Cutlery Care & Handling
When you make an investment in good quality cutlery you want to take care of it – this includes proper cleaning and storage along with knife sharpening on a regular basis. There are many devices designed to sharpen knives and unless you are a trained professional it can be difficult to choose the sharpening method which will work best for you. One good idea is to research knife sharpeners and read knife sharpener reviews and ratings online so you can get an idea of how average home cooks feel about the various options.
If you have something like a Cuisinart® electric carving set or knife then you won’t be sharpening it anyway, nor will you need to sharpen your serrated edge knives, but most other knives must be sharpened on a regular basis in order to perform as desired. If the idea of sharpening your cutlery leaves you cold there is another option – the JA Henckels brand of cutlery offers several lines of knives which never need sharpening. They are marketed under the EverEdge and EverSharp brand names; the knives feature a micro-fine serrated edge which never needs sharpening and they are offered for both professional and home use.
Knives should never be placed in the dishwasher regardless of how they may be labeled; the hot water of the wash cycle and the high heat of the dry cycle will compromise the overall integrity of the knife. Instead you should clean your cutlery like the professionals do – wipe the knife clean with a damp cloth and then towel dry thoroughly before storing. Knives should not be submerged in water for any length of time.