4 easy steps to take when packing your knives for a move
- The step by step guide to packing your knives when moving
- How to pack a knife block when moving
- Safety tips when packing knives
If you have decided to pack your belongings on your own, sooner or later you will get to the kitchen as well.
You will quickly discover that the kitchen is one of the most difficult rooms in the house to pack. This is because of the large amount of various items: pots, bowls, cups, silverware, utensils, pans, dishes, glasses, small kitchen appliances, large kitchen appliances, etc. To make the packing even more challenging, your kitchen is full of breakable things that will not survive the move unless they are packed correctly.
However, it’s when you start packing knives for moving that you will likely face your first real packing trial. If you own cutlery sets with around ten or more kitchen knives that serve different purposes, then you might find it troublesome. You’ll need to figure out the best way to pack them without damaging the other items or injuring yourself or your movers. To pack them safely and quickly please read the following article.
1. Prepare before packing kitchen knives
Before you learn the steps on how to pack kitchen knives for the move, there are three things you need to do first to ensure that packing those sharp kitchen items for moving will not end in any damage or injury.
- Assemble the right packing materials. You should not worry about getting the correct packing supplies to protect your knives during the relocation. You will only need the basic packing supplies: lots of unprinted packing paper, a few sheets of bubble wrap, one roll of packing tape, and a permanent marker.
- Prepare the moving boxes. Get a few small cardboard boxes to store your wrapped kitchen knives. Shoe boxes are really good for this. Preparing a separate box or boxes for your kitchen knives which will help reduce the risk of damaging your other kitchen items. Then, make sure that you place crumpled packing paper on the bottom of the box. Line it with a layer of bubble wrap to provide extra cushioning for the kitchen knives. It also helps prevent them from cutting through the cardboard.
- Sort your kitchen knives before you pack them. Organize and sort them according to their size and type. Place all your butter knives together as they are not as sharp as the rest. Group together steak and bread knives, include those that you use to chop vegetables. Finally, set aside your chef’s and carving knives and make sure you pack each one of these larger knives individually.
2. The step by step guide to packing your knives when moving
Once you have bought all the packing materials, prepared cardboard boxes and sorted out your knives, it is time to pack your kitchen knives for the move. If you keep your knives in a knife block, you can pack them together with the cutlery block. If you don’t you can pack them individually as follows:
- Step 1: Place a stack of unprinted packing paper on the kitchen table or counter.
- Step 2: Collect several knives that are comparable in size and purpose.
- Step 3: Put one knife at an angle near one edge of the paper stack. Then take three or four sheets of paper and roll them diagonally over the knife multiple times until it is entirely covered in paper.
- Step 4: Place another knife with its blade pointing in the opposite direction of the first one. Then proceed to roll the paper until the second knife is wrapped in packing paper as well.
- Step 5: Add another knife to the bunch, and another until you run out of paper.
- Step 6: Fold in the ends of the packing paper to create a tight bundle. Do not forget that you have to alternate the direction of the blades as you keep wrapping them. One paper bundle usually holds around four or five knives depending on their size.
- Step 7: Finish wrapping the bundle and take a look at it. It should resemble a roll of knives in packing paper where each knife is wrapped up individually. There should be at least twenty sheets of paper that cover the knife blades. This will be enough to effectively reduce any chances of an accident during the actual transport.
- Step 8: Use packing tape to fasten the bundle and keep it from unwrapping during the move.
- Step 9: Take the permanent marker and mark the paper bundle: knives.
- Step 10: Place each paper bundle holding your kitchen knives into the box you have prepared. Once the box is full, fill in any empty spaces using crumpled paper or old bits of clothing. Make sure that none of them can shift around inside the box during the haul.
- Step 11: Close and seal the box with packing tape.
- Step 12: Label the box clearly on at least two sides, write knives, and handle with care.
3. How to pack a knife block when moving:
If your set of knives already comes with its own knife block, then you should wrap them as they are without removing them from the cutlery block. The steps are:
- Step 1: Use tape to secure the knives inside the block so they don’t slip out during the move. Make sure that you use several pieces of packing tape from different angles. Start from one side of the knife block over the knife handles, and ending on the other side of the block.
- Step 2: Place the knife block sideways in the center of the paper stack. Then roll a few sheets over it from all four edges the same way you would wrap a present.
- Step 3: Wrap the paper-wrapped knife block in one or two sheets of bubble wrap to provide extra protection.
- Step 4: Move the protected cutlery block to the bottom of the moving box that contains other kitchen items.
4. Safety tips when packing knives
Lastly, here are a few packing tips that will help you stay safe while you pack your knives for the move:
- Cover the edges of your larger and sharper knives with pieces of bubble wrap, use tape to keep them in place, and then wrap those knives in packing paper as described above.
- Pack the butter knives in secured bundles of four, the way you would pack your other cutlery pieces.
- Consider packing your knives in old towels or other pieces of clothing. Make sure that you have secured the blades first with bubble wrap to prevent damage to the cloths.
- Be additional cautious when packing knives simply because they can easily hurt you. Always handle your kitchen knives on their handles, not their blades and cutting edges.
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