My nephew began a new job recently as a salesman for a cutlery company. In his presentation, he mentioned that the knives were recommended by an arthritis organization. While I haven’t been able to validate that claim, I have another family member with arthritis who loves those knives and so I thought I would give them a try.
What problem are you trying to solve?
The new knife-buying experience takes me back to when I had shoulder surgery. When an entire arm is rendered useless, you really have to think about how you’ll do normal activities, like cutting food. I purchased a rocker knife. That knife was a game-changer for me because the curved sharp edge made it easy to cut with one hand by rocking it back and forth.
Even after regaining the use of my arm, however, I’m aware of how certain kitchen tools make life easier with my RA. My hands are weaker than they used to be, so an electric can opener is a must. I also purchased a jar opener that is mounted under my kitchen cabinet. I personally find sporks (spoon/fork utensils) wonderful and mixing bowls with non-slip bottoms to be essential.
Whatever your purchase, it’s important to think about how it can help with your physical challenges. Are your hands weak and stiff? Do they need a cushion or a particular positioning? Is twisting harder for you, or is lifting your greater challenge? If your feet or knees are the problems, having a handrail on a step stool might be imperative, as will be kitchen tools that can easily be used while sitting down.
Read the reviews, but decide for yourself.
My first experience with my new knives has been positive. And yet, I have read reviews online that recommend alternative brands instead. With so many brands and styles to choose from, which one should I use?
As with many things in life, it comes down to personal preference. Just as our symptoms are unique to us individually, so products designed to help us aren”t usually one-size-fits-all. What”s comfortable for one person may not work at all for someone else. Reviews may be helpful, but they aren”t everything.
Don’t settle for products that don’t work for you.
Ideally, I like to try before I buy. Going to a store that has a variety of models enables me to see how something actually works or how it feels in my hand. If I buy something online, then I make sure it’s from a vendor with a reputation for making returns quick and easy. There is nothing worse than a drawer full of unused kitchen gadgets!
Finding the right tool for you may take a little time, but once you do, it will be worth it. Do your homework and soon you’ll be on your way to an easier time around your kitchen and happy, healthy cooking!