Failing the Tomato Test-How to Sharpen a Knife

The easiest way to cut a finger is with a dull knife.

I know that might not sound logical, but think about it.  You put so much extra energy into getting that knife to make a cut that you end up losing control over it and your intended target.  Never force a knife to make a cut or you may end up needing a bandage or a few stitches. I know from experience (ouch).

I’ve been meaning to sharpen my knives professionally for months.  I have a steel and a whetstone that I use to sharpen them myself, but at some point you need the services of a professional.

You know you are at that point, pardon the pun, when you fail the tomato test.  Tomatoes are slippery little juicy pillows that like to roll around.  A sharp knife will slide right through while a dull one will just dent the pillow. When you do finally penetrate the skin, you squirt juice everywhere. You’ll end up with a dented, hollow shell and a very wet cutting board.

I was failing the tomato test, but was too lazy, or stubborn, to take my knives in.  But a very good friend gave me a most thoughtful birthday present.  He picked up my knives and took them in to Denver Cutlery.  I went along for the ride, and while waiting a few short minutes to have my knives honed, I drooled over the knives they had on display. (That was sneaky of them.)  I walked out with five brand new knives, including a sexy sushi knife, as well as a stash of razor sharp old ones.

If you’d like to learn how to properly sharpen your knives at home, watch this video.  It’s the best I’ve seen.

CHEF’S TIP: Protect your knives’ edges by storing them in a wooden block or with knife sleeves. I don’t like glass cutting boards as their hard surface contribute to the dulling of your knife.

 

THE PATRICIAN PALETTE |  MARK WOOLCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

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2 Responses to Failing the Tomato Test-How to Sharpen a Knife

  1. mike March 23, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    You can drop your knives at any Tony’s Market in the Denver Metro area, Denver Cutlery picks them up and sharpens them – I believe it’s $5 per blade.

    • admin March 23, 2011 at 8:41 am #

      Thanks for the tip, Mike! Denver Cutlery only charged $3 per blade when we dropped them off. And it was lickity split on the turn-around. If there are other places that offer this service, let me know!

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