Meet My Knives ~ And Discover A Home Economist’s Dirty Little Secret

Meet my knivesMy dirty secret: I @#$%-up knives. I’m not the only guilty party in this household. Yet, we still possess three received as wedding gifts back in the stone age (in the photo, the three at far right). If you want my take on how to stay married for 99 years, read that here. Not included is, if you two have differing philosophies on knife-care, the solution might be to just get your own sets. Larry and I seem to have matching knife personalities. We love ‘em sharp, and simultaneously trash ‘em.

At our May, 1978 wedding ceremony, we opened gifts after guests had left. When my dad saw the gift from Ken Olson, then-president of Vons Grocery Company — the HUGE knife (far right in pix), he proclaimed, “That’s a hog-skinnin’ knife!” My Pop ought to know, his dad was a butcher in Wisconsin. And Ken had started his Vons career in the meat department, so that made sense. 34 years we’ve had that good hog skinning knife.

Nowadays, we are loving some new family members, Cutco knives. Three have come my way, gratefully; Cutco was SMART and sponsored Camp Blogaway.  100 happy food bloggers were thrilled about the sponsorship, too. Bloggers luv knives.

I am a home economist. Every job I have had since age 16 has been in food (except one Christmas selling men’s suits at May Co.). With those credentials, you’d think I had the makings of being a Knife Snob. Nope. I am just a girl with knives and a husband who, if I were ever abducted by Mars aliens, would HAPPILY use knives un-nagged to open boxes, clean window tracks and smear putty. Stick them in the dishwasher and then slice some cheddar cheese.

Cutco knives

Cutco knives are sharp. I mean where-are-the-Band-Aids sharp. And, the company sharpens them for FREE… for LIFE…  {Want to give a wedding gift that the bride and groom will use into their retirement years? These.}  Last Thanksgiving, the family all gathered to cook at in-law Sissy’s home. Her newly remodeled kitchen came complete with a full set of Cutco knives. Yup, the nurse sliced herself. THEY ARE SHARP.

But, listen… knives SHOULD be sharp. We just have to learn to respect that.  I think the hardy slicer, uber-versatile, is a good starter knife.  These are sold by people, not in stores. Find a Cutco rep, buy one or a bunch and, you will wonder why you put up with crap all these years.

I’m not saying our Hog Skinning Knife is crap.  We just treat it like crap, poor ol’ knife. These new ones, we will baby. I hope. Learning how they were made (in America, I might add), it’s pretty apparent we cannot @#$% them up as we have Ol’ Granddad. We haul him out for turkey hacking and slicing through frozen things like sausage. Less of a chance to slice ourselves, he isn’t so sharp.

And yes, we own sharpeners. Electric, hand-held. We’re just not knife snobs, so we forget to sharpen.

One secret aside… at Camp Blogaway, we house the speakers and sponsors in the “nicer” cabin, which has a fully stocked kitchen. Want to know where I leave my REALLY old, crappy knives from home???  That cabin.  Yup… those poor sponsors were prepping their samples with my hand-me-down dead knives.  SORRY SPONSORS.  They were grateful Kathleen and Susan from Cutco were also in the house.

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1 Mary @ Fit and Fed August 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Sharp knives are the best kitchen tool ever! Especially when you cook vegetarian and do all that vegetable prep.

2 Andy Bill June 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I loVe cutco alredy and ive barrily been a rep i got my whole set and my parents love their gally set as well cutco knives are amazing and you never need to buy any knife or silverware or flatware or pots and pans ever i plan on bein a rep here for a long long time 🙂

3 Debbie June 1, 2012 at 5:45 am

I have had my set of Cutco since 1985 and I would not trade them for any other knives..I have had to replace my paring knife only because it disappeared and now I have a steak knife that mysteriously disappeared ..nevr have they let me down and never have I ever had to sharpen them ..This was the best investment purchase I have ever made..

4 sue moerer May 30, 2012 at 8:34 pm

These knives are $$!! I’m hinting to my husband… bike wheels vs. a good knife….what to do what to do.

5 Amanda McCarthy May 30, 2012 at 8:32 am

The greatest thing about Cutco is that you don’t HAVE to baby them (although I baby mine, especially since I’m a rep because I’m SO in love with Cutco!)

Damage your knives and they get replaced. FOREVER Guarantee baby!

6 Sarale Fellig May 29, 2012 at 10:15 am

Hey Sue! I think i can be of service to ya! Cutco makes an awesome Santoku knife, my mom is totally obsessed with hers! Calls it her Rachel Ray knife. The company even let’s you put down part of the full price so you could try it before you buy it! Would you like me to help you out with it?

7 sue moerer May 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I have it in my head that I need a Santoku knife. Any recs?

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