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best sharpener = disposable blades?

 
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alan
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:23 pm    Post subject: best sharpener = disposable blades? Reply with quote

not to diss anyone's religion here.... but: is it ACTUALLY more cost efficient to just buy disposable one-sided blades by the dozen gross, instead of fancyShmancy knives/sharpeners?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 2:12 pm    Post subject: Re: best sharpener = disposable blades? Reply with quote

alan wrote:
not to diss anyone's religion here.... but: is it ACTUALLY more cost efficient to just buy disposable one-sided blades by the dozen gross, instead of fancyShmancy knives/sharpeners?


razor blades?
kitchen knives?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If all we were looking for were sharpness, then it would be cheaper to just buy a ton of razor blades. Unfortunately, there's more to it than that when dealing with food preparation - weight (heft) and shape make a huge difference (which leads to buying different knives for different purposes - you don't want to use a cleaver when a boning knife would be easier and produce cleaner results). For almost all food preparation activities, a razor blade is the wrong shape (flat edge) and does not have enough heft to actually cut through. The only application I would recommend using a razor blade for is slashing bread - but your paring knife (if kept sharp) can serve that purpose without the chance of contaminating your food with industrial grease (used in the packaging of bulk razor blades to keep them from rusting in storage).
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