How Do You Sharpen Kitchen Knives?


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One of the best ways to sharpen knives is to use a sharpening stone. The stone should be moistened with water periodically. When sharpening the knife, slowly drag it toward you at a slight angle. Repeat until you feel a burr. Other methods include using an electric sharpener or visiting a professional.

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  1. Set up the station

    Soak the stones in water for at least 45 minutes, then place the stone on a towel set over a cutting board. Make sure that water is available and that the stone is set lengthwise.

  2. Sharpen the blade at an angle

    The knife should be set at the far edge of the stone. Hold the knife with both hands, and apply even pressure. It is important that the knife is set at an 20 degree angle. Begin with the heel set on the stone, and drag the knife slowly towards you. The stroke should finish with the tip of the knife at the bottom of the stone. Silty water should build up on the blade, gradually removing the material off the edge of your knife. When it's time to switch sides, a burr will collect on the other side. It should catch slightly on the thumb. Repeat on the other side.

  3. Clean up the work station

    Grind down the stone with a stone fixer to create a new flat surface, and dry the stone.

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