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Knife Laws for Automatic Knives in USA Switchblade Laws by State

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Knives are a top choice for hunting, self-defense, and sport weapons, but it’s essential to know your state knife laws. Switchblades have often sat in the gray area of legality, and the specific details of the law can differ from state to state.

A switchblade is a kind of knife that has a folding or sliding blade that is stowed in the handle. A switchblade is usually spring-loaded and opens automatically when a button or switch on the handle is pressed.

Because switchblades can be carried discreetly and deployed quickly, this makes them particularly effective for self-defense. However, some criminals have also used switchblades for nefarious purposes, which is why their legality is so debated. Here is what you need to know about switchblade legality in your state.

Are Switchblades Legal ?

While most laws around switchblades are state-specific, the Federal Switchblade Act outlines how knives are treated in the United States in regard to commerce and across state borders, and what qualifies it to be a switchblade. Any automatic knife that opens automatically, either by a button, inertia, or gravity, is a switchblade knife. This wording is carefully crafted to include butterfly and gravity knife styles in the switchblade category.

State Laws

While most state laws apply throughout all jurisdictions, some cities and counties may have strict bans. For instance, while there is no existing ban on switchblades in Massachusetts, Boston and Salem have strict knife ordinances. Research your state and local cities to ensure you comply with local knife laws.

Alabama

In Alabama, most knives are legal, including OTF switchblades. The only restrictions that exist are on Bowie knives, which are prohibited from being concealed carried outside private property and stored in cars. Montgomery County has a limit on 3-inch knives. Otherwise, anything that fits in your pocket is legal in Alabama. All dangerous weapons are not permitted on school premises.

Alaska

Alaska requires that anyone under 16 years old get parental consent to own one. They have virtually no restrictions on knife size or type. Concealment is only an issue when the police are involved or if you are on somebody else’s property. Knives are not allowed in schools without the approval of the Chief Administrative Officer of the school district.

Arizona

Arizona has no restricting knife laws for individuals over the age of 21. You can find Bowie knives, balisongs, and switchblade knives for sale. You must inform an officer of the law if you are carrying concealed if you are pulled over or questioned. This applies to any concealed knife that is not a pocket knife. Additionally, knives cannot be carried at schools, polling stations, or power plant facilities.

Arkansas

All kinds of knives and anything with a blade is permissible. Knife use is only limited near schools and other safe areas. Giving a knife to either a minor or an incarcerated person is a punishable offense. Dangerous knives cannot be carried in any public building, nor can anyone carry a knife over 3 inches for unlawful use.

California

The law in California allows most knives and has only some restrictions on concealed knives. Knives that are disguised as something else or intended to pass a metal detector are illegal. Schools are knife free zones. Additionally, daggers and throwing knives are illegal. Switchblades are legal so long as the blade is less than 2 inches long.

Colorado

All blades longer than 3.5 inches are prohibited, even if concealed. The only exception is for hunting and fishing knives. All schools are weapon-free areas.

Connecticut

Connecticut also has blade length laws, but they aren't all applied universally. Blades longer than 4 inches are all illegal for all knives, and switchblades or automatic knives can only be 1.5 inches long.

Delaware

Knives in Delaware are permitted as long as they don’t fall into certain categories. Knives with pointed tips meant to deter metal detectors, knives with brass knuckles, switchblades, throwing stars, and gravity knives are illegal. Only 3-inch folding or pocket knives can be carried concealed.

District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)

Switchblade knives are prohibited within the city limits of Washington, D.C. Knives cannot be carried in school or recreational areas. The penalties for violations in the District of Columbia are severe, so use caution if you plan to carry a knife anywhere within the city.

Florida

Most knives are legal in Florida, except ballistic knives. Ballistic knives refer to knives ejected using a trigger or button, including some switchblade knives. Common pocket knives and tools under 4 inches are legal to conceal. No knives may be carried near schools.

Georgia

In Georgia, it is illegal to carry, open or concealed, any knife longer than 5 inches unless you have a permit. Anything longer than a foot requires an HB 292 weapons permit.

