If you have ever attended the county fair, you may have sat through the kitchen knife demonstration. More likely than not, the chef told you that cheap knives end up costing more than expensive knives in the long run.

The next time you are in the market for replacing or buying new kitchen knives, remember to look for these items:

  • Blade construction – High quality steel is crucial for strength, toughness, hardness, resistance to corrosion, ability to resist wear and tear, and the ability to be sharpened. Cheap knives cannot withstand the honing and sharpening by a professional because the edge is shaped more like a rectangle than a triangle.
  • Handle construction – Look for a handle made of titanium instead of aluminum, rubber, plastic, or wood. Aluminum handles can warp or bend over time. Rubber handles can melt if left too close to a hot pot left on the kitchen counter. Plastic handles can change color from exposure to acidic foods like lemons or vinegar. Wood handles can disintegrate and come apart from the blade.
  • Construction of all the other parts – Knives can have bearings, pivots, fittings, and bushings. Most people only pay attention to the blade and handle construction when shopping for a knife. Inspect how the blade is attached to the handle and what material is used to combine these two important parts of your kitchen knife.

After you have used your kitchen knives for several months and your knives fails the arm hair test, call OC Mobile Knife Sharpening to sharpen your knives while you can stay home.