Since the pandemic happened, more people started cooking at home. They got more serious about putting meals together from scratch. Many realized that the work was difficult because they didn’t have a good kitchen knife or that their knives were all dull. A dull knife makes the work take longer and requires more effort to chop vegetables and cut meat.
It is important to have knives that are always sharp so it makes sense to get yourself a whetstone and sharpen your own knives. There are a lot of benefits to taking the initiative and sharpening your knives. In this article, we will go over several of the benefits that come with sharpening your own knives.
1 – It saves money
Once you spend the initial outlay of cash to get yourself a good sharpening set up, you then don’t spend much afterward. When you buy cheap knives that get dull quickly, you’ll end up having to buy knives more frequently. This is because cheap knives made from stainless steel stamps can’t be sharpened. Once they get dull you have to buy new ones.
If you buy a good quality knife that can be sharpened but don’t sharpen it yourself then you will have to send them out to a knife sharpener to do it. This costs money to have them do this. Not only that, but you’ll need to have a second set of knives to have while the others are out being sharpened since it can take a few days to get them back.
Knives that are regularly sharpened will also last longer and save you money since you aren’t buying knives regularly. When a knife is sharpened it not only makes the edge sharp, it also removes a lot of the dents and nicks that it gets over time. This helps you use it for years.
2 – You’re self sufficient
The more you are able to do yourself, the more resilience you have when something happens. For instance, those that could cook for themselves had an easier time managing the pandemic than the ones who didn’t. Being self-sufficient extends to a lot of areas in life such as doing car repairs and house renovations.
Sharpening your own knives is also a great way to be self sufficient so you aren’t relying on somebody else to keep your knives in good shape.
Back in the old days, these were skills that most people had since they understood that they had to rely on themselves to get things done. Going back to these old ways helps in a number of areas of your life.
3 – It’s safer
As was mentioned earlier, a dull knife is dangerous since you are more likely to get cut when forcing it to cut and chop. When you don’t sharpen your own knives, you are more likely to have dull knives since it takes time to send the knives out to be sharpened. When you do it yourself, your knives are always sharpened so you never have to risk using a dull knife.