For every good piece of information that exists online about knives, there are more than a few inaccuracies. So, how do you wade through the drek to find the information that’s important and accurate? You should start by not passing on these 4 popular knife myths.
#1 Stainless steel knives can be washed in the dishwasher
They can’t, or at least they definitely shouldn’t be. The force of water can decrease the sharpness of knife edges by pushing them against shelves or other utensils. In addition, the combination of hot water and the chemicals that exist in detergent can leave stains on stainless steel cutlery if it comes in contact with silver.
Secondly, washing sharp knives in the dishwasher could be dangerous to your physical safety if you or a family member reach into the dishwasher without paying proper attention.
#2 A dull knife is safer to use than a sharp one
This is another myth that needs to be busted. Though a dull knife will have less of an impact if it grazes your flesh, it’s not safer. Because of its dullness, you’ll often have to cut more vigorously, exerting a lot of force and pressure. This decreases your ability to control the knife and elevates the potential for accidents.
The best plan for cutting in the kitchen is to use a well-sharpened knife that you don’t need a lot of effort to operate, giving you maximum control.
#3 There are knives that stay sharp forever
There aren’t. Certain serrated knives are advertised as staying sharp forever, but the serrated “teeth” of these knives will eventually wear down or fail. Don’t fall for the inaccurate advertising here. Regardless of the knife you buy, it will require sharpening.
#4 It is best to send your knife to a professional to be sharpened
Though professional sharpening services can do a good job, they often use conventional grinding stones that can remove too much metal. High quality knife sharpeners are available online at affordable prices, and they’re easy to use. There’s really no reason to spend time and effort on a professional knife sharpening service, when you can easily sharpen your knives at home.