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Cheap paring knife - fix or replace?


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Cheap paring knife - fix or replace?

elustaz | Mar 19, 2010 10:23 PM

I have a very cheap (probably about $6) supermarket-bought paring knife, and I noticed tonight that the tang is beginning to creep up through the two halves of the haft. This means that I nearly cut my thumb open on, of all things, the *handle* of the knife. In case you're wondering if the haft is just wearing away: I wondered the same thing, but on the underside of the haft, the tang has receded between the pieces. The thing is bolted together through the haft, and I have no idea how this quirk developed, but seeing and feeling is believing.

I don't think it would be a smart idea to ignore this little problem and wait until something drastic convinces me to do something. (Like visit the ER!) So, considering how cheap this knife was (in terms of both price and quality), is there anything that I can or should do to repair it? Or should I just go to the supermarket and get another knife with a six-month (!) life expectancy?

And, before I get the most reasonable response of all, I should note that I'm planning to move abroad in about six months' time, so now probably isn't the time to stock up on lifetime-guaranteed cookware. :)

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