As a butcher, your tools are probably one of your most prized possessions and without them you would not be able to carry out the tasks needed in order to complete your job. Therefore, when you start out, it is important to invest in quality butcher’s equipment that will last a long time and have a high durability. Buying poor quality knives will be more of a hindrance than a help and in the long term could in fact cost you more money.
Quality equipment doesn’t have to cost a fortune but it is likely to be more expensive than if you buy purely for the low price. If you do decide to go for the cheaper alternative, remember the cost may be consequent of the quality you are getting. As your profession, the tools will mostly likely be used every day and they need to have the ability to carry out any task you desire.
Before you buy your instruments, make sure you have done some research and read reviews about different brands for quality equipment. Although the price may be high, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are worth the investment, so ensure you are aware of their value. When buying a butcher knife, don’t be afraid to try it out. It is important that the knife feels comfortable to hold and won’t cause any strain if you use it for long periods of time. The weight of the knife should also be considered. Both light and heavy knives have different advantages, but a heavy one may be difficult in terms of precision and speed. Make sure the material of the blade won’t rust. Non stainless steel gives a good edge and will stay sharp for a considerably long time.
Once you have made the important investment, it is essential that you care for the knives in the correct way. They should be stored in a suitable environment to avoid damp or bacteria growth. The recommended location is a knife block as it keeps it protected and avoids rusting. It is recommended that butchers knives aren’t put through the dishwasher as it can weaken the blade and may even speed up the process of rusting. When drying it use a smooth cloth to prevent nicks forming and the blade being scratched. Following these few steps will keep your blade in condition, prolonging its life and therefore making it a worthwhile investment that will last for years.