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Knives are tools. Tools are designed to enable us to perform certain tasks easier. The effectiveness of tools is based on quality, design and proper use. Using a tool for something other than what it was designed to do, usually constitutes abuse of the tool and leads to unsatisfactory results, damage, or injury.
Wooden blocks make the best cutting boards because they will not dull your knives as fast as plastic. Tests have shown them to be as sanitary as plastic if cleaned with at least 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Wooden cutting boards will not withstand regular cleaning in the dishwasher. Coat wooden boards with Mineral Oil. Do not use salad oils because they will ferment and create a bacteria problem. I never recommend the use of marble or glass cutting boards, plates or platters to cut on. Remember, anything that is harder than the steel in your knife will instantly dull your knife.
Most generally, price will be an indication of quality. If you expect a tool to last a lifetime, spend a little more in the beginning and then care for it correctly. After operating a commercial and residential sharpening service since June of 1989, I have found that the most common reason for tool failure is the lack of care and maintenance.
Most people do not realize that items such as pruners, loppers, grass clippers, etc. require cleaning after each use and frequent oiling. Sap and pitch accumulate on these tools and make them sticky and gummy. They can easily be cleaned with WD-40 or paint thinner and then wiped with a thin coating of light weight oil. One other reason that loppers and pruners may not cut correctly is because of improper tension adjustment.
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