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How to Sharpen a Knife: Step by Step Guide

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It’s happened to all of us. You go to use your knife and it’s just not sharp enough. Whether you’re preparing dinner or trying to get through a tough project at work, a dull knife can make everything take twice as long.

But wait! There’s no need to run out and buy a new knife. With a little time and effort, you can sharpen your knife right at home. Keep reading for our step by step guide on how to sharpen a knife.

You’ll need:
– A sharpening stone (we recommend a medium grit)
– A honing rod (optional)
– A light source (to help you see the edge of your blade)
– A knife to sharpen!

Step One: Select Your Sharpening Stone
Not all sharpening stones are created equal. For the best results, we recommend using a medium grit stone. If your knife is very dull, you may want to start with a coarse grit and move to a finer one later.

Step Two: Prepare Your Workspace
Place your sharpening stone on a flat, stable surface like a countertop or cutting board. If your stone starts to slip, it could damage your knife.

Step Three: Soak Your Stone
If your stone is dry, soak it in water for about 10 minutes before beginning. This will help keep it from getting too hot when you’re working.

Step Four: Position Your Knife
For the best results, hold your knife at a 20-degree angle against the sharpening stone. You can check your angle by holding the blade up to the light. If it’s difficult to tell what angle you’re holding your knife at, try using a honing rod first (we’ll explain this in more detail later).

Step Five: Sharpen Your Knife
Slowly and carefully run the blade of your knife against the sharpening stone, using even strokes on both sides of the blade. Apply moderate pressure as you move from the base of the blade towards the tip. Remember to keep that 20-degree angle consistent! Depending on how dull your knife is, this process could take anywhere from five to 20 minutes.

Step Six: Test Your Knife
Once you’ve finished sharpening your knife, it’s time to test it out! Cut into something soft, like an onion or tomato, to see how well it performs. If your knife isn’t as sharp as you would like, repeat steps four through six until it meets your standards.

Step Seven: Clean and Store Your Knife Properly
After you’ve used your knife, clean it with soap and water and dry it completely before storing it away. If you don’t do this step, your knife could rust or become dull more quickly.

And that’s all there is to it! With just a few simple steps and materials, you can get your knives nice and sharp again in no time.

Avoid Scratches and Snags
2. Flip the Knife Over

3. Move the Blade in Slow, Even Jumps

4. Test the Sharpness

5. Clean Up

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