Hawaii

Hawaii bans all switchblades. Balisongs and possession of gravity knives can be a misdemeanor. All other types of knives are legal to own and carry. Only knives with knuckles are illegal to conceal. There is a zero-tolerance policy for knives on school grounds.

Idaho

It is legal to open carry any kind of knife in Idaho. Concealed carry restrictions only prohibit dangerous weapons such as Bowie knives, daggers, and knives over 4 inches. It is illegal to carry a dangerous weapon on school grounds, including knives over 2.5 inches. Additionally, conceal carrying a knife while intoxicated is illegal.

Illinois

In Illinois, the only generally banned knives are ballistic knives, switchblades, throwing stars, or any button-open assisted knives. However, automatic knives and switchblades can be purchased with a weapons permit. Knives are not permitted in school property, public housing, courthouses, public transport, and any place that serves alcohol or sells entry tickets. Chicago has additional ordinances, prohibiting the sale and use of knives over 2 inches long by anyone under the age of 18.

Indiana

Most knives are legal in Indiana, except for throwing knives and ballistic knives. It is also illegal to conceal carry any permissible knife, except for bringing them to schools. Knives are not allowed to be sold or handed to anyone who is intoxicated.

Iowa

Iowa bans ballistic knives. In addition, it is illegal to conceal carry daggers, switchblades, balisongs, disguised knives, and anything with a blade longer than 5 inches. Blades over 5 inches long can lead to a misdemeanor.

Kansas

Only some ballistic knives and throwing stars are illegal in Kansas. Ballistic knives are not outright illegal, but knives with the capacity for projectile force are. Throwing stars only refer to stars, not knives or other throwable weapons. Everything else is permissible to carry, either open or concealed. Kansas law specifically prohibits students from possessing switchblades or an automatic knife.

Kentucky

No knives are banned in Kentucky, but there are restrictions on what kinds can be carried. Any knife other than a hunting knife or ordinary pocket or utility knife is not permissible for concealed carry. Deadly weapons cannot be carried on K-12 school grounds.

Louisiana

Only switchblades are illegal in Louisiana. All other knives are allowed to be carried, either opened or concealed. However, there is an exemption for rescue knives, which switchblades can fall under for suitable parties. Baton Rouge and New Orleans both prohibit the use, sale, and carry of switchblades, and Shreveport prohibits the use or carry of knives in government or city locations.

Maine

It is illegal to own automatic knives, switchblades, and balisong knives in Maine. Daggers, stilettos, knives over 3 inches long, and anything that is considered to be a dangerous weapon cannot be carried concealed. Knives are not allowed near schools.

Maryland

Maryland permits all kinds of knives, except in Baltimore, where switchblades are banned. It is only illegal to conceal or open carry throwing knives, switchblades, gravity knives, or Bowie knives. Maryland knife owners must be careful around Washington, D.C., and other neighboring states where these laws may be different.

Massachusetts

It is illegal to carry dangerous knives such as switchblades, daggers, ballistic knives, knuckle knives, and double-edged knives, either open or concealed. You also cannot bring a knife into a school zone, and this includes university campuses. The maximum blade length on an automatic knife is 1.5-inches. Boston and Salem have additional ordinances.

Michigan

Gravity knives, automatic knives, and switchblade knives are illegal in Michigan. It is not permissible to carry these kinds of knives, open or concealed. They are also not allowed to be carried in vehicles or school zones. Detroit and Lansing have additional ordinances.

Minnesota

Switchblades are not legal in Minnesota. All other types of knives are, and it is only legal to carry a knife meant to be a tool or utility piece, not a dangerous weapon. Carrying any knife near a school is illegal. Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth have additional restrictions.

Mississippi

In Mississippi, if you are over 18 and have no felonies, you can legally own any knife. Convicted felons and people under 18 cannot own switchblades, Bowie knives, or butcher knives. Concealed carry of dangerous weapons is prohibited, and no knives are allowed near schools.

