Excuse Me - Have you seen my knife?

I have lost my knife. Have you seen it?
I have lost my knife. Have you seen it? | Source

No - I am not a serial killer!

No - I don't plan on going on a massive kniving spree!

I don't even have an obsession with knives of all shapes, sizes and sharpness!

I can't even properly use a knife to cut the many things they are intended to cut. (At least I have been told!) After all, dicing, chopping, slicing, julienning, mincing, and cubing can all be difficult tasks if you have never learned the proper technique to do so. Confusing to say the least.

However, I have recently learned that knives are an integral part of your kitchen supplies, and without them, you will find yourself left in the dark... or, not making the cut when it comes to preparing your food for tonight's dinner.

Moving on

Last December, my family and I packed up our belongings and moved to California. It was time for a change of scenery. With the move, also came the realization that we had collected too much junk, and we had to sort through what was important and what could stay behind. This was because we had to fit all of our belongings into a truck to move across country, and once in California, most of it would be going into storage until we got settled and finally moved into our own place once again. This meant we were brutal when deciding what to keep.

We said goodbye to most of our furniture; we said goodbye to some of our personal belongings that we knew we no longer needed. I even weeded out my kitchen and got rid of some of the gadgets that I hardly ever used.

Recently we moved into our new home. Among the excitement of finally having our own place, was also the excitement (and sadness) of opening up all those boxes and unpacking our belongings that we have been separated from for about 10 months.

That is when I noticed that my knife blocks were missing!

Kitchen gadget obsession

I have a kitchen gadget obsession. If you see it on TV and it promises to do cool stuff, chances are good I think I need that gadget. Chances are also good that I might even eventually purchase said product or ask for it for my birthday or Christmas.

As we packed up our belongings last Decemember, the knife block came into question. My husband was annoyed with them because he said they were dull. To me, they still worked. As we started running out of space, we had to decide what to take with and what could easily be replaced.

After much discussion, we decided to part ways with our knife blocks. My husband said they were dull and I was afraid of sticking my hand in a box of knives as we unpacked. My mom said our knifes were much sharper than her knifes at home, o, we gifted them to my parents.

Until recently, I had forgotten such a gift.

It's knife to be able to eat you

If you don't have a proper knife, cutting steak into cubes can be a very difficult task!
If you don't have a proper knife, cutting steak into cubes can be a very difficult task! | Source

Cutting to the point

Not only did we get rid of our knife block, but we didn't have any extra "sharp" knives in the silverware holder. Usually there are a few spares lying around, but this time, we only had one lonely paring knife, a random sharp knife, and plenty of butter knives.

The random sharp knife... well, to put it nicely... I have seen butter knives that were sharper. The butter knives... they serve a purpose, but not when you really need to cut something. As for the lonely paring knife... it is rather dull, but the only remaining sharp knife I have found in our boxes upon boxes of kitchen gear we unpacked.

Now, if you can imagine us doing all of our cutting needs with this rather dull, small, paring knife. It has happened, as my husband cubed beef steak for one of our dinners and I attempted to cut through a log of ground beef. Both of which were painstaking processes.

So, I guess that means we are back to the store. This time searching for a knife block.... unless that is you have seen them!

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

I have seen them!!! Mom and Dad love them!! Sorry to rub it in ;-) This was too funny, but at least now you will have a set that you are proud of because they were getting a bit dull but they are better than nothing! I know Eli will make you pick out some good knives for sure! hehe.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I would die without my knives. I have 2 knife blocks sitting on my counter and they are both full. I could send you a few if you like.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

I recall once...for lack of a knife...I ate a piece of meat with my fingers and the 'business-end' of a cork-screw. A mirror would have probably revealed that to be an unpleasant sight.

I am glad you are back! (I have called off the search party)! Congrats on the house, welcome back, and another great hub!


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Emmanuel Francois 5 years ago

That's funny!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

I kind of have a knife fetish. Not like I used to though. Back in my cocain days, sharpening knives was a way to relax and wind down if I wasn't out at the bars being a stud. That must have been attractive; sitting on the couch, knives laid out, eyeballs bugged out, just sitting there with a goofy half smile as I slowly sharpened the edges of my beautiful knives. My room mate would come home and say .. "Hi Charlie" as headed for his bedroom. Anyway .. I quit doing coke and got rid of most of my knives. Thank goodness for that. Now I just play with guns. Seriously though, this was a good hub my friend. I enjoyed myself.

