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It Might be a Good Time for New Kitchen Knives

Updated on April 10, 2011

Dangers of Dull Knives

Sometimes things happen for a reason, and this can be the case, with kitchen knives. If you have a nice big cut on your hand, it may be there for a reason also. Your hand may be telling you that it is time for some new cutting tools in the kitchen.

One of the best ways to injure yourself, is with a dull knife. Most people might think that a very sharp knife is the best way to injure one's self. However, this is a misconception that can end in injury.

When you use a dull knife, you have to press much harder for it to cut. Also, a dull cutting tool will tend to slip off of whatever you are trying to cut or slice. When you add up extra pressure, a slipping surface, and a knife, this can be a very good recipe for disaster.

Sharp knives do not slip off things that you cut. In fact, they glide right through them. This means that there is less chance to cut yourself. Also, when you know that a knife is very sharp, you tend to be more careful with it.

Good and Bad

Quality knives tend to stay sharp for a long time. This is because they are made from better steel than the cheaper ones. If you keep a good sharpening steel in the kitchen, you can keep the edges straight, and eliminate the need for frequent sharpening.

Cheap knives are almost impossible to keep sharp. They may stay sharp for a very short amount of time. This means that you have more chances for accidents.


Quality kitchen cutting tools come with a storage device like a hard wood knife block. This keeps your quality tools handy, whenever you need them. It also keeps them from bouncing around in a drawer, every time it is open. Also, reaching in a drawer for something sharp, is a good way to end up with an injury.

What to Get

There are many good selections of quality kitchen cutting tools on the market today, and most will give you years of service. If you want something that is ergonomic, look for pistol grip handles. Also look for full tang construction. This means that the blade runs the entire length of the tool, and the handle attaches to it with something like rivets. Also, high carbon stainless steel will keep an edge for a long time.

Summing It Up

Dull cutting tools are much more dangerous than sharp. If you need new kitchen knife set, get something of quality materials and construction. They will last for a long time, and will be make life in the kitchen, much easier.


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    • Christine P Ann profile image

      Christine P Ann 6 years ago from Australia

      You are so right GF899, most people I know have dull knives in their kitchen and they believe they are safer until it is pointed out to them that the opposite is true. I know this because my husband is a chef. Fantastic advice that may just save someones fingers. :)

    • MikeSyrSutton profile image

      MikeSyrSutton 6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Great hub. I didn't really think of dull knives as an issue. Dull people? Yes. LOL Great job!