It is common knowledge that the secret to extending the life of a knife is to keep it well sharpened. This can apply to both traditional and electric knives. It is even more imperative to keep an electric knife sharpened because these are more expensive tools that are not as easily replaced.
It is also a common, but very wrong notion that since electric knives are usually serrated, they will not need any sharpening. Although it will take longer for the serrated electric knife to become dull, it will eventually need to be sharpened and learning how to sharpen your knife blades properly will help in making them last a lifetime.
Before you can jump right into sharpening your electric knife blades, learning the difference between the two most commonly used sharpening tools is imperative in ensuring that you do the job properly.
If you talk to chefs or hunters or anyone who uses a sharp knife regularly you will realize that everyone has their preferred method and tools for sharpening. These two are just the most common.
For most kitchen knife sets a whetstone is usually included as a sharpening medium. This is because using a whetstone is easy to use evena beginner can learn how to use a whetstone for sharpening knives quickly. Although a whetstone is easy to use, it may not be the best tool for an electric knife with a serrated blade.
Another common knife sharpening tool you will find in kitchens is the sharpening steel or also known as the honing steel. This is a rod typically made out of steel, ceramic, or a diamond encrusted steel.These rods are lined with longitudinal ridges that serve as the abrasive parts used to sharpen the blades. The sharpening steel is what is most commonly used by top chefs to keep their knives sharp, which means it is a reliable and effective knife sharpening tool.
Between the two types of sharpening tool, a whetstone is the best way for beginners to learn how to sharpen knives, but the sharpening steel is the best tool to use for sharpening serrated blades.
It is also important to know that whetstones are best used to sharpen dull knives while sharpening or honing steels are best used for maintaining the sharpness of a knife.
In effect, sharpening steels are not good tools to use on dull knives, but they are however the correct tools to use for serrated knives like those that are commonly found with electric knife sets.
Learning how to sharpen electric knife blades can help prolong the life of your expensive electric knives. Follow these steps to familiarize yourself with the simple sharpening techniques.
Step 1: Get your sharpening rod ready and remove the blades from the motorized device.
Step 2: Place a firm grip on the flat base of the knife, with the tip facing away from you. Hold the sharpening rod firmly with your other hand.
Step 3: Place the rod on the first serration, nearest to your hand and slide the knife up and down the sharpening tool, making sure it stays on the same serration at all times.
Step 4: Repeat the process until the last serration and do the same for the other side of the serrated blade.
Using a sharpening or honing steel to sharpen your knives means you will be doing this task regularly as part of your knife’s maintenance. This means that your electric knives will never become dull and will last you a lifetime if it is done correctly.
Do not fall for the misconception that serrated knives do not need sharpening because all knives will need to be sharpened once in a while. If you haven’t had the fortune of using an electric knife yet, give the Hamilton Beach 74275 electric knife set a try. It has made a big difference in many households and it might just make a difference it yours too.
Sharpening an electric knife’s blades is not a difficult task, but it can be dangerous if you are not careful. Make sure to always concentrate on what you are doing to avoid any accidents. If you are unsure of what you are doing, it would be better to consult with someone who has the experience. Don’t forget, it’s safety first and foremost when dealing with knives.