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Top 3 ways to store your kitchen knives (and their pros and cons)

The kitchen is filled with appliances and utensils that can be dangerous to have around children. Kitchen knives are one of the main ones. Therefore, finding the best way to store kitchen knives around children is crucial. Proper knife storage is essential to avoid accidents in the kitchen and care for your knives. Overall, there […]

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How to look after Japanese knives with Chef Olivia Burt

As sellers of quality Japanese knives we often get asked how to look after Japanese knives by our customers. We have written various articles on the subject, which you can find in the “Equipment care” section of our Journal. Yet, this time around we asked Chef Olivia Burt to share some tips as to how […]

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7 Ways you are accidentally hurting your kitchen knives

Like most things, knives need to be treated with respect so that they can perform in the best way possible. We have identified 7 ways in which you are probably damaging your knife without knowing it. We hope listing these can help you start taking better care of your knives (they deserve it). 1) Putting […]

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Oiling a wooden cutting board: why, how, what with and when

As with all wooden kitchen utensils- spoons, blocks, bowls, etc- wooden chopping boards will eventually crack if not maintained properly.  The easiest and most efficient way to prevent your board from splintering is to oil it. Throughout this article will cover the why, what, how and when of oiling your wooden board.  Why should you […]

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How To Clean A Rusty Kitchen Knife?

Whether you’ve found a knife in one of your old toolboxes or accidentally left your favourite non stainless kitchen knife in the dishwasher (or your forgetting family member did it despite you telling them 100 times not to do so…) chances are you have encountered a nasty case of rust. Ps. Actually, stainless knives do rust […]

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Which Whetstone Grit To Choose For Sharpening Japanese Knives

Japanese whetstones (also called water stones) – both natural and synthetic – are known for their quick-working qualities, not only for Japanese blades, but also for their Western equivalents. The small particles that do the cutting are loosely bound together in the stone, and so during sharpening with the whetstone, the surface particles are quickly […]

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7 Tips For Keeping Your Kitchen Knives Sharp And Safe

Living in a fast-paced environment makes us look at the cooking almost as a chore. And it shouldn’t be this way. Cooking should be a pleasure. Sharing a meal with your friends and loved ones is quality time we unfortunately less and less prioritise. Once you find the time, the least you want to experience […]

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Do Magnetic Knife Holders Damage Your Knives?

Today we’ll answer one of the most daunting questions – Do magnetic knife holders, also known as racks, damage knives? We receive daily questions from our troubled customers who consider buying magnetic knife holders but wonder they might impart some magnetism to the blade.  Some worry that the pull of the magnets would start tugging […]

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How Do I Check If My Kitchen Knife Is Still Sharp?

To understand sharpness you must first understand the definition of an edge. An edge is the line of intersection of two surfaces. A highly sharpened edge is one, where the two sides are highly polished to form a very fine edge. Sharpening is the means to that very fine edge. What is sharp and how […]

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3 Ways You May Be Ruining Your Japanese Knives

Are you ruining your Japanese knives? Like most high-quality equipment, these knives need a little love and care. When sharing things with other people, we can’t control everything that happens to our items, but we should educate those who use them. Take for example cleaning the dishes: 1.  You put your knife in the dishwasher. […]