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As far as the knives go - I know it is always recommended to hand wash knives because the leaving food on the blade and putting it in the dishwasher can cause the knife to dull. I don't know specifically why they recommend hand washing for our knives - you may want to ask pampered chef as they do not say in the product info on the website.
The stones can be used in the microwave and convection ovens. They cannot be used under a broiler or on a direct heat source.
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The fact that stones can go in the microwave is a great selling point, especially for the Stoneware Flute Pan, which makes some fabulous 14 minute cakes in the microwave! My children also use the Small Bar Pan for re-heating pizzas and chicken nuggets in the microwave as well. Many people don't realize that extra benefit of the stoneware, so be sure you point it out!
I have heard this multiple times from multiple consultants.
Customer: Won't it dull my knife if I cut things on the stoneware?
Consultant: No, you use stone to sharpen your knives.
Customer: Wow, I had no idea, that is great!
Why do consultant's tell people that the stones won't dull blades??? This seems like a myth that does not help the customer at all and it may harm the consultant in the long run, when the customer's realizes that they were given false information.
Not stoneware specifically, but stone does sharpen blades so using tools like the pizza cutter and our knives on our stoneware won't hurt the knives or the stones. I don't know that I would ever tell someone to get their stone out to specifically sharpen the knife itself, but using our cutting utensils on the stone is not going to dull the blades.
If it doesn't dull your blades than you are lucky. I have the chef's knife and the round pizza stone. My stone does dull the knife. I suppose it also depends on how you use it. If you simply push down through the food it probably won't do much to the blade, but if you drag the blade across in a cutting manner than it surely does dull the blade. You are doing the opposite of what you do to sharpen it. I don't think it would dull the pizza cutter because it is rolling over the stone, not scraping accross it like the knife. I would never tell anyone to sharpen their knives on the stones, but I bet it could be done if they were very good at honing.
Even if the stone dulled the blades of the knives a little then the great thing is our knives come with their own sharpening case. So maybe after you use the knives with the stoneware then just sharpen them back up. I personally don't use my knife on the stoneware mostly cause I don't think about it. I use the pizza cutter or my PC sharp spatula (not sure exactly what its called at the moment)
I use that as a selling point to sell the knives. So many people want the stones, but I always add that buying the knives too is great because if they get dull they are easy to sharpen and have a lifetime warranty.