Why you can do just fine sharpening your kitchen knife yourself
Do your kitchen knives need sharpening? Want to whiz through those tomatoes again? Get through that chicken breast in one go without sawing six times? No problem, sharpening is something you can do yourself! You really don't have to be that handy, anyone can do it. After just a few sharpenings, it's cheaper than a professional sharpener and often sharper, too. Don't you want that too?
Quick & easy or super-sharp
When sharpening kitchen knives, it is important to realize that you can go two ways. You can do it quickly and easily, which will give you a pretty good result. Ideal when you have little time or don't feel like really delving into the matter. On the other hand, you can also go for ultimate sharpness: you put in a little more time and effort, but get a much sharper cut in return. Pretty soon already sharper than the kitchen knife ever was new. The choice is yours! And what does sharpening your chef's knife cost? That depends on how sharp you want your kitchen knives to be. Quick sharpening is generally more economical than having your knives razor-sharp.
Quick and easy kitchen knife sharpening
So you want to sharpen your kitchen knives yourself without any hassle? Fine! We'll arrange it! With these sharpening methods for different budgets, it should work.
The sharpening rod takes away very little material from your knife. If you use a knife intensively, then you can use your sharpening rod daily or at least with some regularity. This will keep your knife sharp and postpone the bigger maintenance with a whetstone or sharpening machine for a while. Another great advantage of sharpening with a sharpening rod is that you can also use it to sharpen serrated cuts, such as those of your bread knife.
Knife sharpeners are handy little devices with ceramic wheels that sharpen your knife. Knife sharpeners - also called pull-through sharpeners - are quick and easy to use to make your knife sharper again. A knife sharpener is also suitable for sharpening kitchen knives as well as table knives, for example.
Electric knife sharpeners
The speed with which you can sharpen your knives is considered by many to be the great advantage of electric sharpeners. Compared to grindstones, for example, it also provides hardly any cleaning work. In addition, the operation is extremely simple. You place your knife with the heel in the slot and make a cutting motion - without applying force - to the tip of the cut.
Sharpening Kitchen Knives Super Sharp
It can't be sharp enough for you? And you're quite willing to put some effort into that? Great! We have the best sharpening methods to get your kitchen knives super sharp. Factory sharp? We laugh at that. You sharpen those knives razor sharp!
However, you still get the very sharpest results with the "old-fashioned" sharpening stones - also called whetstones. Is sharpening on whetstones easy? No. Is it difficult? Neither is it. It may take some getting used to at first, but with some experience, anyone can sharpen his or her knife razor-sharp on a whetstone. Sharper than by any other method.
The great advantage of a sharpening system is that you can always achieve the desired sharpening angle. When sharpening on waterstones, for example, this is mainly a matter of feeling. On a sharpening system, on the other hand, you can adjust the angle to the exact degree. This way, you sharpen your knives every time just as sharp as after the previous sharpening!
Stropping your blade removes burrs and other imperfections left on whetstones after sharpening. The result: an even sharper knife. The main advantage of stropping is that you no longer remove metal particles, but instead "align" the metal. This makes your knife razor-sharp without losing material.