Missouri

Missouri has unique knife laws, prohibiting only switchblades unless certain qualifications apply. The possession of the switchblade must not violate federal law. Additionally, people who have one arm can use a switchblade less than 3 inches long. All other knives are legal. Concealed carry pocket knives are legal if they are 4-inches or less.

Montana

Switchblades are also illegal in Montana, unless you are a collector, and have the proper documentation with the sheriff’s office. Concealed carry of dangerous weapons is prohibited, as is carrying a knife while intoxicated. Knives longer than 4 inches are prohibited on school property.

Nebraska

All knives are legal in Nebraska, except for convicted felons, fugitives, or people who have a history of domestic violence. All knives under 3.5 inches long can be carried concealed. Lincoln and Omaha have stricter knife ordinances. It is up to school districts and officials to set limits or expel students who carry a knife on school grounds.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Nevada

In Nevada, switchblades, and knives designed to look like belt buckles or have a belt knife sheath are illegal. Concealed carry of any type of dangerous weapon is prohibited. Clark County has tighter restrictions than the rest of the state. Switchblades, daggers, and dirks with blades longer than 2 inches are forbidden on school property. Clark County has stricter knife ordinances.

New Hampshire

You can own any knife in New Hampshire unless you are a convicted felon, or you’ve been convicted on drug-related offenses. Weapons are not permitted in courthouses.

New Jersey

Knives in New Jersey are legal for all people not convicted of a violent crime. Additionally, the mentally ill are not allowed to own knives. Possession of a knife for unlawful purposes is also illegal. Knives are restricted on educational property. Knives with blades between 5-10 inches long cannot be sold to minors. Camden has restrictive ordinances on switchblades and concealed carry weapons.

New Mexico

Only switchblades in balisongs are legal in New Mexico. Knives cannot be carried concealed, and switchblades cannot be bought, sold, manufactured, or transferred. Knives and other deadly weapons are prohibited on public buses and school property.

New York

Most knives in New York are illegal to own, with the exception of hunting knives, daggers, and stiletto knives. Anyone in possession of a band knife is assumed to intend harm. Minors under 16 cannot possess a knife that is considered dangerous, although this is not clearly defined. New York City restricts blades over 4 inches long. Knives are illegal on school grounds throughout the state. Other jurisdictions with additional ordinances include Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse.

North Carolina

North Carolina’s knife laws prohibit anything that has a spring-assisted mechanism to release the blade. Bowie knives cannot be sold to minors. Ordinary pocket knives can be carried concealed, but knives cannot be possessed on school grounds. All other knives must be carried openly, but there are some concealed carry exceptions for state-owned fishing and hunting reservations, and rest stops along highways. Charlotte and Greensboro have further restrictions.

North Dakota

All knives are legal in North Dakota, but there are restrictions on what kind of knife you can own and how to carry it. Knives longer than 5 inches are considered dangerous weapons and cannot be carried near schools, public events, or gatherings. Bismark, Grand Forks, and Fargo have further restrictions. You cannot carry at all near publicly-owned or operated buildings, churches, or schools.

Ohio

No knife laws exist in Ohio, where it is completely legal to carry and own any type of knife. However, deadly weapons may not be concealed. Law prohibits the possession of any kind of deadly weapon near a school. Additional ordinances exist in Akron and Cleveland, where the use of a blade longer than 2.5 inches is illegal and in Canton, where drawing a deadly weapon is illegal.

Oklahoma

All knives in Oklahoma are legal to own. However, you cannot open or concealed carry dangerous weapons such as Bowie knives, switchblade knives, or daggers, which also applies to weapons in vehicles. Possession of all weapons on school grounds is a felony.

Oregon

Oregon does not prohibit or limit what type of knife is legal for anyone to own except for convicted felons. Knives are not allowed at schools, public buildings, and government facilities. Concealed carry of any kind of automatic knife is prohibited. Additional restrictions exist in Portland, Eugene, and Salem.

Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, daggers, automatic knives, and any knives that serve no immediate lawful purpose are illegal. This applies to both open and concealed carry. All knives are prohibited on school grounds. Philadelphia has an ordinance where all cutting weapons are prohibited from use in public areas, unless by the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Rhode Island

All knives can be legally open carried, but daggers, Bowie knives, and anything with a blade longer than 3 inches cannot be concealed. These knives also cannot be sold to minors without authorization from a parent. All schools are weapon-free areas.

South Carolina

South Carolina does not restrict the ownership of any kind of knife, but you cannot concealed carry Bowie knives, switchblades, daggers, balisongs, or another dangerous weapon. Charleston prohibits knives longer than 3 inches from being concealed. Columbia and Greenville prohibit all dangerous weapons from being concealed, banning switchblades from the cities entirely.

South Dakota

It is legal to own and carry any type of knife in South Dakota. Concealed carry is allowed as long as the carrier does not intend to do physical harm. Any dangerous weapon is not allowed on school grounds unless the person carrying it is licensed. Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Rapid City, Deadwood, and Sturgis have additional ordinances.

Tennessee

In Tennessee, you cannot concealed carry Bowie knives. Knives are not allowed near school grounds, and Montgomery has a 3-inch blade restriction.

Texas

All knives are legal in Texas, unless they are longer than 5.5 inches long. Knives of this length are subject to restricted knife locations. These include schools, government buildings, racetracks, airports, correctional facilities, sporting events, or execution sites. Churches, mental hospitals, hospitals, and amusement parks are also restricted. Minors can only carry this size of knife under certain conditions. Any knife smaller than 5.5 inches can be open or concealed carry.

Utah

Utah does not have any restricting knife laws but instead restricts who is legally allowed to own them. Anyone convicted of a felony, on parole, or holding illegal status is not allowed to possess a knife. Knives are not allowed on school grounds.

Vermont

Most knives are legal in Vermont, with the exception of switchblades that have a blade of 3 inches or longer. Knives cannot be carried on or near school property. Knives can be carried concealed as long as you don’t carry with intent to injure another person.

Virginia

All knives are legal to own in Virginia. However, you may not conceal carry dangerous weapons such as Bowie knives, switchblades, throwing knives, and machetes. Dangerous weapons are prohibited in schools, except for a folding pocket knife less than 3 inches long. Carrying anything larger than a 3-inch folding pocket knife on school grounds is a misdemeanor.

Washington

It is illegal to own switchblade knives or any other type of knife that has a spring-loaded blade system in Washington state. Concealed carry of a dangerous weapon is also prohibited. Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Vancouver all have additional ordinances. Knives are prohibited on school grounds.

West Virginia

All knives are legal to only West Virginia, but it is prohibited to concealed carry switchblades, balisongs, gravity knives, or anything with a blade longer than three inches. Minors cannot possess deadly weapons unless they are married or emancipated. All knives are prohibited on school grounds. Charleston and Wheeling have additional ordinances, and Charleston bans switchblades completely.

Wisconsin

It is legal to open carry any kind of knife in Wisconsin. Any sort of malicious or criminal intent is illegal. Minors cannot possess a dangerous weapon, and dangerous weapons are not allowed on school grounds. There may be additional local ordinances for knife carry at government facilities.

Wyoming

All kinds of knives are permitted in Wyoming. Concealed carry of dangerous weapons is allowed by peace officers, those with a weapons permit, and those over 21 years old. There are some restrictions for knife carry at mental health, corrections, and court facilities.

Final Check your Sate and Federal Laws

Knife laws can differ greatly from state to state, ranging from restrictions on size and type to the possessor’s legal standing. Switchblades are legal in most states, considering you adhere to the existing laws. While knives can be useful tools, they are also dangerous weapons and must be handled with care and precaution.

Browse our extensive collection of knives and contact us with any questions, and always check your state laws to ensure you can legally carry the knife you choose.

