Question from Dalia
Just saw a Proposition 65 warning on a knife.
What causes cancer or birth defects in knives?
This article answers your question quite thoroughly and explains a lot about California’s Proposition 65.
Basically anything that is made of stainless steel gets the Proposition 65 warning because of the chromium in stainless steel.
Most of us alive today use stainless steel knives, but before there was stainless steel, all knives were made of carbon steel. I inherited a couple of carbon steel knives from my great aunt. They are great. Much sharper edge. But the blades turn black (that’s why they invented stainless steel).
You can still get carbon steel knives. And, in fact, they are preferred by chefs.
Ask your favorite cooking store if they have carbon steel knives or look for them online.