Forever Sharp Knives
The idea of a forever sharp knife is a tantalizing one. Who wouldn't want a knife that never dulls, that can cut through any material with ease, and that stays sharp no matter how much use it gets? Unfortunately, the reality is that such a knife is impossible to create. In this blog post, we'll explore the reasons why it's impossible to make a knife that stays sharp forever and alternatives like Togu Knives sharpening subscription that allows you to have a "forever" sharp knife at the ready.
First, let's define what we mean by a "forever sharp" knife. For the purposes of this discussion, we'll consider a knife to be forever sharp if it stays sharp indefinitely with no maintenance or sharpening required. In other words, a forever sharp knife would be one that never needs to be sharpened or honed, and that can be used to cut through any material without dulling.
There are a few reasons why it's impossible to create a knife that stays sharp forever.
- One reason is the laws of physics. All materials, including the steel used to make knives, have a certain level of hardness and durability. However, no matter how hard or durable a material is, it will eventually wear down and become dull when it's used to cut through other materials. This is because the cutting edge of a knife is subjected to a lot of stress and friction as it cuts through materials, and over time, this can cause the edge to become dull.
- Another reason why it's impossible to create a forever sharp knife is the nature of the materials that are used to make knives. Most knives are made of steel, which is an alloy of iron and carbon. Steel is a relatively hard and durable material, but it's not completely immune to wear and tear. When a knife is used to cut through materials, the edge of the blade can become nicked or chipped, which can also lead to dulling.
- There are also other factors that can contribute to the dulling of a knife, such as the type of material that the knife is used to cut and the way the knife is used. For example, cutting through softer materials like bread or tomatoes is less likely to cause a knife to dull than cutting through harder materials like bones or frozen food. Similarly, using a knife in an improper way, such as using it as a pry bar or applying too much force when cutting, can also lead to dulling.
So, if it's impossible to create a knife that stays sharp forever, what can you do to extend the sharpness of your knives as long as possible? Here are a few tips:
Use the right knife for the job. Different types of knives are designed for different purposes, and using the right knife for the job can help to extend the sharpness of the blade. To learn more, check out our article on 3 Essential Knives for the Home Cook. For example, using a paring knife to cut through bones is likely to cause the blade to dull more quickly than using a boning knife, which is specifically designed for that purpose.
Keep your knives sharp. Regular sharpening your knives can help to extend the sharpness of your knives. Sharpening involves using a sharpening stone or other tool to remove metal from the blade and create a new, sharp edge. You can also subscribe to Togu Knives' sharpening service and get freshly sharpened knives shipped to you every eight weeks.
Store your knives properly. Proper storage can help to prevent your knives from becoming dull or damaged. For example, storing your knives in a knife block or on a magnetic knife strip can help to protect the blades from damage. Avoid storing your knives loose in a drawer, as they may move around and blunt over time.
If you're aspiring for "forever sharp knives" in your kitchen, make sure to Sign Up for Togu's Sharpening knife subscription where we send you a new set of knives every 2 months so you never have to worry about sharpening your knives again!