A properly cared for kitchen knife will last years and provide a perfect cut every time. Travaasa Austin’s Executive Chef Benjamin Baker shares the following helpful tips and reminders that can help prolong the life of your kitchen cutlery.

– Don’t drop your knives in the sink. Not only is it a hazard to the person washing dishes, but you can also blunt the tip or edge.

– Don’t put your knives in the dishwasher. The heat may damage wooden handles and the edges may bang against other cutlery or plates.

– Keep your knives clean and dry. Sanitize if necessary.

– Do not store your knives loose in a drawer. Use a block, magnetic strip, slotted hanger or edge guards. The magnetic strip is not recommended if you have children or inquisitive pets.

– Finally, your knife is not a can opener, a screwdriver, a pry bar, box cutter or hammer.

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