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Every single knife I own is as dull as a dildo.

How on earth do people keep their knives sharp?

Also, someone told me to throw out all the knives I own and just buy a new set (and sharpen them after each use), because according to them "once knives get dull past a certain point, they'll never be able to get truly sharp again."

Is this true?

by Anonymousreply 59September 17, 2023 3:44 AM

Have Michael Strahan’s grill sharpen it.

by Anonymousreply 1September 11, 2023 6:46 PM

Short answer, no. Any knife can be sharpened. I have knives that have had the tip broken off and I restructured it. It's a lot of work, but it is a good blade and was worth it.

If your knives are crappy, best to buy new and be consistent with keeping them sharp.

by Anonymousreply 2September 11, 2023 6:51 PM

R2 they've been run through the dishwasher several times, are they ruined?

by Anonymousreply 3September 11, 2023 6:52 PM

Professional knife sharpeners can do it for you and will tell you how to care for it between visits.

by Anonymousreply 4September 11, 2023 6:52 PM

OP switch to ceramic knives they actually work better

by Anonymousreply 5September 11, 2023 6:54 PM

OP it's because you're a freak, and you accidentally spit while talking.

by Anonymousreply 6September 11, 2023 6:56 PM

What R4 wrote They are still around.

by Anonymousreply 7September 11, 2023 6:58 PM

r5 Ceramic knives break too easily

by Anonymousreply 8September 11, 2023 7:01 PM

I can fix you up with better dildos.

by Anonymousreply 9September 11, 2023 7:02 PM

R8 Mine are fine and have lasted a long time. They've remained sharp and slice more easily than conventional cutlery and are easier to clean.

by Anonymousreply 10September 11, 2023 7:04 PM

What kind of knives are they? They might not be worth taking it to a professional knife sharpener.

If you really want to cook for yourself, your knife is about the most important thing. I'd invest in something nice. I have a Santoku w/a dimpled or granton edge.

I haven't tried ceramic knives, but I'm guessing they're better for vegetables & boneless meats, not cutting through bone.

by Anonymousreply 11September 11, 2023 7:12 PM

[quote]What kind of knives are they?

Just cheap ass shit I bought in a set from Big Lots, a decade ago

by Anonymousreply 12September 11, 2023 7:19 PM

For crissakes throw them out and buy new knives. You clearly can't afford or would never splurge for a knife sharpener, which is a skilled trade.

by Anonymousreply 13September 11, 2023 7:21 PM

My china tea-cups are chipped. Should I send them to a workshop in Vienna to be repaired? My friend Julie says they can work miracles.

PS This is very pretty genuine china from China that I bought at Family Dollar a couple years ago.

by Anonymousreply 14September 11, 2023 7:28 PM

Hi guys, I bought a beautiful suit on SHEIN, perfect for fall in harvest colors. The problem is it needs tailoring. The suit was 14 dollars and the tailor wants 80 bucks to take in the jacket and rehem the trousers and sleeves.

Well?

by Anonymousreply 15September 11, 2023 7:31 PM

I have this Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker.

It is easy to use, works very fast, and does a terrific job.

The price seems to have gone up recently, but I still recommend it

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by Anonymousreply 16September 11, 2023 7:40 PM

R15 Wrong thread. But how much would a suit normally be? Over 100 bucks, I'm guessing, so yeah, it's totally worth it to tailor it. I'm a big believer in tailors and I love expensive jeans, I'll buy nice jeans at Goodwill and pay the tailor 40 bucks to cut the bottom off and sew it back on (I'm short) and that way the jeans retain their value if I ever want to sell them to Plato's Closet or something.

by Anonymousreply 17September 11, 2023 8:19 PM

Yes indeed. Men's suits can be very expensive and even sometimes over 100 dollars.

by Anonymousreply 18September 11, 2023 8:24 PM

Anyone else wondering what bones r11 is cutting?

by Anonymousreply 19September 11, 2023 8:57 PM

Get new knives. There are lots of new brands that have popped up since I bought my Wusthof knives 40 years ago. Misen makes some good cheap knives, and if money is not much of an issue, I'd look into the Japanese knives you'll find in high end cookware stores. I haven't used any of these, so this doesn't constitute a recommendation. It's just what I would do if I were starting over.

