How to Sharpen a Knife on a Whetstone

Introduction: How to Sharpen a Knife on a Whetstone

About: I'm 13 years old, my interests include paracord, guitar, and Legos.

I found this field and stream trick helpful to put an edge on anything. Try it out!

Step 1: You Will Need

A whetstone

A dull knife

Two coins

Step 2:

You'll notice two sides on your whetstone.
One fine, one coarse.
Start with the coarse side.

Step 3:

Rest the knife on the coins like this. This is the angle that you will sharpen.

Step 4:

This is essential, because it can ruin the whetstone if you don't.
Keep the same angle that you had.

Step 5:

Slide the knife down the stone.
When you have done this about five minutes on a good blade, switch sides on the knife.
After five minutes on that side, switch the stone around and repeat.

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    6 Discussions

    Bruce McCarthy
    Bruce McCarthy

    4 years ago

    NIce. I will try this with my kitchen knives tis weekend.


    6 years ago

    I got the coin idea from Field And Stream Total Outdoorsman Manual.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for this. I'm never sure of the angle so using the coin is a great tip!

    Interresting technique using a coin to get the right angle. Thanks for sharing!

    Dominic Bender
    Dominic Bender

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Why is there no edit-button? I forgot to ask, do you repeat the process on the fine side, or will the coarse side do?


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    After you have done both sides of the blade on the coarse side of the stone, switch the stone around [over] and repeat. See Step #5. ;)