Can You Donate Kitchen Knives To Goodwill?

There are tons of reasons why you may need to dispose of your kitchen knives, and you may be wondering how to dispose of these blades safely.

You shouldn’t throw your knives anyhow in the trash. This can be potentially dangerous and hazardous as the blades can inflict severe injuries to anyone handling the trash.

All blades, even those that are seemingly dull, are quite sharp to be dropped in trash bins. The best thing to do with kitchen knives when you want to dispose of them is donating the blades to Goodwill.

So, can you donate your knives?

Assuming that your kitchen knife is not completely worn out, you can consider donating it to someone who will find it useful. While you may feel that the blade is not sufficiently good for you, some chefs and cooks may find it useful.

Besides, most kitchen knives can be revived irrespective of the condition they are in. Most people wonder whether Goodwill accepts blades and knives as donations. The answer is yes, they are accepted. This is because they are not weapons but rather are cutlery.

When donating, it’s best to wrap the knives securely not to cause any injuries and cuts. You can place the blade inside a cardboard box or wrap it using a newspaper. You can indicate on the wrapping or box to handle the blade with care while it is being transported.

Other effective methods

If your kitchen blade is junk and not possible to be rehabilitated back into a pristine shape and perfect condition, you should consider reusing the materials.

Most are made from carbon steel, and stainless steel, and these materials are reusable.

There are tons of companies that accept kitchen knives. Also, you may fetch a few coins by selling your blade to them.

This is a great way of disposing of kitchen knives as it guarantees that they will be used to produce a functional and useful tool rather than go to waste.

If there is a service with a house pick-up option, you should package the knife safely and securely for easy transport. Make sure that there are no exposed edges when packing.

Sell the knives

Selling your kitchen blades is arguably the most financially viable option. However, there is a catch when it comes to selling old knives. This is because you can only sell the ones that are in considerably good condition and shape.

There are lots of options you can use for selling your used kitchen blades. For instance, you can list the blades on online platforms like eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, and online blade auctions. What is more, to note about selling these blades, you can try local bladesmiths and pawn shops.

You will most likely not earn a fortune by selling your kitchen blades, but they can still fetch a good amount depending on their condition, quality, and even value.

At times, you may notice that it is not worth your effort and time investment to look for the best market for your kitchen blades. As such, you may realize that it is better off to donate them.

Throw away

If your kitchen knives can’t be donated, or if you want to toss them away, then the best thing to do is throw them away. However, you need to be extra careful when doing so.

There are several safety precautions worth following when disposing. For starters, you can consider wrapping them using a newspaper.  Use 6-7 newspaper sheets to wrap the blade in its entirety carefully. Do not wrap the handle but instead leave it exposed so that it is possible to identify the blade from other types of trash.

If you do not want to use a newspaper for wrapping your blade, you can consider using clothes to wrap your kitchen knife. However, it is necessary to note that clothes are not the safest option for wrapping old blades.

If you are not careful, you can suffer severe injuries when handling these cutters using clothes. For this reason, use tape to reinforce the wrapping and clearly label them using a piece of paper.


The absolute beneficial thing to do when you want to donate your kitchen blades to Goodwill ensures that you only dispose of the blades to be useful to other people.

Hand, wrap and pack the blades appropriately so that they do not inflict any injuries or cause any other loss when in transit.

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My name is Andy Wang, and I'm a retired chef. I used to work at the City Vineyard restaurant in NYC. I also had a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. And this blog is where I share my love for knives and cooking with people like you.