Proper maintenance is integrated into any knife.
No matter what materials the blade and handle are made of, it is the best way to make it hold you for a long time to take good care of your tools.
And while it means cleaning, washing and drying it by hand, it also means sharpening it and polishing it from time to time.
In this article, we look at how to properly sharpen a knife, so if you have been wondering the right ways to take care of your wings, you have come to the right place.
Read on to learn more.
How often should I sharpen my knife?
Before we get started, it is important to know the difference between grinding and grinding.
Sharpening of a knife is done using a honey bar or knife steel, and this must be done before each use, especially if you use the knives regularly.
Honey does not exactly sharpen the edge, instead straightens and adjusts it because using the blade regularly misaligns the edge and the steel corrects it.
Now when it comes to sanding, it’s a whole other story.
This should be done when you feel that the blade has become dull, you can test this by cutting through a piece of paper which is usually called the paper test.
If it fails to cut paper through paper, try using honeycomb, and if it still does not cut through after that, sharpen it.
If a blade is used regularly, this should be done once or twice a year and there are a few ways to do it as we check out in the next section.
What is the right way to sharpen a knife?
Use of a whetstone
This is one of the best ways you can sharpen your knife, but be careful, this requires a lot of technique and practice.
On top of that, it will take a lot of time, but it will be well worth it.
To do this, place the rough side of the stern upward on top of a rubber shelf liner or wet paper towels.
Then turn the knife away from you and place the handle end on the stone in the appropriate area (15 degrees for Asian knives and 20 degrees for German).
Place your hand in the center of the flat side of the blade and pull the blade down the stone in a wide, circular manner.
You will need to do this a few times, depending on how dull your knife is.
Once you have the right edge on the first page (you can test this by running your thumb perpendicular to the blade, and if you feel the degree through the entire blade, it is sharp enough), you will need to repeat the process on the second page, until the knife is sharp.
While this may sound simple, you may risk damaging the blade if you do it incorrectly, which is why it is not recommended if you are not properly trained.
Use of an electric sander
The next is probably the easiest way for you.
While these electric sharpeners may cost some money, they are well worth it.
To use them, simply put your boring knives in the machine and it will do all the work for you.
All you have to do is slowly pull your blade through the tip while it is on, and repeat it on both sides of the blade until you have the desired edge.
Different manufacturers will also have different instructions, so you may want to read the instructions first before trying out the machine.
That said, keep in mind that these tools cannot be used on knives with a full bolster, as the full blade does not run through the grinder, resulting in an uneven blade.
Using a manual grinder
This is the second best option in the kitchen and it can also be used to sharpen serrated knives.
These tools include a chamber with abrasives that are either non-motorized wheels or an V-shaped abrasive to hold the blade.
To use this tool, simply run your knives through the tip with an even pressure a few times until the desired edge is reached.
Most of these tools come with instructions, and each model will have its own unique way of being used, so be sure to read the instructions before using the tip.
These are the fastest and easiest ways to sharpen a dull knife.
This should be done regularly, so it is best to choose the method that best suits your kitchen so that you do not get bothered every time your tools need to be sharpened.
Whichever method you choose, however, knife sharpening is a craft that requires a lot of patience and practice to get it right, so do not be discouraged if you do not get it right the first try.
But once you get the hang of it, it will be very easy and all your knives and kitchen utensils will definitely be sharp enough to perform every single time!