What tools can I use to sharpen these kitchen knives?
I have never sharpened a knife before, but I have a few
rather old tools I got from somewhere ages ago which
I think, are intended for sharpening things:
I don't have a bench grinder, nor any fancy knife-sharpening
tools (I had never needed them before); but can't I sharpen
those three kitchen knivdes with these existing tools?
How do I use that cylindrical slotted thing, for example?
I learned knife sharpening from my Dad, who learned
from his Dad. I'd suggest you find some boy scout
troops near you, and ask to learn in person. Hard to
describe over the internet. Might be some good web
You can sharpen a knife with anything that will abrade steel. Main thing
is to maintain the same angle while you are sharpening...if you wobble the
sharpener around you won't have much luck.
The honing steel is used by moving the knife as if you were trying to cut
the honing steel...sort of slicing toward the handle while also moving the
knife from heel to toe. They are really meant to be used to freshen an
edge rather than extensive sharpening. They also work best with a rather
soft steel such as that in the knives used by pro butchers.
Sharpeners like this...
are easy to use: insert knife blade heel in the "V" groove between the two
sets of steel wheels and pull with moderate downward pressure; repeat
until sharp. They are also cheap and last forever. Most will pooh-pooh
them because you can get a better edge in other ways.
As Oren said, don't mess with the serrated edge.
OK. I'm not sure where I got that "steel" (maybe a
garage sale?); but it has the following stamped on
the cylinder near the handle:
"J.A. Henckels, International, Solingen, Germany"
I'll google how to use a "steel".
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Is the 21st century version. It has one set of carbide blades for badly worn
knives and a set of ceramics for touchups, as well as the tapered diamond
rod if you really must mess with serrated blades. Walmart and most sporting
goods stores will have them for about the same price and there is a video on
youtube showing it in use.
On Friday, July 18, 2014 10:27:36 PM UTC-7, Danny D. wrote:
No, they don't work on serrated knives like the one shown in your picture.
Bread knives and some others have a wavy edge with wide spaced peaks - tho
se hone just fine.
It becomes pretty much automatic and it does not have to be a precise angle
. Pretend you are trying to shave a slice off the stone as you work should
result in a good edge. As opposed to all the 'how-to-do-it' I draw the kni
fe TOWARD me, both on the stone and the steel, seems easier to control the
angle that way.
My kitchen knife sharpener is the lowest cost Presto Eversharp:
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I also use a steel to freshen them up.
| What tools can I use to sharpen these kitchen knives?
For non-serrated knives:
We have something that looks like a ridiculous scam.
It's just a small, plastic case, a bit smaller than a pack
of cigarettes, with a lengthwise groove on one side.
Set in the groove at one end are two tiny honestone
pieces, in a sort of X or V pattern. One pulls the knife
backward through the groove, pulling through the notch
formed by the honestones. It works amazingly well.
In 1975, I got a couple of stones, 2" wide and a little more than 4"
long. One was coarse and medium carborundum. The other was Washita and
They're oil stones. Using the oil was a hassle. Pressure helps with the
coarser stones, and it was hard to apply much pressure. The worst part
was keeping a proper angle.
Twenty years later, I cut a 2-foot 2x4 and tacked some pieces of wooden
molding near one end to make a sort of picture frame the same size as my
stones. If I put a stone in the "box", it wouldn't slide. I could lay
the board on the counter beside the kitchen sink with the box end toward
me and the other end against the wall. Suppose I wanted a 40 degree
edge. It would be 20 degrees on each side. Sin(20) * 24 inches is 8.2
inches. So if I propped the wall end of the board up 8" and kept the
blade in a plane parallel to the counter, I could push as hard as I
wanted and make a 40 degree edge.
Baking soda and water seem to keep my stones working as well as oil,
with less mess. Wet the stone, sprinkle on some soda. When the stone
isn't cutting as well, rinse and sprinkle on a little more soda.
I usually skip the Washita and Arkansas because a ceramic rod works
faster. It takes a light touch, just removing the burr caused by the
carborundum. I have a couple of clamps to help me stroke at a precise
angle. In many cases, a ceramic rod will produce a keen edge without
pre-sharpening. It works best if the angle set with the carborundum is
a couple of degrees more acute than the finishing angle of the ceramic rod.
Yup. Lansky and others offer clamp on guides that help you keep the angle.
It wouldn't work on knives, but I've got a similar device for chisels and
Feel the edge to see what's happening. Not the classic redneck deal of
rubbing your thumb across it, but run your finger nail down the side of the
blade in the direction on the edge. What you're looking for is a slight
catch at the edge opposite the side you've been honing that indicates you've
turned a burr. There should be a uniform burr the length of the blade. Then
turn it over and work on the other side.
Start with the coarse stone, particularly if the knife hasn't been sharpened
in a long time, and work your way through the finer. Eventually you'll have
an edge without the burr. Sometimes you'll even see a little wire of steel
as the final burr is removed.
You don't have to buy a bunch of expensive stones. Wet and dry paper on a
sheet of glass works very well. Google on 'scary sharp'.
I've used many of the sharpeners. Lansky, wet roller stones, metal shim,
alumina rods. I've used grinders and sanders. Good steel is easy to
sharpen, and likewise junk is junk. Some I've tried to sharpen and failed.
Some have to much mass in the body and need ground off, so a sharpener can
work or even fit into sliders.
It's been a couple of years. Could have been $25. Model 0880002 but
does not show up at Amazon. When I bought it, I just went there and
bought cheap model with highest rating.
Prior to that I had a $100 diamond kitchen sharpener versus this one
with stones. The diamond mounts fell of and it only lasted a few years
and knives were no sharpener.
One nice thing about the Presto is that my wife can even get a sharp
knife with it.
J Burns wrote, on Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:02:58 -0400:
That's interesting because I did have a problem with the stone
sliding around, although I think the small size of my stone
is another problem because the knife is much longer than the
So, I get *different* angles on various portions of the knife.
On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:36:10 AM UTC-7, Thomas wrote:
That works but IMO there is entirely too much worrying about the angle. As long as it is approximately equal (not hard to do freehand) and one is "shaving the stone" you will wind up with a sharp knife.
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