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Knife Sharpener:  What You Need to Know

How frustrating is it whenever you have a dull cutting knife and you need a sharpener that will rapidly and simply get it sharpened  like new again?  We’ve all been there and have mangled our fingers trying to cut through that watermelon – or the tough steak.

Whenever you purchase a set of expensive knives be sure to get an excellent sharpening stone, or one of the many terrific sharpeners available on the market.  We all know that these knives will become dull in time and need to be sharpened.  The typical technique of sharpening knives with moist stones is often still used today.  In fact, old school silverware sharpeners do well when using this sharpening method.  However, that may be too much for the novice or one that is in a hurry.  Cutting edge technology today that makes high quality knives makes it necessary to have top quality sharpening tools.

Regardless of whether it is your lawnmower blade, kitchen knife, pocket utensil or any other type of blade, possessing a good good quality knife sharpener within your workshop is a must.

If you’re a housewife with and are very handy, you may find it easy to use this utensil as your sharpener of choice.  Most restaurants would rather invest in knife sharpening equipment as kitchen knives play a crucial role within their kitchen.  Cooks preparing meals will need to sharpen their knives constantly.  This is as a result of varying textures of the food they need to chop and cut for long hours and naturally, their knives take a beating from this much use.  Having to send knives to a specialized knife sharpener may present a few unpredictable snags along the way and can compromise the cooking blade as well as cost a great deal money.  Electric knife sharpeners are a great investment for restaurateurs as this makes the lives of their kitchen staff much more efficient in their performance.

The market offers several models of chef’s knife sharpening equipment suited for either property use or skilled use.

Prior to purchasing an electrical chef’s knife sharpener, you might have to know the shape and slope of one’s knife’s blade.   A blade’s beveled edge will tell you how sharp the silverware should be or how well it might cut.  Many chefs prefer Japanese knives because they tend to be sharper and the chef is able to show off his skill with precision cuts and slices due to its tight beveled angle.

* Kitchen knifes
* Steak knifes
* Meat cleavers
* Lawnmower blades
* Axes
* Machetes
* Pocket knifes
* Hunting knifes

Always pay attention to the type of grinding stone used in the electrical sharpener you would like to buy.  The diamond coated stones are tougher however, and tend to do a superb job on most knives.  Single phase electrical silverware sharpeners normally sharpen each side of the blade using interlocking grinding wheels.  Just put the chef’s knife in between the vertical wheels using the sharp edge facing down and slowly pull it through.  Do this a few times until the silverware is sharp enough for you.  If you would like a fancier knife sharpening tool, you will find multi-stage electrical sharpeners out in the marketplace. They are made with 3 types of grinding stones.  The second stage has a medium surface grinding stone to eliminate the scratches as it smoothens and sharpens the blade’s edge.  The third phase lets you polish and buff your utensil with its high-quality surface stone or plastic disks.

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Kitchen Knives – Sharpener

Kitchen Knives – Helping you choose – Forged or Stamped?

kitchen knives sharpenerWhen choosing a knife there are so many different elements that need to be taken into consideration. Whether they are fully forged or stamped is one of those.  Below is a brief description of the differences between forged and stamped knives, with a good rule of thumb being that the fully forged knives will most likely be more expensive.

Forged Knives

It is generally considered forged knives are the highest quality knives on the market.  They take great craftsmanship as the process involves extreme heat and hand moulding to create the finished article.  The blade, tang and bolster are one piece of steel and are hammered into knife’s shape, with the handle being either riveted or welded onto the metal.  Following the process of heating and cooling, the forged blade is ground to create a full taper to the cutting edge.  They are popular with chefs for being better balanced, and for the extra flexibility and durability they offer.  Knife manufacturers who knives are forged:

Zwilling JA Henckels
V. Sabatier
Stellar Sabatier
Mundial

Stamped Knives

Stamped knives are lighter, more flexible and easier to sharpen but not as balanced or as strong as forged ones, but can still be of good quality.  The name comes from the process where a sheet of metal is stamped out with template cutters, and this process enables them to be less expensive than forged knives.  The steel sheets are then cut into the shape of a blade.  Stamped knives are either hollow ground or edged, with the hollow ground being the longer lasting of the two knife types as they will retain their edge for longer. While these knives are easy to sharpen they generally do not hold their edge for as long as forged knives.  Knife manufacturers who knives are stamped:

Stellar James Martin
Sheffield Richardson
Sheffield Richardson Entertain Black
Sheffield Richardson Fusion

This is just one factor in the differences in kitchen knives. As said earlier, fully forged knives tend to be more expensive and at the premium end of the knife range, as the process is also a longer one and follows the more traditional knife manufacturing process. However, as technology has improved and different blade materials have come about and tested there are many kitchen knives which are stamped and of a very good quality, whose edge will last and  will be with you for many years.

About the Author
James is a keen chef who works on the the award winning online cook shop.  With his love of cooking he has investigated the different types of cookware available today.


 

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