Start Out the New Year With a Sharp Knife!


We’re not kidding about a sharp knife. If Grant Crilly can do this in mid-air, imagine what you’ll be able to do on your cutting board with a properly sharpened knife. And not just any cutting board. Seeing as you’re already thinking about buying new knives to add to your cooking experience, why not think about getting new monogrammed cutting boards too? Start your cooking off right by getting all the kitchen utensils that you will need to help make delicious meals. Sharp knives are good for your experience, but make sure that you handle them with care. When it comes to giving your knife a blade to be reckoned with, using a bench grinder with a slow RPM for sharpening can help refine its edge so that it may be able to slice through practically anything you put in front of it.

If you have a knife block full of dull blades or a drawer of random knives that aren’t quite right, make 2013 the year that you learn the fine art of knife sharpening. Keep your favorite knives sharp and functional and eliminate the clunky ones that aren’t comfortable or efficient to use. Your prep work will be easier and more pleasant. If you would like to purchase some new knives online then you can learn more about tactical knives after reading this article.

Do You Need an Expensive Knife?

In the spirit of full disclosure, there are some amazing knives in the ChefSteps team’s collection – real jaw droppers of phenomenal beauty and craftsmanship. But when they are dull, they will be outperformed by a well sharpened, less expensive knife every time.

So why not save some money, buy a cheap knife and keep it sharp? To prove the point, we purchased an inexpensive used knife and then sharpened it. We were surprised at just how well it performed against some of our most expensive knives-at least until it lost its edge.

Why You Need a Sharp Knife

Sharp knives cut with less brute force than dull knives, causing less damage to the food. On delicate ingredients, like herbs, a dull knife will crush more of the cells surrounding the cut, which ultimately accelerates wilting and discoloration. A dull knife will slow you down. A sharp knife is safer and more predictable and will make working through your prep list easier and more pleasant. Regular sharpening will end up saving you money in the long run and wear and tear on your knives. Watch as Grant makes a case for buying your own sharpening tools.

How to Sharpen Your Knives

Although a reputable knife store will offer a sharpening service, we prefer to sharpen our own knives. It’s not that difficult and doesn’t take much time, once you learn how to use the Knife Sharpening Stones correctly. We’ve put together step-by-step video demonstrations by Grant Crilly to show you how to get a great result.

Continue on to ChefSteps for more detailed info on sharpening, waterstones, honing and other great food prep tips and while you’re at it, jump on to our forum and join in.

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13 thoughts on “Start Out the New Year With a Sharp Knife!

  1. Great post!! What is a good source for sharpening stones and could you comment on how often you use the stone as opposed to sharpening steel? Sharpening stone is around once a year and steel is for daily use?

    • Bryan: It depends on how frequently you use your knife, but we tend to sharpen our knife on stones at the beginning of the day, and hone it constantly during the day as we use it. At home, you might sharpen less frequently. But as soon as a knife doesn’t cut easily, and a quick honing doesn’t make it better, then it’s time to get out the stones.

      • Thanks! What about the stones? I noticed the video has 3 different stones of varying grit level. I see the last one is clearly visible at 4000/8000. Can you post the levels you use and perhaps the brand/source. I would like to buy the best, so I would love you recommendation.

  2. Thank you for the visual sharpening !!!

  3. Totally rocking awesome. I sharpen my knives on the same stones that I use for shaving razors . . . even a quick pass on the coarse stone that I use to flatten the sharpening stones will improve a neglected blade significantly.

  4. Garry Nicholson

    Amazing! This is a good demonstration. I totally agree to this video post. Because a dull knife for me will slower your cookery and make you feel tired after a hard time cooking and it is not more safe anymore, unlike a sharp knife that you have a finely cut and that is more even safe than what we have thought.

  5. If I were to purchase the 3000/8000 stone that chefsteps recommends, would that be suitable for sharpening my knife in most purposes?

  6. I agree to this video post .Sharp knife which was so wonderful and sharp.Because this is excellent for every kind of non-serrated blade, and even the serrated ones can be honed on the flat side. It will really make our life colorful.

  7. I’ve been subscribed to your YouTube channel for over a year and love the short and concise videos. Great tutorial on knife sharpening.

  8. Thanks for the video of knife sharpening. It will help me in sword sharpening also.

  9. Thanks for the knife sharpening video.It will be a great help If you can share some good videos on sword sharpening.

  10. Hello,
    Thanks for your nice’s really for great our life.