Knives, in my opinion, are the most important tool in the kitchen next to a cast iron skillet and proper knife care is a must. Knives are easily damaged and begin quickly to lose their shape, thereby becoming very dull. Three ways to preserve your knives and keep a sharp blade for longer are:
1. Never use a scrub brush to clean your knives. Instead, for difficult to remove foods, use a clean wine bottle cork over the knife then was with a mild detergent in hot water.
2. Never clean your knives in a dishwasher.
3. Keep your knives in a cutting board or cutting tray.
4. Steel them after each use.