Owning branded knives isn’t enough. You have to take good care of them. Not sharpening your knives after a certain period will make the knives useless. Even if you have the most expensive knives, you have to sharpen it to make it work properly.
A good quality knife helps us chop and mince properly. But that’s possible only when it’s sharp enough. You can sharpen your knives by yourself or call a professional to help you. If you learn to sharpen a knife properly, you can save some money and time.
There are different types of sharpeners on the market and they are being used in their own ways. There are manual and electric sharpeners. Both of them give the same result but the electric ones are more expensive and manual ones are a bit slower.
Though they come with instructions, you need to know how to use a knife sharpener. Here’s some tips and tricks explained by the experts.
A manual sharpener is designed with an abrasive material which comes in a V shaped chamber where you pull your knife or, it comes in a non motorized wheel that turns if you put your knife inside. Manual sharpeners are also known as a pull through sharpener.
Always pull the knife towards you, never push it as it will chip the blade. Pull the blade with even pressure through the chamber. Then you can follow the instructions given on the sharpener package. You might have to pull the knife a few times through the sharpener to get it done properly. It depends on you to decide how sharp you want.
But don’t sharpen it too much else it might damage the blade or ruin the blade shape.
Sharpen Your Knife With A Stone
Whetstones are the best stone sharpening tool on the market though it needs some practice. This is extremely adaptable. You can hold it at a specific angle to match the blade of any type of knife. Be it Japanese, hybrid gyutou or wester, whetstones can sharpen it easily.
Whetstones have a coarse and a smooth side. Start from the rough side to get rid of the dullness of the blade and then finish it with the smooth side to give it a smoother finish. You have to soak the knife in water for 10 minutes before you start sharpening. But if you don’t want to wait that long, get a diamond stone instead. Hold the knife at a 15 to 20 degree angle and Swipe the knife on the stone gently, starting from the base to the tip. You might have to swipe it several times to make it sharp enough. Then repeat the same process with the other side. This method is very inexpensive and easy to do.
Honing rods really doesn’t sharpen a knife. It actually gives a knife the touch of perfection before every use. These rods are also known as honing steel. This is generally a long rod with a handle.
Honing rod lightly hones the edge of a slightly dull blade. To hone your knife, take the rod on your one hand and the knife on the other hand. Now swipe the knife on the rod gently from base to top maintaining 15 degree angle. You will need to swipe it several times to realign the edge.
Electric sharpeners are an expensive option but it makes the whole job easier and faster. They are designed with the abrasive materials on motorized wheels. The wheels spin against the blade.
Turn on the sharpener. Hold the knife gently through the sharpener. Machine will sharpen it on its own. All you have to keep moving the blades from base to the top. Repeat the same process for the other side too. A good electric sharpener has the ability to turn a dull old knife into a new sharp knife! An electric sharpener is much more precise than a manual sharpener.
How To Tell If A Knife Is Sharp Enough
Paper Test: You need a piece of paper for this test. Hold the paper and run your knife through the paper. If your knife can slice the paper easily, you don’t need to sharpen it for now. But if it can’t slice it easily then your blades aren’t sharp enough and it needs sharpening.
Tomato Test: You need a fresh tomato for this test. A fresh tomato has a tough outer skin and is very soft inside it. If your knife squishes the tomato rather than cutting it, your knife needs sharpening. But if it slices the tomato nicely then it doesn’t need any sharpening.