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Use and Care

Usage Instructions
Before your first use, remove all packaging and labels.
Wash and disinfect the knives with hot water and detergent.
Rinse them thoroughly with clean water before use.
Use knives for their intended purposes; avoid pounding, prying, or cutting frozen foods with non-serrated knives
Before your first use, remove all packaging and labels.
Wash and disinfect the knives with hot water and detergent.
Rinse them thoroughly with clean water before use.
Use knives for their intended purposes; avoid pounding, prying, or cutting frozen foods with non-serrated knives
  • After each use, thoroughly clean the kitchen utensils.
  • Dry them completely.
  • Apply a light coating of edible oil.
  • Store them in a well-ventilated, dry place to prevent rusting.
  • Avoid exposing them to carbon monoxide, as it can cause blade discoloration.
If the knives become dull, you can sharpen them with water:
  • When the knife is dull, wet it.
  • Sharpen it back and forth on a whetstone at a 15-20° angle several times until it is extremely sharp.

Safety Warning

Keep sharp blades out of the reach of children.
Exercise caution during cleaning and use.

More Questions

How should I properly store my knives?
To maintain the sharpness and ensure safety, we recommend storing your knives in a knife block, magnetic strip, or blade guard.

Utilize storage options like a knife block, knife case, in-drawer knife holder, sheath, magnetic bar, or keep them in the original box. Avoid tossing your knives in a drawer, as this can dull or damage them and pose a safety risk when reaching in.
How do I maintain the sharpness of my knives?
Regular honing and occasional sharpening are essential for maintaining your knives. Please consult our Use and Care guide for comprehensive instructions on knife maintenance. To guarantee the appropriate hardness match for your knives, we recommend using a sharpener from the same brand as your knife collection.

Our standard blades require a sharpening angle of 15˚ per side.
Learn how to use our various sharpening tools in our instructional guide.
What is the proper way to hone an Elitequo blade?
To ensure your Elitequo knife's longevity and top-notch performance, proper honing is essential. It's important to understand that there's a significant difference between honing and sharpening. Honing is about maintaining your blade, realigning the micro edge to optimize performance until it's time for sharpening. Sharpening, on the other hand, involves removing metal from the blade to create a new edge.Learn more.
What is proper cutting technique?
Elitequo knives are designed for precise slicing, not forceful chopping. Our recommended cutting technique involves a smooth forward-and-down motion while cutting through food, followed by a gentle up-and-back motion to prepare for the next cut.

This technique maximizes the precision of our exceptionally sharp blades. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced chef, always handle our knives with care, paying attention to finger placement. Elitequo knives are perfect for cutting meats and vegetables but not suitable for bones or very tough-skinned vegetables.

For heavier kitchen tasks like breaking down poultry or preparing hard-skinned produce, consider our specialized knives like the Butcher Knife collections.
Can I wash my knives in the dishwasher?
To preserve the quality of your Elitequo knives, avoid washing them in the dishwasher. Dishwashers can be harsh on knives, leading to potential damage. The knocking and movement inside the dishwasher can harm both your knives and the dishwasher itself.

Furthermore, washing different grades of metal together may result in brown spotting on higher-quality metals, like Elitequo blades, which can be challenging to remove. Many dishwashing detergents contain corrosive elements that can lead to wear and corrosion on your Elite knives. For the best care, we advise handwashing your knives with a mild dish soap.
What are appropriate cutting surfaces?
To ensure the sharpness and longevity of your Elitequo knife, it's crucial to choose the right cutting surface. We recommend using a cutting board crafted from softer materials that provide a bit of give under the blade's pressure. Our Elitequo collection offers Hinoki Cutting Boards, which are an excellent choice. If your knife can make a cut line on the board, your cutting surface is suitably soft. Please refrain from cutting on hard surfaces like tile, ceramic plates, marble, granite, plastic, or acrylic, as these can quickly dull and chip your blade.
How do I inspect my Elitequo knives, and how often should I do it?
We recommend inspecting your Elitequo knives each time before use. Given their thin, sharp, and unpolished cutting edge, it's important to pay attention to this vulnerable area. Start by examining the cutting edge, ensuring it appears smooth with no discoloration. Then, inspect the entire blade for any signs of tarnish or rust. If everything looks pristine, you're ready to start cooking. However, if you happen to spot any issues, we advise addressing them promptly.
How can you tell when it's time to sharpen your Elitequo knives?

Keeping a close eye on your knives is the best way to determine when they require sharpening. If you notice any of the following issues, it's a clear sign that your knives are due for a sharpening session.

Early detection is key, especially in the case of minor corrosion, as it's easier to address promptly. Regularly inspect your knives for these signs:

  • Reduced Cutting Performance: Even after honing, if your knife struggles to glide through the resilient skin of a tomato, it's time for sharpening.

  • Uneven Cutting: If only a portion of the blade, typically the central section, loses its cutting efficiency while the tip and heel remain sharp, it's a strong indicator that sharpening is needed.

  • Micro Corrosion: Keep an eye out for any signs of corrosion, such as rust, along the edge or blade.

Proactive inspection ensures your Elitequo knives always deliver peak performance.

How can I extend the lifespan of my Elitequo Knife?
Ensuring the longevity of your Elitequo Knife involves more than just maintaining its edge or sharpening it correctly; it's also about how you wield it in your daily culinary endeavors. We recommend avoiding direct downward pressure on the blade, as this can lead to both fatigue and potential damage to the knife, including chipping.

Instead, employ a proper cutting technique that reduces strain and preserves your knife's performance. Embrace a "locomotive" motion when you cut, either moving the blade forward or backward. Push the knife forward while chopping, allowing the blade to do the work, minimizing the need for excessive muscle force. This technique applies when pulling the knife back as well. Embracing this slicing motion reduces unnecessary strain, ensuring your blade remains in excellent condition for years to come.
How do I eliminate rust or oxidation stains from my Elitequo Knife?

Occasionally, oxidation or rust stains may appear on your Elitequo Knife, although this is relatively uncommon due to its high-quality materials. However, if you do encounter such stains, they can be easily removed using a mild abrasive like Bar Keepers Friend or a mixture of water and baking soda.

Here's an even simpler method: soak the affected area in white vinegar for approximately 5 minutes and then gently scrub to remove the stains. This swift remedy will restore your knife's pristine appearance without hassle.

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