Updated: Jan 30, 2020
A good way to test whether your knife is properly sharpened is to do a paper slice in the air. Hold a piece of paper up in front of you and slice through the edge of the paper, starting with the back of the blade and slicing through to the tip. If the knife does not easily slice the paper, it probably is not sharp enough.
Imagine spending a fair amount of money on a nice piece of meat, fish, poultry or produce. Imagine then bringing it home and ruining the whole lot with a blunt knife.
Using expertly sharpened knives provides a smoothly cut surface with minimum pressure applied - instead of tearing off fibers and losing essential oils, flavors and texture on your chopping board. In other words: food prepared with a sharp knife tastes better! Sharp knives are also much more fun to work with.
A professionally sharpened knife cuts better, stays sharp for longer and is easier to keep sharp once the blade starts to get dull again. You can think honing is like brushing your teeth, sharpening is like going to the dentist.
Knives need professional sharpening about once or twice a year, depending on how much you use them. Unfortunately, local knife sharpeners have become a rare breed these days. Luckily, Knife Aid can provide you with professionally sharpened knives no matter where in the U.S. you live. Once we return your knives to you, they will be as good as new.
If you love cooking - sharpen your knives! If you love the person who’s cooking - sharpen their knives!