High-quality knives should last a lifetime if properly cared for and maintained. However, depending on the usage and maintenance, there may come a time when you may want to replace old and worn out knives with a newer or better set.
You can’t just throw them in the bin as that’s extremely dangerous. So what should you do?
Before you come to the conclusion that your knives need to be thrown out, carefully check what condition they are in. Is the blade blunt, slightly bent, is there a bit of rust?
Depending on the severity of the damage, you may be able to rectify these issues with a knife sharpener, whetstone or with the right cleaning materials.
If all else fails, you have the option of visiting an expert who may be able to restore your knives for a fee.
If you’re getting rid of your kitchen knives, why not try to make a buck back by selling them for scrap metal? The money you make can go towards buying 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 companies to see what types of materials they accept to see if your knives make the cut (pun intended). Your knives will then get added to their scrapheap where they will be melted down and recycled.
A much better option (and more environmentally friendly) than just tossing your knives out.
Depending on the quality of your knives a good option would be to donate them to your local charity or 2nd hand shop. If they are rusty or in poor condition then selling them for scrap metal would be a more appropriate option.
If you are not keen on messing around trying to sell, recycle or donate your kitchen knives, then it’s best to just throw them out.
But there’s a right and wrong way to throw them out. Here are a few quick tips:
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