Your Guide To Knife Care & Cleaning Zwilling and Henckels Knives

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It’s no surprise we love cutting, slicing, dicing, and chopping with Zwilling and Henckels knives.

Since these are high quality knives, they should be cleaned and cared for as so. Read on how to learn how to care for these knives so they’ll last a lifetime.

Knife washing 101

You want your knife to last a long, long time, and the first step is how you wash your knife.

Hand wash recommended

ZWILLING knives are dishwasher safe, however, we recommend washing them by hand. Washing these knives in the dishwasher will shorten their lifespan and worsen their cutting edge retention. This is because dishwasher use extremely hot water, often tough chemicals, and of course, there’s always the likely chance the knives will bang against other cutlery.

How to wash your knives

Wash your knives under lukewarm water with a mild, non-abrasive soap and a non-scratch cloth or sponge and always dry immediately. So now you know how to wash your knives. But how do you care for them to make sure they last forever?

How to care for your knife

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So you’ve learned how to wash your knife properly. Now, how do you care for it?

Clean acidic foods right away

Letting acidic foods stay on the blade of your knife may cause your knife to tarnish and rust. If you see some rust, ZWILLING has a great tip on how to remove rust spots and have your blade looking as good as new!

Minimize the patina

Over time, knives made of carbon steel will turn dark grey or even black. This is called patina, and it’s what happens overtime because of acidic foods. To reduce patina, when you’re cutting highly acidic foods, be sure to rinse, wipe the blade, and then return to cutting. And as always, rinse and dry your knives immediately after use.

No bones about it

We cannot stress this enough – if you’re not using a meat cleaver, do not use your knife to cut bones! Please don’t use your knife for poking, prying, separating, or cutting semi-frozen or frozen foods.

That’s not what a knife does

Knives can slice, dice, chop, and do so much more. What knives can’t do is hammer nails, drive screws, or open cans. And trying to make a knife be something it’s not can bend or even break the blade.

Proper knife care includes storage

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Zwilling J.A. Henckels 4-Star 5 Piece Knife Block Set

So now that your knife is clean and being used for it’s intended purpose, it’s time to throw it in your drawer until you need it again, right? A ZWILLING knife is an investment and needs to be cared for like it’s one.

Knife block

Storing your knives in a knife block is one of the safest ways to store your knives. It’s also one of the most decorate ways.

Magnetic bar

Go on, show your knives off. A magnetic bar lets you view and access your knives easily.

Knife case

Take your knife storage to another level and invest in a knife case. These are great for professional chefs and people who often travel with their knives. Just make sure to use knife sheaths to protect your blades.


You can store your knives in a drawer, but unless you want the cutting edge to chip or dent because of the clashing against other utensils, we recommend using knife sheaths.

A knife for life

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