Not only does cutting with dull knives make prepping your meals harder, it can also be seriously dangerous. While there’s no definitive timeframe that dictates how frequently you need to have your knives sharpened (it really depends on how often you use them and what you’re using them with), there are some definite signs that can tell you when it’s time to sharpen your blades.

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Slicing is a Struggle

Having a hard time slicing and dicing? It isn’t the steak, tomato (or whatever else you’re trying to cut into); it’s the blade. As soon as a slicing becomes a struggle, it’s time to have your blades sharpened.

Failed Paper Challenge

Take a piece of standard white paper, hold is upright, place the blade on the top edge and slice in a downward motion. If the knife is sharp, it will easily slice the paper in two. If it doesn’t, you need to have your knife sharpened.

Failed Arm Hair Test

It might sound odd, but if you’re bold, give the arm hair test a try. Slowly pass the blade above your forearm, just like you would use a razor to shave. A sharp knife will cut right through the hair on your arm. If the hair folds over, it’s time for sharpening.