Over time and with normal use, kitchen knives can easily become dull. In turn, this can make it difficult for you to prepare foods. Few things are more frustrating than trying to cut up veggies or meat to prepare dinner, only to struggle with a dull knife. Fortunately, this does not mean you have to go out and buy an entirely new knife set. Instead, most kitchen knives can simply be sharpened to restore them to their original quality and make them useful once again. Here are some tips for properly sharpening any kitchen knife.
First and foremost, it is important that you exercise extreme caution when working with knives. Even if they are dull, they can still be dangerous enough to cause serious injury if mishandled. A knife safety video will show you how to properly handle a knife and how to avoid cutting yourself. With that being established, remember never to point the knife towards yourself or anybody else who may be around. Furthermore, you may want to consider wearing a pair of gloves while sharpening your knives.
You don’t need much in order to sharpen your knives. Simply collect the knives that you are looking to sharpen and obtain a sharpening steel. These often come with knife sets, but you can easily purchase one separately for a reasonable price at your local grocery or home goods store. You will also need a cutting board to avoid damaging your counter tops or any other surface you may be working on during the sharpening process.
To use the sharpening steel as a way of sharpening the dull blades on your knives, put the cutting board down on the surface on which you will be working. Then, hold the sharpening steel facing downwards towards the cutting board in one hand.
Then, pick up the knife you wish to sharpen; hold the blade at a 20 degree angle against the sharpening steel towards the top. Then, apply pressure and briskly slide the knife along the length of the sharpening steel. Ensure that your strokes are as long and smooth as possible. Continue this process several times with each part of the blade, being careful to sharpen the entire blade evenly. Also, be sure to repeat this process with both sides of the blade. The entire process should take about five to ten minutes, depending on your speed.
If your blades have become so dull that even sharpening steel does not seem to restore them to their original sharpness, then you may need to take your efforts to a new level. Consider using a sharpening stone, which is meant to give your blade a finer and sharper edge than steel can. Furthermore, if you are uncomfortable with the idea of sharpening your own knife blades, remember that you always have the option of sending them in to be professionally sharpened elsewhere.
Regardless of how you sharpen your blades, make sure that you do it frequently. This will ensure that they last you for a long time to come and that you do not have to replace your knife set for as long as possible. Just be sure to take the proper safety precautions each and every time you sharpen your blades and store your newly sharpened knives in a safe place, especially if you have small children.