Sunday, April 19, 2015

Basic Knife Sharpening Methods

All kitchen knives need sharpening at one point of time or the other. Be it ceramic knives or high carbon stainless steel knife. Of-course if you know how to take care of your kitchen knife you can always delay the time when your knife requires re-sharpening.

Professional knife sharpening methods and instructions may vary from one knife to another depending on the material and quality of the blade. In addition some knifes like the stainless steel varieties can be sharpened at home using sharpening methods whereas others like the ceramic knives may require professional help. Let us look at how some knife sharpening systems and tools that you can use to sharpen your kitchen knife blades.

Using a Sharpening Steel:
Kitchen knife sharpening steel is readily available at cookware outlets where you can buy them. In addition most manufactures offer you knife sharpening steel on purchase of a kitchen knife case.

This method of knife sharpening with sharpening steel is easy and can be done by anyone without professional help. But this method is not very helpful when it comes to sharpening very dull knife edges. This sharpening tool can be used at the best for day to day sharpening of the knife.

The following video will give you instructions on knife sharpening with steel.

Sharpening Knife with a Sharpening Stone:
Kitchen knife sharpening stones are readily available in the market and are a good alternative tool to sharpening steels. Typically a sharpening stone will have two sides, a rough side and smooth or finer side. If your knife is in a fairly good condition, you can sharpen your knife using the fine side of the diamond stone. On the other hand, if you feel that the knife edges are very dull, the rough knife sharpening method can be used.

Knife Sharpening Instructions with Sharpening Stones and Steel

1.) Keep the following knife sharpening instructions in mind while sharpening your knife.

2.) Do not over sharpen your knife as this will make the edges brittle. They can even damage the edges

3.) Make sure to properly lubricate the knife sharpening tool used with oil or water before starting the sharpening process

4.) While self sharpening cooks knife always use the full blade of the kitchen knife from top to the very bottom

5.) Do not stroke one side of the knife more and the other less. Make sure to make the same number of strokes on each side to ensure even sharpening

6.) Make sure to maintain the same angle while running the blade on the sharpening tool. A recommended angle as per guide is twenty degrees.

Ceramic Knife Sharpening:
If you have a knife with ceramic blades then you got to understand that it is quite difficult to self sharpen the knife in-house as the ceramic blade is very hard and does not sharpen easily. It is best the leave ceramic knife sharpening to experts who make use of professional knife sharpening systems.

Sharpening chipper knifes and carving knifes can also be done using the above methods.

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