How do you sharpen your knives?

gardengrlNovember 22, 2004

I have a nice set of Icel professional knives (chef, paring, boning, etc.) that need to be sharpened. Do you take your knives to be sharpened by a professional, or do you do your own sharpening? I was looking at the All Clad sharpener at W&S this weekend and wondered if it was worth it.

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kframe19

Lanskey sharpening system.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2004 at 12:54PM
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HappuCooker

I sharpen with an electric sharpener a few times a year and use the steel onthe blade before using the knife maybe every other time. My knives are decades old and still fabulous.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2004 at 3:01PM
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yorkiemom_chicago

I use the Wusthof sharpener (non-electric) occasionally and a steel as often as I remember. I have a stone, but I have trouble getting the angle right. The Wusthof tool is perfect for me.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2004 at 3:18PM
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jhart3

I use a Duosharp Extra Fine & Coarse Diamond Whetstone along with a pair of ceramic rods.

Global, Kasumi, whustoff and henkle, works well with all. Razor sharp.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2004 at 6:59PM
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ellen76

I use the Chef's Choice manual knife sharpener every time I use a knife. It is extremely easy to use, costs about $20, and keeps them in sharp shape. I get a new sharpener every six months or so, because they wear out after a while.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2004 at 1:51PM
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sunnyco

I use an edgepro apex unit. It was expensive but it works great and I have sharpened the knives of everyone whose house I have stayed at since, as well as my own.

Here is a link that might be useful: edgepro

    Bookmark   November 27, 2004 at 5:25PM
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lil_rhody

Lanskey system can't be beat.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2004 at 7:49AM
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sabernar

I go to the knife store and they sharpen them for about $4 a piece. And that includes non-staight blades like my bread knife which got seriously dull recently. Now they are all super sharp. Oh yeah, I have Henckel Pro S.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2004 at 10:55AM
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dereckbc

I sharpen professionally with paper wheels on a bench grinder.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2004 at 5:05PM
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cpovey

Lots of decent systems, a few really good ones (Lansky, EdgePro, Chef's choice). There are a lot of bad ones, mostly the ones built into a can openers and similar.

All good systems put multiple angles on a knife.

Colin

    Bookmark   November 30, 2004 at 11:29PM
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teresa_nc7

I use a steel to maintain the edge on my knives. Chef's Choice is a good system I am familiar with. DO NOT USE the built-in the can opener variety!

Be aware that you do not want to be removing the edge on your knives often - or in a few years, you'll have no knife. A new edge should only be put on about once a year with heavy everyday use. The rest of the time you maintain that edge with a steel or other type re-aligning tool.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2004 at 7:27AM
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measure_twice

silicon carbide wet-dry sandpaper sheets on a flat surface.

But reading the above posts, it seems I must have been doing it wrong all these years even though the blades have lasted decades.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2004 at 1:21PM
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jhart3

A also agree with the above that recommends only occational "sharpening" ... use a steel every use to realign... for hard blades, like global knives have, I use a diamond steel.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2004 at 7:55PM
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arley_gw

Here's an interesting link which discusses different sharpening systems exhaustively. After reading it I think I'm going to get a paper wheel setup.

Here is a link that might be useful: sharpening made easy

    Bookmark   January 3, 2005 at 8:38PM
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gardengrl

Wow, so many options! I decided to go have them done professionally for $2 a piece. I've got a professional steel for realigning the blade and use it regularly. I love my knives and didn't want to take the chance I would sharpen them incorrectly.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2005 at 9:49AM
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lazy_gardens

Whetstone and oil, like my grandpa taught me!

    Bookmark   January 8, 2005 at 11:27AM
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davejnh

I use a steel frequently to keep the edge aligned. Occasionally, when the steel doesn't seem to be doing the job I'll do a couple strokes through a manual Chef's Choice sharpener. Only two or three on the fine side, then finish with the steel.
DJ

    Bookmark   January 9, 2005 at 8:26AM
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cupofkindness

Can any one tell me how I can sharpen my Henckels Four Star knives? The set came with a steel, but I'm reluctant to use it since I am inexperienced. Thank you!

Also, here's a link from the "Knives #2" thread about sharpening knives:

Here is a link that might be useful: Knife sharpening

    Bookmark   November 10, 2005 at 10:16AM
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mrsmarv

Chef's Choice about once or twice a year. Sharpening steel after regular use.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2005 at 1:24PM
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cupofkindness

Mrs. Marv:

Exactly how do you use the sharpening steel?

Also, here is a different sort of Henckles sharpener. Does anyone have any opinions on this type? Thank you.

Here is a link that might be useful: Zwilling JA Henckels Twinsharp Knife Sharpener

    Bookmark   November 11, 2005 at 6:52AM
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suse17

We have Henckels knives, mostly, and use this sharpener. We like it. I can't say it's the greatest thing out there, since I've never used any other sharpener, but it does sharpen our knives well. It's small and cheap and very easy to use. When you draw the blade through you can feel the difference as the blade smooths out more with each pass. With a bit of practice (on some old, not so hot knives), we learned just how many time to pull each knife through the sharpener. We just use it when the steel no longer seems to do the job. Once we bought this gadget, we no longer send the knives out for sharpening any more - do-it-yourself is just fine.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2005 at 11:15PM
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trekker

Just heard this recommendation on The Splendid Table (National Public Radio, splendidtable.org): you can ship knives to holleyknives.com to have them sharpened. According to the report, you fill out a form so that they can send you shipping containers for the knives with a label. Haven't tried it, but that would be an option.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2006 at 6:57PM
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leolady

I use a Norton 3 stone whetstone and oil system that comes in a large plastic case with handles on each side to turn the stones and a steel.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2006 at 3:49AM
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