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Does Your Knife Need Sharpening?

If you think your knives are sharp, but aren't completely sure, here's a simple test you can do to find out. Just hold a sheet of paper away from you and try slicing simple vertical strips. If the knife doesn't cut the paper, or snags as it slices through, then it's time to take them to the knife sharpener! Tip: Some grocery stores (including several large chains, depending on the location) and kitchenware stores offer free knife sharpening.

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Kostika Kostika 8 years
I sharpen my knives almost every time i use them. I try not to sharpen them every time so I don't damage them.
Segat1 Segat1 8 years
Or, you can sharpen them yourself. Get a steel (from any ktichen supply store) and then go here :http://www.pbs.org/everydayfood/tips/tip_03.html
figurine figurine 8 years
Your knife sounds super dangerous, mak10782. My main knife definitely needs some sharpening.
rainonme224 rainonme224 8 years
great tip, i never would have thought to do that.
mak10782 mak10782 8 years
My knife is one of my most prized possessions and I sharpen it almost every time I use it to try and keep it as sharp as it was when it was brand new. Its so sharp that I can just set it on a potato and it will slice through it without putting an pressure at all. I love my knife. I have the Henckel's Professional Series 8" Chef's Knife. http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/cu009/index.cfm?pkey=ccuthprb
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I would never have thought to do this. Hope I don't accidentally cut myself. yikes!
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Thinking of cutting through paper gave me shivers. Kinda like the nails on a chalkboard effect.
Tech Tech 8 years
Thanks for the tip, I didn't know that.
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