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Minnesota Musing: Knife Sharpening the Easy Way

Updated on February 23, 2018

Sharp Knife Versus Dull Knife

Using a sharp knife is important, since more people get injured using a dull knife than sharp knives. Why is that, you ask? It's because people are more cautious when using a sharp knife because they know they have to be careful. It's sharp.

On the same token, dull knives are dull, and people cannot get them to work as well, so they push harder, take unnecessary risks, and - eventually cut themselves by a nasty poke through their skin. Yes. It's true. A dull knife promotes careless behavior.

Sharpeners - Old Way Versus Hand Held and Power Sharpeners

There are many types of sharpeners out there. There's the old wet stone and oil sharpening, there's the electric sharpening systems. But, when it comes to a quick, easy, ready to use sharpening tool, nothing quite compares to the hand held.

We have several versions of the hand held. We have been using them all so long that the advertising logos have almost been worn off. The most comfortable sharpener we have, has lost its sharpening edge and I am going to try to find replacement edges, or, if more feasible, buy a new sharpener in that brand.

Wish me luck!

Comfort grip cutouts for fingers, and finger guard
Comfort grip cutouts for fingers, and finger guard
knife sharpening blocks
knife sharpening blocks
pull sharpener one direction towards end of blade
pull sharpener one direction towards end of blade
pulling sowly
pulling sowly
This is a sharpener called the wet stone. The knife is rubbed on it.
This is a sharpener called the wet stone. The knife is rubbed on it.
The side offers a scissor sharpening tool
The side offers a scissor sharpening tool
This is a different brand of sharpener. Those scratches are from the knife blade. Good thing there is a guard or there would be less fingers.
This is a different brand of sharpener. Those scratches are from the knife blade. Good thing there is a guard or there would be less fingers.
The ultimate test of a sharp knife. If it can thinly cut a ripe tomato, it's sharp! - Sorry, I forgot to take pictures last night when I cut a tomato for tacos,but I did not thinly slice then, either.
The ultimate test of a sharp knife. If it can thinly cut a ripe tomato, it's sharp! - Sorry, I forgot to take pictures last night when I cut a tomato for tacos,but I did not thinly slice then, either.
AccuSharp 001C Knife Sharpener
AccuSharp 001C Knife Sharpener

We have had this type of sharpener for over 15 years and we finally purchased a new one, and found out that they have a lifetime guarantee, plus they have replacement stones. One for the basement room, one for the kitchen, one for the fish house.

 

Knives

There are quite a few knives in our household. We use butter knives to spread butter. They do not need a sharp edge. We use steak knives to cut steaks. I have never resharpened the edge on a steak knife, plus they are serrated on the end. We have countless fishing knives that we've purchased over the years.

The fishing knives come with a small, square knife sharpener but we prefer the hand held version with the finger guard. According to the knife cuts in the guard, it's a good thing it's there, or there would be no fingers. Almost gives one the erbie jerbies to think about.

I think that it's been a good christmas gift option for this guy, so that's why there is an unopened pack of knives. Sometimes they get their favorite knives, as well. Comfortable grip, knife blade just so, etc.

different shaped sharpener that comes with blades, but does not get used at all. See the white sharpening stones?
different shaped sharpener that comes with blades, but does not get used at all. See the white sharpening stones?
Closer yet.
Closer yet.
difference between sharp knife and a butter knife
difference between sharp knife and a butter knife
cutting peppers requires sharp knife
cutting peppers requires sharp knife
minced onions requires sharp knife
minced onions requires sharp knife
If you gently brush your thumb against the blade, you can feel it pull against your finger. Not a good practice, since if you aren't lucky, you will end up with a cut to your thumb. Safety first!
If you gently brush your thumb against the blade, you can feel it pull against your finger. Not a good practice, since if you aren't lucky, you will end up with a cut to your thumb. Safety first!

A Short Note

Back in the day, some twenty years ago, we purchase some Titanium bladed knives from a commercial. They were some specially made metal that never lost their edge. We used them for a while and then, for some reason, went back to using the other knives. I think sometimes a person gets so used to the weight of the old wooden handled knives and using the plastic handles feels odd.

They were impressively sharp, however. The joke used to be that they were so sharp, they made our other knives feel like a kids toy. Almost to the point that we were thinking of just putting the old ones in the playdoh drawer. -Smile - We did not do that, however, but we were impressed by the sharpness of the blades.

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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      7 months ago from Minnesota

      :) Thanks for your comment, Larry Rankin!

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      Larry Rankin 

      7 months ago from Oklahoma

      Very helpful!

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