jim


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

My father started a sharpening business after he retired, and I inherited his very expensive knife sharpener. A sharp knife is a joy to use.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

what a gorgeous utensil


marellen 5 years ago

Funny, I just received a knife block about tw weeks ago from my brother and sister-in-law. I love them and still have my older set of knifes. Cooking is the pits without a nice sharp knife.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - Too funny - look at the info you can elicit because you lost your knives:) lmao! Jim - I almost rolled off the bed laughing! And - you reminded me of the time right after I moved here that I was chopping onions, my eyes were on fire - the door bell was ringing the dogs were barking - I ran to get the door, unfortunately for the soliciter I forgot to put the knife down. I must have scared him to death! I caught a glimpse of myself, mascara running - chef's knife and realized why he didn't press to mow my lawn. On the bright side - no one knocks of my door to sell me stuff.

Knives are very important though. I just couldn't live without mine - the big ones are my favorite. hahaha!


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Brupie 5 years ago

I wouldn't talk anyone out of buying a block/set of decent knives, but if you're put off by the price of good knives, you might want to start with the only knife most people need - a good cook's knife. Get yourself an eight inch Henkel or Wusthof and a sharpening steel. Use the steel and you'll be amazed at the difference it makes.


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

I agree with WillStarr - a sharp knife is a joy. Trying to cut meat, especially raw chicken meat, is very difficult. It's actually much more dangerous to have a dull knife than a sharp one.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - Thanks for rubbing it in.... but no more worries. Paul and Brenda gave us a knife block for a housewarming gift! They are awesome and they match perfectly in the kitchen! So - I don't even have to go pick them out!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just Ask Susan - We had 3 knife blocks before we moved. I don't know what I was thinking by getting rid of all of them. Seriously - that was stupid. However, we got one as a housewarming gift so I am good for now! LOL - And they are sharp!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ThoughtSandwhiches - However disturbing it may be... I am wondering why I didn't think of using the end of a cork screw for my meat tearing pleasure. Ahhh... will keep that to the front of my mind for next time! :) Thanks for the congrats. I can't promise I will be too active yet - we have a LOT of boxes that I still need to go through. Holy man I have a lot of stuff! :) But I am safe so no needless worrying ;)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Emmanuel Francois - It definately is funny to think of not having a sharp knife around. Luckily we didn't suffer too long. We are back in cutting action!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, my kitchen gadget obsession can be explained the same way without the bugging eyes and all the sharpening business. I like the shortcuts. Not because I like shortcuts but because I like gadgets... if that makes much sense. I am slowly but surely breaking them all out. I hate to imagine how lonely they were without me. I have already used my quesidilla maker, George Foreman grill and the crockpot... so many more. And now I can get real creative - I have a knife block! :) Glad you enjoyed the hub. It took my mind off unpacking for a short time!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Will - It seems to me I have spent most of my adult life with dull knives. I never knew the joy of sharpening them until recently. I was always curious about that thing they put in there. Never understood how to use it. Now I know! Your lucky to have inherited some good knives! They are a great tool to have around!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Ben - And Sharp too ;)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Marellen - I agree. Glad you got some new ones. They are a treat when the old ones get dull. Just don't get rid of those. You never know when they will come in handy!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Brupie - I learned the advantage of good knives from my father in law. They have some really sharp ones. However, the knife block gets us started until we are ready to invest in the really good ones. I will definately check into the chef's knife! Thanks for the advice!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - I agree 100% - having a dull knife can be dangerous and frustrating. I think that is why I had so many knife blocks for awhile there. I liked my knifes sharp yet didn't know how to sharpen them myself!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Dear bg - You have just won the BHTISIY award - Best Hub Title I've Seen in Years. Fascinatng article, too. To receive your award which is absolutely FREE, just send S&H costs of $72.36 to my contact address. The award IS heavy!


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

How interesting! Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi barbergirl,

I'm terrible with knives. I refuse to use the really good quality sharp one that I bought my husband for his birthday because it scares the heck out of me! So I make him do all the really important chopping. I use the dull, small paring knife out of choice :-)

Voting up

Cloverleaf.


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

now i know why my wife has seven different knives.i am also comfy since i know it does not automatically make her a potential homicidal maniac. a very very sharp hub bg


AKA allice 5 years ago

I have a knife DRAWER...my husband destroys every knife block I purchase! For some reason, he likes them in that drawer...oh well, at least the knives all point in the same direction...


