The Edge of Sharp Knives
Throughout the centuries, the society gets more and more sophisticated. We used sticks to stab. Later we used tools with sharp edges to cut. Then we invented a variety of cutting tools that shears like scissors and machines that grinds. One common thing about these materials is that they needed to be sharpened to stay effective in cutting. Here comes our tool sharpening materials and techniques.
A Samurai in a Japanese movie is able to cut dozens of trees in one slash and the cuts are so neat. How convenient it is for us to do it also. Instead of katana is a knife that could slice neatly dozens of pork instead of trees. A pizza which is cut very neatly looks more delicious than a pizza that is torn into pieces. How disappointing it is to have a well decorated birthday cake sliced by a dull old knife destroying every bit of detail of the design. And, we don't like burger buns barely sliced but are deflated because of the epic struggle of slicing it. More than the neatness that we see on food that needs the aid of knives to be prepared, we benefit from it in our practical needs. It won't be a hard time for us in the kitchen if we own even one very sharp edged knife. A meat vendor could save more time in chopping meat (especially beef). Moreover, sharp knives are safer than dull ones. A well sharpened knife will be easier to use. Less force and torque is needed. Less resistance from the food being cut. These mean preparing food comfortably and less possibility of any harm such as wounds.
We sharpen our pencils using sharpeners to write neatly. Likewise, we also sharpen knives with appropriate tools. This also include correct method in tool sharpening. Although many amazing machines are sold in the market to effectively sharpen knives, there are also known methods that work. There are three:
(1) Using stones such as whetstone
This is the most known method. It is as simple as rubbing your knife into these stones. One thing to make sure while doing this method is to sharpen the knife in the original angle of its edge; otherwise it will affect the smoothness in slicing.
(2) Sharpening through the use of honing rod
It's edge against the whetstone is that it does not remove metal from the knife. Using this rod means less use of the stone and longer lifespan of the knife.
(3) Using the bottom of a coffee mug as alternative for whetstone
We use mugs everyday. We see it every morning along with the sliced bread. One good thing about it is that it is very handy when you notice your knife barely cuts cheese. It is also effective in tool sharpening while it does not remove excessive amount of metal in the knife.
Tool sharpening is indeed a meaningful way of maintaining quality products or service in many industries including food industry. May we always enjoy a tasty sliced bread!