Stoning and Honing Your Knives || What’s the Difference?

When you’re done honing you might need to stone your knife

Sharp knives are a delight to work with in the kitchen, or wherever you may be using your knife. Try cutting with a blunt knife and you’ll know exactly what we mean.

Not only that but a sharp knife is a safe knife, contrary to what you might think.

But maintaining a sharp knife isn’t as easy as you may think. There’s an art to it, and a little science.

A big part of keeping your knife sharp is to know how, and when, to hone it.

We’ve already talked about honing a knife, and the difference between honing and sharpening.

But what about using a sharpening stone to sharpen your knife?

So you’ve honed your knife and it isn’t as sharp as you’d like. Perhaps it’s time to consider putting it on a sharpening stone.

Of course there’s plenty of commercial knife sharpeners available, but knife afficionados will swear by a stone, and ignore the commercial knife sharpeners.

And of course anyone who knows what they’re doing will be able to sharpen a knife beautifully using a sharpening stone. But it does take some practice and expertise.

Here’s 2 great videos about knife care. In particular how to hone a knife and how to sharpen your knife with a sharpening stone when honing isn’t quite cutting it!

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