High-quality knives should last a lifetime if properly cared for and maintained. However, depending on the usage and maintenance, there may come a time when you may want to replace old and worn out knives with a newer or better set.
You can’t just throw them in the bin as that’s extremely dangerous. So what should you do?
First check if your knives can be salvaged
Before you come to the conclusion that your knives need to be thrown out, carefully check what condition they are in. Is the blade blunt, slightly bent, is there a bit of rust?
Depending on the severity of the damage, you may be able to rectify these issues with a knife sharpener, whetstone or with the right cleaning materials.
If all else fails, you have the option of visiting an expert who may be able to restore your knives for a fee.
Sell them off
If you’re getting rid of your kitchen knives, why not try to make a buck back by selling them for scrap metal? The money you make can go towards buying a new set.
Metal has a number of uses and there is a large market for scrap metal as it can be reused countless times without losing its quality.
Check with your local recycling companies to see what types of materials they accept to see if your knives make the cut (pun intended). Your knives will then get added to their scrapheap where they will be melted down and recycled.
A much better option (and more environmentally friendly) than just tossing your knives out.
Throwing them away
If you are not keen on messing around trying to sell, recycle or donate your kitchen knives, then it’s best to just throw them out.
But there’s a right and wrong way to throw them out. Here are a few quick tips:
- Newspaper wrap: the cheapest and most convenient option is to get 6-7 sheets of newspaper and carefully wrap it around the knife blade ensuring the entire blade is properly covered while keeping the handle exposed. Tape the newspaper so the whole thing is securely wrapped.
- Bubble wrap: for an extra layer of protection (and if you have any lying around) you can substitute newspaper with bubble wrap.
- Cardboard wrap: probably the safest option when it comes to covering the blade, grab a piece of cardboard bigger and longer than the knife, fold it in half and place the knife inside with the blade against the fold. Tape it together so everything is secure and place it in a box if one is available.
- Clothes wrap: this is the last resort if none of the options above are available. Clothes can unfold and if someone tries to unwrap it to have a look at the clothes not knowing there is a knife inside, they can get seriously hurt. Ensure your knives are securely wrapped with sufficient clothing (keeping the handle exposed), secure with tape and if you attach a note saying there is a knife inside that should avoid any confusion or harm.
Replacing your knives
When the time comes when you are ready to replace your knives, we would recommend looking for a good quality, sharp and robust knife that is going to serve you for many years to come.
All of our kitchen knives come with full manufacturer warranty so you are guaranteed a high-quality knife for a lifetime.
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