May 20, 2016
Why sharpness in knives and sharpeners are safer than its dull alternatives
Here is a myth about knives, particularly those ferocious and dangerous looking ones. The sharper they are, the more dangerous they are, right? Children should not be seen near or handling knives. Well, that part is true anyway. All depending on how well users handle their knives and sharpeners, having a sharp knife (or a collection sharper than industrial use razors or blades) about is a lot safer than keeping blunt instruments about.
So, we have now taken care of the myth. That is all it is. Unless you are truly careless and reckless and irresponsible, having sharp knives about is quite safe. Of course, the sharper they are, the more useful they will be. An industrial knife slices a sheet of metal quite easily, like butter being sliced in half. There is also nothing more pleasurable than a good steak knife easily manipulating that juicy piece of steak, still fastened to the bone that you were reserving for last.
Let us emphasize this for you so you don’t forget. A sharp knife is a lot safer than a dull one. Think of it this way. It is a lot less likely to slip off a potato that you’re busy chopping and leading you to accidentally slice your finger. Also, if you make good use of one of the recommended knife sharpeners for home and/or professional use, you lean towards good maintenance which, in turn, improves the safety standards of your instruments.
Just for information’s sake, there are three, not just one, instruments that are used to make and keep knives sharp. A knife sharpener, whether manual or electronic, is the obvious one. But then there is also the hone or strop. Stropping, by the way, maximizes the amount of contact the knife’s edge can make with the object being cut. Honing simply realigns the blade’s edge.