The Do’s and Dont’s of Knife Handling

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At Ergo Chef, we are all about creating a better knife experience for you.  Whether you are a professional cook who spends their day slicing and dicing, or an enthusiastic home chef who just wants to have the best tools, we are here to help you with a selection of blades that are designed to handle better and bring less stress and the dreaded carpal tunnel or Tendonitis that comes with it.  So we are setting you up to succeed, and now we want to recap some quick tips to ensure that you are getting the most out of your blades.

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DO make sure your knife is sharp!  Dull blades will slow down even the most seasoned of chefs, and they are less safe to boot.  Keep your blade in top shape with regular maintenance.  Shop our line of blade accessories here and give your knife the TLC it deserves.

DO hand wash and towel dry your knives.  Putting your knife in the dishwasher can cause the blade to dull faster, your handle to lose its shine & possibly crack.  Dry cycles can also cause stains on the blade from water drops as they attack the carbon in good knives causing rust (stain) circles. Not to mention – forget where you put it and you’re in for a nasty surprise when you unload the dishwasher!  Hand washing & drying a knife takes mere seconds and will prolong the longevity of your blade.

DON’T use one knife for every chore in your kitchen!  A bread knife will be clumsy and hard on your veggies, and a sharp chefs knife will ruin hard crusted bread.  Paring knives are specifically designed for small tasks, and a heavy duty chefs knife will make prep a breeze.  One size does NOT fit all when it comes to kitchen tasks, and one knife alone won’t be nearly as effective as a range of tools.  Get a set and make sure you’re handling prep like a pro.

DON’T use your index finger to balance the knife.  This is an easy mistake to make and we address is further in the video below.  Proper knife safety involves using your second and middle fingers to gently grip the blade on both sides, instead of using your index finger to balance along the spine of the knife.  Improper knife handling can lead to a wobbly knife – which can lead to cuts.  So practice safe knife skills, and to make yourself even safer, pick up a pair of our knife proof gloves here.

 

Mike StaibThe Do’s and Dont’s of Knife Handling

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  • Jay - January 3, 2019

    Hi Mike,
    Great tips.

    Just suggestion, it would have been a better reading experience if you had formatted the do’s and don’t s to a table or lists.

    Thanks

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