Now that you own a set of Calphalon knives, there are a few things you need to know about them. Knowing how to use and maintain your cutlery can help extend the lifetime of your set as well as reduce the amount of time you spend in the kitchen. Let's jump right into the things you need to know.

No matter what Calphalon knife set you own, it's important that you hand-wash the blades immediately after use. Wash and dry each knife used as soon as possible and return them to the knife block set. Use a liquid dishwashing detergent in combination with warm water. Rinse the soap from the blade and hand-dry with a soft dish towel. Hand-washing prevents the blades from being damaged in the dishwasher. Never wash these knives in the dishwasher as it will void your warranty. Calphalon cutlery is made from high-carbon stainless steel that will discolor if left wet or covered in food. If spots do occur, the blade can be cleaned with a non-abrasive polish and a wet sponge or soft cloth. Never use steel wool or sand paper to remove spots.

These knives are sharp! If you're moving to Calphalon knives from a set you've had for a long time, the clean smooth cutting action could take some getting used to. You should always be careful in the kitchen, but you should exercise additional caution when cutting with these blades for the first time. Sharp blades are safer and less likely to slip, but do take some getting used to. Take proper care to ensure the breaking in period doesn't include adding a fingertip to your stir-fry.

If your Calphalon knives start to dull, send them in to get sharpened by a professional. You can do it yourself if you're comfortable with it. In between sharpenings, the blade edge can be maintained with a honing steel. It's a good idea to use a steel after each use of the knife. It is recommended that you do not attempt to sharpen Calphalon bread knives because the serrated edges require special care. Send them in to the manufacturer for sharpening.

Remember, when it comes to using your new set, practice makes perfect. The more you use it, the more comfortable you'll get with it. Before long, you'll be able to make fancy cuts similar to those you see made by chefs in the high-end restaurants. Experiment with different cuts and impress your friends and family by serving up foods that look like they came from a gourmet kitchen.