Question & Answer - Knives
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What material are Wiltshire knives made of?
Wiltshire knives are made up of two key materials used across the blade and handle of the knife. Wiltshire knife blades are made of high quality stainless steel. Some handles are made entirely of stainless steel and others can be made of synthetic material which is wrapped over the internal stainless steel structure for easy, soft grip and cost efficiencies.
What can the different Wiltshire knife product types be used for?
Paring Knives: can be used for peeling, slicing, topping & tailing small fruit & vegetables, and sculpting delicate garnishes. Utility Knives: can be used for peeling & slicing larger fruit & vegetables and herbs. Serrated Utility Knives can be used on fruit and vegetables with harder surfaces like tomatoes. Bread Knives: with their serrated blade, can be used to slice bread. Cook's Knives: also sometimes called 'Chef's Knives', are the professional chef's choice for slicing and chopping. They are a multi-purpose knife that can be used for most kitchen tasks including cutting of meat, poultry, fruit & vegetables. The wide blade of a Cook's knife which tapers to a narrow point allows experienced chefs to rock the knife when dicing larger fruit and vegetables. Carving Knives: are perfect for carving hot and cold roast meats and poultry. They are also handy for larger fruits such as melons and pineapple. Santoku Knives: are a Japanese knife used to cut meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. It has a sharp edge as well as a granton edge (i.e. with air pockets or indentations along the blade to allow for smoother and quicker food release when cutting). Asian Vegetable Knives: are influenced by Japanese Nakiri Knives and have air pockets along the blade - great for the precision slicing, cutting and julienne of vegetables.
Can stainless steel rust and what can I do to prevent this?
Any stainless steel product can rust, however, stainless steel is more resistant to rust corrosion than other carbon or alloy steels. It is not 'stain proof', but 'stain less'. Hand washing and immediate towel drying is recommended for knives, however use in the dishwasher is also possible, though not optimal due to exposure to corrosive liquids etc.
How can I ensure I keep my knives sharp?
All knives and indeed Wiltshire knives (except Wiltshire Staysharp or Wiltshire Laser Knives) will go blunt if you do not sharpen them. Wiltshire Sharpening Steels and Rods are available to assist with keeping your knives sharp. Alternatively, Wiltshire Staysharp Knives have an in-built self-sharpening system (i.e. the scabbard) which allows for the knife to be sharpened every time it is pulled out from the case. Note: Wiltshire Laser Knives should not be sharpened as the blade has many serrate tested by laser beam to be at the right cutting angle. This eliminates the need to re-sharpen them. The serrated edge however will need re-aligning. Just run your knife blade down the edge of a wooden chopping board (do not attempt to do this on a plastic or glass chopping board).
What is the guarantee for Wiltshire knives?
Check the packaging for how many years your Wiltshire knife is covered for. Wiltshire knife guarantees are usually either 3 years, 5 years or 10 years.
How are Wiltshire Staysharp knives different from other Wiltshire knives?
Wiltshire Staysharp Knives have been designed to always 'stay sharp'. Designed with the latest technology and materials, Wiltshire Staysharp Knives include a unique sharpening system which surpasses all. Simply pull the knife out of the scabbard for the knife to be sharpened automatically. Wiltshire Staysharp's sharpening cassette will need to be cleaned regularly, by lifting the end cap off the scabbard (as shown on pack), tapping the tip of the scabbard on to a clean bench top surface (not food preparation area), and disposing of the small filings that fall out.
How do I remove my Wiltshire Staysharp Knife once it has been placed in to the scabbard incorrectly?
When placing your Wiltshire Staysharp Knife in to the scabbard ensure, as per pack instructions, the blade edge is inserted into the scabbard facing towards the point of the 'cutting edge' symbol located on the insertion area of the scabbard. When releasing the scabbard, simply hit the 'auto release' button and the knife will glide out. Should the knife be inserted in the wrong way, there should be no issue in removing it with force. It is important, however, in order to maintain the optimal condition of your Wiltshire Staysharp scabbard, that you insert and release the knife the proper way.