Thursday, January 18, 2007

Caring for knives

A few unintentional trips through the dishwasher dried out our wooden knife handles.

This set was one of the few wedding gifts we didn't return. I keep the handles silky smooth by wiping them with vegetable oil every few months.

My husbands sharpens the blades at home--a process that makes me very, very nervous!

If you don't have (or don't want to have) a sharpener, many independent hardware stores still offer this service. Locally, Hart Hardware runs a promotion in which you get a knife sharpened free for every can of food you donate.

3 comments:

Jenn said...

Meredith-I have a knife sharpener like this one:

http://www.instawares.com/accusharp-handheld-knife-sharpener.280-1216.0.7.htm

I bought it when I went to my local hardware store 4 years ago to get my knives sharpened and the guy told me I was wasting my money and should just buy one of these gizmos. I figured that was pretty honest since he gave up the sharpening fee. It has the little saftey gaurd thing on it so it isn't dangerous at all. I think I paid less for mine though.

I've used this oil trick before, but I need to do it again. I'm a bad girl and put my knives through the dishwasher constantly. Bad Jenn. Bad Bad Girl.

Alison said...

Jenn & Meredith, I have that same sharpener and it works great for me (on both my Henkels and cheaper knives). I've even revived an apple slicer/corer device with it. I grew up with my step-dad using a whetstone and it was very effective but very scary. When I married I assumed my husband would do the same, but it turns out he's not the knife sharpening/car maintenance model, lol (though he is the gardening/hands on daddy model!). Before I got this sharpener I stumbled along occasionally remembering to take my knives for free sharpening at the Raley's/Bel Air meat dept.

Rean Day said...

I am SO THANKFUL for this post! I have the same knives and have been wondering what to do to bring back the moisture and sheen to the handles!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Rean Day