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How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife Like a Professional?

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How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife Like a Professional?

You should start with the proper equipment, such as a sharpening stone or an electric or manual knife sharpener, if you want to sharpen a kitchen knife like an expert. For that modern finish, it's all about keeping that 20-degree angle and switching from coarse to fine grit.

Why We Always Keep Our Knives Sharp?

For any home cook, keeping your knives sharp is a game-changer, not just something you read in a culinary school textbook. Now, if you believe that using a sharp knife is just appropriate for showcasing your ambition to become a master chef, think again! It's not only about fancy cooking methods or gourmet flair here. When your blade is up to par, even the easiest jobs, like chopping onions or slicing tomatoes, become a breeze.

A sharp knife digs into the surface more readily, minimizing slippage and lowering the danger factor of your culinary adventures.

It makes financial sense to maintain the chef's knives, paring knives, and even steak knives you've invested a lot of money in. In the long term, a well-maintained knife can endure for years or even decades, saving you money. Like an automobile, why cook with a dulled blade when you wouldn't drive around with a failing engine?

To finish off, or perhaps more accurately, to add a finely chopped garnish, let's discuss a steel rod. This convenient instrument frequently comes with knife sets and is your go-to for brief honing sessions in between thorough sharpenings. It's the lip balm of the knife world—a little sharpness on demand—a fast pick-me-up.

Remember this the next time you're having trouble cutting a bell pepper or, worse, are thinking about cutting your meat with scissors (please don't!). A sharp knife is a necessity in the kitchen, not simply a luxury.

Honing vs. Sharpening

Now, let's dispel a popular misconception in the kitchen: honing and sharpening are two different things. They work better together, each doing their own thing, but together they're more like the Batman and Robin of culinary suggestions. Don't worry if you've been using these terms synonymously. I'm here to impart some chef-level knowledge, since you're here to learn.



Think of your knife like a pencil. Do you throw away broken tips in the trash? No, you make a new tip by sharpening it. This also holds true for knives. The edge of the blade dulls with use. Although you could manage with a dull blade, why would you when you could make it sharper? This is where electric sharpeners and sharpening stones work their magic. Whether you use coarse or fine grit, manual or electric, sharpening eliminates material from the blade to create a fresh, cutting edge.


The knife blade is composed of a multitude of tiny teeth. Those teeth may become misaligned with continued use. Now, you would consult an orthodontist if your teeth were misaligned, right? The orthodontist of your knives is the honing steel; it corrects the little teeth and brings back the "straightness" of the cutting edge. Honing the edge is just putting everything back in place along the blade's edge; it doesn't involve taking any material away.

Thus, when is the right time to hone and sharpen? Generally speaking, sharpen your knife before or after each use, particularly if you're doing a lot of chopping. This will keep the knife reasonably sharp. Sharpening is more akin to a thorough cleaning; depending on usage, it can be required every few months.

Never undervalue the effectiveness of these two strategies. The key to having a sharp, prepared knife for all of your culinary endeavors is to keep it both sharpened and honed. You'll be able to tell when your blade is at its best when you're slicing vegetables finely for a homemade stir-fry or slicing a delicious steak.

Types of Knife Sharpeners

Variety is essential when it comes to sharpening your knives—it's not simply the flavor of life. There are several paths leading to the promised land of sharp knives, and your choice of sharpener can be as individualized as the music you like to listen to when making homemade pasta.

1.Manual sharpeners

Ah, the traditional manual sharpeners—the ones your grandmother may still have stashed away in a cupboard in the kitchen. Although it's easy to dismiss things as antiquated, you might be shocked at how useful they can still be. These little marvels are perfect for small kitchens, camping vacations, and even RV storage. They won't break the bank, however, as they're usually rather reasonably priced.

There are normally several slots on a manual sharpener, one for coarse and one for fine sharpening. A dull or chipped blade can be shaped and ground down with the help of the coarse slot and sharpened to a fine edge with the fine slot. Simply insert the knife a few times quickly through each slot, and presto! You can now use your blade again. Although manual sharpeners may not provide the fine precision of more complex settings, they generally work quite well for the typical home cook.

Professional Knife Sharpener

2.Electric sharpeners

Presenting the electric sharpener, the more advanced version of its manual cousin. Consider these to be the fast, effective, and somewhat ostentatious equivalent of luxury sports cars in the realm of knife sharpening. These sharpeners are the top choice for individuals who are short on time and seek the quickest route to achieving a razor-sharp blade, or those who are hesitant to sharpen knives manually.

