Damascus Ceramic or steel, that is the question
When it comes to choosing kitchen accessories, it comes down to assessing all the properties of the product and the level of adaptation of your cooking skills to it. When it comes to knives, many of their qualities are subject to evaluation here: hardness, blade density, shape, the scope for products, pros and cons, and popularity among both professionals and housewives.
How Damascus ceramic knives are made
The ceramic that these blades are made of is different from the material of your “ceramic” coffee mug. This material is called “advanced ceramic” and is harder than high carbon steel, carbide, and titanium. Only diamonds are harder. The reason why Damascus ceramic knives are difficult to sharpen at home is that diamonds are required to sharpen the blades! The blades of such ceramics are sharpened by the manufacturer on a grinding wheel that has a diamond coating. True elegance even in the manufacturing process!
Why choose a ceramic kitchen knife?
Damascus knives are a great option for those who don’t want to fiddle with the sharpening requirements of metal blades. One important factor is that a high-quality Damascus ceramic knife will cost less than a similar knife made from fully forged stainless steel. For example, a Hatamoto by Kanetsugu knife (3014-YEL), with a blade length of 180 mm, steel 1K6, a foam handle, sharpened #5000, will cost only 60 dollars.
TOP 3 advantages of ceramic kitchen knives
very light, which means no hard work in the cooking process – owners of thin blades that can cut the thinnest slices – durability of Damascus ceramic knives due to the sharpness of the blade
How to handle Damascus ceramic knives
Ceramic is a fragile material. Although, at first glance, this fact does not agree with the fact that ceramics is second only to diamonds in hardness. And both of them are true. But the harder the material, the less flexible it is.
Therefore, remember the “12 commandments NOT” when using Damascus ceramic knives:
- Never cut on slabs, marble, stone, steel, or other hard materials.
- Never cut hard, frozen or crispy foods.
- No use it to remove meat from meat.
- Do not scratch.
- Do not use the knife to separate pieces of food (after each cut, the knife must be removed vertically and not used to separate slices).
- No hit the board with the blade to stab.
- Do not press with the side of the blade.
- Not wash knives in the dishwasher.
- Do not store in contact with other inventory.
- Do not expose the blade to heat sources (ceramic is a conductor).
- Not drop.
And this is a list of how to USE Damascus ceramic knives
Any Damascus ceramic knife, such as the Hatamoto by Kanetsugu Utility Knife (3012-YEL), with a blade length of 150 mm, 1K6 steel, styrofoam handle, sharpening #5000, is ideal for straight cutting fruits, vegetables, and boneless meat. Cut all this variety of ingredients on plastic or wooden cutting boards.
Cleaning Damascus ceramic knives is a manual job. No high-quality knives should be washed in the dishwasher, as they may break due to contact with other products or the walls of the dishwasher.
Over time, the blade of steel knives becomes rounded and dull. Harder materials like ceramic tend to get blunt differently, with a little chipping at the edges. This is part of normal wear and tear. Despite these small chips, the knife will continue to cut for a long time. The knife will not need to be sharpened until the cutting ability deteriorates.
Larger chips can sometimes be repaired by having the knife sharpened at a reshaping center.
Several options are available at this point in the original instruction manual. Damascus Ceramic knives can be placed on a table, hung on a wall, or placed in a kitchen drawer. But knife blocks, such as the HATAMOTO PWBS-15D-YEL Universal Knife Stand, are the easiest way to store, allowing easy access and preventing nicks or breakage.
If you are a fan of the durability, strength of kitchen accessories, and a connoisseur of budget safety, then a Damascus ceramic knife will be the perfect companion for your culinary accomplishments. And if during the cooking process you want something more extravagant and complex, then you can always supplement your set of kitchen knives with steel products.
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