Ever got down to cut up some meat for your dinner and found the knife not cutting through the meat? Or even worse, finding your knife cannot cut through the vegetables accurately. That could only mean one thing. Yes, that’s right. Your knife needs sharpening. This might be frustrating when you are already late for dinner, and it is a starvation city in your stomach. Times like these call for modern solutions, and we have the perfect solution. It is a self-sharpening knife. Yes, you read that right. A self-sharpening knife!
What are self-sharpening knives?
When we track back to the old days, grinding stone was the oldest way to sharpen any sharp object. Back then, a few people would go around sharpening people’s knives using grinding stones. You had to call one of these people to sharpen your things. This is now history. In today’s day and age, no such thing exists. Now people can sharpen their tools within the comfort of their homes due to the endless advancements in innovation.
Even with all these advancements, hard work and focus are still required to complete the sharpening task. It is especially inconvenient when you have to work on something urgently, such as setting up a meal. This is where you require an innovation that helps you not worry about sharpening your tool. This is for the tool to worry about itself, thus saving you from this headache.
Self-sharpening knives are knives that can sharpen themselves. This is due to a sharpener built inside, either the knife’s sheath or the block it comes in. This allows the knife to get sharpened automatically as you pull it out of the sheath or the block, saving you from the hassle.
How does the knife work?
The knife has a built-in sharpener in the sheath or the block, making it possible for the knife to sharpen itself. This only works because the mechanism has been built in such a way.
It works in a pull-through style. This means that you have to pull it out all the way to make it possible to sharpen the knife. As the blades are attached inside, every time you pull or stick a knife into a block, a little bit of steel is removed, and the blade is sharpened.
Every time you take out your knife, it’s already sharpened. To further explain, each storage slot contains a ceramic sharpener to sharpen your knives properly. This mechanism ensures that your knives remain ready for life with optimum cutting and quality. The blade is automatically sharpened when the blade is taken in and out.
To make the sharpening function work, the knife must be pulled out and tilted simultaneously out of the slot. The knife sharpener can be found at the bottom of the slot. The blade will not touch the sharpener if the knife is removed from the slot at an upward angle. Finish off with one or two strokes of the ceramic sharpener in the gap. With this trick, a sharp knife is always available whenever you require one.
Maintaining Self-sharpening knives
Having a self-sharpening knife is a very useful thing. This self-sharpening cutlery should also be maintained to keep it that way. If the knife is not maintained properly, it might wear out sooner than it would if maintained properly. Fret not. It is not a hassle to maintain the knife as it is to sharpen it. With only a few things to keep in mind, you can keep your knife in a tip-top position.
These are the few things that you need to keep in mind about maintaining your knife;
Avoid too much pressure on the block
The built-in sharpener sharpens the blade straight whenever you remove the knife or put it back into the correct slot in the storage block. The sharpener is designed to work efficiently and effectively in a natural motion, so there’s no need to sharpen your knives or apply too much pressure.
Storing the knives
The slots in the stainless steel portion of the block have sharpeners inside, and only straight-edge knives should be inserted into these slots. Curved or damaged knives should
not be sharpened, so they should be placed in slots with no integrated sharpener. Straight and serrated knives have different sharpening requirements, so always putting the knife in the correct slot is important. Store the knife in the slot in the storage block appropriate for the specific knife by slowly pushing the top, i.e., the sharp side, of the knife along the top of the slot until the knife handle comes in contact with the surface of the block. This keeps the knife safe without damaging its top and allowing it to have a sharp edge.
Wash knives with a hand
If you are using it for the first time, wash the cutlery with your hands with warm water, dishwashing liquid, a non-abrasive sponge, or a soft brush. After cleaning, rinse and dry thoroughly with a soft, preferably new, cloth to avoid any scales and stains. Submerging the knife in water or washing it in the dishwasher can damage the knife, so it would be best
to avoid this situation. Washing it in the dishwasher can damage the knife. To clean the stainless steel cover of the cutlery block, wipe it with a damp cloth and dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth. Do not use rough or scrubbing brushes, as they can put a scratch or marks the stainless steel surface.
Do self-sharpening knives work?
To put it simply. Yes, they do work. Their sharpening mechanism allows them to sharpen the knives properly without any hassle. The knife and the sharpening tool, either in the sheath or in the block, work accurately. This provides results that can save a lot of the time you would have spent sharpening the knife and make your cutting experience pleasant.
So self-sharpening knives are perfect for added convenience in the kitchen. Strong blades and lightweight, stain and corrosion-resistant knives ensure the cooking experience of a lifetime. Easily slice and dice any food without wasting time sharpening.