October 28, 2014

11 Facts and Falsehoods about Kitchen Knife Sharpening

The Culinary Cutting Edge

This post is in partnership with Edgecraft.  All opinions are my own.

Most kitchen knives do not perform nearly as well as they could or should simply because they are not properly sharpened.  One reason for this is the abundancet of myth, folklore and misinformation out there when it comes to getting and keeping knives sharp.  So, let's set the record straight.

Here are 11 often-heard statements about knives and sharpening.  Watch the video to learn whether they are true or false.


1.    A knife “steel” can sharpen knives.Images: Knife being manually sharpened using a knife steel

2.    The best method for sharpening is a traditional abrasive stone
       like the one my butcher uses.

3.    Electric sharpeners grind away too much metal.

4.    Sharpening an edge and honing an edge are the same thing.

5.    Asian stylImages: Knife being sharpened using a Chef's Choice electric knife sharpenere knives differ from American or European types.

6.    The only way to get really sharp knives is with an electric sharpener.

7.    The bottom of a ceramic cup is a great knife sharpener.

8.    The best sharpness test is to try slicing a piece of paper.

9.    A plastic carving board will dull knives more quickly
       than a wooden one.Images: Cutting a piece of paper to test a knife's sharpness

10.  New or high quality knives do not require sharpening.

11.   A sure way to judge a knife’s quality is by its price.

For more information on the products featured in this post visit www.chefschoice.com/

Posted in: News Rooms & Spaces Kitchen Tools & Know-How Hand Tools Other Hardware
Ron Hazelton Headshot

Have your project done by a local, qualified professional.

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE QUOTE

Not everyone is in a position to do a project themselves. That's why I've partnered with HomeAdvisor.com to provide you with free quotes from qualified local professionals.

comments

Recommended Articles

Modern aiutomated loom weaving carpet
October 14, 2017

How Carpet is Made

See How Modern Carpeting is Made Step-by-Step

Radon:  What is it?  How to Get Rid of It.
March 26, 2016

Radon:  What is it?  How to Get Rid of It.

Radon.  It's colorless and odorless and can be a health hazard.  How do you get rid of it?

{prize}

Enter Sweepstakes to Win!

Enter today for your chance to win a Share Your Tips, Techniques, and Ideas.

Enter Sweepstakes