From Sound Dietitians, a partner of the Verdant Health Commission. View the complete blog post and resources from Sound Dietitians at http://www.sounddietitians.com/sd-blog/basic-knife-skills.
Tips on Holding a Knife
- Don’t hold your knife with a death grip – relax your hands and wrists and let the blade do the cutting!
- Position all 10 fingers so that it’s virtually impossible to cut them.
- Your hand that holds the knife should grip both the handle AND the blade. This “Blade Grip” gives you more control.
- Keep your knife at the same height or just below your elbows. This allows you to use your whole upper body to put pressure on the knife.
Sharpening and Storage
Don’t wait until your knife is dull to care for it. Keeping your knives sharp will save you time in the long run and will keep you safe! A dull knife is more dangerous, as it is more likely to slip. How often should you sharpen your knife? Home cooks typically only need to sharpen their knives once or twice per year! You can hone your knife as often as you like, but weekly should be plenty for most home cooks.