How can I tell if my knives are dull?
One of the easiest ways to tell if a knife is sharp is by using a standard sheet of paper. Hold the paper in one hand and the knife in the other, and try slicing through it. If your knife makes it, it's sharp. If it doesn't, it's probably time to give it a little love and attention.
How often should knives be sharpened?
Depending on how much you use your knives and what sorts of surfaces you cut on, you may need to sharpen your knives as frequently as once a week or as little as every six months.
How important is the quality of steel in a knife?
One of the biggest benefits to using higher quality steel is that the knives hold their edge longer, so you don't need to sharpen them as frequently. Most knives that have decent quality steel and parts, though, should work for years if they are maintained and sharpened regularly.
What criteria should I use when choosing a knife?
When assessing knives, you typically want to look at four factors: durability, performance, ergonomics, and aesthetics. And truth be told, most decisions come down to ergonomics and aesthetics. If your current set of knives don't fit well in your hand or don't bring you make you happy, then I'd suggest looking into getting a new set.
What is the best way to store my knives?
For home/personal use, a wooden block is probably your best option. Some people have started using metal magnetic strips, which work fine, but there are actually more ways to damage a knife (or your hand) using one of these strips than with a wooden block. If you're concerned that a wooden block may dull your knives quicker, I've never seen that to be the case. Wood also tends to absorb moisture away from the knives, which can reduce the prevalence of rust.
Do you offer mail-in services?
We do. If you don't live in the area, but would still like to use our services we'd love to help. We're able to accommodate most mail requests, but please contact us prior to sending them. For more information, please visit our Mail Orders page.