Speaking Of Christmas …

In a recent post I mentioned that it’d be great to get something I was talking about for Christmas. Well, that got me thinking: “Y’know, Christmas isn’t all that far off in sale terms”. It occurred to me that one way that folks can know about things that I’d like to get is to simply talk about them in places where I know that they’ll eventually run across it. (side note to family members who read this… yeah, I know this is a bit self serving but there’s nothing stopping you from doing the same. In fact, I think it’d be a great idea if ye did.)

Henckels 8 piece knife setAnyway, on to the point. There’s a particularly important bit of technology that is, in my opinion, essential to any kitchen and that mine is sorely lacking in.

Knives. Not just any knives mind you. I’m talking about a set of 8 knives that are made for use in a variety of situations and range from the basic 8 inch chef’s knife to a 2 3/4 inch peeling knife.

Having a full set of knives is important in the kitchen, it means not having to “make do” with something that just wasn’t made for the job. While it’s one thing to “make do” with things that aren’t quite (or at all) designed for the thing you’re using them for, it’s quite another when it comes to knives.

For one thing, trying to use a knife that’s too large or too small for the job is dangerous. The danger of slipping is higher, which means that it’s that much more likely that somebody’s gonna get cut or worse. Especially if the knife in question is as sharp as they need to be.

I’ve been doing a lot of “making do” by using the one 8 inch chef’s knife that I’ve got for most if not all of my kitchen cutting needs. Thus far I’ve gotten away with it but lately I’ve noticed that it’s not holding an edge nearly as long anymore. It takes longer and longer to get it sharp and then it’s only a few uses and it’s back to the sharpener with it.

One thing I’ve learned (the hard way) is that a dull knife in the kitchen is bloody dangerous to have around and worse to use. Dull knives have a tendency to slip and while they may be dull, that doesn’t mean that they can’t lay you open like a gutted fish if you slip while using it and the angle is right (wrong?).

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