Knives are the true workhorses in the kitchen.
Even if you had all the slicing and slicing machines that new technology has to offer, you will still find it difficult to make a lot of recipes without this incredibly versatile tool.
It is said that two factors really matter when choosing a knife: the steel it is made of and the feel of your hands. The steel and the feel are also the two factors that signal the need for a new knife. These two are specified in the following:
Chips in the blade
Broken or bent tip
• Rivets are loose
• Loosen the handles
• It is not comfortable in your hand
Let us discuss all five in detail:
1. The blade is already chipped (Steel version)
All knives, whether made of high carbon steel or stainless alloys, can have microscopic chips along the edge for several reasons.
This can be remedied by sharpening again so that the oblique angle can be restored.
But if you can already see the chip, throw it away.
Aside from the fact that this will not cut as well as it should, there is a possibility that this may break off completely when you are in the middle of your cutting board work. And it’s dangerous.
2. The pointed tip is bent or broken
(Also a steel version)
This usually happens when the blade accidentally falls down, overturns first, on the floor or any hard surface.
Some people may try to live with a flat tip, and think the rest of the magazine works fine and can still work.
But chances are that there are rashes or broken spots on the body, which can soon get worse.
In fact, if any part is bent, you will not be able to make these straight slices anymore, so you have to let go of this ASAP.
3. The rivets are loose
(Both a steel and sensitivity)
Rivets are the buttons that hold the wooden or plastic handle firmly on pliers, making this an emotional issue.
When these rivets are wobbly, it is quite difficult to hold on to the handle.
But this is also a steel problem because seaweed (even though it is made of a different steel mixture compared to the sharpened part, most of the time) is still part of the blade. Since it is part of the blade, it is important for the weight and balance of the knife.
Unfortunately, this error results in a broken knife.
4. The handle comes off
(Another feeling problem)
When the rivets are loosened, the handle is loosened from the pliers.
If it is not a full pair of pliers, you can not use the blade at all.
And even if it is, it does not help to super glue the two together because it does not last.
When this happens, your tool should go.
5. It is not comfortable to use anymore
(Definitely an emotional issue)
Is the plastic handle a little too slippery due to oil? Is the wooden handle quite rough to the touch? Is the knife a little too heavy? Or the blade a little too long for you? Or does it just not fit in your hand?
If your grip is not relaxed for some reason, you need to let go and find a new one that is.
Safety is a must when handling a knife. And that can only happen if you are familiar with it.
The times when you probably do not have to go to Blade Shopping
If the knives you have at home do not have any of the above problems, you do not need to spend so much on a new one.
E.g, if your tool does not work as adaptively as you would like it to, it’s not your knife that has a problem. You may need someone who can work on a particular task.
Remember, a chef’s knife is not that versatile. It can not cut through bones, it can not fillet, and it certainly can not cut bread. There are specific knives for all of them.
If your tool is not in top shape, it may only be necessary to sharpen it again.
A few run on an electric grinder or even a manual feed and you can make almost transparent tomato slices again!
If you are willing to spend $ 10 on a professional service (and we’re talking about using manual breasts plus a strap finish here), send your piece over. It will be returned to you that looks and works like new.
If you think your tool just ‘feels’ and looks old, so it’s really up to you to get a new one.
Just know that high quality brands like Zwilling, Victorinox and Shun, to name just a few, will not deteriorate as quickly because these are made from premium materials.
But when any of the above issues arise, do not wait long to get a new one.
It’s not just for efficiency. It is also for your comfort and safety.