High quality knives will last a lifetime if properly cared for and stored. However, depending on usage and maintenance, there may come a time when you may want to replace old and old knives with a newer or better set.
You cannot throw them in the bucket because that is extremely dangerous. So what should you do?
5 Tips: How to Dispose of Kitchen Knives Properly
First check if your knife can be salvaged
Before you come to the conclusion that your knives need to be thrown, carefully check their condition. Is the blade dull, slightly curved, a little rusted?
Depending on the severity of the damage, you can correct these problems with a grinder knife , a sharpener or with the right cleaning materials.
If all else fails, you have the option of accessing a specialist who can restore your knives for a fee.
If you’re getting rid of your kitchen knives, why not try making money back selling them to scrap metal? The money you earn can be used to buy 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 company to see what materials they accept to see if your knife will cut (pun intended). Your knives will then be added to their record where they will be melted down and recycled.
A much better (and more eco-friendly) option is to just throw the knife out.
Consider giving them away
Depending on the quality of your knives, a good option would be to donate them to your local charity or your 2 nd hand shop. If they are rusted or in poor condition, selling them to scrap metal would be a more appropriate option.
Throw them away
If you are not interested in trying to sell, recycle or donate your kitchen knives, then it is best to throw them away.
But there’s a right and wrong way to throw them out. Here are a few quick tips:
- Newspaper : the cheapest and most convenient option is to take 6-7 newspapers and wrap them carefully around the blade to ensure the entire blade is properly covered while keeping the handle in contact. Newspaper tape so that the whole is securely wrapped.
- Bubble wrap : for an extra layer of protection (and if you have any lies), you can replace the newspaper with a bubble wrap.
- Cardboard : probably the safest choice when it comes to covering the blade, take a piece of cardboard that is larger and longer than the knife, fold it in half and put the knife in with the blade against crease. Stick it together so everything is safe and put it in a box if available.
- Wrapping : this is the last resort if none of the above options are available. The clothes can be opened and if someone tries to take it off to look at the clothes without knowing there is a knife inside, they could be seriously harmed. Make sure your knife is securely wrapped with the full garment (keep the handle in contact), securely with tape, and if you attach a note indicating there is a knife inside it will avoid any confusion or harm.
Replace your knife
When the time comes when you are ready to replace your knife, we recommend looking for a good quality, sharp, and powerful knife that will serve you for many years to come.
All of our kitchen knives come with the full manufacturer warranty so you are guaranteed a high quality knife for a lifetime.