There's nothing easier than using an electric sharpener. Simply plug it in, place your knife in the allotted slot, and watch the magic happen. Superior electric sharpeners frequently have several steps, from honing to polishing and back to grinding. They're especially helpful for people who possess a range of knives because they can easily adjust to various blade angles and styles. Naturally, there is a cost associated with all this intricacy and ease; electric sharpeners are typically more costly than manual ones.

3.Sharpening stones

Sharpening stones are the next item under discussion. For some who view sharpening knives as a holy rite, these are the preferred whetstones. Stones have many grit levels; coarse grit is used for heavy sharpening, while fine grit is used for finishing touches. Maintaining the stone wet is important, as is holding the knife at the proper angle, which is typically 15 degrees for Asian-style blades and 20 degrees for Western-style knives.

referring to those knives with an Asian flair. Not just sushi chefs and food trendsetters should use these. Asian knives usually need different maintenance. Unlike most Western knives, which have a 20-degree blade angle, theirs typically have an angle of about 15 degrees. It follows that a sharpener that can handle this unusual angle is required. Manufacturers have specifically designed certain electric and manual sharpeners to handle this unusual angle.

How to Get a Kitchen Knife Sharp?

It is not an esoteric skill that only those skilled in cooking can acquire while sharpening a kitchen knife. I promise you that with a little bit of knowledge, you can turn your knife back from a butter spreader into a mean, slicing tool for vegetables. Now take out your dull knife and let's make you the culinary swordsmith.

Put your honing stone down on a level surface. This might be your countertop, but for the love of anything sharp, please put down a towel or similar material to stop any slipping. Friends, safety first.

1.Get the stone ready

If you're using a water stone—which I heartily suggest for home cooks—you can find a fantastic selection of them below. Sharpening is easier than listening to a jazz saxophone performance when the stone is moist since it decreases friction. If you've decided to use an oil stone, be sure to adhere to the manufacturer's recommendations. Because it prevents the knife blades from overheating and losing their temper—that is, the metal's temper—it is imperative to keep the stone wet.

Red Fashion Knife Sharpener

2.Sharpen away

Grasp the knife by its handle and place its blade against the rough surface of the stone at a 20-degree angle. Make sure to adjust the angle to 15 degrees if you are using Asian-style knives. Work your way down to the knife's base, starting at the point. Pulling the knife towards you, slide the blade across the stone as though you were attempting to cut off an extremely tiny slice of the stone. For even sharpening, apply constant pressure throughout the stroke.

It's time to switch to the fine-grit side of the stone after running your knife over the coarse-grit a few times. Continue as before, but this time focus on sharpening the edge to produce a tip that is so razor-sharp it would make any chef proud.

3.Finish off the blade

Once your blade is sharp enough to cut through hairs, or tomatoes at the very least, thoroughly clean it to get rid of any small metal filings. For this, I prefer to use the steel's rod to further sharpen the edge and eliminate any remaining particles.

Lastly, return that beauty to its knife block or, if you're feeling very fancy, hang it from a magnetic strip. You won't hesitate the next time you encounter a firm steak or a hearty butternut squash. When faced with a culinary difficulty, you'll reach for that knife and cut through it like a hot blade through butter.

You now have it. That's how you transform a dull knife into a well-prepared, sharp culinary utensil that you can be pleased to own.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.How do you sharpen kitchen knives?

Using a mix of honing steels and sharpening stones is the best method for sharpening kitchen knives. To create a new edge, start with a coarse grit on the sharpening stone and work your way up to a fine grit. Ultimately, realign the edge and eliminate any burrs with a honing steel.

2.How can you sharpen your knife at home?

If you use a good sharpening stone and use the right methods to keep the pressure and angle constant, you can easily sharpen your knife at home. For optimal effects, switch from coarse to fine grit and end with a honing steel.

3.How often should you sharpen kitchen knives?

How often you use your kitchen knives will determine how often you should sharpen them. Giving them a thorough sharpening every three to six months is a decent rule of thumb.

4.How should you store your knives to keep them sharp?

Keeping your blades in knife guards or blocks will preserve them for a long time. These storage techniques keep the blade from coming into contact with hard surfaces, which could dull it, thereby preserving its sharpness.

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