Benchmade 2021 products that are officially discontinued as of today

Benchmade 2021 products that are officially discontinued as of today. As 2020 begins to wind down and the New Year approaches, we need to make room for exciting new products!

In preparation, attached you will find a list of Benchmade products that are officially discontinued as of today.

Please note the following:

  • As of October 2, 2020, these SKUs no longer fall under Benchmade’s MAP policy.
  • These SKUs are no longer available to be ordered.

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Memorial Remembering Benachmade Founder Les de Asis

Benchmade Founder Les de Asis

Razor Sharp Unlimited as a Benchmade dealer for 16 years we were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the friend, founder Benchmade Les de Asis last week in Feb 2020.  The Benchmade Knife Company and Les have always stood behind our small business and supported us though thick and thin times personally and in the knife industry and market. He even made a point to know our names at shows and really listen to our suggestions and sent Benchmade teams to see what our customers thoughts were to better there product and service to the user and as to how the knife industry was evolving to customers to EDC. To the de Asis family Roberta, Jon and Melissa and the Benchmade team employee's we have lost a legend and a great mentor .  

 

 

Written by David Zaratzian — February 28, 2020

Some top choices in specialty knives shapes & their uses

Some top choices in specialty knives shapes & their uses

It's true that not everyone needs every knife. But if you love to cook, sooner or later, you're going to start eyeing specialty knives. Because the right tool at the right time really can make all the difference. Here are some of our favorite "nice to have" knives—in addition to the Japanese styles we discussed last time.

BREAD KNIFE. It’s a crime to ruin a fresh loaf of bread by smashing it beneath the blade of a dull knife. The wide, “low frequency” serrations on Shun bread knives provide the power you need to gently cut through a crusty loaf without tearing the tender interior. And it works equally well on soft breads and even pastries.
VEGETABLE CLEAVER.Sometimes known as a Chinese cleaver, this squared knife has a very wide blade—and every part of it is put to use. The edge is used to prep vegetables, especially larger ones such as cabbage. Yet some cooks find their cleaver nimble enough for almost every kind of slicing and dicing. The flat of the blade is great for smashing garlic cloves. But don't use it on joints, bones, or meat; a meat cleaver is made for that.
BUTCHERY KNIFEThis is the perfect knife for boning and trimming meat, as well as portioning it. The 6-inch length is the precise length needed for efficient butchery—not a quarter inch more, not a quarter of an inch less. It's also handy for anything you'd do with a utility knife—from trimming vegetables to slicing salami. 
SLICING KNIFEThe slicing knife's longer length, narrower blade, and Shun-sharp edge you can make long, even slices without tearing or sawing. This kind of clean cut keeps more of the meat juices—and thus more of the flavor—inside the meat, rather than pooling on the cutting board. 
ULTIMATE UTILITY KNIFEThis shape is unique to Shun and our parent company, Kai. The cutting edge has low-frequency serrations that slice delicate thin-skinned fruits and vegetables with ease. The wide blade with its rounded tip makes it a great knife for spreading mayo on a sandwich, then the serrations work like a bread knife to cut the sandwich without tearing. It may not look traditional, but try it and find out how often you'll find yourself reaching for this multi-function knife.
BONING/FILLET KNIFE. Like it's name says, this knife is adept at these two key kitchen chores. For boning, the narrow, sharp, curved blade gets in close to the bone, making it easy to separate meat from bone. When filleting fish, the blade's 6-inch length glides through the fish, quickly removing bones and skin. Plus, the narrow blade reduces the drag as you cut

Written by David Zaratzian — August 25, 2018

How to use the most common Japanese knife styles

Traditional Japanese knife styles

Japanese culinary tradition calls for a different knife for just about every task. Frankly, the variety can be a little daunting. That's why Shun offers a select group of Japanese-style knives that give you the precision of specialized tool combined with the versatility of a multi-purpose tool. Here are some of our favorites:

Japanese culinary tradition calls for a different knife for just about every task. Frankly, the variety can be a little daunting. That's why Shun offers a select group of Japanese-style knives that give you the precision of specialized tool combined with the versatility of a multi-purpose tool. Here are some of our favorites:

