run the knife along the sharpening stone four or five times and your knife is sharp.  You can also use it for scissors.  I’ve tried it with a serrated knife but it doesn’t work extremely well for those.

knife sharpener

knife sharpener

knife sharpener

knife sharpener

knife sharpener

It works for scissors, too!

Anyway, if you have dull knives like I did, a knife sharpener might be a worthwhile investment.  They run anywhere from $8 and up.  Mine was about $12.

knife sharpener

Or you could just go out and buy some really nice knives.  But the sharpener is cheaper.

What kind of kitchen knives do you have? Could a sharpener be helpful?


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Comments

  1. I have the semi-expensive Henckels knives set and a sharpener. The knives are 11 years old, we added the sharpener about 5 years ago. It was an impulse buy at a mall cooking store – saw it on the corner of the counter while I was checking out, and it seemed like a good deal for $5.99. Definitely worth it.
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  2. All knives need regular sharpening, expensive or not! I store mine on a magnet on the side of a cabinet so they don’t get dulled rubbing against things in a drawer, and I steel them pretty much every time I use them: http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/culinarytools/ht/honing.htm

    I have a little sharpener similar to yours which I use for some knives.

    My parents have carbon steel knives (not stainless) which are wonderful because you can get an incredibly sharp edge on them. They don’t hold the edge very well but I have never gotten such a perfectly sharp edge on any stainless steel knife.
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    • It makes sense that all knives need sharpening. It wasn’t something I ever thought about until we got the sharpener, though. And there’s nothing like a sharp knife!!!

  3. Dianne in the desert says:

    My husband and I received a set of Cutco stainless knives when we married inn 1967. The set had a sharpener with it. We still have all of those knives. We did have to send the wavy “Double D” blade knives back to Cutco for sharpening, but the straight bladed ones are sharpened at home. There is nothing more dangerous than a dull blade on a knife during food preparation. The Cutco knives we received are not the ones sold in department stores. They are special order. I can happily say that I have never cut myself with the knives here at home. I have cut myself in other places where the knives were not sharp. Ouch!

  4. I am the queen of dull kitchen knives. I really should buy a sharpener.

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo
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