The life of a knife

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Our own Luke Benjamin has his own pet theory of the life – or perhaps more accurately the lifecycle of your average Australian kitchen knife (or in fact set of knives), based on personal experience and conversations with around a hundred resellers of Total Knife Care knives and knife sharpeners around Australia. Here’s what he has to say…

I have this theory about the average Australian knife. I regularly speak to a hundred odd resellers of knives in Australia and most concur. Firstly the 22.89 million of us live in 8.18 million dwellings (2011 Australian Census). That’s 8.18 kitchens with 8.18 sets of knives. 8.1M of those sets are blunt as we speak, but that’s another story.

So how do those knives get there in the first place? We think it happens like this…

You leave home for the first time and your mother gives you her three worst knives from the top draw, the one that’s overflowing with blunt knives. Or maybe you go to a knife shop and you buy a combination block and knife set for $79.00 including a pair of scissors!

At this stage of your life you can’t know about, or care about quality and performance. All you care about is, if your flatmate uses them to prise open a Milo lid or to build an Ikea bed and they break, you feel reassured that you only paid $79.00 for them.

Then mid-life happens. You get good knives as a wedding gift (that’s our first cameo) or you have bought your first home and you don’t want to bring any of that “Old Shit” (technical term) into your new abode.

Off you go back to the shops or online with a budget that’s moved into triple digits (some find us earlier than others).

Finally you hit serious middle age and choose to stay at home. Inevitability you spend more time in the kitchen and start enjoying the finer things in life like good food – and wine, in moderation! Now you want the best knives, but are canny enough not to want to pay a fortune. You don’t have to sharpen them all the time and you want them to hold an edge.

All the things you’ve heard about but never experienced. That’s the set that will see you out, and that you can pass on to the next generation… (that’s where we fit in).

What do you think of Luke’s theory? Do you have anything to add? Let us know in the comments section below.

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