How to sharpen your kitchen knife

Ellen Scott/ December 4, 2016/ Home Improvement/

If you have a blunt knife in your kitchen, it is as good as not having one. Having a sharp knife will make your life much easier, and you will be able to get through the chopping and cutting process easily. The good news is you can now find the best knives sharpener to make your job easier. We now have modern electric knife sharpeners. This way you will be able to prepare scrumptious food for your family.below is a preview on how to sharpen your kitchen knife and test the sharpness of the blade

Ways of sharpening your knife

There are different ways to sharpen your kitchen knives, and you can use any one method. Here are some ways how to sharpen a kitchen knife:

1. Sharpening steel

You can use sharpening steel to make the edgknifees of your knife straight. In the process, you will also end up having a sharp knife. Use one hand for holding the knife and the other for holding the sharpening steel. Now keep the knife at an angle of about 22.5 degrees and move it towards your body. This needs to be done around ten to fifteen times. Then turn the knife over and start the entire process with the other side of the knife, but this time moving the knife away from your body.

2. Use of Whetstone

However, the best method for sharpening a kitchen knife is to make use of a whetstone. Make sure that the whetstone is placed on a flat surface. Here too, the angle that you hold the knife should be maintained at 22.5 degrees. The movement of the knife should be back and forth so that you get a nicely sharpened knife. Do remember to sharpen both sides of the knife.

3. Leather strop

Some people prefer to make use of a leather strop to sharpen their kitchen knives. This process too is good, provided you first use a whetstone or sharpening steel. Here the knife should be placed parallel to the leather strop rather than keeping it an angle. And, the knife should be moved away from your body. This should be done for around ten to fifteen times, and then turn the knife over and repeat the process. However, this time, move the knife towards your body.

Testing the Sharpness of a Blade

After sharpening the next is to test the sharpness of the blade, here is the procedure
Hold a piece of white printer paper or copy paper by its edge.

  • Hold the cutting tool with your other hand and place the blade on the top edge of the paper.
  • Angle the blade away from the hand holding the paper to avoid injuries.
  • Try to cut the paper with a slicing motion away from the hand holding the paper.
  • Repeat the process once or twice.
  • A ripped, torn, or crumpled paper indicates a dull blade