It is also say that cutting with a dull knife can be dangerous because having to work harder to slice through whatever you are cutting means you are more likely to cut yourself.
Dull knives are dangerous because poorly cut food will not cook properly and a sharp knife will produce food that is evenly cut and therefore will cook at an even rate.
How to tell if your knife is sharp enough or not
To check sharpening of the knives put the blade to the paper test even the best knives will dull over time with regular use, it is very best to check your knife sharpener. To check if your knife needs sharpening, put it to the paper and test it. To check the paper test Hold a folded sheet of newspaper by one end and check it, then Lay the blade against the top edge at an angle and slice outward. If the knife fails to slice cleanly or not properly, try stealing it. If it still fails, then it needs sharpening.
Another way to check your sharpening of knives is any sharp knife will cut through a tomato’s skin in even slices and without turning the tomato into a pile of sloppy mush. If you break a tomato instead of slice it or not cut properly, you decide to properly sharpen your knives.
You can use these both tests as often as you'd like, but you generally only need to sharpen your knife every two to three months to use properly.
Sharpening a Knife with a Whetstone
A whetstone, also known as a sharpener stone, is a knife sharpener with either a coarse or fine surface. Use of both surfaces which is fine grit allows you to maintain a sharp knife and the coarse grit allows you to regrind a dull knife.
Use of whetstone is as follows.
First of all, soak the sharpening stone in water for 5 - 10 minutes and remove it from the water when air bubbles have stopped appearing, then place the stone on a flat surface.
Find the optimal angle on the whetstone for your particular knife depends on your requirements and Keep the same angle throughout.
Hold the handle with your one hand and use your thumb to apply pressure on the center of the knife and at the same time use your three or four fingers from your other hand to put pressure carefully on the cutting edge.
Slide the blade forward along the whetstone in one direction, away from your body and take care of your finger. Lift the blade when you reach the edge of the stone and begin again and repeat this process until your knife does not sharpen.
Sharpening a Knife with an Electric Knife Sharpener
An electric knife sharpener is a one type of machine that grinds metal from your knife and takes away most of the problems associated with other knife sharpeners.
This tool is the fastest and simplest form of sharpening your knife but it is not more reliable than other sharpening methods.
Use of electric knife sharpener is as follows.
Before using an electric knife sharpener, check that this machine is suitable for your specific knife type.
Check that the machine’s trap for shaving is empty and ensure the machine is secure on a flat surface; otherwise knife sharpener did not happen properly, with no chance of sliding or shifting during the process.
Gently pull the knife back towards you after inserting the heel of the blade and do not put too much force on the blade as you may damage the knife and or machine.
Electric knife sharpener is an extremely quick process from start to finish and it is a super simple method of sharpening your knife.
Sharpen a knife with Manual Knife Sharpeners
Knife is sharpen with the use of manual sharpeners, the abrasives are either on non motorized wheels or the abrasive material itself is fashioned into a V-shaped chamber through which the user pulls the knife and In general and always follow the instruction given by manufactures, pull the blade through the chamber with even pressure.
Tall walls hold the knife steady so that the user can draw the blade through the chamber with even pressure and it is easy to use.
Sharpen a Knife with Honing Steel
A honing steel is a stick shaped tool that you use to shape your knife’s angle and sharp your knife and it is also known as a sharpening steel, sharpening rod or honing rod.
Use of honing steel is as follows
Hold the handle of your honing steel and rest the tip on a flat surface and ensure that it will not slide during the process before you add a knife into the mix. Use your hand to hold the knife and hold on tight, place the sharp edge of the blade against the honing steel.
The blade at an approximate 20-degree sharpening angle to the steel, it is the best position to sharpen a knife. Try starting by holding the knife at a 90-degree angle from the steel, parallel to the surface, and then do it again.
Start with the heel of the knife, and draw the blade downward along the steel toward the surface. Pull the handle back toward you, so you make contact with the entire length of the blade's edge, repeat this process.
Knife Sharpening Kitchen Hack, how to Use a Coffee Mug
Coffee mug is also a one type of knife sharpener, to the use it can serve as a surprisingly effective sharpening tool if you don't have any fancy equipment and the ceramic material of a mug is a material coarse enough to get good results and will be a good sharpener of your knife.
If your knife is dull knife, then it is very time consuming but without a knife sharpener, you can use the unglazed bottom of a ceramic mug to sharpen small knives after applying small pressure and hold the knife at a 15- degree angle and carefully draw the entire length of the blade across the rough surface, be carefully and take care of your figure.
Both the sides of the blade of knife for the final two or three sweeps and take one side of the blade and run it across the coffee mug then check it, then turn the blade around and hit the opposite side , repeat this process many times. This process will continue until the sharpener of your knife.
How to Sharpen Serrated Knives
However serrated-specific sharpeners do exist and we have found them to be disappointing and compared to other electric sharpeners do not do enough because the result is not giving better and their wheels are well sharpened merely both the edges and tips of the serrations.
The edges of serrated knives do not need to be sharpened nearly as often as smooth blades, because serrated edges work properly and their pointed teeth do most of the work while the edges endure less friction.
How to Sharpen a Santoku Knife
Note that for knives with an asymmetrical edge, such as our winning santoku from Misono, the sharpener manual directs you to use only one side of the machine's paired slots at each stage or honing, confining the sharpening action to that single side of the knife and in the final polishing slot, pass the other side of the knife through once, just to finish it off smoothly.
How to Store Your Knives to Keep Them Sharp, it is following
Storing knives safely and securely can keep their blades sharper longer, and out of harm’s reach. We do not recommend storing knives in a drawer because it loses its sharpener.
Keeping your knives in any knife block is a big step up from a kitchen drawer and stored properly and a universal knife block will hold any combination of knives in a very small space and it is good for storing your knife.
Hang a magnetic knife strip on the wall and you’ve freed up both counter and drawer space and the long strip will hold any length of knife, and keep them handily in sight.