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by Anonymousreply 20September 11, 2023 9:39 PM

This always cracks me up but there's a knife sharpening truck that drives around my neighborhood every so often and my partner gets SO EXCITED like a kid hearing the ice cream truck music when he sees the truck is coming. And then he goes running out of our building with a pile of knives!

by Anonymousreply 21September 11, 2023 9:46 PM

^Where do you live that there's a knife sharpening truck? I'd love to see one on my street.

by Anonymousreply 22September 11, 2023 9:46 PM

OP is a spree killer living in London. Be careful Brits.

by Anonymousreply 23September 11, 2023 9:57 PM

Buy some decent knives. You have to have them professionally sharpened now and again but they should last a lifetime.

by Anonymousreply 24September 11, 2023 10:03 PM

r22 in upper Manhattan

by Anonymousreply 25September 11, 2023 10:10 PM

NYC is it’s own universe. In many ways it still very much like a European metropolis.

by Anonymousreply 26September 11, 2023 10:13 PM

Not as much as it used to be up to about 1995.

There were all kinds of highly specialised technicians and artisans who could serve the carriage trade. I used to have any slight tear or hole or snag in fabric repaired by a reweaver - one of the best in the world - Alice Zota. Those were the days you could find that type of service in NYC.

by Anonymousreply 27September 11, 2023 10:16 PM

I suppose one can still find a good picture framer and upholsterer. But what about a millinery?

by Anonymousreply 28September 11, 2023 10:20 PM

You might consider purchasing reconditioned knives that are of a higher quality than the knives that you would be purchasing new.

by Anonymousreply 29September 11, 2023 10:20 PM

I keep all my knives razor sharp. Get yourself a sharpening stone OP. Don't spend money on any of these knife sharpeners. They're all junk. Take your sharpening stone, put some mineral oil on it and just lay the knife edge down on it and move it around with the knife tilted up just slightly. do that on each side for about a minute each and check the sharpness. If needed keep doing it until you have a razor sharp blade. And if you don't have one buy yourself a sharpening steel and run the knife over it every 3 or 4 times you use the knife. That will remove the microscopic burs that develop on the edge of any sharp knife and keep it razor sharp much longer.

by Anonymousreply 30September 11, 2023 10:28 PM

You queens are so literal The china cups and suit comments were meant to be ironic.

by Anonymousreply 31September 11, 2023 10:29 PM

You don't put good knives in the dishwasher. FFS

by Anonymousreply 32September 11, 2023 10:33 PM

R29

by Anonymousreply 33September 11, 2023 10:35 PM

I really like "Dull as a dildo"

by Anonymousreply 34September 11, 2023 10:58 PM

R32 but OP never had good knives, so.

by Anonymousreply 35September 11, 2023 11:00 PM

My Brooklyn neighborhood has a knife sharpening truck that comes around too.

If you live near an Ace Hardware store, they offer knife sharpening services.

by Anonymousreply 36September 11, 2023 11:10 PM

Every single dildo I own is as sharp and jagged as a bread knife.

My collection dates to the 1970 and the rubber is hard and yet greasy and was off-gassing for 20 years. Bu that stopped a decade ago.

My friend Julie said I can have them melted and remolded. Is it worth it?

by Anonymousreply 37September 11, 2023 11:20 PM

Buy a whetstone and learn how to use it.

by Anonymousreply 38September 11, 2023 11:30 PM

[quote] You might consider purchasing reconditioned knives that are of a higher quality than the knives that you would be purchasing new.

Greg, where do you buy such knives?

by Anonymousreply 39September 11, 2023 11:48 PM

Toss the old and buy new

by Anonymousreply 40September 12, 2023 12:18 AM

[quote] Greg, where do you buy such knives?

Hello, Tallulah. Here’s where I sometimes have purchased reconditioned knives.

My advice: do not purchase a knife set. Just buy the knives you need: chef’s knife/knives, bread knife, paring knife, and slicing/carving knife.

Fewer but better quality knives is the way to go.

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by Anonymousreply 41September 12, 2023 12:33 AM

Greg, is there any brand you recommend? I have a set of Henkle's knives and really only use the Chef, Bread, Utility, Santoku and carving knives. Right now they are all very dull and, perhaps, five years old. Wondering what I should invest in. Any thoughts? Thank, sweetie!

by Anonymousreply 42September 12, 2023 1:03 AM

[quote]You don't put good knives in the dishwasher. FFS

But you DO put your good dildoes in.

by Anonymousreply 43September 12, 2023 5:26 AM

OP you should be using your dildos to sharpen the knives! duh!

by Anonymousreply 44September 12, 2023 5:40 AM

R42, I’m not Greg, but I have been cooking for a long time. Henckels is a good brand of knives. Get them professionally sharpened (except serrated knives).

by Anonymousreply 45September 12, 2023 5:45 AM

I have a decent set of knives and I bought one of those three slot sharpeners on Amazon. A couple of swipes before slicing tomatoes and voila, perfect slices.

