Sharpening a knife is one of the most useful skills to learn. If you work in a kitchen, the expertise is necessary.
Because you can’t do anything without a sharp knife, you can’t cut your fish or meat. Maybe you can cut the veggies. But you get what we are trying to say.
If you want to have a perfect cut, always you can’t do that with a knife that is not sharp. You will need to use more force resulting in a bad cut.
Don’t worry today we bring you the complete How To Sharpen A Knife: A Collective Guide & Tips From Former Noobs guide.
Does your knife need sharpening?
The most common way to test whether your knife needs sharpening is the paper test. Take one A24 paper and use the edge of your knife to cut it down. If the knife cuts through the paper without tearing the paper, your knife doesn’t need sharpening. If the knife fails to do that, you need to sharpen the knife.
You can also check the sharpness by cutting an onion or tomato. If the knife cuts through the tomato or onion without any hesitation, you don’t need to sharpen it.
How to sharpen a knife using sharpening steel:
This is the most common way to sharpen a knife. You can find them in any local hardware shop. They are usually around 9″ long. They look like a screwdriver. They have a handle like a screwdriver and an uneven surface where you rub your blade to sharpen it.
When you rub your knife’s edge on the sharpening steel surface, the steel removes all dirt and debris from the surface of your knife. Even sands are good at removing debris from steel, that’s why sandpaper is also used to sharpen a knife.
Here are some tips to sharpen the knife with sharpening steel.
- You need to hold the steel vertically.
- Hold your heel of the knife against the steel. Point the tip slightly upwards.
- Place the knife in such a way that it has a 15-degree angle between the steel and knife.
- While maintaining the angle slide the knife upwards and downwards.
- Repeat this motion for 5-6 times.
- Change the side of the knife.
While doing this, you may feel like a badass ninja. But don’t let that distract you. Keep your safe distance from the knife. You don’t want to cut yourself accidentally.
How to sharpen a knife:
In this method, you will need whitestones to sharpen the knife. This is the most traditional way of sharpening a knife. It takes some time to master the skill. But you don’t need to be a master to sharpen your knife. But if you are a casual home cook with no idea how to work with whitestone, it’s better if you bring your knife to experts.
But that’s not why we are here. We are here to help you learn how to sharpen a knife the right way. Let’s do that.
There are many types of whitestones. You need to find out which one you need. If you use a popular model knife, you should find information on the internet about which whitestone to use. You need to make sure that you are not rough with the knife. If you are too rough with the knife, you may end up destroying the blade. You don’t want that. After sliding the knife for a while, use water to wash away the residue from the whitestone and knife.
Continue that for a while and do the paper test again.