It is very important to take good care of your knives. So take a look at our tips below, to ensure your knives last for longer.
Caring for your knives
Once you have invested in a quality set of knives, you want to make them last as long as possible. If you have invested in a set of our premium knives, a lot of people assume that if they are made with quality material, they can take care of themselves. This is not the case.
Here are some simple tips to help you care for your knives.
There are three main ways to sharpen your knives. You can use sharpening steel, a pull through sharpener or a whetstone.
- It is important to keep your knives sharp and in good condition. This means looking after them, washing them carefully, keeping them clean and, in particular, re-sharpening the blades as required.
- Many people are frightened or wary of sharpening their knives and unfortunately allow them to go blunt. Even when they are professionally re-sharpened, this tends to shorten their life and it is always preferable to keep the knives sharp with frequent sharpening.
- Making sure that you are using the appropriate sharpener for your knives. Many professional knives have blades which are hardened to a very high degree and need whetstones or sharpeners made from ceramic or diamond material.
- There are really 3 different types of sharpening aids:
- Sharpening Rods or Steels – these are the most traditional, but the most difficult to use successfully, as they are mostly rounded and the knife edge has to be drawn down the full length of the rod, at a constant angle, in order to create the right cutting edge.
- Pull-Through Sharpeners – with either bands or wheels made from the sharpening material. These are the simplest to use, as the knife needs to be purely run backwards and forwards, provided the sharpener is set at the right angle.
- Whetstone Sharpening – either alone or in combination with the above. Correct whetstone sharpening will achieve the very best results and prolong the life and sharpness of your knife. Unlike sharpening rods and pull-through sharpeners, which only grind the extreme edge of the blade, whetstones re-shape the deeper face of the cutting edge. Whilst it takes a while to achieve and master, it is certainly an art worth practicing and mastering, as it will enable you to get the very best performance from your knives. Global recommend that knives in frequent use are sharpened on a whetstone from time to time to maintain their keen edge. See below for a step by step!
We advise that you clean your knives with warm soapy water.
A lot of people do put their knives in the dishwasher, but we will never encourage this. The reason for is because dishwasher detergent is very abrasive, and along with the banging around that happens during a wash cycle, will take the sharp edge right off your knife. (Plus, it's not safe for the person unloading the dishwasher!)
Other factors that you should also bear in mind is:
· Intense heat and moisture can blunt your blade
· Corrosive detergent can also react with steel, causing it to discolour
· Blades can get chipped when the dishwasher rattles around
Please note: if your knives are damaged and they have been put in the dishwasher, your guarantee may become invalid.
It is important to store your knives correctly, to avoid them getting damaged if they are loose in a drawer and rattle around. See below the knife storage solutions we have:
Knife blocks keep your knives safe and separate from other knives. They are easy to clean and come in different styles which look aesthetically pleasing on any kitchen surface.
Our safe magnetic knife racks are perfect for holding knives on your wall, if you have limited space on your kitchen sides. They have a strong magnetic hold, so your knives will not fall of.
Many professional Chefs’ prefer this method better because your knives can be transported. Knife cases are very protective, and can be stored in your kitchen cupboard. They come in different sizes and have customised slots for different sized knives.
If you prefer to keep your knives in a drawer, you can protet them with magnetic knife guards. They fit perfectly to any size blade, and have a firm magnetic grip so they do not fall off.