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Sharpening FAQs

Sharpening FAQs

Is a Sharper Edge Stronger?
I've heard that a sharper edge is actually stronger than a dull edge? How can this be? There are a couple of good reasons why a dull edge is more prone to damage and dulling than a finely sharpened edge: A dull edge requires greater cutting forc...
Is a sharp knife safer?
At first thought, this seems to be a very commonly held yet inaccurate old wives tale. It stands to reason that a sharp knife will cut you very easily, therefore is less safe. However, after learning about many knife accidents and watching people use...
How do I sharpen a curved knife?
Sharpening a curved knife is just as easy as a straight blade. However, the products used are slightly different. A traditional straight blade (or one with a outward curve) is sharpened on a flat stone. However, a curved knife such as a hawkbill, ...
Are electric sharpeners safe for my knives?
Is the Chef’s Choice Electric Sharpener safe for my knives? Yes, we have used the Chef's Choice 120, 130 and 320 with great success on many knives (including high end brands such and Wusthof and Henckels). You may have heard that electric sharpen...
How can I sharpen my straight razor?
Question: I need a sharpening stone when my straight razor gets too dull to sharpen with my strop. What do you recommend? Answer: A straight razor, unless it becomes severely dull can be brought back into shape with the Norton 4000/8000 combination...
Can I get the factory edge to back on my knife?
By following some simple techniques, not only can you duplicate the factory edge but you can bring your knife to a level of sharpness that far exceeds the vast majority of brand new knives. We suggest reviewing our sharpening articles and informat...
Can I just use a fine stone to sharpen my knife?
Just using a stone that is too fine is one of the most common sharpening mistakes we encounter. When asked, most people would like a fine edge not a coarse edge so sometimes skip the coarse stone. The theory goes like this, "I can just spend more t...
How can I get my knife razor Sharp?
Getting your knife razor sharp is a very common request. However, due to all of the infomercials and other outlandish claims, the term razor sharp has lost meaning to many. We try not to use that term but we too slip up and use that term. If you w...
What sharpener can I use on hunting knives?
What sharpener can I use on hunting knives? I want to use an electric sharpener but I've tried a few and they don't fit my thicker knives. Many electric sharpeners designed for kitchen cutlery don't work on thicker blades found on hunting knives. ...
What can I use to sharpen my machete?
Machetes are made to be easily sharpened. When used, they see a lot of abuse so they need to be able to be sharpened easily. They are hardened to be slightly softer than a pocket knife, if they were as hard as a pocket knife, they would be more prone...
How Do I Sharpen a Bread Knife?
How do I sharpen a serrated bread knife? Bread knives with serrated blades cut well for a long time. Eventually however, like any other edge, they dull and lose their cutting ability. Many people are daunted by the prospect of sharpening a serrate...
What Honing Oil Should I Use?
What's the best kind of honing oil to use with my sharpening stones? As we illustrate in our article, Should I Use My Sharpening Stones Wet or Dry? sharpening stones work best when used wet with some kind of honing fluid. For stones like Arkansas,...
What is the difference between ceramic stones and ceramic water stones?
This is definitely a source of confusion for people looking through the available types of sharpening stones. While ceramic stones and ceramic water stones sound similar, they are not the same thing. In our Sharpening Glossary we define the two types...
Received my Sharpening System today,(Norton IM83) and I've got to tell you that I am excited about using this product. I've been in the meat cutting business for 45 years, and as you can imagine, I've used allot of different types and styles of sharpening equipment. I have had 3 Norton Multi-Oil Stone units in my lifetime, and then I see this IM83 and I think that this is what I need to carry with me when and wherever I go. I just LOVE this little box full of expertise equipment to keep me sharp and at a razors edge. Thank you for the service, it was fast and easy, and I received it within 3 days of ordering. I know knives and how they work, and I can't wait to start putting that edge on my "other" knives I own.
Karl L, Omaha, NE