Always thought that it is a no brainer when it comes to the importance of the sharpness of a knife. It is pretty surprising to hear that many people are not aware of the importance of a sharp knife. And quite a handful even feel that it is not a big deal. If you are someone who cooks often or goes camping and hiking, you will be using the knife a lot. And we cannot stress enough on how important it is to keep your tool sharp at all times. Engaging in activities that must use the knife, priority is to get the job done. Safety sometimes becomes negligible.
I am sure you have heard stories about knife accidents. Has it ever crossed your mind that accidents occur because the knife is not sharp enough?
If you are under the impression that a knife is only a knife, it can be used for any purpose, be it dull or sharp, think again. There are different types of knives for different tasks. Likewise, there is a difference when handing a dull knife versus a sharp knife. A dull knife is simply dangerous. It is because, you will need to put in extra effort and force, to cut and slice. Since the blade is dull, it cannot perform its task properly, and when extra force is exerted, it may cause a slip. Do not underestimate a slip of the hand, this may lead to freak accidents that pose great danger. Not only to the person using the knife but also to the others who are nearby. When a knife is sharp, it does its job swiftly and efficiently. This not only speeds up the work, but it is also safe for everyone. This is the number 1 reason why a knife must be sharp!
And the benefit of keeping a knife-sharp is none other than cost savings! A knife that lasts, means you do not have to get a replacement. This saves costs and time in the long run. In other words, you made a good investment in a sharp knife. Did you know, a good knife can last a lifetime.
Okay. So we know a sharp knife is safe. A sharp knife is a good investment. A sharp knife can last a lifetime. Then we need to make sure it stays sharp! We recommend sharpening a knife every 3 to 4 months. A sure-fire way is to send it to a professional to sharpen it for you. Some knife dealers offer knife sharpening services. Some stores specialized in knife sharpening. Or You can consider getting an electric knife sharpener, which is a breeze to use. Or try the conventional method to sharpen with a stone. Using a sharpening stone to sharpen your knife may sound like a difficult task. But it is not as tedious as one may think, it just takes some practice. And you will soon master the sharpening technique.
End of the day, do not take for granted that your knife will stay sharp forever. Good care and maintenance is the key to allow it to work efficiently, lasts longer, and saves you money!
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