Quite a few years ago my Mother and Father gave me this set of knives for a Christmas present and when I opened it I thought, gee thanks, knives. I needed so many other things that I thought this was going to be a waste of money.
I had so many different kinds of knives over the years and none of them kept an edge or they rusted out or the handles broke. I thought these were going to be the same as all the rest but time has proven me wrong.
With minimal care these knives will last you a lifetime. When I finish using them, I immediately wash them in hot soapy water and rinse in hot water then dry them and place them back in their holder. It's important to use the holder because the knives do not bump against each other and ruin their blades.
Several times a year my husband sharpens them for me but when he traveled so much I would take them to a professional knife sharpener and have them do it so I could have a nice blade all the time and it doesn't cost much.
I know you are thinking why should I buy something that I have to work to keep an edge on well let me tell you, you have a much nicer edge than you do with those knives that claim to never need sharpening. They eventually do if you keep it from falling apart that long.
You can slice, dice and do just about anything better with these knives. They seem to fit your hand much better and with them being wood the handles don't seem to slip while you are using them like the plastic ones do.
Once you learn how to use the knives properly there isn't anything you can't do in the way of chopping and slicing. There are quite a few books out there on the proper way of using a knife and I suggest getting one as it will make your knife usage much easier and safer for you. You won't have quite so many accidents.
There is a nice chef's knife in there that when it come time to chop you can whip right through that nasty little chore with ease. During the holidays when my family lived close I was the chosen one to do all the chopping.
I have found that the blades on these knives don't get burrs on them like other knives do. You know the little bump that you find sometimes.
A couple of times a year I use a little oil on the handle to keep the wood moist so it doesn't dry out and start cracking.
I would say these knives outperform any other knife I have had over the years. I can peel a tomato and that is a hard chore to do with most knives and I can also slice one without mashing it all to pieces.
The knife feels like it belongs in your hand and you feel less fatigued when using it, unlike ordinary knives.
If you don't do anything else for yourself at least invests in good quality cutlery. You will be doing yourself a favor.
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