How To Sharpen a Knife Without Breaking the Bank
If you’re like most people, you probably take your knives for granted until they become dull. A dull knife can not only make simple tasks like slicing fruits and vegetables more difficult, but it can also be dangerous. A dull blade is more likely to slip and cause cuts, so it’s important to keep your knives sharp. Fortunately, sharpening knives does not have to be expensive. With a little time and effort, you can sharpen a knife without breaking the bank.
Use a Whetstone
A whetstone is a flat stone that made of natural or synthetic material that can sharpen knives and other cutting tools. To use a whetstone, you need to first wet the stone with water or honing oil, then drag the blade of the knife across the stone at a 20-degree angle. Repeat this process on the other side of the blade until the knife is sharp.
Used with a whetstone, honing oil is a lubricating oil that’s used to protect the sharpening stone from wear. To use honing oil, simply apply a few drops to the sharpening stone and work the knife back and forth across the stone. Be sure to use even pressure on both sides of the blade.
Use a Honing Rod
A honing rod is a long, thin steel rod that sharpens knives. They are less expensive than sharpening stones, and can be used to quickly touch up your knives between sharpening sessions.
To use a honing rod, hold the rod vertically with the tip resting on a flat surface. Hold the knife at a 20-degree angle and drag the blade down the rod, starting at the base of the blade and ending at the tip. Repeat this motion 10-15 times before moving to the other side of the steel and repeating.
Use a Ceramic Mug
A ceramic mug can be used to make a dull knife sharp. Turn the mug upside down and hold the handle with one hand. Hold the knife at a 20-degree angle and drag the blade across the rough bottom of the mug. Repeat this process on the other side of the blade.
Sandpaper is a cheap and effective way to sharpen your knife. Fold a piece of sandpaper in half and hold it against a flat surface. Hold the knife at a 20-degree angle and drag the blade across the sandpaper. Repeat this process on the other side of the blade.
Use a Leather Belt
To use a leather belt to sharpen your knife, hold the belt tightly between your hands and drag the blade of the knife across the belt at a 20-degree angle. Repeat this process on the other side of the blade.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of knife sharpening, you can experiment with different techniques to find what works best for you. When you can sharpen a knife without breaking the bank, you can sharpen them regularly so they will last longer and perform better.
John is a freelance B2B writer, investor, and blogger. A large part of his writing experience has been as a writer/designer in the training department of a large regional retailer based in Portland, Oregon. He currently resides in the other Vancouver (in Washington state) with his wife and two pet dwarf rabbits.