How Do You Use a Sharpening Stone to Sharpen a Knife?

To use a sharpening stone to sharpen a knife, stabilize the stone, grasp the knife, slide the knife for 10 strokes on each side of the stone, hone the knife and rinse the knife. This takes only a few minutes and requires a sharpening stone, paper towel and honing steel.

  1. Stabilize the stone

    Place a wet paper towel under the sharpening stone, also called a whetstone, on a counter. The coarse side of the stone should face up.

  2. Hold the blade

    Hold the knife perpendicular to the stone. Grasp the handle in one hand with the cutting edge away from you. Stabilize the blade with the other hand. Hold the cutting edge against the stone at a 22.5-degree angle.

  3. Sharpen the knife

    Slide the blade forward and across the stone, applying moderate pressure to the knife. Go the entire length of the blade with your stroke. Repeat this process 10 times, being sure to sharpen in the same direction each time. Turn the stone over to do 10 more strokes on the finer side.

  4. Hone the knife

    Use a honing steel to give the blade a clean and even edge.

  5. Rinse the knife

    Run the knife and honing steel under water to wash away any particles remaining from the sharpening process. Use a clean towel to dry the blade before use.