SANTOKU. A santoku is an Asian-inspired chef’s knife. A santoku is a knife of many talents; some cooks even prefer a santoku to a chef’s knife. While some have a completely straight edge, the slight belly curve on the Shun santoku enables you to rock the blade slightly and makes this santoku as easy to use as a chef’s knife. It is especially well suited to the down-and-forward cutting motion known as a push cut. The santoku usually comes in 7- or 5-inch blade lengths.
HONESUKIThe triangular blade of this Japanese boning knife is perfect for maneuvering around bones and between joints. The shape provides a high level of control enabling the user to process poultry and other proteins with ease. The razor-sharp blade makes removing breasts from bone simple and it cuts through joint cartilage almost like butter. Scoring and trimming is a breeze, too—and the blade’s spine can be used for scraping as well.
NAKIRI“Nakiri” is Japanese for “vegetable knife.” Cooks around the world choose this beautiful and extremely useful tool when preparing fruits or vegetables. With its straight blade, edge, and spine, the nakiri isn’t rocked like a chef’s knife. Instead, it is used with a simple push cut—down and forward. A fine dice of onions is fast, easy, and the nakiri’s blunt end makes it safer, too.
MENKIRIIn Japan, a menkiri is a noodle-cutting knife. The long, straight, razor-sharp edge contacts the cutting board completely to make cutting a folded sheet of fresh noodle dough almost effortless. Of course, in the same way that it can help you cut beautiful, even, delicious noodles, it is equally adept at cutting a full range of fresh, homemade pastas. And it even provides excellent cutting control for slicing vegetables.
KIRITSUKEThe kiritsuke is known as the Japanese master chef’s knife. It is used for a wide variety of kitchen tasks, similar to a chef’s knife. It works extremely well with vegetables. Julienne, dice, or brunoise; shave chives and scallions. It’s also an excellent choice for cleaning and portioning boneless proteins, and particularly fish. It slices cooked proteins with grace and ease. In fact, it’s so sharp and fine that some even use it in place of a mandolin.
DEBAMost often used to process fish and poultry, this traditional Japanese knife may be used to fillet fish, cut through small bones and skin, bone poultry, and cut meat. A deba is a single-bevel knife—sharpened on only one side of the blade—has a wider blade, a dropped point, and a curved belly. The Shun deba features the traditional slightly hollow-ground back to help food release quickly from the blade. Debas come in a variety of lengths.

What's the best tang for a kitchen knife?

Many of us have had it drilled into our heads by one pundit or another that the only good tang is a full tang. But that's not necessarily so. For instance, because samurai swords were meant to be ultra sharp and light, many of them were constructed with a partial tang. That means that the blade stock protrudes part way into the handle rather than all the way to the end. It makes for lighter, quicker, more agile handling. Shun uses a variety of different types of tang on our knives, all used for specific performance reasons. 

FULL COMPOSITE TANG. A number of Shun series feature a full-composite tang. This means that metal goes all the way to the end of the handle, but they are two different steels welded together. A full composite tang enables Shun to ensure each knife is perfectly balanced—as well as making these Shun knives lighter for easier handling.

FULL TANG. The Shun Kanso series features simple, full-tang construction. You can see the blade steel, from tip to butt. It provides cutting  balance and strength.

RABBET TANG. This is one of the traditional ways samurai swords were commonly made. It enables Shun to control the weight of the knife for quick and agile cutting. It also enables us to fully enclose the tang to ensure a comfortable grip

 

Knife collecting guidelines storage purchasing and education

Here are a few guidelines that will enhance the value of your collection.