But if you have to ask this question, brush up on your knife skills. They are probably dull, too.

by Anonymousreply 46September 12, 2023 5:59 AM

I have a lot of knives, but by far the ones I use most are my assortment of cleavers. I have them in all sorts of sizes, weights, and heft. I have a very heavy one I use for hacking apart things like whole chickens if I've decided I want pieces. I have other very sharp Asian ones I use for cutting onions and vegetables for stir fries. I can cut an onion or a cabbage into good cooking-sized dices in no time flat. I bought one of those double very strong magnet racks and five of these cleavers are sitting attached to the side of my refrigerator - invisible to house guests, but easily accessible to me as I prep meals. When I've watched a scary film, I always imagine that when the bad guy is chasing me through my house, I'll reach that magnet rack and start flinging all these very sharp cleavers at him.

For bread, a long sharp serrated blade is essential, and it also works well for large beefsteak tomatoes.

by Anonymousreply 47September 12, 2023 8:02 AM

I agree with R45.

by Anonymousreply 48September 12, 2023 11:52 AM

The knives need to be made of carbon steel to last and hold an edge.

Many farmers markets have periodic visits from knife sharpeners to sharpening services. Talk to them.

by Anonymousreply 49September 12, 2023 11:57 AM

I have a nice set of Wüsthof Classic knives OP and I purchased a Wüsthof knife sharpener to go with them. It's keeps them razor sharp and I've had them for about 15 years now. They'll live longer than I will. I've never needed to have them professionally sharpened.

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by Anonymousreply 50September 12, 2023 12:13 PM

OP, buy a sharpening stone and learn how to use it. You can thank me later. There are plenty of How-To videos on YouTube. I've linked one for you. Don't bother sending knives out to a professional to be sharpened. You'll be at the post office all the time mailing them off. Just learn how to do it yourself, it's easy.

Please buy some decent knives and take care of them. They will last forever.

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by Anonymousreply 51September 12, 2023 1:24 PM

[quote] Get them professionally sharpened (except serrated knives).

Well now. how do you sharpen a serrated knife?

by Anonymousreply 52September 12, 2023 2:45 PM

Just make sure you sharpen it properly, you do not move the stone, you move the knife and you never move in a circle. Straight motion, no stopping. Stone needs to be wet before you sharpen. You use the steel to remove the filings afterward.

by Anonymousreply 53September 12, 2023 3:43 PM

Well sort of a curve.

by Anonymousreply 54September 12, 2023 3:44 PM

I am 51 years old, grew up right by O’Hare, Elk Grove Village, filled with little ranch houses built for the workers of the massive industrial park, so it was very working class/blue-collar.

Once a year, an old Italian man would push a big cart down the streets of our suburb, I think he would ring a bell but my memory is foggy, he was indeed a knife sharpener. His cart was literally filled with objectives hooked everywhere, hanging off of it and clanking, it looked so top-heavy that I’m surprised it didn’t tip over — he looked like he was from Maxwell Street. Maxwell Street was in city, it was an old, seedy but fun outdoor market/cesspool where you could buy almost anything for almost nothing.

Anyway, when the cart came, people would run out with both their knives and even scissors to have him sharpen them (he sold knives and scissors too). Every time he came, even as a kid, I knew I was looking into the past and how communities ran in the early days of our country. In the right neighborhood, this type of business could be a solid (though menial) living for say a new immigrant or refugee. It’s a service that people will always need. Flip side is that we used to buy things only once, they were built to last, so people took much better care of their tools than our current disposable product culture. I don’t remember what he would charge to sharpen knives, just a few dollars, and I can’t remember if my mother used his services or not.

by Anonymousreply 55September 12, 2023 3:45 PM

[Quote] Well now. how do you sharpen a serrated knife?

Yes, R52 Buy a new one.

by Anonymousreply 56September 17, 2023 1:56 AM

R21 R22 A guy drives around Brooklyn too in his folksy little truck. Apparently he’s not cheap and you have to have a good amount of cash on hand.

by Anonymousreply 57September 17, 2023 2:49 AM

I have a knife sharpener and it works great. My knives are old but cut like new.

by Anonymousreply 58September 17, 2023 3:05 AM

I bought my knife set from the DataLounge Gift Shop over 20 years ago. Everyone tells me they look at least 10 years younger.

by Anonymousreply 59September 17, 2023 3:44 AM
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