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jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

I'm sorry to hear that you have lost your knife block.But, I promise I'll let you know about it as soon I have seen them. I voted this hub funny.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

This was great BBG. I can't stand it if I don't have a good knife to work with. It's a huge pet peeve. I also enjoyed your "no need for a knife, etc." Great way to pull in those hubs! Nice job,

Sharyn


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Dearest drbj - the title just stuck in my head... and I had to write it as it was irritating the hell out of me. Unfortunately, with the recent move, I don't have the extra cash to send to you for the S/H costs... but fortunately, because I recieved a knife block, I don't have to spend extra on one. But if you could so kindly send me my award and I will pay you later at an undisclosed date to the address that I will put in the sender's spot while I put mine in the address to be sent to spot... that would bee great! ;)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@PenmePretty - Thank you... glad you enjoyed it!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cloverleaf - I am glad that I am not the only one with this fear. I hate using knifes so I usually pass the job off to someone else who is much craftier with the cutters than I am... I am the last resort in the world of cutting! :) I too choose dull knifes because I just have this fear of losing a finger tip! And when it gets to close to cutting, I usually either dice up the rest of the food when it should be sliced or I waste the food and throw it out. Seriously, there should be a better way to slice tomatoes and onions and the such! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Neel - I knew this hub had a much deeper meaning... to get out those fears that people who have knives are not seriel murders! LOL Glad you enjoyed the hub! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@AKA Alice - My inlaws have a knife drawer and a knife block. I always fear the knife drawer for fear that I am going to lose a finger... however, they have too many knives so it beats having 20 knife blocks lined up on the kitchen counter! Hope one day you can get your husband to start using a knife block! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Jean - Glad to hear I have someone looking out for my knife block. However, it has been replaced as of now so I don't miss it nearly as much! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sharyn - Sadly, we only appreciate what we no longer have (or can't find) It just goes to show how much we take a sharp knife (or even a slightly dull knife) for granted when we can't find one at all. Glad you enjoyed the recipes... I think I made a mistake though. Even though you don't need a knife to make the pudding, you might need it to slice the bananas a little. Oh well, they are easy enough to just break off pieces! :)


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

I am a kitchen gadget person too -- but they often take up lots of room. Right now my salad spinner is a storage bowl to several smaller gadgets. Fun hub!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Truckstop Sally - I love Kitchen Gadgets. In fact, I just got a few new ones for my birthday - The Chef Basket, the Elictrical stirring thingy and the space saver for all the spices. Once I get all my use out of them - I will probably be writing a hub about them and rating their usefullness for the money spent!


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

I have a decent knife block, but the knives are not so hot. We did buy them from one of those TV ads..and they are a disappointment. They are made in China, supposedly of stainless steel, which proceeded to show rust spots here and there.

And, if you do know knives, you know that stainless steel doesn't hold an edge worth hang..so I'm constantly having to re-sharpen the ones I use most. (Glad my father taught me how!)

And I'm glad you were gifted a new set! ;-)

Voted up and funny... ;-)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@DzyMsLizzy - Funny that you say that... the knife block we got on Tuesday has a sharpener and I have absolutely no clue how to use it. So, I am going to have to look it up since the directions got thrown away in the box. Luckily, they should stay sharp for awhile so I should be good to go. Ironically, after I got the new knife block, I got a second knife block on Friday. They are both good sets so I am keeping both of them. They both are a touch bit different and well, you can never have enough sharp knives!


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Be advised--if the 'knife sharpener' is one of those built-in gizmos with little rotating wheels, they don't work nearly as well as an old-fashioned steel, (which is a steel rod, or whetstone with a handle) that is used very differently.

A steel is held steady in the non-dominant hand, while the dominant hand works the business side of the knife blade across it in downward strokes at about a 10-degree angle to the steel. To get both sides of the blade sharp, the sharpening strokes alternate between sweeping away from you, and sweeping toward you, so you want to be sure to hold the handle of the steel firmly in your fist, with your thumb tucked up out of the way.

Cheers..


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Very cool - I have the steel rod... or it might be imitation steel rod, but that is what came with the knife block. Your instructions will come in very handy. I guess it is just a matter of getting used to the motion! :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Stacy,

This was funny to read...yet I know the consternation you must have felt when you realized that you did not have some sharp knives with which to cook. Nice to know that you have remedied the situation by now. Ha! As to sharpening knives, we have the steel rod but we also have an electric knife sharpener which works great. We haul that out and do most of our knives at the same time about once or twice a year. Up and funny votes! :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

So glad to know that you are not a serial killer! Haha!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Peggy W - Funny... I am still kicking myself. I mean.... who seriously gives away their knives before they move. I was just so afraid of someone sticking there hand in a box and cutting themselves I thought it would be safer. Not thinking - oh - what will I do when I need to use knives again! Ha ha... but yes - this is proof I am not a serial killer! LOL

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