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1. Always try to buy knives in mint or in near mint condition. These will stand a better chance of increasing in value as times and the market changes.
2. Never sharpen a knife in your collection. This will decrease the value of your knives. Untouched is best
3. Keep all COA's (certificate of authenticity) boxes and papers with your knives. Sometimes the packaging is as valuable as the knife. Keep good records so you know where, when, and how much you paid for each piece.
4. Don't try to collect everything it can be costly and near impossible. Be open minded and do research for the features and benefits of what you like. Some advise to concentrate on a certain brand, pattern, material, specific period custom mid-tech or factory produced. Our thoughts are to collect what you love. If your collecting for an investment it's best to leave your emotions out of the equation. If you love the knife before you buy it your judgement could be impaired. 
5. Handling your knives as little as possible. The natural oils and acids on your hands will cause blades to tarnish or rust. Rubber gloves can be a great addition not to mention handling your knives increases the risk of dropping them and cracking a handle or damaging a blade. We recommend using a product such as Renaissance micro-crystalline wax polish.  
6. Keep your knives polished and wiped down with a light oil and store in a dry place. If you live in a humid climate make sure to store your knives with an anti-humidity product such as Damp Rid.
7. Purchasing your knives from a reputable dealer like Razor Sharp Unlimited. You can purchase from us online or visit our retail location and have the assurance that what you are purchasing is backed by our company polices and warranties. 
8. Educate yourself so that you don't end up collecting what you thought was an original piece only to find out it's a copy. Educate yourself on packaging, counterfeiters often times counterfeit the packaging also. What do you know about the maker, or the factory. Invest in guide books or do your online research. 

What's the difference between honing and sharpening your knives?

What's the difference between honing and sharpening your knives the difference is huge.

When honing is no longer effective in bringing the "sharp" back, then it's time for real sharpening. Whenever you sharpen your knife, a bit of the metal is removed. But that's no cause for concern. Your Shun is designed for a lifetime of use and can be sharpened again and again

 

HONING. Align the flat side of the blade with the 16° angle guide on the hand guard of your Shun honing steel. Maintaining that angle, gently pull the blade down the steel from heel of blade to tip. Do this three to four times. Then repeat on the other side of blade with an equal number of strokes. Some cooks hone once a week, some hone every day. It just depends on how much you use your knives. Either way, you will be amazed at the difference it makes when you cut. 


Sharpening removes metal from the blade, honing doesn't


KNIFE SHARPENING. Sharpening is trickier. It's critical to make sure the knife is sharpened at the correct 16° angle. But remember, sharpening actually removes metal from the blade, so sharpen only when you really need it. Once a year is probably more than enough for most home cooks. Professionals, of course, will need to sharpen more often. The easiest way to ensure your knives are sharpened correctly is to send them back to us for FREE sharpening. If you prefer hands-on sharpening, we recommend learning how to use a Japanese whetstone. The Shun 3-Piece Sharpening Set includes a base that helps you maintain the correct angle more easily.

 


 

Keeping your Shun performing beautifully Hand Wash, Hand Dry, Storage

Tip 1: HANDWASH. Please don't put Shuns in the dishwasher. The washer jets shift items around, banging them against each other and dulling your razor-sharp blade. Washers can also prematurely dull the shine on both blade and handle. Handwashing with gentle dish soap is all you need. Don't use soaps with citrus extracts or bleach; they can promote corrosion. Some cooks don't even use soap, cleaning their knives solely with pure water.

Tip 2: DRY THOROUGHLY. If moisture is left on the blade's cutting edge, micro-corrosion can occur, which can result in tiny chips or missing pieces in your knife’s cutting edge. If moisture is left on the edge repeatedly, even normal use in the kitchen can result in small chips in the weakened sections of the edge. To guard against this, dry your knife thoroughly with an absorbent cloth or towel, making sure to include the sharp cutting edge. Take extra care to keep your fingers away from the edge as you dry.

Tip 3: STORE SAFELY. After you have washed and dried your knives, store them in a block, knife case, in-drawer tray, or sheath. We do not recommend storing the knives unsheathed in a drawer, as this can be a hazard to the blades as well as your fingers.

Knife Laws for Automatic Knives in USA Switchblade Laws by State

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Memorial Remembering Benachmade Founder Les de Asis

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