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May 26, 2009 03:37 PM

getting rid of knives

how do i dispose of kitchen knives?
they're dull and i have no use for them. they're large.

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  1. wrap them heavily in newspaper and then with packing tape. Or donate them to the salvation army.

    1. I've little experience with getting rid of knives (buying is another issue). First thought would be to give to someone I know for sharpening. Alternately, give them to a knife sharpener for reconditioning and their resale (I hate to see anything wasted).

      I wonder if thrift stores sell knives or have buyers that want them.

      5 Replies
      1. re: alwayscooking

        Yeah, I've seen old knives sold at thrift stores locally. When they buy them they're just old knives, when they sell them, they're "vintage"

        1. re: chuckl

          hmm.. i could get these sharpened but i'm not sure it's worth the expense of having them sharpened v buying a new set. i'm not sure these knives were high quality when they were brand new.

          1. re: superfinespot

            you could always pass them to a thrift shop and just get 1 or 2 good knives. If you're on a budget, as many of us are, check out a Forschner 8- or 10 inch chef's knife. High quality and good value. Beyond that, maybe a serrated bread knife and a paring knife and you can be all set for under $75. I'd stay away from a set; you really don't need most of them

            1. re: superfinespot

              If your knives aren't worth sharpening, a reputable knife sharpener will tell you so. Most of them guarantee their work so they're not anxious to waste their time on bad knives. Couldn't hurt to ask.

              1. re: Caroline1

                i'm going to ask a sharpener. thanks for the suggestion.
                and a thrift store is a good idea if i do need to purchase replacements.

            1. re: alwayscooking

              sure, i'd just toss them in the dumpster.

          1. I wrapped mine in pieces of heavy cardboard that were taped together with packing tape, with extra care at the tips.