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Q: How do I prevent the food that I am cutting from sticking to my knife?
Good question. There are actually some knives that feature slight indentations, grooves or pockets along the blade. These grooves are designed to create pockets of air in between the food and prevent the food from completely adhering to the knife by breaking up the flat surface. Many people find that using knives with these grooves included on the blade help them to cut faster since they do not have to continually pick food off of the blade.

Q: What is one of the best safety tips you have for handling various cutlery?
The first suggestion is for people that have been using knives for years and consider themselves experts. These are the types of people who often become so comfortable with their knives that they fail to abide by regular safety practices and tend to be a bit careless with their knives. Remember, regardless of your years of experience, it is important for you to make sure that you always maintain the utmost care while you are cutting.

It has also proven to be very helpful for people to make sure that their knives feature a very nice grip on the handle. And to help you get the most out of this grip you will also want to make sure that your hands are thoroughly dry as well.

Q: How do I make sure that my knife is cutting at its maximum potential?
Unfortunately, there is no exact science to determining this. However, you should pay attention to whether or not you are laboring to cut through materials that should be relatively easy to cut. If so, it is time to sharpen your knife. In addition, you may not always be able to see it, but knives can get slightly bent so that they are no longer straight, but if you run them through specialty sharpeners you can easily correct this.

Q: What is the best type of knife used to chop food on a cutting board?
You will want to look for the biggest knife possible that you are comfortable using. This will help you gain a great amount of leverage and prevent you from straining yourself and prevent your knife from getting out of control because you are pushing too hard on it.

Q: What is a paring knife used for?
This type of knife is used to peel, trim and cut food.

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