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From all-purpose to specialized, handcrafted to high-tech, here are the knives to stock in your block, PLUS a lesson on knife maintenance and a glossary of slicing techniques.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR KNIVES
Storage: Hang from a magnetic strip, keep in a wooden block, or protect in plastic sleeves. Placing knives coverless and loose in a drawer can dull or damage them.
Honing: Before use, hone with a knife steel to realign the edge and smooth kinks.
Cleaning: Hand-wash with soap and water and dry immediately with a towel. (Dishwasher detergents are abrasive and can react with the metals, and the jets can cause blades to collide.)
Sharpening: Get all your blades professionally sharpened twice a year.

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