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Our Best Tips for Maintaining Your Knives

By Jeremie Plane

The Ultimate Guide to Knife Maintenance: Keep Your Knives Sharp and Safe

Sharp and well-maintained kitchen knives are essential for efficient and safe cooking. Here are a few tips to keep your stainless-steel knives in top condition: 1) hand wash and dry immediately, 2) store in a knife block or on a magnetic knife holder, 3) avoid cutting on hard surfaces, 4) hone regularly with a honing steel, and 5) sharpen as needed with a sharpening stone. By following these tips, your knives will stay sharp and last longer.

Hand Wash Your Knives

First and foremost, it's important to keep your knives clean and dry. Ultra-sharp knives are delicate. Thus, one should not risk damaging the blade by rubbing with the abrasive side of a sponge to remove a stain or worse, put it in the dishwasher.

After each use, wash your knives with mild soap and warm water, rinse it with clean water, and dry them thoroughly using a piece of cloth. Avoid using abrasive detergents or scrubbers, as these can damage the blade. Once dried, be sure to use a protective sheath or a knife holder to prevent the blade from getting damaged.

The model is holding a hand-washed KOTAI knife with a piece of cloth to wipe the water.

Keeping Your Knife Sharp and Performing

A knife does not stay sharp on its own. One must sharpen it. We recommend you read the following article: A Simple Guide to Knife Sharpening.

Sharpening is an important aspect of knife maintenance. A dull knife is not only less effective, but also more dangerous to use. A sharp knife will make your cutting tasks easier and will reduce the chance of accidents. To sharpen your knives, you can use a honing rod or a sharpening stone. Honing rods are great for maintaining the edge of your knife, while sharpening stones are used to grind away metal to create a new edge.

A weekly sharpening using honing rod is recommended if you use your knife daily. Sharpening stones or whetstones or waterstones can be used once in 3-6 months depending on the usage.

The model is posing to sharpen to KOTAI's knife on the whetstone grit 400/1000.

Store Your Knife in a Safe Place

Your knife is quite delicate. Do not store knives in drawers where they can bump against other utensils and dull the edge. Instead, you can opt for a knife block or a magnetic knife holder. However, be mindful that it is always kept clean. A dirty magnetic knife holder can harbour bacteria, which can then transfer to your knives.

KOTAI’s Magnetic Bamboo Knife Holder is an essential tool in your kitchen to safely hold your knife collection. The KOTAI bamboo knife holder is made of sustainably grown natural bamboo. It will conveniently keep your knives in place thanks to its powerful hidden magnet, without scratching the blades.

Travelling Safe with Your Knives

A knife bag is an important accessory for any chef or home cook because it allows for safe, convenient, and organized storage and transportation of knives. It offers a convenient, safe, and professional way to store and transport knives, protecting them from damage and easy to access when needed. The KOTAI handcrafted knife bag is a perfect solution to keep your knives securely in place. KOTAI knife bags are made of durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear of daily use, and protect knives from scratches, dents, and other types of damage. We offer two distinct styles of knife bags to accommodate a wide range of customers. 

KOTAI's leather roll up bag holding 6 knives including cleaver and 1 honing steel.

KOTAI’s Knife Roll-up Bag - Leather and Waxed Canvas

KOTAI’s Leather Knife Roll-up is handmade with ultra-resistant waxed canvas and full-grain leather. The KOTAI travel knife bag is made to last and follow great chefs throughout their careers. Up to 7 knives and a honing steel are protected by the waxed canvas and cotton lining. They are securely held to ensure that they remain safe and still during transportation. Easy to open and close with brass buckles. The leather bag includes a large zip pocket to store additional accessories.

KOTAI's cotton roll up bag holding 6 knives and 1 honing steel.

KOTAI’s Knife Roll-up Bag - 100% Cotton

KOTAI’s Knife Roll-Up Bag 100% Cotton is handmade with thick 16oz cotton. Up to 6 knives and a honing steel are protected by the thick cotton and inner lining, and they are securely held to ensure that they remain safe and still during transportation. The slots inside the bag are made to fit the different knives with the Saya (blade sheath) on, including the cleaver (our widest knife). Easy to open and close with a tie-on system; includes a flap for extra protection and 2 handles for secure, upright transportation.

To put it simple words, proper maintenance of your kitchen knives is essential to ensure their longevity and performance. Regular honing and sharpening, as well as proper storage and cleaning, are key factors in maintaining the quality of your knives. Avoiding harsh detergents, cutting on hard surfaces, and incorrect storage can also help prolong the life of your knives. By following these tips, you can ensure that your knives are always in top condition, ready to handle any kitchen task with ease.