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Sharpening FAQs

Wet Stone or Whetstone?
Here are some examples of questions about sharpening stones that we often hear: I heard this called a "wet stone" but I thought it used oil. Should I use oil or water on it? The instructor said I need a "wet stone" what should I get? Are water s......
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?
Getting your Knife to Cut Like New Isn't As Hard As You Might Think Yes, it is possible to get a like new edge back on your knife. In fact it is often possible to improve on the edge it came with from the factory. And we have a wide selection of......
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?
You can get your knife as sharp as a razor. Razors are often used as a standard of comparison for sharpening. A razor does indeed need to be sharp in order to cut hair without damaging the skin, so on one level the comparison is useful. And the ab......
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......
How Do I Sharpen A Serrated Outdoor Knife?
How do I sharpen a hunting, tactical, or outdoor knife? Hunting, tactical and outdoor knives with serrated blades are popular due to their aggressive cutting ability. Like other serrated knives, the edges are durable and retain their sharpness fo......
Can I Use Oil on Diamond Stones?
Is it ok to use oil on my diamond stones? As our article Should I Use My Sharpening Stones Wet or Dry? illustrates, we strongly recommend using a fluid of some kind whenever sharpening on a stone. For diamond stones, we recommend water. But occasion......
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......
Arkansas Stone FAQ's
Are Arkansas Stones natural or man made? Arkansas Stones are natural stones. The stones we offer are quarried, graded and milled to shape in the US. How do the grits of Arkansas Stones Compare to each other? Arkansas Stones are graded not by g......
Which Work Sharp Sharpener Should I get?
What's the difference between the three Work Sharp Power Sharpeners? Work Sharp now has three power sharpeners to choose from, the original Work Sharp Knife Sharpener, The Ken Onion Edition Work Sharp Knife Sharpener, and now the Work Sharp Combo......
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