With proper care, you can enjoy your knives for years to come – even a lifetime!
Make your hand-forged knife go the distance with a few simple changes. Here are our top 5 tips for making your CG knives last longer:
CG knives are made of high-carbon steel, which means they're more susceptible to rust and corrosion. To prevent corrosion, make sure to hand-wash your knife after each use and dry it thoroughly immediately before placing it back into storage.
Don't place the knife in a dishwasher, as the harsh detergents and high temperatures can damage the blade. Plus, you want to avoid exposing your blade to water for any length of time.
Wipe the Blade Often
Some people even prefer to wipe their blade in-between cuts to minimize the time moisture is on the knife.
If you're working with any acidic foods, like citrus or tomatoes, it's especially important to wipe the blade after each cut to prevent corrosion.
While it might seem like extra work, it's a small addition that can extend the lifetime of your knives and make them a more valuable investment.
You could also consider using certain knives for raw and cooked foods. Since you’ll be using each knife less frequently and keeping their uses separate, you’ll find the sharpness will last much longer.
Store It Properly
To keep your CG knife in top condition, store it properly when you're not using it. The best way to protect it is in a knife block or sheath. Another option is a magnetic knife strip that you can place on the side of a cabinet or the fridge for easy access that won’t confine your knives.
Avoid storing your knife in a drawer with other utensils, as it can lead to the blade becoming dull or nicked.
Cover the blade with a towel or another protective layer before placing it in the drawer if it is stored close to other items. Keep the blade from coming into contact with anything else in the drawer and risk damage. It also protects your hands from accidentally getting cut when reaching in the drawer.
Hone and Sharpen It Regularly
Because CG knives utilize high-carbon steel, they can hold an edge longer than most knives.
How often you need to hone your knife will depend on how often you use it and how you use it. A good rule of thumb is to hone your CG knife every 4-5 uses.
However, like all knives, they will eventually need to be sharpened. If you do it yourself you will need a whetstone or grinder, but most areas have professional knife-sharpening services that are very affordable. Depending on use, GC knives should be sharpened several times a year.
Use a Cutting Board
To keep your CG knife in good condition, use a cutting board every time you use it. A cutting board protects your blade from becoming dull or nicked and will also help extend the life of your knife.
When choosing a cutting board, select one made of wood or another soft material. Materials like glass or marble can damage your CG knife and dull the blade more quickly.
A Knife for a Lifetime
CG knives are an investment in your kitchen and cooking, and by taking care of them, you can ensure they last a lifetime. Follow these simple tips to extend the life of your CG knives and make sure they're always ready to use.