A Sharp Knife is a Cook's Best Friend!
We are sad to have had to cancel our monthly knife sharpening service for January in Toronto, but are glad to do our part to keep our customers, staff and community safe during this tumultuous time! We hope to have better news for you about our monthly service resuming in Toronto in February, as well as beginning in Montreal!
What's a cook to do wth dull knives in the meantime, you ask? We remain committed to helping you have beautifully sharp knives in your kitchen. As many of you are well aware, it not only makes all of our prep go super smoothly, but it also reduces knife-related injuries in the kitchen. The sharper the knife, the safer the cook - at any age!
The 2 keys to being happy with your knife: the one-two punch of honing and sharpening your blades regularly. Honing, or simple realignment of your knife edge can be done every day as it doesn't remove any metal from the blade. Sharpening, on the other hand, shaves metal off your dull edge to recreate the knife's original sharpness. Depending on how much you use your knife, we recommend sharpening about once every 12-18 months. For in-home use right now, we have great tools available for both.
Not sure what you need for your specific knives? A good rule of thumb is to stay with your knives' country of origin. German made knives? Get a German-made honing steel. And use a Japanese made honing steel with your Japanese knives.
For sharpening, if you are ready to jump into the art of using a whetstone, you can use any brand of whetstone, but do get some guidance as getting the right angle is key! We've attached a video from the experts at Shun below.
For faster sharpening without having to build a new skill set, try a pull-through sharpener or ceramic sharpening post. With a 2 stage pull-through, the fine setting will hone, while the coarse side sharpens - both with ease and accuracy.
If your knives are beyond help, or you just want to add more to your collection, we have some of the best, available now, at amazing prices.
Stay safe, with sharp knives and otherwise!
Alison & the team at Cookery