3 Knife Tips That Will Improve Your Life

Be the sharpest tool in the shed.

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Call it the “the claw” the “knuckle shield” or whatever you want but the technique is to curl your fingers under your knuckles to create a flat surface to rest your knife against as you chop. This will save your fingertips and give you 10x the accuracy on your chopping.

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We know there’s a lot of knife honks out there who will tell you to get a wet stone and sharpen knives yourself but for a modest price, you can usually get this done where you bought the knife or a just do a quick google search for your area. Sharpening a knife is kind of like tuning a piano, unless you know what you’re doing, paying a professional once every year or two is worth it.

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You don’t need that knife block brimming with handles your parents had, it’s overkill. Even if you have no knives to your name, a good start is to get a basic chefs knife for day to day and a pairing knife for smaller jobs. The truth is most professional chefs use cheap, easy to sharpen pairing knives like this 7$ one from Victorinox.

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