Everything You Need To Know About Knife Sharpening

If your kitchen knife crumbles instead of slicing tomatoes or slips when chopping onions, it's time to sharpen it. Whether you use a hand grinder, an electric grinder, or your choice of whetstone, knife sharpening is a skill every amateur cook should learn. However, there are various knife sharpening tools such as honing & sharpening steels available in the market.

Advantages of a sharp knife:

A sharp knife cuts your vegetables and meat quickly and precisely. Storing sharp knives has two main advantages:

  • Safety
  • Precision

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Ways to test if a knife is sharp:

Paper Test: 

A sharp knife should easily cut a sheet of paper.

Tomato test: 

Tomatoes have healthy outer skin with a very soft inside, which means a dull knife will crush the tomato before the skin cracks.

Onion test: 

Try cutting the outer skin of an onion. A dull knife can't cut it.

Ways to sharpen your own knife:

Knife sharpening is the method of removing alloy from the knife to create a new sharp edge. There are three ways to sharpen a knife yourself:

  • Manual knife sharpener. 
  • Electric knife sharpener. 
  • Whetstone.

Precautions when sharpening knives:

Sharpening a knife poses the same danger to your fingers as cutting food with a knife. Therefore, please observe these precautions:

  • Never get your finger in contact with the blade.
  • Wear kitchen mittens for extra safety.
  • If you use Rough, make sure you hold the stone in place or secure it to a table folded under the bars with a rubber pad or damp paper towel.
  • When using the pull rod, keep the pull rod and knife away from your body.
  • After sharpening, remove any remaining steel powder with a damp sponge or napkin.