How to Sharpen Your Knife





Introduction: How to Sharpen Your Knife

I am going to show you how to sharpen your knife.

Step 1: Materials Needed

A knife
A sharpening stone
and oil (optional)

Step 2: Step 1

First you take your knife and hold it in your hand with the blade on the stone at a 45° angle.

Step 3: Step 2

Run the blade on each side for 5 or 6 times and switch.

Step 4: Step 3

Depending on the stone, it might take a while to sharpen if you have more of a finishing stone rather that a starting stone (for when it's really dull).

Step 5: Finished

Now your knife should be pretty sharp. If anything is wrong in your eyes with this instructable let me know. Thanks for viewing this instructable!! Please vote for me in the contests I enter!!



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    8 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I disagree. Pushing the knife does not cause burrs and does not require the leather strop. The technique in this instruct able is the best.

    I apologize for mentioning this. "You're" is short for "you are." You want "your" in the title. It means "belonging to you."

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    Thank you for not minding that I mentioned it. My wife and I got iPhones within the last two years, and I now have an iPad, too. I changed the message on my outgoing e-mails to say auto-correct may have changed things and what you are reading may not be what I intended. It can be helpful, but it can also be a big problem.

    I try never to push the knife away from me. I always pull. This is because on the surface of the blade edge, there are microscopic burrs.These burrs are what make the knife "sharp" (for the most part). When you push, you are folding those burrs over. When you pull, you stand those burrs back up. But normally when you are touching a blade up, you can just run it along a leather strap. This will stand the burrs back up. Normally you only use a stone when you have to put a new edge on it. (Grinding metal)

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    ah I see what you are saying.. I was taught to always push it away and then using the leather. Thank you for the comment

    Good shot on getting the tip of the knife, I've seen many people try to sharpen the tip in a separate opperation, which ends up flattening it out and rounding it.

    In my practice I generally try to match the bevel of the knife, that can help match the different bevels of knives. If I recall correctly most knives have a 25 or 15 degree bevel, with 15 more for knives used for whittling or other tasks that need a very sharp blade, and the 25 is more for a general purpose cutting, rope, twine, paper etc.

    A good trick for people learning to sharpen is to run a felt tip marker along the bevel to help you see how well you are matching the bevel
    Out of curiosity, did you make the box your stone is in? I think I need to invest some time into something like that to hold my stones.

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    That's is a great idea!! and no I did not but I believe my great grandfather did.
    Thank you for the comment